Outrage as developer brutalises Edo officials, arrest wife, others

Outrage as developer brutalises Edo officials, arrest wife, others


A land developer, Braimah Isah has allegedly brutalized Edo State government officials who were out on investigations, leaving an unspecified number of them injured.

Isah, reportedly unleashed thugs on the officials of the State Ministry of Physical Planning, Housing, Urban and Regional Planning in the line of duty at Ikhueniro, Ikpoba Okha Local Government Area of the State.

The Commissioner in the Ministry, Isoken Omo on Tuesday, said the wife of the suspected assailant and other accomplices had been arrested by security operatives.

She assured that the alleged culprits will be prosecuted so they will face the full weight of the law while other fleeing suspects will face the wrath of the law.

Distraught Commissioner said, “My staff who are in charge of Ikpoba Okha Local Council went to Ikhueniro to investigate a petition we had received. We later received a report that they were attacked.

“The people on the site used machetes on them. They took off the wigs of our officials, and also tore off their reflective jackets even after they were properly identified by showing their identity cards and other forms of identification.

“They also asked people from the community to attack. Their vehicle was attacked and they embarrassed our staff. These attackers have been brought to book. These people who have done this have been arrested and will be prosecuted so they will face the full weight of the law.”

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Adams Anthonia, Ikpoba Okha Area Planning Officer (APO) while narrating her ordeal, alleged that she was battered after an altercation when the developer refused to accept the notice of contravention, insisting that “the fence of the building is on the road as previously stated in the petition received”.

“We told him to come to the office with his land documents for further investigations, which he agreed to. But on serving him the contravention notice, he started calling us impostors, tore the notice and ran to take cutlass from his vehicle to attack us. His wife (Isah’s wife) also came, seized my phone and took off my wigs. While others in the area joined in physically abusing us,” according to her.

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