At least 23 cows have reportedly been killed in Ekiti State following the deafening thunder which was accompanied by a downpour recorded in parts of the state in the last couple of days.
The incident, which took place at Okeowa Eluju, a farmstead in Iloro-Ekiti, Ijero Local Government Area of the state, has caused apprehension among local residents.
Confirming the incident, a Fulani herder and owner of the dead cows, Abdulkadri Kadiri, said he was devastated by the development.
According to NAN, Kadiri described the incident as a strange occurrence.
“I went to farm after about six hours heavy downpour on Monday morning, only to discover that 23 of my cows had died. After careful observation, I found that there was no trace of bodily injuries on the dead cows. I want to believe it is an act of God since I did not offend or quarrel with anyone,” he said.
Kadiri, however, said he had not experienced such incident in his 35 years of business – the Regent of the community, Joseph Alofe, who also confirmed the incident, described the victim as a gentle and peace loving herder.
The community leader, who also described the incident as strange to the village, called on government and well-meaning individuals to assist the herder, to revive his business.