The State Commissioner of Police, Johnson Babatunde Kokumo, who confirmed the arrest on Monday, said “I can confirm to you that one Mr. Johnson Atseleghe is in our custody who is being investigated over allegation over an incident that somebody is missing and the persons who were last seen with the missing man were linked to him.” Etchie, who is the youth leader of Kolo-Kolo community, was reportedly picked by some persons believed to be under the directive of Atseleghe about three weeks ago and it is suspected that he might been killed.
TELL gathered that the police had cordoned off the area where the missing Etchie was believed to have been last seen and few minutes later, Atseleghe was said to have turned himself in and was taken to the anti-kidnapping unit of the police command for interrogation.
Recall that a group, Benin Solidarity Movement (BSM) recently raised the alarm over alleged incessant killing, kidnapping and disappearance of people in Kolo-kolo village. President of the group, Curtis Ugbo who led a protest to the Assistant Inspector General (AIG) of Police, Zone 5 also called on the police to hold Atseleghe responsible for the happenings in the area, accusing him of complicity in the incidences.
Ugbo said “we are here to register our protest on the incessant kidnap and killings of our people in Kolo- Kolo village in Ologbo, Edo State. For the past three months, three prominent indigenes of Benin have been brutally killed and kidnapped by hoodlums in Ologbo village. Just three days ago, our brother and son, Mr. Sunny Etchie was kidnapped on his way to Kolo- Kolo village in Ologbo. Earlier before now, Mr. Okuoemose Omorodion was killed by this same gang on the 4th of May. Till this moment, the whereabouts of Sunny Etchie is not known. We members of the Benin Solidarity Movement are calling on relevant security authorities to fish out the perpetrators of the heinous crime and bring them to book.”
Responding, the AIG in charge of administration, Emmanuel Effiom said the police had taken note of their grievances but urged the protesters to put their protest in petition form for the police to properly act on it.