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Kogi Govt advises against eating cow meat after 20 die mysteriously

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Residents of Kogi were on Thursday, April 8 advised to shun cow meat for at least one week as 20 cows died mysteriously in Lokoja, the state capital.

The Kogi government through the director of veterinary services in the state’s ministry of agriculture, Salau Tarawa, said there is the possibility that the cows ingested poisonous substances while grazing.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Tarawa said beef from some of the cows were already in Lokoja markets but had been recalled.

He lamented that some of the cows had already been taken to markets in other parts of the state for sale to members of the public.

According to him, the ministry was collaborating with security agencies to bring the herders to question.

Daily Trust newspaper reports that the permanent secretary of the ministry, Malam Sani Abdulganiyu, urged members of the public to cooperate with the ministry to address the situation without compromising their health.

How Kogi govt banned consumption of cow meat in 2020 The Cable newspaper reports that the development comes almost two years after a similar incident in Lokoja.

Twelve cows were said to have died mysteriously in April 2020, after which the state government banned the consumption of beef for 48 hours.

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