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Again, Lightning Kills 19 Cows In Iba Community In Osun State |The Republican News

No fewer than 19 cows were killed by lightning at Iba in Ifelodun Local Government Area of Osun State.

It was gathered on Saturday that some Fulani herdsmen were grazing their cattle on the field around the Apala area of the town when the incident happened.

It was learnt that all the 19 cows on the field at that time were killed by the lightning.

In his reaction to the incident, the monarch of the town, Oba Adekunle Oyedeji, sympathised with the victims, while urging them to burn the dead cows to avoid an outbreak of an epidemic.

Oba Oyedeji, in a statement by his media assistant, Gbolagunte Bamigbola, called for calm among indigenes and residents of the town.

“The people of Iba, have over the years been living harmoniously with Fulani in our domain.

“The death of the cows belonging to the Fulani cattle rearers living among us was a natural occurrence occasioned by thunder that struck in the town,” the monarch said.

Also the state governor, Gboyega Oyetola, sympathised with the Fulani traders in the town.

Oyetola, who spoke through his Special Adviser for Agriculture and Food Security, Mr Biodun Ajisefini, during a visit to the town on Saturday, commended the people of the town for living peacefully with Fulani herdsmen in the town.

“We are indeed sad about the unfortunate incident.

“Lightning is a natural phenomenon that we have no power or control over.

“The traders who suffered this loss are part of us, not strangers.

“They have lived here for decades and I commend them for their exemplary contributions to peace in Iba community.

“I want to assure them of my support and indeed government’s support at a time like this,” the governor said.

The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that 36 cows were struck dead by lightning at Ijare in Ifedore Local Government Area of Ondo State in September this year while grazing on a sacred hill.
(NAN)

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Abuja-Kaduna Bound Train Crushes 52 Cows To Death – Police |The Republican News

Godwin Isenyo, Kaduna

 

The Kaduna State Police Command said on Sunday that 52 cows had been killed by an Abuja-Kaduna bound train.

The state Commissioner of Police, Ahmad Abdulrahman, stated this during a press conference in Kaduna.

He said the incident took place at Kasarami in the Kagarko Local Government Area of the state.

He said the command received a distress call when the incident occurred and that he and some policemen attached to the command moved swiftly to the spot.

According to the police chief, the train was speeding and in the process crushed 52 cattle to death.

He added that 27 of the cattle were still alive, but had to be slaughtered and sold at low prices in order to avoid a total loss.

Abdulrahman explained that the Fulani herdsmen were on their way back to Katsina State when the incident happened.

The CP said, “When we got to the scene, we found out that contrary to earlier calls of insurgent attacks, what actually happened was an accident involving cows.

“Fulani herdsmen, who passed the night at Kasarami, asked if they could cross over with their cattle and were misinformed that there were no rail services on Sunday.

“It was when they were half way that a fast moving train from Rigasa Station on the way to Abuja approached.

“I want to assure the people of Kaduna State that what happened was an accident and no life was lost; only the cattle.

“I had a meeting with their leaders and the farmers in the area to check a recurrence.”

The police boss called on residents to go about their lawful activities as the command was doing everything possible to safeguard lives and property in the state.  (Punch)

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