Former Edo Speaker in hiding, evading Police arrest

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Former Speaker turned former Deputy Speaker, Edo House of Assembly, Mrs Elizabeth Ativie, Friday evaded arrest by the Nigeria Police who got a warrant for her arrest for conversion or stealing of public property in her possession.

The state police obtained a warrant of arrest from the Benin High Court to effect the arrest of the Uhunmwode representative in the Edo State House of Assembly over her continued refusal to return a Lexus Jeep belonging to the House in her possession, akin to stealing and conversion.

Currently on suspension, Ativie has returned three out of the four vehicles that she converted to her personal possession until Urhokpota Reporters beamed public searchlight on her and caused a public out cry that forced her to agree to return the vehicles which she claimed by a letter that former governor Adams Oshiomhole gave her as personal gift. But the former governor disowned her and called for her arrest.

Consequent upon the pressures from the public out cry, Ativie, who is formerly a nurse, promised to return the remaining one which according to her she already sold.

It was gathered that police officers attached to the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) were in her Benin residence to arrest her but she was said to have escaped from the house on getting wind of the intended arrest.

Recently, a leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Charles Idahosa told journalists that the party waded into the matter and it has been resolved that the vehicles be returned until it took a new twist.

The embattled Speaker of the House, Kabiru Adjoto, had insisted that the vehicle be returned but said the law should take its course.

When contacted yesterday, the former Deputy Speaker could not be reached as her phone was switched off, an indication that she was avoiding a telephone invitation by the police or members of the security services.

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