Lightning has struck eight cows to death at Ekan-Ile in Ikare, Akoko North-East Local Government Area of Ondo State.
SaharaReporters reports that the incident which happened on Tuesday evening occurred about one month after over 32 cows were struck to death in similar circumstance at Ijare in Ifedore LGA of the state causing panic among residents of the area.
The officials of the Ministry of Environment have moved to the site of the incident to prevent an outbreak of sickness following the strange occurrence.
A community leader, Pa Omola Adegoke, confirmed the incident to SaharaReporters correspondent on Wednesday.
Adegoke who described the incident as a mysterious one said they raised alarm when they discovered the owners wanted to sell the cows to butchers at a reduced cost.
He said, “The incident occurred in Ikare on Tuesday and it was like the mysterious ones that occurred last month in Ijare.
“And to our dismay, we saw the owners (herdsmen) with a butcher planning to sell the cows to customers.
“We had to raise the alarm and call the attention of the government to the incident to save us from epidemic.”
Following the incident, the state government has banned the sale of unverified cow meat in the Ikare Akoko area.
Director of Environmental Health Services in Akoko North-East, Yemisi Adeniyi, confirmed the incident and hinted that the government had arrested some butchers in connection with the matter.
Adeniyi however, cautioned the people of Akoko to stay away from beef over the next few days to avoid consuming contaminated one.