Edo Chief Priest Remanded In Prison For Encroaching On NTA Land

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By: Patrick Ochoga, Benin City

An Evboriaria Magistrate Court has remanded the Chief Priest of Aduwawa Community in Ikpoba-Okha Local Government Area, Prince Nosa Osadolor, to prison custody for alleged forceful encroachment on the land where the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) broadcast station is located.

Ten count charges bothering on demolition of NTA Aduwawa perimeter fencing, forceful encroachment of NTA premises with firearms and causing fear among staff of NTA were preferred against Priest Osadolor popularly known as Afro.

Before the arrest and arraignment of Priest Osadolor, he had earlier told journalists that the land belonged to the community’s shrine.

Priest Osadolor said the land is known as ‘Egbebo’ (juju forest) and it is where the building of the priest was supposed to be built.

He said the shrine was erected by Oba Ewuare in the 15th century and that the priesthood are passed from father to son.

His words, “The shrine is not mine. It was planted by Oba Ewuare. This place is a traditional ground for the shrine.”

However Presiding Magistrate, T. O. Omoruyi remanded Osadolor to prison custody pending legal advice from the Department of Public Prosecution whether the court has jurisdiction to hear the case.

The case was adjourned to January 22, 2018 for mentioning.