The Ondo State Security Network Agency, Amotekun, on Wednesday said some herdsmen attacked its personnel on a farm at Osi community, in the Akure North Local Government Area while the operatives were trying to settle a rift between them and farmers in the community.
The officials were said to have moved to the community following a distress call from the farmers that cows had destroyed their farms.
The state Commander of Amotekun, Chief Adetunji Adeleye, told journalists in Akure, the state capital, that one of the herdsmen was, however, arrested with weapons while 16 cows were seized.
He said, “Some farmers from Osi community ran to our office complaining that their farms had been destroyed by cattle. We sent our men there to assess the situation. They found out that the cattle were actually on the farm and we invited the herdsmen. But on getting there, they attacked our men with knives and other weapons. However, we were able to arrest one of them, Abdulkadir Mohammed.”
Adeleye also disclosed that two suspected cattle rustlers were arrested by his men, while a NISSAN Serena marked, LAGOS FJ 423 KRD, brought by the suspected rustlers to steal cows belonging to one Alhaji Ilyasu, was impounded
He said, “One Alhaji Ilyasu, a Fulani man came to us that some people came with a bus to steal cattle. We were able to seize their bus; we also recovered the cows.
“We were able to trace some of the rustlers that ran away to somewhere in Ogun State. We have apprehended one Sudauna Gombe and one Ogunyale Sola, who was the driver of the abandoned bus. We have handed them over to the Agro Department of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps.”