Yesterday, a fully-loaded Air Peace aircraft could not land at Sam Mbakwe Airport, Owerri for some time after cows reportedly invaded the runway.
A passenger aboard the flight, Mr. Richard Akinnola, who narrated the incident to Vanguard, said the pilot was forced to hover around Owerri airport until the runway was cleared by the airport security.
The panic-stricken passengers, who initially thought the pilot deliberately aborted landing, applauded him on being told that a major disaster had been averted as the landing runway had been taken over by cattle.
The expertise of the pilot saved what would have been a tragic incident as the plane was only slightly damaged with passengers suffering shock.
When the acting General Manager, Public Affairs, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, Henrrietta Yakubu, for details on the incident, she said she had not been briefed and promised to do so when she confirms.
This is not the first time a major airport runway was invaded by cows. The Port Harcourt International Airport runway was sometime ago invaded by cows and an approaching Air France carrier collided with some of the cows.
Similarly, it was reported that the herdsmen have invaded Abuja national stadium, turning it into a grazing ground for their cattle.
A security official attached to the stadium, actually confirmed the development. He told correspondents that the Fulani herdsmen usually invade the stadium in groups to feed their cattle, and sometimes overwhelms him if he tries to stop them from their activities, especially at the Package B section of the stadium.
The stadium manager, Mr. Sati Mbok, when contacted, also confirmed the story, adding that the management has been making frantic efforts to stop the herdsmen, but they have rather continued to increase in their numbers