Men of the the Ondo State Security Network Agency and troopers on Tuesday night, April 4, clashed in Akure, the state capital over the arrest of about 100 cows that violated the state anti-grazing legislation.
It was gathered that officers of the Corps responded to a distress call from farmers within the Oke-Aro area of the state capital, complaining over the destruction of their farmlands by some herdsmen and their cows.
The state safety officers rushed to the scene of the incident and arrested the cows and their homeowners on the farms whereas the farmers alleged the cows to have destroyed farmlands and different valuables within the area.
In accordance with an eyewitness, the Amotekun men have been prevented from taking the cows away by some troopers reportedly connected to the 32 Artillery Brigade, (Owena Cantonment), Akure.
The source mentioned that the troopers reportedly claimed that the cows belong to their officers within the barracks and prevented the Amotekun men from taking the cows away.
“Whereas the Amotekun personnel was marching the arrested cows to their office at Alagbaka space of the state, soldiers numbering about ten stormed the area with Hilux car and prevented the arrest of the cows,” the source informed newsmen.
“The troopers insisted that the Amotekun men would not go away with the cows as a result of they belonged to their officers from the army barrack. However the Amotekun officers insisted that the cows have violated the anti-grazing legislation and should be taken to their office for the owners to bail them or pay for the broken farmlands.
“Disaster started with an alternate of scorching words and it later snowballed into an exchange of blows between the 2 security outfits on the road. Before we all know what was occurring, they began shooting sporadically into the air.
“Instantly they began shooting, the residents scampered for security so as to not be caught within the shooting by the 2 security outfits.
The troopers ultimately overpowered the Amotekun personnel and whisked away two personnel.
Reacting to the incident, the state Commander of Amotekun, Chief Adetunji Adeleye described the incident as “a minor disagreement between the officers of the 2 safety outfits.
“It has been resolved amicably. it was the arrested herders that hid under the troopers to trigger misunderstanding between the safety outfits. I can verify to you that the cows have been released to us,” he acknowledged.
It was additionally gathered that the 2 officers whisked away have equally been released to the state commander of the safety outfit, whereas normalcy has returned to the area.
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