Oke Owa hills Ijare in Ifedore LGA of Ondo State has turned to a tourist centre following the mysterious death of 36 cows that were killed by thunder strike on Saturday.
A team of Radio Nigeria Reporters on a fact-finding tour to the sacred hills, observed that bodies of the dead cows had started decomposing.
In an interview , a member of Olujare-in-Council, the Agbaajo of Ijare, High Chief Idowu Awe, said under Yoruba tradition, nobody could touch anything either human or animal killed by thunderbolt, noting that after three days of the incident, the ritual rites would commence.
On the health hazard the decomposing bodies posed to the community , High Chief Awe disclosed that some Ondo state government’s officials including the state house assembly speaker , Bamidele Oleyelogun have been to the scene with a promise to arrange for fumigation of the area to prevent an epidemic outbreak.
The Chairman, Miyetti Allah cattle breeders, Alhaji Kayode Ibrahim however described the incident as an act of God, praying Allah to grant the herdsmen faith to bear the loss.
Also in an interview, a septugenarian , Mrs Kosemani Akinro warned that more cows might still die mysteriously if the herdsmen failed to vacate sacred places in the town.
According to information from members of the community, the sacred mountain which has seven segments and takes 30minutes to get to the last stage, is a place where their king supposes to visit annually to make a sacrifice with a live cow.
Meanwhile, due to the health status of the monarch, as a result of his old age, he has been unable to climb the mountain recently with a live cow, and only a bowl of blood of a killed cow were being taken there.