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Sasaro Monarch Denies Gun-running Allegation

Posted: May 1, 2015 at 3:05 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Isaac Olamikan,  Benin


The traditional ruler of Sasaro in the Akoko-Edo Local Government area of Edo State, Oba Azutorome Unuaikhazor, has refuted recent claims of his alleged involvement in gun-running activities.

The monarch stated that he was traumatised by the report, noting that the whole incident was triggered by the death of a youth working with a quarry firm, Anthony Rocks, in the community.

“There is a quarry company, Anthony Rocks, which we gave land to be doing their business but last week an employee who is their worker fell into a pit and died and members of the community who saw him rushed him to the hospital in Igarra where he later died.

“They brought the corpse to the family where plan was been made for burial. But later, news came that it was the Lebanese people (owners of the quarry) that caused his death,” he narrated.

On the issue of the gun allegedly found in his palace, the monarch said: “I was the one who invited the DPO to my palace and I apologised

over what happened and I told him the gun was recovered for safety so that it will not fall into wrong hands. I took the gun and gave it to him.

“As he was about leaving he said the Commissioner of Police asked him to come along with me.

“The CP saw me and I narrated what happened. I was surprised about the misinformation that there was a search and that the gun was found in my bedroom.

“No police searched my house and no search warrant was issued on whatsoever,” the monarch said.