An ex-militant, ‘General’ Pere Ojune, who was reportedly arrested in a hotel in Benin City, the Edo State capital, has denied reports that he was arrested with firearms.
Ojune explained that he was invited by the police after he was informed that his younger brother, Ade, was arrested for being in possession of firearms.
The former militant expressed the belief that his detention, for an offence committed by his younger brother, may not be unconnected with his recent defection to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Ojune, who claimed to be Ijaw from Ovia South West of Edo, also denied that he was one of the 8,000 militants allegedly ‘imported’ from neighboring states in the South-south to unleash violence during the September 28 governorship election in the state.
He spoke yesterday while being paraded at the Police Command Headquarters in Benin.
He said, “It was on Thursday that I saw my younger brother Ade on handcuff and he told me he was arrested at Upper Sakpoba road that they caught him with one double barrel and one cut to size gun.
“He said he told the police that I am the only one that can come and rescue him and that was why he brought the police to my place. I had earlier warned them not to be involved in any illegal deal.
“The police said I must come and see the CP myself. I came here with my car and he asked me how I knew this man and I told them he is my brother. They said I should wait and see the CP that was how they kept me inside the cell till today I have not done anything, I am a repentant militant now working with everybody to ensure peace in our society”, he stated.
Ade on his part said it was one man, whose name he gave simply as ‘CSP’, who promised to give him N10, 000 and a parcel of land that gave him the gun to deliver in a hotel.
He said he was using a bicycle to convey the firearms when the police arrested him and he took them to his elder brother who he believed could secure his release.