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Edo Community Protests Imposition Of Leaders, Writes Oshiomhole

Posted: Feb 11, 2016 at 6:32 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Francis Onoiribholo

Benin Bureau Chief

Residents and council of Elders, Utagban Community in Oredo local government area, Edo state have  raised an alarm over an alleged move by officials of the State Government to foist certain persons on them as Head and Chairman of the Community Development Association.

They specifically accused the State Commissioner for Establishment and Special Duties, Hon Didi Adodo and one Johnson Aghayere of invading the Community with armed thugs in a bid to imposed one Churchill Olaye as Enojie and Aghayere as the Chairman of the community respectively.

Pa Roland Aghimien , the Edionwere of the community who expressed grave concern over the development said they have written several petitions to the state governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole over the move arguing  that the ugly incident was coming at a time the tenure of the Friday Odigie led executive whose election were held precisely on 21th August 2014 was yet to come to an end.

The community equally decried the insensitivity of government of the day to their developmental drive despite making available acres of land earmarked for the building of a hospital , police station, market, school among others.

They also denied encroaching into the Ogba Zoo land stressing that the thirty acres of land in dispute was given to the Community by former governor Lucky Igbinedion which was gazetted and surveyed by the relevant government agency

But in a swift reaction, the commissioner who is in the centre of the crisis challenged the community leaders to show evidence that they had the mandate of the people to parade themselves as community leaders and chairmen just as he denied invading Utagban with armed thugs and soldiers.

Part of the community petition to the Assistant Inspector General of Police zone 5, dated 5th December reads “That Mr Johnson Aghayere in conjunction with comrade Adodo are presently plotting re-arm their thugs and engage more violent persons with the intention to unleash mayhem on violence on Utagban community with the singular objective forcibly installing and crowning Mr Johnson and Osahon Richard Olaye alias Churchill within the confines of Utagban community as the Chairman by unlawful and illegal means and the Enojie of Utagban community respectively.