By Simon Ebegbulem & Gabriel Enogholase

BENIN-EMBATTLED Chairman of the Edo State Task Force on Illegal Structures, Street Trading and Traffic Obstruction, Major Lawrence Loye (rtd), Monday, resigned from the service of the state government, citing what he described as the “inhuman treatment” meted out to him by Governor Adams Oshiomhole as reason for his action.

It will be recalled that Governor Oshiomhole had ordered the arrest and prosecution of Loye after he accused him of illegally demolishing the houses of Dr. Samuel Ogbemudia and Senator Rowland Owie without the consent of the state government.

Consequently, Loye was charged before a Magistrate Court in Benin but was denied bail on his first appearance and was remanded in prison. Loye, however, regained his freedom on September 29 after the magistrate held that the offence was a bailable one.

However, in his letter of resignation addressed to Governor Oshiomhole, Loye said: “My decision is consequent upon the inhuman, barbarous and embarrassing treatment I suffered publicly in your hand at the site of Dr. Ogbemudia’s house on Siloko Road, which ordeal led to my incarceration after my arrest and being in handcuffs for 18 days both in the Nigeria police state CID detention and the Benin prison yard.

“Still very convinced that the demolition team of the task force carried out a legitimate operation as mandated by Your Excellency and the supervisory Ministry of Environment and public utilities, the said demolition was in strict conformity with government directives.”

He said he stood firm to defend his men from any alleged wrong doings since the said demolition of the property in question was in strict conformity with government directive.

“Finally, having consulted widely with my family and friends, all of whom agreed that I had become a sacrificial lamb, I have decided to tender my resignation letter to the Chairman of the State Task Force on Environment,” he added.




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