By Abavo Kingsley, Benin


One of the structures destroyed during the attack.

Iyanomo village, Ovia – North – East local Government Council area, Edo State has cried out over alleged continued attack by their immediate neighbor; Oye dukedom.

Rising from an enlarged meeting last week, the people led by their Odionwere (Village Head), Omoregieva Sunday Agho cried out, passionately appealing to the Benin Monarch, Oba Ewuare II, State Government, and all relevant security agencies to urgently intervene to save them from unceasing nightmare in the hands of Oye.

They lamented that in each attack, Oye destroyed their property with the recent which happened on 15 May, 2019.

Agho narrated; “we were surprised to wake up one morning to see some persons from Oye and in their midst, persons wearing army uniform ravaging the entire village.

“Oye people using the army, forcefully claim ownership of land that belongs to Iyanomo village, and destroyed buildings that were at various stages of development.”

According to him, the Enogie of Oye, HRH Aighobahi Osagie claimed that the Nigerian army owns the land having sold it to them years ago.

A claim he says is not true as Iyanomo only has boundary with Oye and not the army as they wrongly want the public to believe.

“It is Oye that shares boundary with the army” Agho said.

The Odionwere disclosed that he, some elders, and youths were on the day of the attack arrested and detained for two days at the army barracks on the alleged instruction of HRH Aighobahi after he said Oye encroached on the land.

He added that since Oba Ewuare II pronounced Iyanomo is separate and independent of Oye dukedom, they have continuously attacked and used soldiers to harass them.

Also speaking, Sunday Ohiengbonwan, and Monday Ifasuhun in a wailing tone cried that Iyanomo people were sick and tired of the continued attack on them by Oye.

One of the properties’ developers, who simply identified himself as Kabiru, lamented that the unending attack and destruction of their properties was becoming unbearable and they were afraid of the unknown that might chance.

According to him, some of the properties destroyed were structures at lintel and DPC levels while over 3,000 blocks were destroyed as the men in army uniform chased out everyone found on ground after allegedly beating them to stupor.

Iyanomo people appealed to all relevant authorities including the Benin Monarch, Oba Ewuare II to urgently come to their rescue.

Efforts to contact the Enogie of Oye for reaction as at the time of filing this story was not successful as an inside source who craved anonymity said he was indisposed.