Barely a month after 36 cows were killed by lightning in Ijare town in Ifedore Local Government Area of Ondo State, 8 cows have suffered similar fate while grazing at a mountain in Oyinmo Quarters of Ikare Akoko.
While two herders fled the scene of the incident, it was further gathered that the police arrested five residents of the community over a transaction on the dead cows.
“Immediately after the cows were struck dead, the two Fulani boys that followed the cows rushed to the butchers in town and sold the cows to them at cheaper prices. But the police got to know of it and arrested all of them” a source told The Nation.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Femi Joseph who confirmed the incident said they made the arrest after receiving a tip-off on the herders selling contaminated animals to butchers.
He said: “It was the environment officers that discovered that the Fulani boys were selling the contaminated cows to the butchers and reported to us. So about four butchers have been arrested and one herder on the matter. We will charge them to court after the completion of our investigation.”
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