Edo community seeks Obaseki’s intervention over detention of village head, chief priest
Ulegun community in Ikpoba Okha Local Council of Edo State, yesterday, appealed to the state governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, to wade into the feud in their community, which has resulted in alleged detention of the community head (Enogie) as well as the chief priest (Ohen).
The community, which staged a peaceful protest to Edo State Government House against the alleged detention of Sunday Eghosasere Omoregie, the Enogie (head) of the community as well as Philip Uwuoroya, the chief priest (Ohen) by some highly-placed personalities in the state, appealed to Governor Obaseki, to help in the release of the community head and the chief priest detained at the Oba market police station since last Wednesday.
The protesters made up of land developers, mother of the community head, secretary to the community, youths among others called on the state government to rescue them from the alleged tormentors.
Alleging that over 80 houses have so far been demolished by the alleged tormentors, they called on the governor to carry out a thorough investigation on the true ownership of the disputed land, arrest and prosecute those allegedly behind the heinous act.
Speaking to newsmen, Rose Omoregie, the queen mother, alleged that the community head was called for a meeting last Wednesday and was yet to return home.
She said they later found out that he was detained at the Oba market police station on the order of highly-placed institution, which she didn’t mention.
“This land dispute between the Ulegun community and Ikhiri community started in 1974, before the present Enogie was born.
“His grandfather won the case against the Ikhiri community in the court, his father also won the case against the Ikhiri community.
“There was never a time, the Ulegun community allocated parcels of land to any highly placed personality.
“We appeal to the state government to come to our aid and rescue us from our tormentors, release the Enogie and the chief priest,” she said.
On his part, Peter Aigbe, secretary of the community, said the land where houses were demolished was not in dispute as all cases concerning the said land had since been settled and resolved in favour of the community by the Supreme court.
Responding, Osaigbovo Iyoha, Chief of Staff to Governor Godwin Obaseki, commended the community for the peaceful protest and not taking laws into their hands.
He assured that the state government will explore all necessary constitutional means to intervene.