The Kogi State Government has placed a ban on the sale of beef in Lokoja and its environs for the next 48 hours, following the death of several cows while grazing in Lokoja.
In a statement by the Commissioner for Information and Communication, Kingsley Fanwo, he said that government was already taking measures to ascertain the cause of the death of the cows.
The statement read in part: “The attention of the Kogi State Government has been drawn to the report of dead cows within the Lokoja Township.
“We wish to inform the people about some of the proactive measures taken by Government to find out the cause of the death of those cows and to also ensure their beef do not find their way into our markets.
“There have been coordinated security and scientific investigations into the death of the cows. The investigations are being handled by security agencies through the Office of the State Security Adviser as well as Veterinary Doctors in the Ministries of Agriculture and Environment.”
Fanwo said that security agencies and the affected Government Ministries and Departments had been mandated to form strong institutional walls that will stop the beefs from getting into the market, as they were detrimental to health.
He disclosed that the Kogi State Government had placed a ban on the sale of beef in Lokoja and its environs for the next 48 hours.
He said: “The State Government has committed to briefing members of the public on findings about the incident. We also urge our people to volunteer intelligence that will help us unravel the mystery behind the death of those cows.”
No fewer than twelve cows had died mysteriously while grazing at an open land of Nigeria-Korea Vocational Institute in Lokoja, Kogi State on Thursday.
According to an eyewitness, who pleaded anonymity, the incident happened at about 11am on Thursday. He noted that the Fulani men often brought their cows to graze in the open land of the institute.
He said: “On that Thursday, the cows were grazing in the open land when suddenly they started falling one after the other. All the cows died one after the other, as the Fulani men were helpless. After the incident, the herdsmen went and brought Keke NAPEP to evacuate the dead cows from the area.”
Kogi State Police Public Relation Officer (PPRO), DSP William Ayah, confirmed the incident, adding that the Chief Security Officer of the State Polytechnic drew the attention of the police to it.
Source: Guardian NG