The strike of lightning has caused the death of 19 cows belonging to Fulani cattle rearers in a community in Osun State.
According to PREMIUM TIMES, the incident occurred at Iba, headquarters of Ifelodun Area Office of Osun State.
The monarch of the town, Adekunle Okunoye, was reported as saying that the affected cows belonged to the Fulani natives living in the town, adding that the deaths was a natural occurrence occasioned by thunder.
According to him, “The people of Iba have over the years been living harmoniously with Fulani natives living in our domain and this will not cause any disaffection. The death of the cows belonging to the Fulani cattle rearers living among us was a natural occurrence occasioned by lightning that struck in the town.
“The community with the collaboration of the leadership of the Fulani community are on top of the situation. The Eburu in Council has directed the owners of the cows to burn them to avoid epidemic in the town. The community is in peace and the people live peacefully with all non-indigenes including the Fulanis.”
Responding to the incident, the head of the Fulani community in Iba, Jimoh Bala, said the incident was a natural occurrence that will not affect the peace of the town.
According to him, the people of the town are accommodating and ruled out the possibility of an attack on their cows by their host community.