August 4, 2017

Oghede community protests alleged brutality

By Simon Ebegbulem

BENIN CITY—THE people of Oghede Community in Ovia North East Local Government Area of Edo State, yesterday, protested to the palace of the Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare 11 and the state Government House, alleging brutality in the hands of members of the Nigerian Army at Ekenwa barrack.

The Enogie of the community, His Royal Highness Osadebamien Aghaghowa and other elders of the community had led a similar protest penultimate week, accusing the Army of sacking members of the community from their homes and taking over their lands.

The protesters who also stormed the state House of Assembly disrupted movement for several hours around the Ring Road area and adjourning streets.

They were however, addressed by the Deputy Governor of the state, Mr Philip Shaibu at Government House.

Younger brother to the Enogie, Christopher Aghaghowa,  who led the protest, lamented that: “Despite all efforts we have made to appeal to the Army to leave our God given land alone, they have continued to beat up our people and have assembled bulldozers to start demolishing our homes claiming that our land belongs to them.”