Barely two weeks after The attacked on herdsman attack on Ogun people was published
soldiers again invaded the villages and made frantic attempt to force the victims to recant torture allegation against them, as Force Headquarters, Abuja, invite villagers for questioning following an alleged petition by herdsmen, Tell residents to deny media reports that they were flogged,
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For the second time, soldiers from 35 Artillery Brigade, Alameda, Abeokuta, Ogun State, have visited some villages in Yewa North Local Government Area, Ogun State, where they had earlier brutalised residents at the instance of some herdsmen.
About 29 villages in the area had been attacked in recent times by terror herdsmen who were said to have camped at Eggua, a neighbouring town, from where they led their cattle to destroy farmlands within the Ketu-Yewa communities, which share borders with the Republic of Benin.
The affected villages include Ataru, Moro, Ologun, Agbon, Igbota, Ogunba-Aiyetoro, Oke-Odo, Ibore, Gbokoto, Iselu, Ijale, Ohunbe, Igbeme, Ijoun, Owode-Ketu, Igan-Alade, Lashilo, Oja Odan, Moro, Ologun, Iyana Meta, Igbooro, Egbeda and Kuse.
The story has not been refuted by the Nigerian Army or the federal authorities many days after it was published.
Worried by the development, some traditional rulers in the area had written a petition against the soldiers, the state government, and the police in the state.
In a bid to silence the victims of the brutality, about six soldiers led by one Captain John Onyebuchi visited some of the villages in the Yewa North Local Government Area of the state again at about 2 pm on Friday, January 29, 2021.
At Ubeku, in the presence of the Baale (village head) Chief Olaleye Adigun, a youth leader Peter Koposhu and other villagers, the soldiers asked one of their victims, Seye Mulero to recant his statement published in the petition and reported by The Nation. According to a four-minute audio recording of the event that transpired during the visit and obtained by our correspondent, Captain Onyebuchi revealed that the Army headquarters was worried by the petition it received and news report over the allegation that men of 35 Artillery Brigade, Alamala, Abeokuta escorted herdsmen to the affected communities where they brutalised some villagers for refusing herdsmen to graze their cattle on their farmlands.