From Osaigbovo Iguobaro, Benin
The Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG) Zone 5, Benin, Mr. Hashimu Salihu Argungu, has begun campaign to review relevant laws establishing Community Development Associations(CDAs) regarding lands ownership in Edo state.
Speaking at a workshop on: ‘Capacity Building to Enhance Efficiency and Effectiveness in Criminal Investigation/Prosecution within Zone 5 Command’ yesterday, in Benin City, where he appealed to the state government and the state House of Assembly to enact a law prohibiting CDA in the state.
“We have discovered that most of the problems we are encountering in Edo state are land issues. CDAs have taken over the role of State and Local Governments by assuming ownership of lands.
“These people will sell land and resell to another person and collect money and the next thing all the parties will start fighting and killing people.
“This is the only place, I stand to be corrected, that you pay for land before building, you pay again when you start developing it, you pay when it gets to lintel level, you pay when it gets to roofing due to the activities of these people and that is rubbish. The Edo state Government and the state House of Assembly should pass a law to check the excesses of these people because they have taken over the powers of state and Local Governments” he said.
According to Mr. Argungu, who lamented that their activities was causing a breach of the law and order in the state, however told the officers on the need for thorough investigation of cases.
The state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Foluso Adebanjo had commended the state government for the support to the police in the state in the fight against crime through the purchase of communication gadgets and vehicles, adding that the command since he assumed office in the state in 2013, had embarked on capacity building among its men.