AIG Zone 5 speaks
OpenLife Nigeria reports that the Assistant Inspector General of Police, AIG, Zone 5, comprising Edo and Delta States has clarified the misunderstood part in land ownership disputes in Edo.
Speaking through the zonal spokesman, DSP Tijani Momoh, the command maintained that the stories trending on social media are untrue.
An official statement signed by Momoh reads:
“The attention of Zone 5 Headquarters, Benin, has been drawn to the news trending on social media that operatives of the Zone are investigating land ownership dispute and have arrested Human Rights Activist and President of One Love Foundation, Chief Patrick Eholor on the instruction of Chief Gabriel Igbinedion, the Esama of Benin Kingdom.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the Zone wishes to state clearly that its operatives are not investigating ownership of land or any land dispute between Chief Patrick Eholor and the Esama of Benin Kingdom as this is clearly a civil matter, a matter to be determined by a court of competent jurisdiction.
“Police operatives from Zone 5 Headquarters actually invited Chief Patrick Eholor to have an interview with the AIG over a petition of assault written by one Mr. Friday Eregboa who alleged that Chief Patrick Eholor physically assaulted him on the 27th April, 2021, while he was working on a farm land he was temporarily assigned to cultivate.
“Based on this, Chief Patrick and other parties involved were invited and the AIG addressed and warned them all to continue to be peaceful and not engage in any act capable of breaching public peace while the police continues with investigation.
“The allegation of police involvement in land dispute between Chief Patrick Eholor and the Esama of Benin is therefore untrue and should therefore be disregarded,” the Command stated.