The Inspector-General of Police, Baba Alkali Usman has ordered investigation into activities of land grabbers in Okhuoronmi Village in Oredo Local government Area of Edo, amidst wily high-altitude manoeuvres.
The directive to the Assistant Inspector General of Police, zone 5 headquarters, Benin, was contained in a petition titled RE: “Bandits in our Clients farmland in Edo State: Request for urgent arrest of leaders of the group” signed by the Ag. CP Idowu Owohunwa, Principal Staff Officer to the Inspector-General of Police.
The intervention was in response to a petition filed by Otamere & Otamere for his claimant, Shalom Jare Ventures Limited and made available to newsmen in Benin City.
Part of petition reads: “Attached herewith is a copy of letter dated 27th May, 2021 received from Otamere and Otamere Chambers, on the above underlined subject.
“It is the directive of the Inspector General of Police that you investigate and furnish comments.
“Accept the assurances of my esteemed regards, please”.
Briefing newsmen during a protest in Benin, Operational Manager, Shalom Jare Ventures Limited, Mr. Efosa Aguebor alleged that the Ohen of the Community, Mr. Ovbokhan Igbinovia has mobilised thugs to his oil palm plantation and chased away his workers who were working on the farm.
He alleged he has made frantic effort to reclaim the disputed parcel of land, but all to no avail.
Aguebor, further appealed to relevant agencies to prevail on the said, Mr. Ovbokhan to leave his farm alone.
All entreaties to reach out to Mr. Ovbokhan were futile. He neither picked nor returned any of the calls made to his mobile telephone number.
But, one of his aides, who identified himself as Festus hinted that Ovbokhan was away.
The Public Relations officer, AIG Zonal headquarters, Benin, DSP, Tijani Momoh said, “We are in receipt of the petition from the IGP and the investigation is ongoing”.