The Ijaw People’s Development initiative, IPDI has accused Gov. Godwin Obaseki and Benin Monarch to have behind the arrest of Comrade Daniel Ezekiel and others by Edo state SARS operatives on 27th June, 2019 and that Ijaw nation would react if the release of the persons arrested is further delayed.
In a press statement issued by the group national president comrade (Prince) Ozobo Austin said that some ex-militant leaders from Ijaw extraction were been used by Benin palace and Edo State Government to fight and arrest their fellow Ijaws in Olodiama Kingdom.
The statement read in part “Our attention has been drawn to another barbaric arrest by SPECIAL ANTI ROBBERY SQUARD, SARS in Edo state, an arrest that is been orchestrated by some ex-militant leaders of Ijaw extraction who had joined the Benin to keep the Ijaws in the state in a state of coma and perpetual slavery”
“Ezekiel was arrest by SARS on Thursday 27th of June ,2019 alongside with another two (2) persons at about 10am in Benin city. His lawyer is been denied access to him. Another person that was sent to go and find out what transpires was also arrested in the next morning , making them four altogether”
“The cause of their arrest is unknown but information we are gathering from our source indicates that Oba of Benin had insisted that they should not be bailed. They have started using the police to invite other members of Gelegelegbene community in a view to arrest them”
“This shows that Oba of Benin and Godwin Obaseki are hiding behind Ijaws who do not mean well for the Ijaw nation to arrest and witchhunt the people of Gelegelegbene community and Olodiama Kingdom as regards the recent Gelegelegbene community and Ijaw nation opposition to Oba of Benin attempts to grab Gelegelegbene community land for the purpose of Building an estate”
“It must be made clear here that the part the government of Edo State and Oba of Benin is toeing is dangerous and could threatened the existing peace in the state. We want to state emphatically that Ijaw nation can not be cowed by these cheap arrests of law abiding citizens in Olodiama kingdom. We are not deterred by this cheap action of Oba of Benin. In the light of the above, it will be disastrous to throw caution into the wind”
“We are calling on president Muhammadu Buhari, the Inspector general of police, commissioner of police Edo state, the director general of federal SARS, the AIG Edo state and director general of DSS of Edo state to prevail on this unlawful arrest in a view of releasing Daniel Ezekiel and other innocent people arrested by SARS in the state in immediate effect and ensue that the issue does not escalate out of hand”