Jethro Ibileke/Benin


The police in Benin have arrested and detained the traditional ruler of Sasaro, a community in Akoko-Edo local government area of Edo state, over allegations that a police rifle allegedly taken from a policeman attached to some expatriate workers in the area was found in his bedroom.DIG-Solomon-Arase

It was gathered that a native of the sleepy community who works for a Lebanese-owned quarry company in the area, had drowned when he went to swim in a river near their place of work last Tuesday.

The Lebanese in company of other employees, was said to have gone to the community to report the incident, but youths of the community pounced on them beating the two policemen attached to the expatriates and in the process, seized one of the rifles.

The policemen were said to have called for reinforcement to rescue them and the expatriates workers.

It was further gathered that in the course of searching for the missing gun, it was discovered in the monarch’s bedroom. He was immediately arrested and taken to Igarra police station for questioning from where he was transferred to the state command of the for further interrogation.

It would be recalled that few years ago, some youths from Igarra, headquarters of the local government, were beaten and detained in Sasaro for visiting a disputed land between the two communities. It took the intervention of the Otaru of Igarra before the youths were released.

When contacted, the newly posted Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Stephen Onwochei, said he would get the full details, but a senior police officer in the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) confirmed the development.

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