Police arrest 13 youths over community project

Electrification project in Uhen and some other communities in Ovia North-East Local Government Area of Edo State has been stalled as two political parties struggle to carry out the project.

The communities have been in darkness for years, but as governorship election in the state approaches, leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party  (PDP) are now fighting each other to electrify the communities.

Last week, attempts by the lawmaker representing Ovia Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Honourable Omosede Igbinedion, to continue work on the project she started recently set her on collision course with leaders of the APC in the area, who reportedly claimed they started the project before the lawmaker.

The situation resulted into scuffle, leading to the arrest of 13 youths, who were said to have clashed with some APC members for allegedly stopping work started by Omosede Igbinedion on the project.

The 13 youths were arraigned at an Okada Magistrate Court, where a case of attempted murder was preferred against them.

The Magistrate, however, declined jurisdiction on the matter and sent the case file to the Department of Public Prosecution for legal advice.

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.