Edo Community Crisis: Apprehension greets Erring Villages, as Oba of Benin Sets to write IGP
By Lovely Ediakhe Richard
With no fewer than Six indigenous members of Oke-Oroma Village reportedly killed in the recent spate between its neighbouring village, Amagba Erese, the Oba of Benin Kingdom, Oba Ewuare II, is said to have declared his willingness to write the Inspector General of Police, IGP, to wade in and Investigate the protracted Crisis
His decisions are believed to be in line with allegations of the role reportedly played in the Crisis by the Police authorities that engulfed the Oke-Oroma village, which he Perceived may further deepen the crisis between the villages to uncontrollable condition, if nothing is tangibly done to arrest the situation
The lingering crisis rocking the two Communities had been on, since 2017, following a communal land dispute between the two Villages.
Since the inception of the Crisis, Amagba village has reportedly Claimed that Oke-Oroma is not an independent village but a camp within its jurisdictions.
This hasn’t gone down well with the headship of Oroma people whose loyalty is to Obagie N’Evbuosa, as they instituted a traditional legal battle in the Palace of the Oba of Benin who is the custodian of the Benin culture and heritage to stem-off further prodding of its ancestral abode.
Despite the matter awaiting judgement before the Palace of the Oba of Benin, the travails of Oke-Oroma worsened on Thursday dead night, when fiercely armed gang invaded the village, Set ablaze properties, killed and chased away Oroma People.
It was learned that Hon Mathew Iduoriyekemwen, a one-time NDDC, Commissioner and his Co-traveller, Peter Irhiowen Erimwinose, fondly called “Ebo Amagba” allegedly, masterminded the heavy shootings that greeted the Village scene of action.
Hon Iduoriyekemwen, however, in a video posted in Social media, denied any involvement, branding it, as the handiwork of enemies who deliberately want to smear his name.
The Oba of Benin Kingdom, His Royal Majesty, Oba Ewuare II, who was informed of the crisis which preluded the earlier date set aside for the hearing of the crisis, said, he would personally contact the Inspector General of police to investigate the alleged invasion.
It was gathered that the Oba, on Tuesday, February 25, 2020, having carefully listened to arguments put before the Palace by both parties at his Ogun-Ematon Chambers over the ownership tussles, adjourned till a date yet to be officially communicated to both parties, but no judgement was passed as speculated.
It is unclear when this would be resolved as the stakes appear to be really high and tempers are flaring at the two Communities enmeshed in ownership tussles.