Edo tipper drivers threaten strike, give Chief Priest seven-day ultimatum
The Tipper Drivers Association in Edo State has given Chief Priest, Ovbokhan Igbinovia, the Priest of Okhuoromi community, Oredo Local Government Area of the state seven days ultimatum to return their landed properties.
While briefing newsmen at the association’s head office on Monday in Benin City, the state capital, Chairman of the association, Comr Austin Uhunmwangho said if the state government, Oba of Benin Kingdom and concerned authorities do not prevail on Igbinovia to return the properties bought by their members and other individuals to them, the association will be left with no choice than to withdraw its service across the state.
According to him; “the Chief Priest collected my land including that of my members, he destroyed our buildings. Buildings that were up to roofing level, all went down the drain, just like that”.
“We are not the only victims of this whole evil act you can see some other person here. We have taken it upon ourselves to liberate others even while we fight for our rights. What we want is our land, we don’t want any other thing. Our members land and all these victims of circumstances properties must be returned back to them”.
“We have gotten over 50 petitions with evidence of houses that have been demolished. The state government and the Benin palace should intervene. We are given the chief Priest seven days ultimatum or declare total shut down of services across the entire state.
Comr Uhunmwangho noted that the action of the community chief priest was worse than that of the disbanded Community Development Association,] whose activities were retrogressing development in the kingdom.
“It will be better if we revert to the days/era of CDA though it has been outlawed by the state government and by the Benin Monarch.
Speaking, Mrs Amete Joy, one of the victims whose property was collected said all effort to recover her land was unsuccessful even when she stayed at the Chief Priest house gate for days.
“He destroyed my building with three self-contained buildings; the remaining building materials available were seized. When I bought that land we starved for days just to pay for the land,” She said,
The Ohen, Chief Priest, Ovbokhan Igbinovia had accused the association chairman of pokenosing into an affair that he was never invited with the motive of satisfying his side chick.
He said Comr Uhunmwangho and his members did not buy any landed property from authorities of the community.