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Edo Tipper Drivers Give Community Chief Priest 7 Days’ Ultimatum

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The Tipper Drivers’ Associ­ation in Edo State has given Ovbokhan Igbinovia, the chief priest of Okhuoromi community, Oredo Local Gov­ernment Area of the state sev­en days’ ultimatum to return their landed property.

While briefing newsmen at the association’s head office on Monday in Benin City, the state capital, Chairman of the associ­ation, Austin Uhunmwangho, said if the state government, Oba of Benin Kingdom and concerned authorities do not prevail on Igbinovia to return the property bought by their members and other individu­als to the association, the body would be left with no choice but to withdraw its services across the state.

He said: “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 persons 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’ property must be returned 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 have given the chief priest seven days’ ultimatum or de­clare total shutdown of ser­vices across the entire state.”

The Chief Priest, Igbino­via, had accused the associa­tion chairman of interfering in an affair that he was never invited with the motive of sat­isfying his side chick.

He said Uhunmwangho and his members did not buy any landed property from author­ities of the community.

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