In a bizarre turn of events, Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State has ordered the arrest of his predecessor, Adams Oshiomhole, over his alleged role in a protest that led to the destruction of banks and the death of no fewer than three people in the state.s
There is no love lost between the two political heavyweights of Edo state after a falling out over Obaseki’s second term bid.
In a statement by the Commissioner for Communication and Orientation, Chris Nehikhare, the governor alleged that Oshimohole, a chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress, (APC) mobilised thugs to vandalise banks and disrupt the peace of the state over the naira scarcity.
He said: “We have been around the city all day, speaking with the protesters, and we discovered that it is more than meets the eye.
“At this stage, we call on security agencies to arrest Adams Oshiomhole for questioning and to account for his movement, especially here in Benin City in the last few days. He deliberately instigated the protest of the people.
“I know people will see the protest as a result of scarcity of naira notes, but even if that is the case, Nigerians should know which political party is involved, because it is ironic that the same party that is responsible for this policy is still sending people to destroy Peoples Democratic Party billboards.”