Suspected herdsmen reportedly launched an attack on operatives of the Ondo State Security Network Agency, known as Amotekun Corps, in Igoba near Akure, Ondo State.

The incident occurred during the enforcement of the state’s anti-open grazing law.

Jimoh Adeniken, spokesperson for the Amotekun Corps in Ondo, confirmed the attack, stating that it occurred while officers responded to complaints from farmers in Igoba and Osi communities about cows damaging their farms.

During the operation, which began on July 5, 2024, Amotekun officers encountered over 120 cows destroying farms with no herders in sight.

In an attempt to enforce the law, the officers moved the cows out, triggering an attack by armed Fulani herdsmen armed with stones, bottles, cutlasses, and even firearms.

“One officer sustained injuries during the assault, prompting the team to retreat as per command orders,” Adeniken explained. “The attackers persisted with projectiles until the Amotekun operatives safely withdrew to the main road.”

The incident underscores ongoing tensions surrounding grazing practices in Ondo State, with authorities and local communities grappling with the implementation of anti-open grazing laws amid resistance from pastoralist groups.