A massive thunder strike has reportedly killed 17 cows in the Iba of Ifelodun local government area of Osun state.
The New Telegraph reports that the thunder strike occurred on Friday evening, November 22, when the cows returned from grazing. The mysterious incident was confirmed by head of the Fulanis, Chief Jimoh Saliu, who disclosed that the incident happened at a place called Gaa-fulani, their abode in the town.
He said some of the Fulanis who were affected by the thunder have been taken for receiving medical treatment in undisclosed hospitals.
Meanwhile, the monarch of the town, Oba Adekunle Oyedeji said he, with the cooperation of the fulani community in the town are on top of the situation, Vanguard reports.
He urged owners of the cows to burn the animals to avoid an epidemic. He urged calm among indigenes and residents of the town. The community in a statement signed by Prince Gbolagunte Bamigbola said the fulani and people of the town have been living harmoniously together.
“The people of Iba, have over the years been living harmoniously with Fulani natives living in our domain.
The death of the cows belonging to the Fulani cattle rearers living among us was a natural occurrence occasioned by a thunder that struck in the town,” the statement read.
It was reported that the cows that were struck to death by thunderstorm had earlier grazed on a farmland around Apala area of the town before the natural phenomenon struck.
This reported thunder incident comes after a similar report on Saturday, September 21, claimed that a bolt of strange lightning struck the Oke Owa Ijare community in Ifedore local government area of Ondo state killing 36 cows.
Residents of the community said the cows were struck dead following an alleged desecration of a sacred shrine of an ancient deity by some herders who invaded the area with the animals.
There were reports that the resident also said the incident happened on a rocky elevation held sacred by the community members.