One dies in Edo CDA crisis
A man, Isaac Onoriode, has been killed in a crisis resulting from a ban on the activities of Community Development Associations (CDAs) in Ubiaza, in Ikpoba-Okha Local Government Area of Edo State.
Three yet-to-be-identified persons were said to have sustained gunshot injuries during the crisis, which created tension in the community.
Acting Odionwere of the community, Pa Joe Osaheni, yesterday, said trouble started after the Oba of Benin, Ewuare II, placed a ban on the activities of CDAs in the community.
Osaheni said the remains of the deceased had been deposited in a morgue, while the three other victims were receiving treatment for gunshot wounds.
He alleged that one Osagiede Uhunmwangho, aka Crisis General, masterminded the invasion that led to the destruction of property worth millions of naira, adding that many community elders had fled their houses.
He said: “The elders and some indigenes of Ubiaza community have run away from their homes following the attack by the marauding gang led by Osagiede Uhunmwangho to take over and sell land in Ubiaza community with impunity at the expense of the people.”
Odionwere appealed to the Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki; the Commissioner of Police, Philip Ogbuadu, and the Department of State Services (DSS) to come to their rescue.
Responding to the allegations, Uhunmwangho said he was neither from the community nor reside there.
He said the allegations were unfounded and targeted at tarnishing his reputation.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Kotongs Bello, said he was yet to be briefed on the matter.