By Simon Ebegbulem
BENINâ€”Edo State Police Command has arrested five persons in connection with the brutal murder of the former Commissioner for Works in the state, Mr. Anthony Iyalekhua.
Iyalekhue, who was a member of a faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) loyal to two-time governor of the old Bendel State, Dr. Samuel Ogbemudia, was shot dead by suspected assassins at his GRA residence last weekend.
Confirming the arrest, the state Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Peter Ogboi, said â€œfive persons were invited as part of our investigations.
These are people whom he complained about while he was alive of having problems with.
â€œHe made some of the complains to his family while some were made to the police. We conducted search in their houses and they were released.
Though we still have some of them in our custody and investigation is still on.
â€œ We told them that we may also have to invite them again if the need arises. We are seriously investigating the matter and at the end of the day, we hope that we will be able to get the killers.â€
Meanwhile, leaders of the party in Edo South senatorial district of the state, led by Dr. Samuel Ogbemudia, Elder Sunny Uyugue, Dr. Francis Iyasere and others weekend paid a condolence visit to the family of the deceased.
Dr Ogbemudia, who was visibly shocked, described the incident as wicked and called on the police to arrest the killers.
â€œI did not sleep at all in the night. I pray that the Almighty God will expose the killers. I want to appeal to the police to quickly do something and bring the killers to book. We should not record this as another unresolved murder.
Whoever has any useful information should report to the nearest police station or any PDP office,â€ Ogbemudia appealed.
Vanguard learnt that among those who were invited for questioning, but later released included the Chairman of Ovia South West local government council, Mr Monday Aigbonayi, Deputy State Chairman of the PDP, Chief Ben Edo-Osagie and a member of the State House of Assembly, Mr Christopher Adesotu.