Edo governorship poll: Police arrests suspected militants in Benin hotels

By Tony Ehighiale, Benin City

Men of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) attached to the Zone 5 Command in Benin have arrested about 13 militants at an undisclosed hotel in Benin City, Edo State capital.

This is just as another 41 “People of dubious intent ” in Iyamare quarters in Ovia South West Local Government of the state.

According to a source within the force, most of those arrested were dressed in fake military uniforms with sophisticated weapons and large amounts of cash totalling almost #9m.

The Independent National Electoral Commission had announced a two week postponement of the earlier slated governorship election in September 10th, citing security report from the police and Department of State Security.

According to police sources the invading militants were led by a certain General Atake Fine Face who was reportedly arrested at a hotel on Airport road allegedly owned by the wife of former Governor Lucky Igbinedion.

The coordinated raids and arrest were carried out by officers of the Inspector General Special Task Force and assisted by the State Operation Thunder Storm.

As at press time it was understood that all attempts at securing bail for Atake by the Esama of Benin Chief Gabriel Igbinedion who claimed that General Atake was in town to attend his 82nd Birthday celebrations which starts today, have been rebuffed by the police authorities.

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