It was reported three days ago by the traditional ruler of Iba in in Osun State that fulani herdsmen did lost 19 cows in the community after lightning supposedly struck the area.
The traditional ruler of the town, Adekunle Okunoye, said the deceased cows belonged to the Fulani natives living in the town, adding that the deaths at Iba, headquarters of Ifelodun Area Office of Osun State today was a natural occurrence.
“The people of Iba have over the years been living harmoniously with Fulani natives living in our domain and this will not cause any disaffection. The death of the cows belonging to the Fulani cattle rearers living among us was a natural occurrence occasioned by thunder that struck in the town,” he said.
“The community with the collaboration of the leadership of the Fulani community are on top of the situation.”
The community Council directed that the deceased cows be burnt to avoid epidemic in the town. The community is in peace and the people live peacefully with all non-indigenes including the Fulanis,” the monarch added.
The head of the Fulani community in Iba, Jimoh Bala, claimed thatthe incident is not capable of affecting the peace they enjoy in the town as it was a natural occurrence. He said the people of the town are accommodating and ruled out the possibility of an attack on their cows by their host community.