MILITARY men attached to the Koko community in Warri North Council area of Delta State have arrested four masquerades and a number of elderly men and youths and took them to their base for torture.
Trouble started Sunday afternoon when the community, in the course of their masquerade display that was allegedly marked with notices to all relevant security agencies and authorities in the town unknowingly accosted a soldier man in mufti in the community with the soldier allegedly fighting the masquerade back.
The action of the man infuriated the youths and there was a show down.
Daily Independent learnt that the military man then went back to base and came with his colleagues who then arrested four of the masquerades at the different point in the town, forcefully taking them away in a Toyota Hilux Van to their base for thorough beating with a soldier woman questioning the masquerades that ordinarily do not speak with anybody during the duration they are outside their shrine.
The action of the soldiers angered the whole community who mobilized to the military base and got their arrested masquerades released with an appeasement process put in place in the night of Sunday which the soldiers also allegedly disrupted.