A Benin based businessman, Mr. Ikponmwosa Odigie yesterday in Benin narrated how he was beaten up by some officials of the National Population Commission, Edo state office allegedly said to be thugs for demanding for the N6, 000 receipts he paid for the “Attestation of Birth Certificate”.
Odigie who narrated his ordeal to Saturday Vanguard, said, “I went to the National Population Commission, Ikpoba Slope Benin to collect my Attestation Birth Certificate and on getting to there, I was directed to an office where I met some people who behaved like thugs.
“After issuing the certificate to me, I now demanded for the receipt of the N6000.00 I paid as levy for the issuance of the certificate. That was when my ordeal started as they asked what mouth I have to demand for a receipt. An argument ensued between us and in the process, they pounced on me and started to beat me”.
He disclosed that in spite of his explanation that a receipt was earlier issued to him by a Benin High Court for the cost of the affidavit he swore to, the beating continued until a man who I was told was the Director in charge of the state office came out and pleaded with him to forget about the issue.
He added that in spite of the intervention, he was thrown out of the office without the receipt issue d to him. He therefore appealed to the Edo State Commissioner of police to intervene by ordering an investigation into the issue.
When Saturday Vanguard went to the National Population Commission to see the State Director Mr. Nwaogazi, to confirm the story, the correspondent could not see him as he was said not to be on seat but a source denied the allegation, dismissing it as unfounded.