Ogun Residents Cry Out As Soldiers Unleash Terror On Them

Some indigenes of Siun in the Obafemi-Owode Local Government Area of Ogun State have bemoaned attacks by unknown soldiers and miscreants ove...

Some indigenes of Siun in the Obafemi-Owode Local Government Area of Ogun State have bemoaned attacks by unknown soldiers and miscreants over allegation of unleashing Oro deity on residents.

During the attacks, four indigenes of the area – Tajudeen Sofela, Nurudeen Salami, Taiye Adeyemi and Adekunle Abaji – were allegedly injured by the soldiers and miscreants on the orders of a monarch for performing the Oro festival without authorisation.
This came as men of Ibara Prison, Ogun State Command, on Friday, shot a suspect, Kamoru Adebayo, after he allegedly escaped from a Black Maria on the premises of the Abeokuta Magistrates’ Court.

But the Baale of Siun, Nurudeen Sofela, and the injured persons denied performing Oro festival, saying on that day, their families did a thanksgiving to celebrate Ogun (the god of iron).

Shofela, in an interview, denied allegation that he was using Oro to chase out residents and visitors to the community during the day.

He said he had yet to understand the reason behind the unleashing of soldiers and thugs on them for making a sacrifice to their ancestors.

He urged the relevant authorities to investigate the incident and bring the perpetrators of the dastardly acts to book.

Narrating his ordeal in the hands of the soldiers, Salami, a senior security officer with Obafemi Owode LGA, said he lost two of his teeth to the attack.

“They (soldiers) pounced on me and gave me the beating of my life. They tore my clothes and removed two of my teeth with fist blows. Thereafter, I was dragged to their waiting vehicle and taken to Owode Police Station. I was released the second day,” Salami stated.

Meanwhile, the suspect, who attempted to escape, was reportedly remanded in the prison for alleged cultism and robbery by the magistrate in Abeokuta.

The Comptroller of Prisons, Ogun Command, Abolade Benson,  said the suspect had been kept in the police custody for three weeks before he was arraigned on two counts and subsequently handed over to the prison officials who were on the court premises.

He explained that the prison officers then kept him in the prison vehicle parked on the court premises waiting for other suspects who were in the court.

Benson said the suspect forcefully opened the door and jumped out of the vehicle.

Speaking on his escape, Adebayo, who claimed to be a mechanic, said he escaped because he was scared of the inmates in the vehicle and the hardship that awaited him in prison.

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