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Edo Govt Debunks Rumour of Burrow Pits Seizure From Oba Of Benin

Lucky Obukohwo Reporting 



The Edo State government has frowned at and debunked a media report that has accused the state government of withdrawing burrow pits from the Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II and giving same to somebody else in the state.

The state government, through the Honourable Commissioner for Communication and Orientation, Mr. Chris Nehikhare, said the report is malicious and it is meant to pitch the state governor against the Benin monarch and that there is no oita of truth in the report.

According to Nehikhare “Our attention has been drawn to a spurious, incredibly ridiculous, and misleading report by an online news platform, purporting that the Governor of Edo State, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, seized burrow pits in Obagie N’ Evbosa, Ikpoba-Okha Local Government Area of the State, from the Benin monarch.

“Nothing can be farther from the truth. The hogwash is a figment of the writer’s imagination in a desperate and futile attempt to hoodwink the people and tarnish the image of the governor and the very cordial relationship between our revered monarch and the governor.

“The writer is another hireling of the defeated, defanged, and disgruntled politicians who are angered that Governor Obaseki has denied them access to the people’s treasury and have now embarked on conspiracy theories and campaigns of calumny to incite Edo people, undermine peace and safety in the State in a desperate move to get back at the governor.

“To put the records straight, the illegal activities at the burrow pit in Obagie N’ Evbosa, Ikpoba-Okha Local Government Area of the State were discovered during the State Executive Council visit to CORAL City, which is being developed by the State Government to decongest Benin City. The illegal pit where the operators carry out their activities is part of the Coral City.

“Before the Council’s visit to the area, the State Government had in a public announcement urged operators to restrict their mining activities to burrow pit sites approved by the Government. The environmental degradation consequential to illegal mining are enormous and must be frowned at.

The illegal activities of the operators at the site pose a serious threat to the lives and properties of residents of communities in the area.

“It is irresponsible for a news website to fabricate stories and publish lies as a story with the intent to pitch the Benin Royal Palace against the Edo State Government.

“ has 24-hours to retract the report or the State Government will have no option but to commence legal actions against the news website”.



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