Physically challenged man accuses Edo youth leader of assault for addressing him by his name instead of “Chairman”

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A youth leader in Obazagban Community, Ikpoba-Okha Local Government Area of Edo State, has been accused of assaulting a physically challenged man, Ogbeni Kingsley.

According to human rights activist and member of Edo Civil Society Organisations, Osazee Edigin, the youth leader identified as Joshua Edo allegedly assaulted the victim, who happens to be an old friend, for calling him by his name instead of “chairman or people’s Chair”.

The incident happened on Saturday, 24 April, along Benoni Junction off Airport Road, Benin City.

Narrating his ordeal on Tuesday morning, 27 April, the victim demanded justice, adding that the police is yet to act since he reported the assault.

“Somebody beat me black and blue because he saw me as a nobody. I was driving last Saturday (24 April) when I saw an old friend of mine at Obazagban community. He said I called him by his name and started beating me up. He said why would I call him Joshua instead of the Chairman of People’s Chair. He beat me for more than 20 minutes. He was blowing me from the car, dragged me out of the car, and rained blows to my face. I have never seen this kind of thing in my life.” he narrated.

Meanwhile, the assault case is currently being heard at Evboriaria Magistrate court.

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