The Enugu Annex of Nigeria Police Force Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department, FCID, is presently investigating a case of an alleged threat to the life of one Mr. Benson Odunometa by a former member of the House of Representatives, Hon Daniel Reyenieju and four others.
The complainant is accusing Reyenieju of an attempt to forcefully take over six acres of land belonging to the Ogbe family of Ugbuwangue town in Warri South local government area of Delta State.
He told journalists in Enugu that his life was no longer safe owing to the alleged plot of Reyenieju, a senior legislative aide in the National Assembly, to take over their family land.
In a petition through their lawyer, J.O. Kpedi & Co, to the Deputy Inspector General of Police, FCID, Abuja, which was minuted to the AIG Enugu Annex of FCID in charge of South-East and South-South, the Ogbe family of Ugbuwangue- Warri, headed by Mr. Benson Odunometa, accused the ex-Reps member, Reyenieju of forceful entry into the land and threat of life of the head of the Ogbe family, Mr. Odunometa, in a bid to spuriously claim ownership of the land.
The Ogbe family claimed in the petition to the police that Rejenieju with his thugs forcefully entered the disputed land with swamp buggy to clear the land and fenced it despite the stiff opposition of the family and police warning for his to desist from the encroachment.
Mr. Odunometa alleged that Rejenieju and four other mentioned suspects have been threatening his life which has made him become afraid of the safety of his life.
“In view of the foregoing, therefore, we are sincerely appealing to you to intervene in this matter by detailing some of your officers and men to get the said Hon. Daniel Reyenieju and others to your office for a thorough and discreet investigation of this matter so that our client can get justice,” the law firm wrote to the Police.
The petitioners further revealed that they had earlier dragged Hon. Reyenieju to the Police Zone 5 Headquarters in Benin City, Edo State, where Reyenieju was warned by the police to steer clear from land but he resumed aggressive development on the land in January 2021.
“On September 2021 our client went to the aforesaid land where Hon Daniel Reyenieju used rod to hit him several times but fortunately our client held his hands on his head and the rod hit his hands and he started using the road to hit the back of our client and other young men used sticks and planks to severally beat up our client, he almost passed out but he managed to escape to safety,” part of the petition read.
But Hon. Reyenieju, when contacted, told WAFFITV that he was not aware of any petition in Enugu.
“I’m not aware of any petition,” he said.
When asked whether police asked both parties to maintain the status quo, he quipped: “I want to ask you- is the police a court that they now adjudicate on a civil matter, a land issue? You as a professional should know that you shouldn’t ask me such a question.
“Can the police ask me not to go into the land I have purchased? If anybody has an issue the person should go to court. Why are they making the police useless?”
On the alleged threat to life, he said: “I don’t know what they are talking about. They are in court already, I’m ready to face them in court; the case they are talking about has gone from one police unit to another here in Warri Delta State, two DPOs, to the Area Command here in Warri, to Asaba to the AIG’s office in Benin. They keep shopping from one police unit to another, maybe they will go to Cameroun the next time to get the police.
“Why will someone all the way from Warri, by-pass the Area Command, by-pass Asaba, all the way to Enugu, why didn’t the police question that, if they are doing their investigation? If I were the commissioner of police in Enugu, I would ask them to take it to the Area Command in Warri or the Commissioner of Police in Delta.
“Why will the police get involved in this kind of thing? The police is an institution we all ought to respect, but when people start shopping from one place to another, it is wrong.”
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