From ALOYSIUS ATTAH, Onitsha
A middle-aged man trading at the Onitsha main market, Obinna Adimora has been admitted into a private hospital following injuries inflicted on him by a Christmas cow in Awada area of Onitsha yesterday. Trouble started for Obinna when tenants in a commercial building located in Ben Aghaeze Street contributed money and bought a live cow for Christmas merriment.
Daily Sun gathered that the cow was purchased at the popular Ugwuoba cattle market near Awka at the cost of N120, 000 while the tenants planned to kill the cow on December 25 morning and the meat shared in equal proportion among the contributors. While a butcher earlier contracted for the slaughtering was sharpening his knife, suddenly, the cow made a loud noise, broke the rope where it was tied and charged ferociously at the people. In a twinkling of an eye, the cow broke a table placed in front of the building, used the horns to break a car windscreen as everybody ran for their dear lives. In the ensuing melee, Obinna fell while running and the cow attacked him with horns.
It was the combined efforts of some Hausa (suya sellers) and maiguard in the vicinity who rescue Obinna and also arrested the raging cow, which was slaughtered immediately. As at the time of filing this report, Obinna was responding to treatment at Okoye Memorial Hospital, Awada. Efforts to speak with the medical director proved abortive as the doctor was said to be busy attending to patients.
Some residents of Ben Aghaeze Street who spoke to Daily Sun expressed surprise over the attack, saying that the cow may be mad or possessed by an unclean spirit. But one of the tenants simply called Ikechukwu said whatever may be wrong with the cow was immaterial since the meat would be devoured by all the contributors. He regretted the attack on Obinna during this festive period and expressed hope that he would recover fast.