It has become imperative we inform the general public of the incident leading to the arrest of Leftist Omobude Agho in the early hours of 14th June, 2024 at about 2am.

It all started as a community leadership adjustment wherein the Odionwere (community head) sacked the Okaighele (youth leader), one Mr. Dominic Edobor of Ugbineh community which is located in Ovia North East Local Government Area of Edo state and replaced with another youth member. The Okaighele has been accused of financial impropriety, illegal and indiscriminate sales of community lands, high handedness and the use of law enforcement agents to harass and oppress members of the community.

It must be noted that, Leftist Omobude Agho’s maternal father hails from Ugbineh community where he built his house and lived till his death. Being a human rights activist who abhors oppression and an indigene of the community, he took steps in ensuring the community live in peace where one man cannot become the overload of all. He couldn’t allow oppression, intimidation of others or misappropriation of the commonwealth of the community by a single person using the instrumentality of coercion to fester.

Mr. Dominic Edobor having being stopped from further usage of coercion in his operations in the community, resorted to the use of the palace of the Oba of Benin and the police to arm twist the Odionwere to submission and both attempts failed. He ran to court and the matter is still pending in a high court sitting at Okada.

After trying hard to use these institutions to achieve his aim and it seems they couldn’t be used, he decided to use the Department of State Security (DSS) to arrest Leftist Omobude Agho and others by doing a petition alleging threat to life and promotion of native war which is still under investigation by the DSS.

On the arrest of Leftist Omobude Agho, the DSS personnel numbering about 15 stormed his private resident at about 2am with three Hilux Vans and one private car. While he was asleep with his family, men of the department broke into his compound and room pointing guns at him in bed while commanding him to follow them. At first, he thought, they were armed robbers or kidnappers. It was when he put on the light that he realized they were kitted in DSS vests. The operation was carried out in a gestapo style depicting a movie scene wherein a hardened criminal or a most wanted terrorist that has a lot of ammunition and lieutenants in a hideout. He was immediately whisked away to their office.

The leadership and members of Edo Civil Society Organisations (EDOCSO) in our numbers marched to the office of the DSS to demand for his release after faulting the operational style adopted by the DSS when an invitation to respond to a petition would have been sufficient without necessarily making it look like a sponsored operation. Edo state and the country have more than enough insecurity issues to deal with that requires such deployment of personnel and resources in the operation for the arrest of one armless Leftist Omobude Agho.

Leftist Omobude Agho’s statement was obtained and he was interrogated based on the petition where his name was mentioned. The interrogating officers adhered to the provisions of the Administrative of Criminal Justice Act/Law (ACJA/L) and were very professional in conduct. A medical doctor was on the ground for checks and drugs administration while meals were provided for suspects in custody.

After the interrogation, he was released on bail at about 5pm and was received by the cheering members of the civil society led by the Interim TEC Chairman, Leftist Austine Enabulele who have been at the DSS gate as early as 7am chanting solidarity songs.

Leftist Aliyu Umweni
Interim Public Relations Officer
Edo Civil Society Organisations (EDOCSO)

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