The immediate Vice Chairman of Odovie community, Ughelli North Local Government Area of Delta State, Hon. Friday Oboba, has petitioned the Inspector General of Police and other security agents over unlawful arrest of the immediate past President General, Mr. Francis Okevwie on allegation that he was fomenting trouble in the community over leadership tussle.
There have been leadership tussle in the Odovie community in the past few months after the present Odovie community President General, Hon. Benjamin Idoghor was elected in a keenly contested election that was conducted by the ex-president general of the community, Mr. Francis Okevwie who was alleged to have been arrested by the Ofuoma Divisional Police and handed over to Ughelli Area Command.
The former Vice Chairman, Hon. Oboba who had petitioned the Inspector General of Police and other security agents through Jurismagnate Attorneys, said the case of the leadership tussle is in the office of the Assistant Inspector General of Police, Zone 5, Benin City, Edo state and in Ughelli Magistrate Court before his unlawful arrest.
Oboba, speaking further said that yesterday evening he was at home when he got a call that the immediate past president general of the community, Mr. Francis Okevwie was beaten up in Ughelli by members of a faction that were opposed to the election of the newly elected president general of Odovie community, Hon. Benjamin Idoghor.
He pointed out that he has not seen where an issue that is in the court and arrest is being made on a mere allegations that the immediate past president general who had ruled the community for three consecutive years and a community leader who has conducted the most freest and fairest election is being alleged of fomenting trouble, it is appalling.
The petition has called on the Inspector General of Police, Assistant Inspector General of Police and other security agents to look into the unlawful arrest over a case that is pending in the court, described it as violation of the law and affront in the eyes of the public.
When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Zone 5, DSP Tijani Momoh said he had no idea of any arrest in Delta.