Ondo state government has banned the sales of cow meat in Ondo town after some cows were struck dead in Ekan-Ile area of Ikare-Akoko in the state.
The incident comes barely a month after 36 cows (pictured) were also killed by lightning in Ijare community in Ifedore local government area of the state.
The cows were reportedly struck dead after they drifted to a mountain tagged sacred by the community where only the monarch of the town makes sacrifices once in a year.
According to TheCable NG, a source had informed that the owners of the latest dead cows, instead of disposing them, roasted them and started selling to unsuspecting butchers in Akoko.
But the Ondo government swiftly intervened and banned the sale of cow meat in the affected town.
Director of Environmental Health Services in Akoko north-east local government, Yemisi Adeniyi and Ojo Anthony, her counterpart, from Akoko north-west, said the government had arrested some butchers who were caught taking meat from the dead cows to the market.
The two health officials led reporters to the scene of the incident on Thursday and cautioned the people of Akoko to avoid consuming meats in the next few days.
However, the chairman of Butchers’ Association in Ikare-Akoko, Kabiru Ismaila, said he was working with environmental health officials to prevent people from buying the meat.