An activist and founding father of One Love Foundation, Comrade Patrick Eholor has cried out over an alleged plot by billionaire businessman, Chief Gabriel Igbinedion to eradicate him and his household.
Speaking with journalists, Eholor alleged that Igbinedion had threatened to eliminate him and members of his household.
According to him, the businessman has been utilizing the police to harass him, his household, and staff.
Igbinedion’s son, Lucky, was the governor of Edo State from 1999 to 2007.
The activist alleged that the issue began when he refused to permit Igbinedion to take his huge expanse of land, which he stated he bought way back from the Obe group in Edo State.
He accused Igbinedion, who’s the Esama of Benin Kingdom, of attempting to forcibly take the stated land from him.
“What does he want to do with lands and properties of poor people like us, if not for wickedness?” Eholor requested.
He, nevertheless, vowed to defend his property, even when it will value him his life.
“He hates me because I am very stubborn and won’t let him take my land. He hates my guts, but I would rather live free or die,” he stated.
He stated, “You are aware that we tried to work there the last time, and he went to bring police officers from the Area Command to intimidate us, so I want to give you the background history of the property. I bought this property over two decades ago, going to three decades. Apparently, I was the first to buy land there, from Obe (but) I didn’t develop the place because I was abroad.
“Esama’s in-law, who defrauded a financial institution; he was a financial institution head and defrauded the financial institution to the tune of billions, and he was being tried by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). Because he had a whole lot of issues with them, they had been after his property, so a few of his property, he handed over to Chief Igbinedion.
“He claims he bought it from Ugbor which was true, but when they went to the palace, the Oba Erediauwa decided that the boundary between Obe and Ugbor were shifted and Ugbor people were wrong.
“Therefore they violated the land boundary, and the entire land was ceded to Obe individuals. They went to courtroom, and Obe individuals received Osa Osunde in courtroom. He went to human rights (fee), saying the Obe individuals violated him, however Obe individuals stated they by no means violated him, they usually additionally defeated him.
“Osa Osunde has never confronted me one day; I took a step further to protect my property from Osa Osunde because he was selling it illegally to Esama, and also tried to sell to other people. The court said he should not go into the property. He has not been able to answer any police or court because of his ill health, I’m sure. I heard he is very ill. But I sympathise with him and pray for his good health.
“But the query to ask Esama is, why is he violating each legislation? Why is he going in opposition to the choice of Erediauwa, when he is aware of that our palace is supreme, and the judgment from the palace is supreme?
“Why is Esama intimidating me with police, Department of State Services (DSS), and attempting in various ways to ‘waste’ me? He boasted several times that he was going to waste me. We were at the AIG’s (Assistant Inspector General of Police) office and he didn’t come, the AIG said this is strictly a civil matter. But Esama has continued to harass me and my family in various ways.
“We had been working a couple of days in the past and he went to Area Command to attempt to use the police to intimidate us once more, he got here with about 38 policemen.
“There are no policemen in our streets, there is kidnapping, there is insecurity, and yet the police still allow Esama to use them which is very unfortunate. He has battalions of police, which the Ugbor Divisional Police Office doesn’t even have, and the AIG has said many times that they want to take policemen away from VIPs, so Esama is one of the problems we have been having in this country, but like I already told him, I would rather live free or die. I must let justice take its course. If Esama has any issue, he should go to court but should stop threatening my life and stop harassing me, and stop destroying my businesses.
“I’ve no private enterprise with Esama, I by no means purchased land from him, he by no means purchased land from me, he by no means purchased from Obe, nor Ugbor. He is simply combating soiled for his in-law who’s married to his daughter, Patricia Igbinedion. So the general public ought to concentrate on Esama’s intimidation. The world ought to let him know that the period of intimidation is over, his character and behavior isn’t any totally different from SARS (Special Anti-Robbery Squad).”
“He additionally tried to make use of considered one of my attorneys to do a disclaimer to a petition earlier than the AIG. There was an error in a single petition, originating from Barrister Austin Akahome, however sadly, a special lawyer’s title was talked about, who can also be my lawyer. But he wasn’t a part of this petition to the AIG. There was strain, and I used to be shocked to learn a information report the place he stated he by no means issued a petition in opposition to Igbinedion and all that. These are varied methods of intimidation however I used to be in a position to deal with it very maturely.
“The Esama knows I am not the type he can intimidate, and I will not fall into his intimidation. He was claiming that he was in South Africa, and never came to answer the AIG. My question is that, is Esama above the law? If the son was a former governor, is that a yardstick for him to intimidate and violate the rule of law? This is what I want to urge the public to ask Esama. Empires rise and fall, what Esama is doing now, I am sorry, it might be very unfortunate.
“If he needs to go soiled, I will probably be pressured to go soiled with him. I’ve all the time wished to be magnanimous with him, if he goes low, I am going excessive, however sufficient is sufficient, and a phrase is sufficient for the smart.”