By SIMON EBEGBULEM, Benin City
THE traditional rulers who were anointed by the Benin Monarch, Oba Erediauwa, to preside over the affairs of Evouvbioba community in Oredo Local Government Council of Edo state, have petitioned the Inspector General of Police, alleging that the deposed Enogie (Duke) of the community, Edwin Aigbe Izevbokun and one Matthew Iyoha have been involved in alleged violent activities in the community.
The Oba of Benin had removed Izevbokun as the Enogie of the community after he was accused of desecrating the customs and traditions of the Benin Kingdom and appointed Mr Edward Okunzuwa (Ozukpongieva) and Lucky Enobabor (Okaighele) to run the affairs of the community.
However, the new leaders led by Okunzuwa and Enobabor in a petition signed by their Counsel, Tom.Oaikhinan & Co, dated 14th August, which was addressed to the IGP, Muhammed Abubakar, accused the deposed Enogie of referring to himself as Enogie despite the Oba’s decision, just as they commended the Police attached to the Homicide Section, Police Headquarters Abuja of arresting “the impostor” and one Mathew Iyoha for their alleged involvement in violent activities in the community.
The petition described as nonsensical the claim by the deposed Enogie that they were being arrested despite the fact that the matter was in court, asserting that “ it must be stated with unlimited emphasis that the statutory powers of the police to effect arrest and prosecution of offenders cannot be abridged or asphyxiated by the crooked cord of discretion of any individual no matter how highly placed on the fallacious ground that a case relating to the arrest of these duo is already before the High Court”.
The petition stressed that it would be unfair to indict the police officers who performed their duties by arresting the suspects who were arrested with arms and other dangerous objects, adding that “you cannot say because a matter is in court you now went to commit another offence.