By Niyi Olutunde, Akure
No fewer than thirty six (36) cows were struck to death by mysterious thunderstorm on Saturday night on ‘Oke Owa’ in Ijare community of Ifedore Local Government Area of Ondo state for desecrating the mountain where sacrifice is made every year by the traditional ruler of the community.
It was learnt that the cows died immediately when they mounted the secluded place.
When our Correspondent visited the secluded place that took about one hours movement to confirm the incident, 36 cows were seen dead.
Oba Adebamigbe Oluwagbemigun (Kokotiri II), the Olujare of Ijare kingdom who spoke with journalists on Sunday confirmed the mysterious incident saying that the place was a secluded place where they don’t allow any person to mount the hill.
High Chief. Wemimo Olaniran, the Sapetu of Ijare kingdom who spoke on behalf of the Olujare kingdom said the herders came to the palace to report the case to the monarch after the mysterious incident.
High Chief. Olaniran, the second in command to Olujare, described the incident as the act of God which no one could query it saying the place was a very special place as far as Ijare community is concerned.
His words, “We were there this morning and we saw about 36 cows dead apart from the one inside the bush. It has happened and there is nothing we can do about it, we regards it as the act of God which nobody can be query.
“There are been occasions like that but not as massive we are having it now, to some individuals who desecrated the land in the past did witnessed thunderstorm attack. When you desecrated any part of Ijare particularly the sacrifice places, the grove, such incident would happened so we don’t allow any person to go there.
“The place, ‘Owa’ is normally visited once in a year by the Olujare, where he will stay there for a day, he will be there for seclusion to perform some traditional rites and no individuals is allow to go to that place. Five days before this time, we learnt that fulani men were there carry wood to build there tent but into our surprise, 36 cows died immediately when the thunderstorm stroked.
“It is a sign that gods that are there don’t want whosoever to move to that place and settled down there. The place is not meant for any ordinary person even Kabiesi himself goes there once in a year and there is a way he will compose himself when he got there.
“One unforgettable incident that happened there was that one Olujare went there and he couldn’t returned he was buried live, so we don’t encourage people to mount that hill and nobody can touch the dead cows, even fulani people that we met there said it was thunderbolt attack they even told us that if we see anybody that has interest should go there and take away the cows and we said no that it is a tabor for anybody to torch anything there.
“The dead cows will be there forever it is part of the history in our land for people to see as testimony in future that such a things happens, a whole Oba buried there live and heaven did not fall talk less of ordinary cows.
“When it happens I and some chiefs went to the police station to make official report, DPO even came to the palace and we explained to him that it is the act of God and he confirmed that it was thunderbolt attack that it wasn’t human being hand work”.
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