By Temitope Adedeji, Akure
The owner of the 30 cows that died in mysterious circumstances in Ondo State, Saliu Ibrahim has valued his loss at N10million.
The cows were reportedly found dead shortly after returning from a grazing field on Sunday.
Ibrahim was in a bad mood when Westernpost correspondent visited him in his remote house at Akungba Akoko town where the state University, Adekunle Ajasin is located.
Akungba Akoko is one of the popular towns in Akoko South West area of Ondo State, with a population of about 300,000.
Speaking with Westernpost, Saliu said he has been living in the town for over 20 years, maintaining that the death of his cows is still a mystery.
The Ilorin-born businessman pleaded with all well-meaning Nigerians to come to his aids in restoring back the only source of income he has.
He added: “The Monarch, therefore, concluded that the mass burial was done for the cows and supervised by environmental experts according to laid down rules and regulations in order to ensure that contaminated and poisonous cow meat did not find its way into the markets for public consumption.”
The traditional ruler, Alale of Akungba, Oba Sunday Adeyeye, the Ajimo, III said the the death of the cows is still mysterious, stressing that they might have been poisoned.
The monarch, therefore, warned that butchers should not sell cows to the residents as the meat could be inimical to health.
According to him, “the community really sympathized with the owner of the cows, Saliu.”
In 2019, about 36 cows were reportedly killed by a thunderstorm at Ijare, in the Ifedore Local Government Area of the state.
Community leaders suggested that the disaster was due to the desecration of a sacred shrine by Fulani herders who had intruded into the shrine of the ancient deity.
Despite the supernatural interpretation by the traditionalists, police said the thunderstorm that killed the cows was natural.
It was gathered that the cows were struck dead at the rocky elevation said to be sacred to the community.