Not less than twenty-one cows have been killed by lightning in Nasarawa state.
According to Jaafaru Usman, Zonal Secretary of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association, Nasarawa South, the 21 cows had been killed by lightning at Ashige in Lafia East Development Area of the state.
The lightning was reported to have struck during a downpour on Tuesday morning all the 21 cows.
Usman told the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday that the cows belonged to a herdsman, Malam Bature Lere.
He appealed for assistance from the state Government, authorities of the Lafia East Development Area and the public on behalf of Lere.
Usman said, “I am appealing to Gov. Umaru Al-Makura to assist this man who lost all his cows to the disaster”.
A staff of Veterinary Services Department, Nasarawa State Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources, Tijani Abubakar confirmed the incident. He described it as “a natural phenomenon’’.
Abubakar sympathised with the herdsman, and assured that he would take his report to the appropriate quarters after assessment.
Lere himself said the incident occurred around 2:30 a.m. on Tuesday during a downpour. He said that the cows were all that he had and appealed to the state government and well meaning individuals to come to his aid.