*Victim alleges threat to life, petitions IGP
In what can be described as brazen display of impunity and misuse of power, the Obi of Idumu-Ogo and his brother, Diji Chike, have been accused of attempting to forcefully take over the land and property of Chief Odekpe Curtis, the Iyase of Onicha-Uku (Traditional Prime-Minister) in Delta state.
The landed property which Odekpe inherited from his mother, late Omu Okpuzor Ashiedu, was vandalised and valuable items carted away by hoodlum led by the Obi and his assailants.
Recalling his ordeal Chief Odekpe said precisely “on Wednesday, the 8th of February 2017, the Obi of Idumu-Ogo, His Royal Majesty, Obi Samuel Odeigwai Otiegede in company of his brother, Diji Chike and thugs invaded my premises armed with cutlasses and other dangerous weapons, pulled down the fence and gained entrance in to the property.”
They vandalised the building, destroyed the roof and made way in to my late mothers’ room where they carted away her box of gold and fifty pieces of traditional beads which I inherited from her.
As if that was not enough, they drove away my tenant Mrs. Edith Owazuruonye Okoh, who is a traditional medicine practitioner and her patient, Mr. Isaac Nwabash and threw her properties out of the house. The Obi and his thugs attacked them with cutlasses and they sustained severe injuries and they are currently receiving treatment at the Central Hospital Agbor in Delta state.
Chike and the Obi also promised to eliminate the tenant if they try to move to the said property.
The said Obi while noticing the presence of reporters and camera men at the scene ordered his thugs to chase them out.
Investigation by our reporter revealed that the land in dispute was bought by late Omu Okpuzor Ashiedu from late Paul Otiegede in 1970s with the sum of N20,000.00 the said father to the present Obi of Odumu-Ogo, Samuel Otiegede.
The victim further assert that the Obi promised to eliminate anyone who step his feet on the said property.
According to eye witness report, Chike has been making advances at Mrs. Edith Owazuruonye, but her refusal prompted the issue.
While Chief Odekpe stated that he had to renovate the said property to make it more habitable after the demise of his mother.
Adding that as a peace loving man and a Prime Minister of his people he has explored all avenues to resolve the matter with the Obi but to no avail.
It is also worthy to note that the said Ashiedu mother hails from Idumu-Ogo a neighbouring town bounded with Onicha-Uku in Delta.
All efforts to reach the Obi of Idumu-Ogo proved abortive. Meanwhile, lawyers to Chief Odekpe have petitioned the Inspector General of Police in Abuja.