Prince Ekpen Erediauwa, A Prince of the Benin royal family,
has resigned his appointment as Executive Director
(Government House) barely 24 hours after he alleged that
Governor Adams Oshiomhole harassed andthreatened his
life over a parcel of land he acquired from the Federal
Government some years ago.
Prince Erediauwa said he will also institute a legal action
against the governor over the alleged harassment and
threat to his life.
Vanguard Reports that this is coming on the heels of the
recent demolition of official residences of some staff of the
University of Benin by the governor, as the dust raised by
that action is yet to settle.
According to Prince Erediauwa,
“There is a parcel of land at Okoro-Otun Avenue, GRA Benin.
It is a Federal Government property based on investigations
I conducted a few years ago. I made some contacts and
acquired the land.
“Last week, the governor invited me and asked about the
property, I said yes, I owned it and that some people were
working on the land and I stopped them. I told him that the
land belongs to me, and he asked me to stay away from the
“He said if I don’t stay away from the land, he would arrest
me. He said if I send anybody there, the person will be
physically manhandled. My lawyers are looking into the
However, the state Commissioner for Information and
Orientation, Mr Louis Odion, in his statement on the issue,
“Our attention has been drawn to a wild allegation made by
Ekpen Erediauwa that Governor Oshiomhole, was after his
life over a parcel of land.
“This is nothing but an amateurish attempt at blackmail. The
truth is that the young man had taken to a career of land
speculation, engaging armed thugs to harass hapless
developers all over town. He was enjoined to desist from
these nefarious activities.