Killer Lightning Strike: Contaminated Cow Meat Now Floods Northeast Of Ondo State
Following last Thursday’s mysterious death of eight cows at Ekan-Ile area of Ikare, Akoko Northeast local government area of Ondo state, there has been a rapid rise in demand for dry and frozen fish, crayfish and eggs.
Many people have shunned cow meat and ponmo (cowhide) in fear of exposure to contaminated beef, reportedly purchased at lower prices from owners of the ill-fated cows, by some butchers.
The latter allegedly put the beef up for sale in the market at ridiculously low prices.
A visit to Oja-Oba, Osele, Okore and Jubilee markets, all in Ikare-Akoko, revealed very low patronage of cow meat
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A butcher, Muniru Osuolale, the Deputy Chairman of the Butchers Association, attributed the development to the directive by the state government directing health officers to fumigate the dead cows and cautioned people not to buy beef for now as contaminated cow meat is in circulation.
According to him, it has a negative impact on their business. Some of the herdsmen who sold the cows to the butchers were arrested by appropriate authorities.
The Secretary-General to Hausa Community in Akokoland, Tijani Sani described the case as very unfortunate, stressing that government and community leaders ought to have been briefed immediately the incident happened. He lamented that the dead cows were very big.
Efforts to speak with Olukare of Ikare, Oba Saliu Akadiri Momoh, on the development was not successful.
Already, five persons believed to be butchers, who bought the dead cows and the herdsmen that sold them have been arraigned at the Ikare-Akoko Chief Magistrate Court for not involving health workers in inspecting the contaminated meat before selling to unsuspecting consumers.