Army hands over 316 rustled cows to Borno government.

The Nigerian Army on Wednesday handed over 316 cows suspected to have been rustled by the Boko Haram terrorists to the Borno Government for upkeep.

Col. Mustapha Anka, the Deputy Director, Army Public Relations Department, handed over the cows to Alhaji Kakashehu Lawan, the Commissioner for Justice at a ceremony in Maiduguri.

Anka explained that the cows were arrested as part of investigation into alleged large scale rustling by the Boko Haram terrorists.

He said that the hand over followed a directive from the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 7 division of the Nigerian Army, Brig.-Gen. Victor Ezugwu.

He added that Ezugwu was concerned about the condition of the cows and asked that they should be handed over to government for proper upkeep.

He said “on behalf of the 7 division of the Nigerian Army, Maiduguri, I hereby hand over the cows to you for proper upkeep.

“The 316 cows were arrested in collaboration with some individuals in the society as part of an ongoing investigation into large scale rustling by suspected Boko Haram terrorists, ” Anka said.

He lamented that the army had challenges taking care of the cows, a development he said necessitated the need to hand the cows over to the state government for care.

“We observed that the cows were getting sick and dying due to lack of proper care, since the suspected rustlers have been taken to Abuja for investigation.

“It is based on this premise that the GOC directed that the cows be handed over to the state government for upkeep, pending the conclusion of the case.”

Receiving the cows, Lawan thanked the army for the gesture.

He said that the state government was already in possession of 150 cows, suspected to have been rustled by the terrorists.

He said “I think that today’s ceremony can be traced to a resolution of the State Security Council meeting last month which approved the taking over of 150 cows earlier arrested from suspected Boko Haram terrorists collaborators.

“The cows were kept by the 195 Battalion of the Nigerian Army before the council directed their handover to the state for proper care.”

He promised that the state government would take proper care of the cows, pending the completion of the case.

Cow runs into moving vehicle in Abia, destroys windscreen.

Tragedy was averted on Saturday as a cow ran into a road in Abia State with a couple driving on high speed.

 

While the car was on motion, the cow rushed to the road ‘from nowhere’ and jumped on the windscreen of the Toyota Camry car marked FF 923 ABJ.

 

The accident happened around 7UP area in the Aba area of the state.

 

The windscreen was destroyed but reports say the couple was rescued unharmed.

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Hindu Cow Activists Drink Pesticide In India, One Dies

Eight Hindu cow rights activists drank pesticide as part of a protest in India calling for the animals to be given greater protection, with one protester dying of his injuries, police said.

The “gau bhakt”, or cow worshippers, consumed the poison at a rally outside a government office in western Gujarat state Thursday.

They were protesting at what they say is the ongoing slaughter of cows, considered sacred by India’s large Hindu population, despite a widespread ban on killing the animals.

“These men had come with bottles of poisonous substance and consumed a small portion in front of the collectors office”, Manish Nakum, a police inspector investigating the case, told AFP.

“All were rushed to the government hospital where one of them, identified as Gabhru Bharwad, 40, died during treatment in the evening?,” he said.

Nakum said he did not believe the men, who drank a mild pesticide used on cotton plants, intended to commit suicide.

Cow slaughter and the consumption of beef are banned in Gujarat and several other states in officially secular India.

But the activists claim cows are still being killed illegally and want cows to be given the special status of “rashtra mata” (“mother of the nation”).

Four of the protesters, aged in their twenties and thirties, were moved to a private hospital after their condition deteriorated, police said.

Dhaval Pandya, who participated in the protest in Rajkot city but did not drink pesticide, told reporters that cow slaughter was rampant in India.

“So to protect cows, which are holy to us like gods, we need to declare it as the mother of the nation,” he said.

Around 27 members of the same group also tried to block roads in Rajkot, but were detained, police said.

Around 80 percent of India’s 1.2 billion population is Hindu, but it is also home to large numbers of Muslims, Christians and Buddhists.

A spate of attacks on secular intellectuals and Muslims suspected of killing cows have heightened concerns of mounting intolerance under rightwing nationalist Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s two-year-old government.

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This Cow Thinks He’s A Dog…

Shaylee Hubbs came upon a little calf that was only a day old. He was a “drop calf” from a dairy farm, and he was very thin and extremely sick. The newborn was hardly strong enough to suck on a milk bottle, so Hubbs took him home and put him in the care of the family’s vet. The journey to health wasn’t an easy one, but eventually the little cow got better, and his appetite and energy levels increased.

The family named him Goliath because he was so strong, and he grew and prospered in the warmth of their love. Soon, Hubbs noticed that their Great Dane, Leonidas, starting mothering Goliath (even though Leonidas is a male).

“He would lick the little cow on the face and try to nudge him to stand up,” Hubbs told CountryLiving.com. “He would lay down with the sick little cow for hours just to keep him company. Leo, of course, was so bewildered at what the cow was trying to do and thought it was a fun game to play. The Great Dane and Holstein bull became the best of friends.?”

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20 Persons, 25 Cows Die in Kogi Road Accident Caused By Robbers

No fewer than 20 persons were killed on Monday in an early morning crash around Irepeni, along Abuja-Lokoja-Okene highway. About 25 cows were also killed in the incident.

Vanguard gathered that the accident was caused by a road block mounted by armed robbers along Irepeni axis of the highway. The robbers were said to have fled the scene afterwards.

An eyewitness said a luxury bus with number plates KRD 799 LC, which was heading to Abuja from Lagos, suddenly ran into the road block mounted by armed bandits. As the bus was trying to avoid
the blockade, a truck, with number plates KTN 711 YZ, loaded with cows, reportedly rammed into it, killing several people on the spot.

The eyewitness said the impact of the accident caused the truck to separate from the trailer and compressed the front section of the bus with passengers and driver inside the wreckage.

He said scores of corpses and mangled bodies of some of the victims littered the road before men of the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, arrived the scene to evacuate them.

He said: “About six heads were severed from their bodies. FRSC officers, police and sympathisers all combined to gather body parts into nylon bags, which were conveyed along with the corpses to the mortuary.”

Vanguard also gathered that 25 dead cows were counted at the scene of the accident, while the surviving ones were seen milling around the scene of the accident.

The accident was said to have resulted in a traffic gridlock along the highway, as motorists had to take bush paths to escape the gridlock. When contacted, the state sector commandant of FRSC, Mr. Charles Abochi, who confirmed the accident, however put the human casualty figure at 12.