Thunder

Thunder has killed 21 cows at Ashige in Lafia East Development Area of Nasarawa state, in Nigeria’s north-central region.

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The Zonal Secretary, Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association, Nasarawa South, Jaafaru Usman, confirmed the bizarre occurrence Thursday.

Usman, who spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria in Lafia, recalled that the thunder struck on Tuesday morning during a downpour killing all the 21 cows belonging to a herdsman, Malam Bature Lere.

He appealed to the state Government, authorities of the Lafia East Development Area and public spirited individuals to assist Lere, who lost all his cows to the thunder.

“I am appealing to Gov. Umaru Al-Makura to assist this man who lost all his cows to the disaster,” he said.

He, however, advised the herdsman to regard the incident as an act of God and pray for a better future.

Government sends a delegate, promises succor

Mr Tijani Abubakar, a staff of Veterinary Services Department, Nasarawa State Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources, also confirmed the incident and described it as “a natural phenomenon’’.

Abubakar, who said that he was delegated to assess the incident, sympathised with the herdsman. He then promised to forward his report to the appropriate authorities.

Lere, while narrating what happened, said the incident occurred around 2:30 a.m. on Tuesday during a downpour.

He further said that the cows were all that he had. And he appealed to the state government and well meaning individuals to come to his aid.