Edo State governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, has said that a white paper on the report of the Investigative Panel on the Youths/Police Clash in Upper Igun Area, in Benin City, will be issued in 30 days’ time. Obaseki disclosed this when he received report of the panel led by Retired Justice Joseph Olubor, at the Government House in Benin City, Edo State.
He said, “Within the next 30 days, we will go through the report and issue a white paper on the issue. We are committed to the well-being and safety of our people. We will get to the bottom of this report and take the necessary action to ensure justice is done in the matter. I assure you that this report will not be left in the shelf.”
Obaseki added, “Sometimes, it is not easy to get to the truth of issues of this magnitude, but we have no choice but to select credible and intelligent people to help us get the truth out.”
Chairman of the panel, retired President of Customary Court of Appeal,
Hon. Justice Joseph Olubor, said, “26 witnesses appeared before the panel to give evidence on the incident. The numbers reveal how members of the public are ready to assist the panel in its work to get the truth of what happened on that day.”
Meanwhile, the Investigative Panel on Ugbor Gas explosion has revealed that the incident was caused by negligence and illegal siphoning of gas at the gas station.
Chairman, Administrative Panel of Inquiry on the Incident of Gas Explosion at Ugbor, Justice Peter Isibor, made the revelation when the panel submitted its report to Governor Obaseki, at the Government House in Benin City.
Justice Isibor said, “Findings of the panel revealed that the three victims who died due to the gas explosion were staff of the gas station whose proprietor is one Mr. Idemudia Osagie, while a trainee with the station was admitted for 23-degree burns.”
“The panel also gathered that the three staff members who died from the explosion did not heed to the station manager’s instruction not to tamper with the gas installation within the premises. They went ahead to siphon gas from the plant for their personal use. The explosion was triggered when a generator set was switched on to enable them siphon the gas,” he said.
Isibor said the gas plant was illegally set up, as the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) revealed that the station has no permission and licence to operate. At the time of the explosion, the station lacked water hydrant and gas detector as precautionary measures.”
Governor Obaseki said the report would be passed on to the Secretary to the State Government to develop policies that will regulate the activities of gas stations in the state and prevent similar occurrence in the future.
Police Arraign Grandfather, Sons For Defiling 9-Year-Old Girl By Patrick Ochoga, Benin City Sequel to the intervention of Edo State governor, Godwin Obaseki in the case of defilement of a 9-year-old minor in Oliha area of Benin City, her 70-year-old grandfather, Francis Ezomo and his two sons, who allegedly defiled her, have been arraigned by the police at Evbuoriaria Magistrate Court.
The trio are facing two count charges of conspiracy and defilement.
Upon arrival in court, the minor, who is now under the custody of Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, broke into tears on sighting her guardian and others docked.
Permanent secretary at the ministry, Julie Olatunji, told the court that the minor had informed her headmistress how the accused persons defiled her severally after she was quizzed about her unusual gait.
Olatunji said the case was thereafter reported by the acting chairman of the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Dr. Joan Osa Oviawe, at the state Executive Council meeting, where Governor Godwin Obaseki ordered a full-scale investigation into the matter, which led to the arraignment of the suspects.
The permanent secretary told the court that upon medical examination, the girl’s hymen was discovered to have been broken and infected and that she was currently undergoing treatment.
The defendants pleaded not guilty in the charges against them. But counsel to the 1st accused person, Mr Ozomo, Barrister Simeon Atalor, however, applied for bail for the defendant, whom he said was ill and visually-impaired.
The court subsequently granted Mr Ozomo N100,000 bail with a surety in the like sum.
But two of his sons, Nosa and Festus were denied bail.
The case has been adjourned till April 19.