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Following the report of 36 cows that were reportedly struck to death by thunder at a sacred Grove in Ijare, the traditional chiefs of the town have declared that the dead cows cannot be removed from the hill.

They further called for government intervention in disposing the decomposing cows.

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They stated this in separate interviews with The Hope when the Ondo State House of Assembly Speaker Mt Bamidele Oleyelogun led the House committee on Agriculture to the town.

The Akogun of Ijare, Chief Isaac Awe posited that it is impossible to remove what the deity has killed according to the tradition as he claimed that it has become food for the gods.

He said they must even appease the deities over the incidence as they have possibly annoyed the gods.

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Also speaking, the Sapetu of Ijare, High Chief Wemimo Olaniran pleaded with the government to take drastic step about the dead cows saying that it would constitute health hazards to the community.

“They should help us apply chemicals, because they are thirty six big cows. We do not have resources to do that. The Olujare will still have to revisit Owa to appease the gods”,he explained.

The House of Assembly Speaker, Mr Bamidele Oleyelogun and member of the House Committee on Agriculture who were accompanied by the traditional Chiefs to Owa mountain stated that the local government authority has assured that it will commence the process of fumigating the decomposing cows.

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“I cannot imagine Fulani herdsmen bringing cows to this high mountain. I advise them to stay off that environment for now, let the people of the land appease their gods, according to their belief”,he averred.

While appealing to the people to respect tradition rather than creating unnecessary tension, he enjoined the people to stop trooping to the mountain because of the bad odour in the environment.

The Speaker expressed displeasure with the way cattles have destroyed the farmlands in the town.

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Also, the Chairman, House Committee on agriculture, Mr Taofeek Muhammed said that though the story was sad, it is a signal to the Fulani herdsmen to checkmate their ways of operation.

He assured that the committee will also hold meetings with the herdsmen to ensure that peace reign.

The Caretaker Chairman of the local government, Mr Alex Oladimeji informed that he has directed the Environmental Department to go and carry out on the spot assessment of the area to fumigate it.

The Hope (c) September 25, 2019

Written by Adesoji OMOSEBI

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