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Edo election: Police arrest armed ex-militant leaders in Benin


Three ex-militant leaders were arrested by the Edo state police command around Benin city, Edo state.

The ex-militants who are currently being held at the state criminal investigation department inside the state police headquarters were arrested with two AK47.

They will be arraigned in court on Wednesday, September 14, The Nation reports.

Speaking to newsmen on Monday, the Commissioner for Justice and Attorney General of Edo state, Barrister Henry Idahagbon, debunked rumours that the militants were arrested in his hotel on Friday.

“My attention was drawn through innumerable calls to a mischievous publication on the Facebook page of one Ogbeide Ifaluyi Isibor to the effect that the DSS arrested 61 militants in my motel. Some days ago the same fellow also caused to be published that I was buying PVCs within the premises of the ministry of Justice.

“The PDP having failed woefully to persuade Edo people to return to Egypt has resorted to spinning false stories and marketing same online. We are daily been assailed by different fabricated stories. If the deputy governor wasn’t engaged in a shouting match with the governor, the commissioner for information, Hon Kassim Afegbua will be endorsing one of their two candidates.

“For the avoidance, the story is false and a figment of the warped imagination of the writer, no amount of false propaganda against my person or other members of the APC will stop the impending annihilation of the party in Edo state and the reduction to tunnels of the over bloated political ego of their candidate.”

The arrest was confirmed by the state police command in Benin.


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