Herdsmen flee Osun overnight following thunderstorm attacks
Fulani herdsmen have started moving their cattle in droves out of Osun State following the attacks they’ve been suffering caused by thunderstorms.
About 17 cows were recently killed by thunderstorm at Iba, in Ifelodun Local Government Area of Osun State.
Report says thousands of cows were spotted around 12:15 am on Sunday morning with herdsmen along Iwo-Osogbo.
The presence of the herdsmen and the cows caused serious panic as motorist feared they may be attacked by the herdsmen who were leaving the state.
One of the herdsmen named Haruna who spoke to press confirmed the attacks suffered by their cows which led to massive loss.
He said: ” We are going home. We want to keep our cows in a safer place. This environment is no longer safe for us and our cows. We don’t really understand what is happening in Yoruba land.
“It happened in Ondo recently, in which our brothers in that state lost many cows to thunderstorms. The same thing is happening here in Osun, where our forefathers have lived for centuries without such an occurrence.
“These people are using spiritual power to kill our cows; killing our cows is tantamount to killing our future. You keep your money in the banks, don’t you? The cows remain our bank, so, any calamity that befalls the cows directly affect our future”.
Asking him about their destination and any possibility of returning to their base, Haruna reacted this way: ” Why are you asking me such question, are you a cattle rustler? We don’t disclose our destination to strangers. You are even making me angry “.