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Edo Community Denies Desertion Reports

Posted: Sep 24, 2015 at 12:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Francis Onoiribholo

Benin

Leaders and youths of Okhunmwun community in Ovia North East Local Government Area of Edo state have denied reports that the community was deserted following outbreak of crisis in the community.

It had been reported that unknown persons had printed the obituary poster of one Chief Cliford Osawaru and pasted them in the community who was alive following which indigenes fled the community when an investigation was launched into the incident by security agencies.

Osawaru had called on the police in Edo state to come to his rescue and investigate the presence of his obituary posters even as he accused youths in the community of allegedly being behind the incident because of disputes related to land ownership and sales.

However, he chairman of the community, Louis Uhamen, who denied reports that they had deserted the community, said that Osawaru had attempted to take over the community by force and that having failed to achieve his aim, that Osawaru started raising false alarms. 

Speaking to journalists, who visited the community on Monday to verify the claims of the alleged crisis and desertion, Uhamen said that Osawaru had in the past, hidden his wife and alleged that she was kidnapped prompting the police to arrest some members of the community. He added that the alleged obituary posters may have also been carried out by Osawuru.According to him, “at another occasion, the same Osawaru set fire on his rickety vehicle and alleged that the incident was caused by some youths in the community,” adding that the obituary story was a ploy to keep leaders of the community out of circulation to enable him (Osawaru) take over the affairs of the area.

Uhamen said that Pa Osarobo Ogboe was the authentic Odionwere (village head) of the community adding that Ogboe was in possession of all the necessary documents that installed him the village head.

The community said Igbinoghodua Odigie was never recognised as the village head and appealed to the public and the media to disregard Osawaru’s claims and that no member of the community was on the run.

Osawaru however denied any wrong doing.