Soldiers and Amotekun clash over seized cows

A minor skirmish occurred on Tuesday between soldiers from the 32nd Artillery Brigade, Akure, and Ondo State Security Network officersknown as the Amotekun Corps, following the latter’s seizure of 100 cows from Akure.

They allegedly seized the cows for violating the state’s anti-open grazing law.

Amotekun officers reportedly detained the cows after responding to farmers’ distress calls.

The farmers, who called from the Oke Aro area in Akure, complained that the cows had grazed and destroyed their crops.

While corps officers were on hand to enforce the law, soldiers from the artillery brigade stormed the area to prevent them from carrying away the cows.

The soldiers reportedly claimed that the arrested cows belonged to their officers in the barracks.

The soldiers took away two of the members, according to witnesses, after punches and gunfire.

“As Amotekun staff were transporting the arrested cows to their office in the Alagbaka region of the state, soldiers numbering around ten stormed the area with a Hilux vehicle and prevented the arrest of the cows,” a source who witnessed the incident told reporters.

“The soldiers insisted that Amotekun’s men not go with the cows because they belonged to their officers in the military barracks.”

Corps Commander Adetunji Adeyeye confirmed the incident.

He described the clash as “a minor disagreement” between the two groups.

“It was resolved amicably,” he said, answering questions from reporters.

“It was the arrested shepherds who hid under the soldiers to sow misunderstanding between the security teams.

“I can confirm that the cows have been handed over to us.”

Recently, military authorities withdrew their men from state checkpoints after an alleged misunderstanding between the two security agencies.

They solved the problem after several months and the soldiers returned to the checkpoints.

The Amotekun was set up by the southwestern states government primarily to control nomadic herding and the activities of herders and armed kidnappers.

PREMIUM TIMES reported that violent clashes between herders and farming communities have reduced in Ondo and Ekiti states since the establishment of Amotekun in those states.

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