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Murder alleged in Benin City; Protea Hotel, Royal Family, Police fingered

A 27-year-old Chibuike Edeh, a Protea Hotel staff in Benin City, Edo State was allegedly killed in police custody over N48,000 reportedly stolen from a guest room. Policemen claim he was crushed by a speeding vehicle while in their care. Prince Omoregbe Erediauwa, 34-year-old Protea Hotel franchise owner has been dragged into the matter on grounds of complicity.
Omoregbe is the fourth son of Omo n’Oba n’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo Erediauwa 1, the 92-year-old 38th Oba of Benin formerly known as Prince Solomon Akenzua.
Edeh’s unfortunate death becomes a case for the newly confirmed Inspector General of Police to unravel with despatch, as the police in Edo State are accused of extra judicial killing here – a charge brought to the notice of HAMILTONSTYLE this morning by a Benin Blogger, out of concern.
HAMILTONSTYLE congratulates IGP Solomon Arase over his confirmation by the Nigeria Police Council chaired by Sir Mike Okiro, yesterday 12 May 2015. Arase’s confirmation in three weeks of his appointment is one of the fastest in the nation’s history.
Edeh was accused of stealing a hotel guest’s N48,000 by management and handed over to the police. Mr. Raphael Edeh believes that his son was tortured to death and that the accident story by the police was merely a cover-up.
Police statements have been incoherent. The Police claimed they have CCTV footage of Chibuike Edeh stealing money in the room but the only footage made available to the public only showed Edeh doing his job in the hotel corridor, not in the said guest room. However, another hotel staff has debunked the police claim saying, “No room in the hotel has CCTV installed because it is against the ethics of the profession and the privacy of guests.”
Edeh’s accusation, police detention and eventual killing has been on since March. HAMILTONSTYLE calls on the Oba of Benin, Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State and IGP Solomon Arase to make justice prevail in this matter.


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