BENIN – THE Amagba Community, in Oredo Local Government Area of Edo State, have called for an investigation to ascertain the circumstances under which its Community Head, Godspower Erhumwun was murdered eight years ago.
It will be recalled that Erhumwun met his tragic end from what family sources said are bullet injuries sustained from gunshot wounds, following an attack after repeated arguments with other community members over the oil and gas discovery in the village.
Majority of the community members wanted to sell the land but Pa Erhumwun as Community head objected because it is sacred land.
Giving an account of what transpired, in February 2012, a source pleading anonymity claimed that they were at home early in the morning when they heard gunshots in the direction of Pa Erhumwun’d house.
“The community has been divided before this attack so we the youths were doing vigilante activities. After the shooting, many of us went to his house to meet him bleeding. The people who killed him drove everyone in the house away before they shot him”.
He said: “They looted his house. The whole place was ransacked. We saw bullet holes on the wall, which showed that they were many who were shooting. Unfortunately till today, we have not heard any report from the Police about what happened”.
The source said the residence of Godspower Erhumwun in the community has been in ruins and desolate, since the episode because both his wives and children disappeared and nobody knows their whereabouts till today.
However, the Police, told journalists that it made some arrests when it happened. They said that they were still investigating the circumstances in the community which ignited the crisis. This they said led to the murder of Erhumwun, promising to get to the root of the matter in the New Year.