36 cows were struck to death over the weekend by thunder at Ijare community in Ifedore Local Government Area of Ondo State. The cows that were thirty-six in range were aforesaid to have been moved by Fulani herdsmen into the community’s sacred groove, settled on the town’s mountain prime once the disaster occurred.
According to a reliable and verified source, the herders took their cattle to Oke Owa bush, a hometown in Ondo State. According to tradition, only the king is permitted to enter it because it is regarded as sacred. Fortunately, none of the herdsmen died because they ran away immediately they noticed that their cows were struck dead by a sudden thunder. No rain had fallen so it was surprising to them. The Public Relations Officer of the Ondo State Police Command, Mr Femi Joseph, confirmed the incident and said it was a “natural disaster.”
“It was a natural disaster and there’s nothing anyone will or can do concerning it,” Joseph noted.
Also reacting, the state chairman of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, Bello Garuba, confirmed the incident, describing it as “sad.” “It was an act of God; the owners must take heart,” Garuba counselled. The herdsmen were also warned to keep in check with the regulations of the town as tradition is meant to be obeyed and followed strictly for if disobeyed, there would be dire consequences. The herdsmen have taken the disaster in good faith and have obliged to follow all regulations.