The Zone 5 Police Headquarters in Benin has denied involvement in investigating the land dispute in between Chief Patrick Eholor and the Esama of Benin Kingdom, Chief Gabriel Igbinedion.
In a statement by the Zonal Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Tijani Momoh described the allegation as untrue.
DSP Momoh urged people to disregard the allegation trending on social media.
“policemen Operatives from the zone are not investigating ownership of land or any land dispute between Chief Patrick Eholor and the Esama of Benin Kingdom as this is clearly a civil matter and added that such matter is to be determined by a court of competent jurisdiction.”
The statement added, “police operatives from Zone 5 Headquarters actually invited Chief Patrick Eholor to have an interview with the Assistant Inspector-General of Police in charge of the zone over a petition of assault written by one Mr Friday Eregboa who alleged that Chief Patrick Eholor physically assaulted him on the 27th April 2021 while he was working on a farmland he was temporarily assigned to cultivate”.
Chief Patrick EHOLOR 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 continue with the investigation.