- The cows that died suddenly in Ondo state have been given mass burial
- Environmental experts conducted the burial to ensure all laid down procedures are followed
- Local authorities took the decision to ensure the cows are nor sold to unsuspecting members of the public
A mass burial was organised for the 30 cows found dead on Sunday, March 28 in Akungba Akoko, Akoko South West local government area of Ondo state, Daily Trust reports.
The traditional ruler of the town, the Alale of Akungba Akoko, Oba Sunday Ajimo, had warned that the dead cows should not be sold to the residents.
To prevent disease outbreaks in the community, it was gathered, health officials from the area had begun monitoring markets and food shops to ensure that the meat of the dead animals was not sold to the people.
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The environmental director of the council, Mrs. Adenike Olugboyega, confirmed that the dead cows had been buried at the council’s dumpsite.
“The burial was supervised by environmental experts according to laid down rules and regulations in order to ensure that contaminated and poisonous cow meat doesn’t find its way into the markets for public consumption.”
Similarly, a community leader and Seriki Musulumi of Akungba Akoko, Chief Saliu Awesu, commended the proactive steps of the local government environmental workers who quickly evacuated the dead cows for burial.
Legit.ng had earlier reported that the Ondo police command says it is investigating the cause of the cows' death after the incident threw the university community into panic and confusion.
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.
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.