Operatives of the Zone 5 Police Headquarters in Benin, have denied news trending on social media that they are investigating land ownership dispute and have arrested Human Rights Activist and President of One Love Foundation, Chief Patrick Eholor on the instruction of the Esama of Benin Kingdom, Chief Gabriel Igbinedion,.
In a statement signed by the Zonal Public Relations Officer, DSP Tijani Momoh, the Command spelt out that its operatives are not investigating ownership of land or any land dispute between Chief Eholor and the Esama of Benin Kingdom as this was clearly a civil matter to be determined by a court of competent jurisdiction.
The statement added that Police Operatives from Zone 5 Headquarters actually invited Chief Eholor to have an interview with the AIG over a petition of assault written by one Friday Eregboa who alleged that Chief Eholor physically assaulted him on the 27th April, 2021, while he was working on a farm land he was temporarily assigned to cultivate.
“Based on this, Chief Patrick and other parties involved were invited and the AIG addressed and advised them to continue to be peaceful and not engage in any act capable of breaching public peace while the police continues with investigation.”
“The allegation of police involvement in land dispute between Chief Patrick Eholor and the Esama of Benin is therefore untrue and should therefore be disregarded.” The statement read.