On Tuesday evening, April 4, men from the Ondo State Security Network Agency and troops clashed in Akure, the state capital, over the detention of roughly 100 cows for violating the state’s anti-grazing law.
Officials from the Corps reacted to a distress call from farmers in the Oke-Aro district of the state capital, who were complaining about herdsmen and their cows destroying their farmlands.
Farmers claimed the cows had wrecked farmlands and other valuables in the area, so state security agents hurried to the site and arrested the cows and their owners on the farms.
According to an eyewitness, military troops from the 32 Artillery Brigade (Owena Cantonment), Akure, barred the Amotekun men from carrying the cows away.
According to the source, the soldiers claimed the cows belonged to their officers at the barracks and barred the Amotekun men from moving them.
“While the Amotekun personnel was marching the arrested cows to their office at Alagbaka area of the state, soldiers numbering about ten stormed the area with Hilux vehicle and prevented the arrest of the cows,” the source told newsmen.
“The soldiers insisted that the Amotekun men would not go away with the cows because they belonged to their officers from the military barrack. But the Amotekun officers insisted that the cows have violated the anti-grazing law and must be taken to their office for the owners to bail them or pay for the damaged farmlands.
“Crisis started with an exchange of hot words and it later snowballed into an exchange of blows between the two security outfits on the street. Before we know what was happening, they started shooting sporadically into the air.
“Immediately they started shooting, the residents scampered for safety in order not to be caught in the shooting by the two security outfits.
The soldiers eventually defeated the Amotekun personnel and took two of them away.
Chief Adetunji Adeleye, the state commander of Amotekun, described the incident as a “small disagreement between the officers of the two security organizations.”
“It has been resolved amicably. it was the arrested herders that hid under the soldiers to cause misunderstanding between the security outfits. I can confirm to you that the cows have been released to us,” he stated.
It was also gathered that the two officers whisked away have equally been released to the state commander of the security outfit, while normalcy has returned to the area.