Edo Anti-CDA Taskforce Orders Arrest Of Odionwere Of Ohonre Community …Resolves Over 100 Cases Since Inception.

BENIN CITY- Standing firm on its resolve to curtail illegal activities of Community Development Associations (CDAs), Edo State Government has ordered the arrest of the Odionwere of Ohonre, Mr. Victor Ugiagbe, over his refusal to honour invitations by the Taskforce on Private Property Protection.
The Vice Chairman of the Taskforce on Private Property Protection, Chief Osaro Idah, disclosed this on Monday, warning against the antics of CDA members who still perpetuate illegal activities in the state.
He said that Mr. Ugiagbe, who hails from Ohonre Community in Ovia North East Local Government Area of the state, was reported to have claimed ownership and destroyed the perimeter fence of a landed property belonging to one Mr. Oviasuyi Brown.

He added that when the task force invited Mr. Ugiagbe to make his case, he refused to honour the taskforce’s invitation on the allegations leveled against him.
Chief Idah said the committee would further seek legal advice from the Edo State Ministry of Justice to ascertain the final steps to be taken in the court case filed by Mr. Victor Ugiagbe against the taskforce’s order.
The taskforce’s Public Relations Officer, Hon. Osaro Obazee, said the committee has presided over and resolved about one hundred cases since its inauguration.
He noted that some cases were resolved by the warring factions in communities that have been sensitised on the consequences of disregarding the PPP Law.
According to him, “Some communities that know the implications of the law have resolved land disputes amicably. The task force only waded into those that weren’t making headway.”

Edo Assembly Approves Reduction Of 2017 Budget

BENIN CITY-  The Edo House of Assembly on Monday approved a downward review of the state’s 2017 budget, as proposed by the executive arm of government.
It will be recalled that Gov. Godwin Obaseki, had on Oct. 16, wrote to the house to approve the budget’s reduction from N153.18 billion as passed in February to N127.92 billion.
In the reviewed bill, the government slashed the recurrent expenditure from N76.5 billion to N66.9 billion, while the capital expenditure was also reduced from N76.6 billion to N61.8 billion.
Moving the motion for the consideration of the bill, the Majority Leader, Roland Asoro (APC -Orihionmwon South), said the reduction in the budget was to allow the state government meet the prevailing economic realities.
He also explained that the reduction was due to the dwindling allocations from the Federation Account, arising from the fall in oil prices at the international market.
The Deputy Speaker, Victor Edoror (APC – Esan Central) seconded the motion.
The house unanimously adopted the motion.
The Speaker, Kabiru Adjoto, said that the 2017 Appropriation Act had to be reviewed downward because of dwindling revenue.
‘‘We are reviewing the budget downward to reflect the reality of the nation’s economy,” he said.
House rules 20, 27, 42 43 44 and 45 were suspended to enable the lawmakers consider the bill.

NDLEA Arrests 86 People For Alleged Drug Trafficking In Edo

BENIN CITY-  The Edo State Command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested 86 people, suspected to be trafficking illicit drugs.
The Commander of the agency in Edo, Mr Buba Wakawa, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Benin on Monday that the suspects were arrested between July and September this year.
According to him, the suspects are made up of 61 males, including a Malian and 25 females.
Wakawa said that 2, 930 kg of hard drugs were seized within the period and that 46.8 hectares of suspected cannabis farms were also destroyed.
The commander said the cannabis farms were estimated to be producing 217,414 kg of cannabis.
According to him, a breakdown of the seized drugs are: cannabis (2,929.6 kg), Tramadol (159 grammes), Swino (four grammes), Vegha (26 grammes), Codeine (29 grammes) and Heroin (20 grammes).
He said that the agency had successfully prosecuted one Obiora Nkemokonam, who was sentenced to 10 months imprisonment for possessing 20 kg of cannabis.

Wakawa said that two vehicles and two motorcycles had been impounded from suspects in connection with the seizures.
He said that 37 drug-dependent people had also been counselled and reunited with their families, while three other peole who were currently undergoing rehabilitation.
Wakawa lamented that the drug menace was not showing signs of abatement, calling on stakeholders to strengthen cooperation in the fight against illicit drug production, trafficking and abuse.
“Drug seizures in the state are on the increase, while cannabis farms are overwhelming.
“Cases of drug abuse are also posing greater challenge daily as more victims are getting trapped in the web of drug abuse.
“This calls for greater commitment on our part to resist the activities of drug cartels.’’
He appealed for increased funding and logistics support to the command to enable it to surmount its problems.

Motorists Appeal To FG To Reconstruct Narrow Ose Bridge At Owan West In Edo

LAGOS- Motorists on Monday appealed to the Federal Government to urgently reconstruct the old and narrow Ose Bridge at Owan West Local Government in Edo to prevent vehicles from plunging into the Ose River.
They told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that several vehicles from the western part of the country going to Abuja had plunged into the river killing many of the occupants.
NAN reports that the bridge is situated between Ifon, a village in Ondo State and Uzebba, a town in Owan West Local Government in Edo.
The road, constructed in the 1970s, is the only link for motorists from Afemai, Owan West and East Local Government Areas to the western part of the country.
Besides, it is the only short route for motorists from Esan in Edo and the eastern part of the country to the western states.
According to one of the motorists, Mr Edeki Aigbogun, who resides in Uzebba, the bridge is a death trap whenever it rains.
“It is situated at a slope and whenever it rains, the bridge is always flooded, prompting drivers to wade through the flood at their own risk because it has no railings.

“The situation makes it more difficult for the drivers to see the edges of the bridge whenever it is flooded.
“Many vehicles had plunged into the river because the bridge has little or no demarcation from the river,’’ Aigbogun said.
Another motorist, Mr Dada Okun, said the narrow bridge, which could not accommodate two vehicles at a time, was built by a construction firm, Niger Cat in the 1970s.
Okun said the bridge required an upgrade due to the surge in the number of motorists that use the bridge to prevent loss of lives.
He said that aside the Ose Bridge, there were two other bridges at Igwue Obi, whose base and sizes had been depleted by erosion.
He said that residents of Uzebba had on many occasions provided palliatives by sand-filling the edges of the bridges but their efforts were always washed away by rainfall.

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