A prince of the Benin royal family, Ekpen Erediauwa, has resigned his appointment as Executive Director (Government House) lees than 24 hours after he alleged that Governor Adams Oshiomhole harassed and threatened his life over a parcel of land he acquired from the Federal Government some years ago. The State Government denied the allegation.
However, Prince Erediauwa said he will institute a legal action against Oshiomole over the alleged harassment and threat to his life.
“There is a parcel of land at Okoro-Otun Avenue, GRA Benin. It is a Federal Government property based on investigations I conducted a few years ago. I made some contacts and acquired the land,” Erediauwa said.
“Last week, the governor invited me and asked about the property, I said yes, I owned it and that some people were working on the land and I stopped them. I told him that the land belongs to me, and he asked me to stay away from the land.
“He said if I don’t stay away from the land, he would arrest me. He said if I send anybody there, the person will be physically manhandled. My lawyers are looking into the matter.”
Reacting to the issue, state Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Louis Odion denied the allegation.
“Our attention has been drawn to a wild allegation made by Ekpen Erediauwa that Governor Oshiomhole, was after his life over a parcel of land.
“This is nothing but an amateurish attempt at blackmail. The truth is that the young man had taken to a career of land speculation, engaging armed thugs to harass hapless developers all over town. He was enjoined to desist from these nefarious activities.
“It would have made sense if the young man had provided proof of ownership of the land he is laying claims to.
“Truly, these are political times when idle hands would push anything for bread and butter. I think it is quite instructive that the young man permitted himself the liberty to tell these funny lies yesterday in company of Edo PDP Chairman, Mr. Daniel Orbih,” Odion said.