By Adibe Emenyonu in Benin City
For allegedly flouting the law prohibiting the activities of Community Development Association (CDA’s), a Benin Chief and Ohen of Amufi in Ikpoba-Okha local government area of Edo state, was yesterday arrested by the committee on Protection of Private Property.
Chief AosenogianÂ was arrested after he failed to appear before the committee led by former Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, following allegation that he was disrupting development in the community by frustrating the effort of a developer who wanted to construct 400 housing units in the community.
Addressing journalists at Government House Benin City yesterday, the secretary of the Committee and Special Adviser to Governor Godwin Obaseki on community and Political Matters, Chief Osaro Idah, said “irrespective of the fact that the suspect is a fellow chief, his arrest was ordered because he flouted the law”.
According to him, â€œdespite the banning of CDAs, certain people are not ready to comply with the law which says that anyone who is disrupting development and who is still involving himself with the defunct CDA , this committee has a right to look into it. And there is an existing law by the state government.
â€œ Now a certain company (developers) came to Edo state and wanted to acquire land for the construction of 400 housing units, but they were disrupted by community heads of the CDA. We invited the people involved but to our greatest surprise the leaders of that community did not only insult our emissaries, they threw the letter sent to them on the floor”.
Chief Idah further said, ” So since somebody says we do not have powers to invite him because he is above the law, we have invited the police to arrest him and investigate the matter. After the investigation we will now come back to look at the issue of who owns the land. We want to use this opportunity to say no body is above the law to refuse the invitation of this committee. We have now invited the police to do its job”.