No fewer than 23 cows have been killed by thunder in Ekiti State Nigeria, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
The deafening thunder was accompanied by a downpour recorded in parts of the state in last couple of days
The incident, which occurred at Okeowa Eluju, a farmstead in Iloro-Ekiti, Ijero Local Government Area of the state, has caused fear and anxiety among local residents
The Fulani herder and owner of the dead cows, Abdulkadri Kadiri, said he was devastated by the development. He described the incident 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 added that 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.