Hon Osazee Osemwengie-Ero’s Arrest: The Twisted Picture
Hon Osaze Osemwingie-Ero, absence from his duty post in the state Ministry of Arts, Culture and Diaspora Affairs as Commissioner, has taken all by Storm
He is not on sabbatical leave though, he is said to be held up somewhere over what many described as undisclosed reasons.
But the disturbing Concerns from the fishery pool arguments are perhaps, the real reason for his abstinence from duty in such a demanding period of serious guessing and speculations.
With no one able to give true position of his near three- month disappearance from the ministry and his corporate responsibility, Speculations and counter speculations have continued to brew from all corners prodding regularly over his whereabouts.
Arguably, there hasn’t been consistency in so many write ups across those who hastily penned half backed summation about the true position of the matter.
First, It was a social media report which broke the Camel’s back, sometime late last year over an allegations of money laundering, after the peddler reported he was caught in possession of about $2,000,000 US Dollars.
Another version claimed that, the said Commissioner was the leader of a prostitution racket and used his office to traffic young female relations of prominent figures in and around Edo State Government.
Others claim that, the suspect was arrested for cult related activities.
Arising from different story line, one thing though seams outstanding, in the series of Speculations are, he was held in connection with Crimes committed by club members which he belong to that has its network worldwide, and wasn’t part off such crime sometime in 2014 in Italy.
A close family member who disclosed the real situation in anonymity to NAIJA CENTER NEWS in Benin City said, “We (Family) are aware of varying remarks and have decided not to join issues with them. Their remarks are Political and we understand it. Some people want to use the information being circulated to cause rift between our brother and the ruling Government.
The Source further stated that, the rumors being peddered are completely false.
His words: “The True Picture of Osazee Osemwengie-Ero’s issue is that, he was the Vice President of one Green Circle Club worldwide as at 2014.
“Members of the Club did dirty jobs with the name in Italy.
“And Italian government proscribed the club for such Crime. Few names of the leadership of the Club were penciled down for onward arrest and Investigations.His name was in the list of those they hunted for”.
“On that fateful day, he was on his way to London, where his Family lives when he was Arrested. As we speak now, he is being held in Armstadam, Holland not in Italy as widely speculated”.
“Edo state government has sent a lawyer to follow up with the issue. The Ambassador to Holland is doing everything to get him of the hook as a serving Commissioner in Edo State Government. They have asked that the case be transferred to the scene of crime rather than hold him up in Armstadam”.
This afterwards, resulted to protests from some concerned Citizens who dared to know the true picture from the state government.
Arising from this drum beats, it drew inspiration from most Conventional Media enclaves to rely on Social media without properly engaging to seek his involvement in the Two Million dollars money laundering saga that litigated most dailies and place it in public domain as it were.
The scandal created serious vacuum in information management as well as changed the narratives to a Perceived Political permutations across interests
The State Government got the most of the negative share suggestive of involvement in the whole saga which was debunked though. This is hyperbolical I promise.
Cynical about what these impressions have created and could teach the lager Society about Government engagement, i accepted our challenge that we would ‘change the mind set with the true picture by deliberate Investigations.
My reservations though were that, it would become everyone’s business and no one’s business, and that public services would continue to learn the rhetoric of his Arrests.
It has now become a Political debates for those who see it as a ploy to score Chip Political Point.
Osazee Osemwengie-Ero’s is a decent and refined man who rose through the ranks as a grassrooter.
Before his appointment as the commissioner, he was a deputy director in a London base Municipal Transport Company.
To get to this level as a man in a decent Society, has a lot to tell in his personal standard and credibility.
One of the things that irritates me most (bear with me it is a common rant!) is when I hear people arguing that his travails where bonding on the Alleged and fabricated Money Laundry and was Arrested.
Last week, another Report emerged that the governor was being requested to face same trials by International Criminal Police Organisation (INTERPOL).
Politically motivated statements like these are capable of bridging peace and those who are perpetrators shouldn’t be taken seriously.
They can’t do the real meaningful engagement because they are not quite ready yet.
Those arguments are used as an excuse to take ‘small steps first’. What they really mean is they will continue to do what they used to do but label it with new language, which looks like they know their stuff, and then develop a case study that shows how fantastic they are.
I’m not being cynical here – it is evidence based! They make the mistake of confusing activity with progress, can’t remember which philosopher said that!
Despite these heavy speculations, Crusoe Osagie issued a statement on behalf of Edo State Government, saying Edo State Government has no hand in the personal based issue.
He added that they learnt about the alleged arrest from unreliable sources on social media. He, however, stated that, the arrest is personal to the Commissioner and had nothing to do with Edo State Government.
With many still pondering and linking it to government involvement in the saga without fact checks, it leaves a red flag in the mind of right thinking people and it is safe to conclude that, Edo State Government has nothing to do with the case.