The 13 youths were arraigned at an Okada Magistrate Court, where a case of attempted murder was preferred against them.
Omosede, a daughter of Chief Gabriel Igbinedion, the Esama of Benin, told journalists that she started the project with her personal funds to fulfill her electoral promises to the people.
She accused a former Deputy Speaker of the Edo State House of Assembly, Bright Osayande and the State Commissioner for Youths and Sports, Priestly Ediagbonya, who hailed from the community as being responsible for the stoppage because of the forthcoming Edo State governorship election.
The lawmaker described the continued detention of the 13 protesting youths as illegal and rape of democracy.
She said, “Bright Osayande is a third term lawmaker and he failed to do the electricity project. During my electioneering campaign, I promised to providile electricity to the people. It was on that ground that I started the electrification project with my money.
“APC members came and said they want to put poles on where I had dug out to put poles. The community resisted them. They yold them that they failed to do the project for the past eight years. The community riot and Ediagbonya brought thugs to the place.
“It was after the altercation that Ediagbonya went to the police station and the police invited 13 of them who were just artisans. They went to the police station and were detained on charges of assault. We were surprised the State Commissioner for Justice changed the charge to attempted murder and they were arraigned and remanded to prison custody.”
Responding, Ediagbonya said it was the community elders that decided to contribute money to fix the electricity project after Omosede’s father, Chief Gabriel Igbinedion cut off electricity supply to the area in 2014.
Ediagbonya said they got approval from the Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) after modalities were worked out on how to pay the N2.2m electricity bills owed by the community.
“We started the project first. Omosede does not have approval from the BEDC. We gathered money to buy some poles and some youths accosted us with guns. We had to turn back. They were arrested because they beat up some person.
“It was her father that cut us off from Okada electricity supply and so we decided to fix it ourselves. You know there is problem with the constituency projects in Abuja because of padding.”