Troubled Edo Community Seeks Justice Over Murder of Five Person In Ukhiri

Following the violent crisis that has engulfed the Ukhiri community in Ikpoba Okha local government area of Edo state, member of the community has petitioned the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Intelligence Bureau, (FIB), Abuja calling for full investigation in the alleged murder of five persons in the community.

The petition signed by the association’s President Mathew Obasogie and Secretary, Efosa Osifo alleged the Duke (enogie)  Chief Godwin Aigbe of masterminding the killing and noted that they also been threatened not to come to Nigeria for the safety of their lives. 
Part of it reads “We have decided to write to you because we have exhausted all avenues of channeling complaints and petitions to the State Police Command and the office of the AIG Zone 5, Benin City who appears either overwhelmed or compromised as the suspects have repeatedly boasted that this was the office that he served before his retirement and that he has upper hands and godfathers at these levels.
 They claim they have sold parcels of land forcibly acquired from us to buy their way with the police. It is on record that in a single day, five persons were killed by these criminal elements wherein some of the lot only two persons were arrested by the vigilante group and handed over to the police.
“In this incident, firearms were recovered, while those who could not be arrested are currently in the community unleashing terror and dragon on the members of the community.

When contacted  Chief Aigbe denied the allegations and noted that his insistence to preserve land in his community led to a deadly attack which almost claimed his life.  

 “You can ask anybody, I’m the only Enogie in Ikpoba Okha that is not selling land. It is one woman called Mama Ireland and her brothers that are selling the community land to people they claimed are in diaspora, collecting money and handing it over to his brother in a bid to take over my position and that is the crux of the whole matter.  

“They want to kill me because I refuse to sell. The people selling this land are proscribed community development association, CDA members.
 “They have collected money worth over N60m from people abroad with a promise to give them land and part of the money is what they are using to fight me.   “The major problem we are having is the Ohen who is acting in concert with the sister popularly called Mama Ireland.
 He recruited people he called Ukhiri in Diaspora made up of people from the proscribed CDA who are now abroad to sell land. 
They have collected huge sums of money more than N60 million from people and part of the money they are using in fighting me and building structures in Benin and this a self claimed Ohen not appointed of approved by Ewuare II and he has been usurping the power of enogie.

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