Men of the area command of the Nigerian Police in Ugbegun town in Edo Central senatorial district had intervene in a crisis between members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the community.
The two camps loyal to a chieftain of the APC, Mathew Emiohe, on one side and the Onojie of Ugbegun Kingdom, His Royal Highness, Samuel Obade II and the PDP on the other, had locked themselves in fierce battle of wits and power over moves by the latter to demolish the perimeter fence belonging to the former built close to the community’s 100 years ancestral tree, a matter that degenerated to heights of political hatred and love lost.
It will be recalled that the tree, worshiped by the community, had been a subject of controversy between the traditional ruler and Emiohe, who had, among other allegations, petitioned the Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki and the Commissioner of Police in the state, to wade into the matter.
Emiohe had in his petition alleged persecution, victimisation perpetrated against perceived APC leaders in the community by the monarch, who on his part denied knowledge of any petition against him.
But Emiohe told newsmen yesterday in Benin that after due intervention by the police and in the interest of peace within the community, he had decided to demolish his perimeter fence to give way for the tree that had been the subject of controversy between him and the traditional ruler.