Residents of Kajola Community in Ogun State on Friday counted gains as they liberally fetched beef from 10 cows rammed by a train.
According to Newsmen reports, residents of the community, including commercial motorcyclists and passers-by stormed the site of the accident with basins, buckets, knives and cutlasses to cut pieces of meat from the lifeless cows.
The train, which took off from Lagos, headed for its final destination, Kajola Terminus, when it ran over the cows which were crossing the rail track at about 11:50AM.
The cows were believed to be searching for food when they were crushed by the train on the rail track. However no human life was lost to the accident and the herders seemed to be caught unawares.
Some of the residents stressed that the herders had been warned to abstain from bringing the cows near the track.
They also added that the meat would waste if people would not get them.
One of the residents, Mr Adeola Paseda, said that he had gathered beef that would be enough for his family for at least a week.
“I am one of the residents that got here first; I have meat that can last for a week,” he stated.
Mrs Bola Akanni, another resident who was carrying a basin of beef, said, “Times are hard now; if we do not take the meat, it will amount to waste of an opportunity.”
Another resident, Mr Fatai Akeem, said he was alerted by his neighbours immediately the accident happened.
He said that he was unhappy to see pieces of beef littering the rail track.
“I watched as people cut meat in basins and took them to their houses.
“The herders lost a lot because they could not listen to advice not to bring cows near the rail track,” he lamented.
As at report time, pieces of beef still littered the track as the residents continued to fetch the beef.
The herders were not seen as at the time of the report.