By; OLADELE ADEDAYO, Ado-Ekiti
No fewer than 15 cows have been reportedly struck dead by thunder strikes at the outskirt of Ikogosi-Ekiti community in Ekiti West Local Government Area of Ekiti State.
The incident which occurred on Saturday according to Asaoye of Ikogosi, Chief Ayo Ademilua, was a natural occurrence,which he said was strange in the town.
Speaking with journalists via telephone conversation, on Sunday, Ademilua revealed that the incident happened at the Ikogosi warm spring site along Ipole – Ekiti road.
Ikogosi warm spring has been a notable recreational and tourist centre, where warm and cold spring converge.
Chief Ademilua said the thunder was said to have struck during a torrential downpour that started around 4:00pm and ended at 6:02pm.
“The whole town shook when the thunder struck. Later ,whe some commuters coming into town and those returning home from their farms saw the Fulani herders who disclosed that it was thunder that killed the cattle”.
Also speaking on the incident,the Onikogosi of Ikogosi Ekiti, Oba Abiodun Olorunnisola,alleged that the herders have been making spirited efforts to sell the cows to residents, describing this as dangerous to the health of his people.
The traditional ruler said he has reached out to his colleague at Ipole-Ekiti,Oba Oladele Babatola, on the the need to warn their subjects against consuming such a desecrated meat.
“The two of us have alerted our subjects that there was an attempt to commence the sale of the cows and we are making concerted efforts to prevent the intending buyers” .
The monarch, however, called on government to evacuate the carcasses of the cows to prevent spread of communicable diseases in the two communities
The Police Public Relations Officer, Ekiti Command,Mr. Sunday Abutu said the incident has not been reported to the police, because it was a natural occurrence.
“We have not been told, but if the owner of the cattle later realises that someone was responsible, he will report at the police station and we will surely rise to the occasion, if such happens”.