There was pandemonium at the Gaga Area of Akure, the Ondo State capital, on Tuesday evening as men of the 32 Artillery Brigade, Nigeria Army, Akure, and the men of the State’s Security Network Agency, also known as Amotekun Corps engaged in a mild skirmish.
The Guardian gathered that personnel of Amotekun Corps had impounded a herd of cows and were taking them to their headquarters when some soldiers allegedly swooped on them to free the cows, which led to a face-off between the two security agencies.
Sources disclosed that the tension generated over the cows arrested in violation of the state anti-open grazing law, forced residents to scamper to safety.
A source and resident of the area, identified simply as Ademola, said: “We saw soldiers and Amotekun officials arguing, we suspect they were arguing over the cows, which we believed were seized by the Amotekun Corps.
“When people saw them, everybody was running helter and skelter. But later they left our area,” Ademola said.
But the state Commander of the Ondo Amotekun Corps, Adetunji Adeleye, has dispelled the clash as mere rumour, saying it was a minor argument which has been resolved, The Trumpet gathered.
“It is a lie, we didn’t have any clashes with soldiers. There was no issue between us, there was a minor argument and we have resolved it. For them to say there was a clash is not true,” he said.