EDOCSO SNATCHES 10 ILLEGALLY ARRESTED PERSONS FROM THE CLAWS OF DISBANDED EDO STATE WASTE MANAGEMENT BOARD:
One of the sacred oath taken by every member of Edo Civil Society Organisations is to ensure no Edo indigene and resident will be intimidated, humiliated or denigrated by powerful individuals or institutions; be it public or private.
The creed found expression today when members of EDOCSO ably led by its interim TEC chairman, Leftist Austin Enabulele acting on a tip-off stormed the premises of Urhokpota Hall in the city centre in response to 10 persons that the hitherto disbanded Edo State Waste Management Board took into custody for acclaimed various environmental offences they lacked the powers to enforce.
It should be recalled that both the high court and the appeal court had banned the activities of the board and expressly stated that the business of waste management is constitutionally under the purview of local government councils. In spite of the landmark judgement by the high court and the appellate court, Edo state government through its agents still goes about arresting the people and using the mobile courts to extort them.
Edo State Government have appealed the matter to the supreme court yet couldn’t wait for the final decision of the apex court but would rather resort to illegality for the singular aim of revenue generation using pseudo jungle justice means of mobile courts.
We have proven once again that power belongs to the people. EDOCSO don’t just bark, it bites deeply too.
Much appreciation to the interim leadership of Edo Civil Society Organisations and ever reliable and gallant comrades who evaporated from different corners and condensed at Urhokpota Hall to demand for the rights of the oppressed by Edo state government and its suppressive agents.
Leftist Aliyu Umweni
Interim Public Relations Officer,
Edo Civil Society Organisations