After the mysterious death of 36 cows on Okeowa hill in Ijare, Ifedore Local Government Area of Ondo State, news initially spread that they were struck by thunder.
Some few days after the incident, some Nigerians reported that the cows were allegedly poisoned by the locals in the area.
And some reports even have it that the locals reported that the herders killed a big python on the Okeowa hill, which angered the gods and made them kill the cows.
The traditional ruler and people of the community however confirmed that the cows died after they desecrated the Okeowa hill, where sacrifice is made every year by their monarch.
But a source in the town said the cows died because the people abandoned the annual ritual at Okeowa hills.
“When you get to the palace, ask them when last they worshipped on Okeowa,” he said.
The Miyetti Attah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria in the state described the death of the 36 cows as an act of God.
Its Chairman, Bello Garba, said members of the association had visited the area to ascertain what was responsible for the death of the cows.
He noted that their findings showed that the cows were not poisoned, as being insinuated in some quarters.
Garba said his members would always live in peace with the host communities.