By SIMON EBEGBULEM
BENIN-THE son of the Benin monarch and the Caretaker Chairman of Oredo Local Government Area of Edo State, Prince Ekpen Erediauwa, was beaten up, weekend, by the chairman of the Edo State Task Force on Petroleum Monitoring Committee, Mr Osakpanwa Eriyo, following a disagreement on the sharing of revenue collected from traders in the council.
It was learnt that the incident happened at Uwa area of Benin City, when leaders of the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, held a meeting to discuss the forthcoming tomorrow’s rally of the party and also strategies on how to work ahead the forthcoming April elections.
It was learnt that trouble started when Osakpanwa, who also doubles as the state Youth Leader of the ACN, raised the issue of revenue with the chairman of the council. It was said that the leaders of the party at the meeting reminded Osakpanwa that the issue he raised was not the reason why they scheduled the meeting and that he should look for another time to raise the issue with the Prince.
Vanguard gathered that the council boss and Osakpanwa, who also is leader of the National Union of Road Transport Employees in the state, have been at logger-heads over who has the right for revenue collected from the areas around the council secretariat, including the Oba Market area and the motor parks.
Unconfirmed reports told Vanguard that Osakpanwa makes up to N15million from revenue in the council monthly and offered to pay N700,000 to the council, which was rejected by Prince Erediauwa.
It was learnt that Osakpanwan decided to vent his anger on the Prince during the meeting, but the Prince warned him against shouting at him. Pandemonium, however, broke out when Osakpanwan pounced on the Prince and tore his cloths into shreds. The situation forced leaders of the party to take to their heels.
As at press time, Prince Ekpen had petitioned the police Area Command on the assault him by Osakpanwa. Mr Jim Adun, a close aide to the council boss, who confirmed the incident to Vanguard, lamented that the ugly incident occurred at a meeting to discuss the forthcoming elections.