The reason why 36 cows were struck by thunder on Okeowa hill in Ijare, Ondo State has been revealed by indigenes of the town
Speaking on why the cows died mysteriously, the indigenes said that the herders had earlier killed a long-age big python on the hill.
The killing of the snake, according to them, is a taboo and against the tradition of the community.
The traditional ruler and people of the community had earlier explained that the cows died after they desecrated the Okeowa hill, where sacrifice is made every year by their monarch.
But another source in the town said the cows died because the people abandoned the annual ritual at Okeowa hills.
“When you get to the palace, ask them when last they worshipped on Okeowa,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Miyetti Attah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria in the state has described the death of the 36 cows as an act of God.
Its Chairman, Bello Garba, said members of the association had visited the area to ascertain what was responsible for the death of the cows.
He noted that their findings showed that the cows were not poisoned, as being insinuated in some quarters.
Garba said his members would always live in peace with the host communities.
He added that the association would continue to sensitize its members on the need to avoid sacred areas when grazing animals, to prevent a recurrence.