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Gun allegedly found in monarch’s bedroom



Acting Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase

THE traditional ruler of Sasaro in Akoko-Edo Local Council of Edo State is currently a guest in the State Command Headquarters of the Nigeria Police over allegations that a police rifle allegedly taken from a policeman attached to some expatriate workers in the area was found in his bedroom.

Trouble was said to have started on Tuesday when a native of the sleepy community, who works for a quarry company in the area owned by a Lebanese, drowned when he went to swim in a river near their place of work.

His Lebanese employers were reported to have gone to the community to report the incident when youths pounced on them beating the two policemen attached to the expatriates and in the process seizing one of their rifles.

The policemen were said to have been called for reinforcement to rescue them and the expatriate workers.

The Guardian gathered that in the course of searching for the missing gun, it was discovered in the monarch’s bedroom. He was immediately arrested and taken to Igarra Police Station for questioning from where he was transferred to the state Command for further interrogation.

It would be recalled that a few years ago, some youths from Igarra, headquarters of the local
Council, were beaten and detained in Sasaro for visiting a disputed land between the two communities. It took the intervention of the Otaru of Igarra before they released.

Although when contacted, the newly posted Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Stephen Onwochei said he would get the full details, but a senior police officer in the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) confirmed the development to The Guardian.

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