- The Nigeria Police Force say they have commenced investigations to unravel the circumstances in which 22 cows died in Ondo state
- Rumours around the area where the cows died suggests they were poisoned by unknown persons to spite the owner
- The traditional ruler of the town has warned the people in the area against consuming beef for now
The Ondo police command says it is investigating the cause of the death of 22 cows in Akungba-Akoko in Akoko South West local government area of the state.
Channels Television reports that the incident has thrown the university community into panic and confusion.
The cows belonging to one Ibrahim Saliu were rumoured to have been poisoned by unknown persons in the area.
The spokesperson of the Ondo state police command, DSP Tee-Leo Ikoro confirmed the incident, stressing that the cows were given poisoned water while assuring that further investigations into the matter have commenced.
Reacting to the development, the special adviser on security matters to the Ondo state governor, Jimoh Dojumo, disclosed that the herders decided to slaughter the cows after suspecting they have taken some poisonous substances.
On his part, the monarch of Akungba Akoko, Oba Sunday Ajimo, has warned his subjects not to consume dead cow meat for now.
The monarch stated that he had earlier instructed butchers and other concerned persons not to sell the dead cows to the residents as the meat would be inimical to their health, adding that any meat merchant caught selling the meat of the dead cows would be prosecuted.
The Punch quoted him as saying:
“The cows were seen falling down mysteriously. Some said they drank water suspected to have been poisoned or that they ate poisoned plants. I have given instructions that the cows should not be sold under any circumstance since the cause of death is not known yet.”
Some Nigerians have been reacting to the news on social media.
Olaniyi Olusegun wrote on Twitter:
“Nonsense, this is cow republic. As much as I pity the owner for the loss, it's irritating to hear that police don't investigate and arrest kidnappers but investigate the death of cows. What is the work of a veterinary doctor?”
Rachel Meghan Gloria wrote:
“Is there any difference between the police and the 22 cows? Hell No. Maybe cows are more important than human lives, isn't it?”
Uche Clive wrote:
“Police will investigate cows death but no one is serious about the death of Nigerians? Nigeria is a cow grazing reserve.”
Valentino Alanso wrote:
“A country where the life of cows is more important than that of a human being.”
Meanwhile, the Bayelsa state livestock management committee has issued two weeks ultimatum to the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN).
The committee headed by the Bayelsa state commissioner for agriculture and natural resources, David Alagoa, asked MACBAN and other livestock operators to move the animals they tend to out of Yenagoa, the state capital, and its environs.
Recall that six state governments, namely Akwa Ibom, Anambra, Cross River, Delta, Edo and Oyo recently declared that they will not donate any land to be used as grazing reserves for herdsmen under the National Livestock Transformation Programme.
The programme is an initiative of the federal government designed to run from 2019-2028 as part of its initiative in collaboration with state governments under the auspices of the National Economic Council.