by Anike Jacobs
During the week, a mild drama occurred in Akure, the Ondo state capital over the sharing formula of cows numbering 11, crushed to death by a luxurious bus.
According to Vanguard Newspapers, the incident occurred around 4am along the Akure-Owo expressway.
Although no death was recorded or any passenger wounded in the bus but their sleep was disrupted following the accident.
Eyewitness account said that the luxurious bus, marked Anambra KPP 158XA, was coming from Abuja and heading for Lagos when the accident occurred at the Sebi Filling Station in Akure along the expressway.
Immediately after, the herdsmen in charge of the cows reportedly fled into the bush for fear that they may be lynched.
It was gathered that two herdsmen were with the over 25 cows when the crash occurred.
The younger herdsmen, it was learnt, had allowed the cows to cross the road without checking if it was cleared to do so. Also, the driver and passengers in the luxurious bus fled the scene thinking that the Fulani herdmen may mobilise to vent their anger on them.
It was learnt that the driver and the passengers had to hide inside the bush till day break.
Speaking with Vanguard, one of the passenger of the bus, Rosemary Nwachukwu, said many of the passengers were sleeping when the incident occurred.
“When we suddenly saw cows on the expressway, many of us that were awake thought it was one of the antics of armed robbers.
“We later learnt that it was not armed robbery attack but carelessness on the party of the herdsmen who crossed the cows without making sure that the expressway was free of vehicles”.
A police officer at the scene of the accident said it was discovered that the herdsmen caused the accident by making the cows to cross the expressway without checking if it was free or not.