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Benin residents call for removal of police boss


Solomon Arase


EDO State Commissioner of Police, Samuel Adegbuyi, yesterday came under attack from residents of Benin City, the state capital as they accused him of incompetence, calling on the Acting Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase to redeploy him.

Some of the residents cited the manner the command handled the controversy surrounding the death of a 27 year-old hotel worker, Chibuike Edeh, who was allegedly knocked down by a vehicle while attempting to escape from his accusers who alleged that he stole N42,000 belonging to a guest, and the recent cult clashes in parts of the state.

The police command had defended the role of the police in Chibuike’s death.

He was accused of stealing the missing money and handed over to the police by the Chief Security Officer of the hotel for interrogation.

On getting the information, family members raised the alleged missing money so that Chibuike would be freed.

According to them, they got to the Area Command of the police where Chibuike was being held with the amount, but they were asked to increase the money to N48,000 which they obliged to do.

But they were shocked when they returned with the balance and were told that their son has been granted bail and released.

Chibuike was later found dead.

Some respondents who spoke with our correspondent yesterday also said the wake of renewed crime and cult clashes, which have left no fewer than 25 dead, is also part of the reasons they were calling for Adegbuyi’s re-deployment.

Ade Oji, a petty trader in New Market, said: “You cannot believe that we have policemen in Benin City again.

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