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Soldiers, Amotekun Fight Over Cows in Ondo

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Soldiers from the 32 Artillery Brigade, Ondo State and operatives of the State Security Network dubbed as Amotekun Corps, on Tuesday evening, clashed over the seizure of over 100 cows by the latter in Akure, the state capital.

The cows were seized for violating the state’s anti-grazing law.

According to sources, the Amotekun operatives seized the cows after receiving distress calls from farmers.

Farmers in the Oke-Aro axis of Akure metropolis neighborhood had cried out over the invasion of their farms by the cows and herders where crops were destroyed.

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A source told newsmen that the military invaded the location and stopped the cows from being taken away.

The soldiers were said to have claimed that the cows belonged to their superiors in the barracks.

The soldiers took away two of the operatives, according to witnesses, after a fisticuff and gunshots.

“As the Amotekun personnel were 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.

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“The soldiers insisted that the Amotekun men would not go away with the cows because they belonged to their officers from the military barrack,” the source said.

The incident was confirmed by Corps Commander, Adetunji Adeyeye.

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

“It has been resolved amicably,” he said while responding to inquiries from journalists.

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“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.”

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