Serious apprehension enveloped the sleepily Ijare, a community in Ifedore Local Government Area of Ondo State as a mysterious thunder struck and killed thirty-six cows on Sunday.
According to a source in the community, the Fulani herdsmen rearing the cows were said to have led them to the top of a hill known as Oke-Owa, a sacred groove where the king of the community performs certain annual traditional rites.
The source described the incident as the wrath of their gods on the herdsmen saying the gods became angry because the herdsmen desecrated the sacred groove.
It was further gathered that the Fulani herdsmen who were alleged to have been occupying the top of the hill for about five days had been warned by the community’s Chiefs to move away from the hill before the disaster struck.
A local hunter had on Sunday morning alerted the community of the incident.
Speaking on the incident, High Chief Wemimo Olaniran, the Sapetu of Ijare kingdom, who described the incident as an act of God stressed that the development is not the first time such will be happening to those who desecrated the grove.
Reacting to the incident, the Public Relations Officer, Ondo State Police Command, SP Femi Joseph described the incident as a natural disaster.