Edo state commissioner of Arts, culture and Tourism, Mr Osaze Osemwingie-Ero has been arrested by operatives of INTERPOL for the possession of $2 million in cash without any credible explanation.
The Nations reports that Ero was arrested in France for being in possession of $2m in cash since November 2019, and he is currently being detained and queried by INTERPOL.
Rumour had it that the money was given to him by Governor Godwin Obaseki as he accompanied the governor on the foreign trip.
Another source said the commissioner was being questioned for an offence he committed seven years ago.
But the Edo State Government in its reaction on Monday said the alleged arrest of Osemwingie-Ero had nothing to do with Governor Obaseki.
The Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Communication Strategy, Mr Crusoe Osagie, said the state government could not confirm the alleged arrest of the commissioner. He said:
“We learnt about the alleged arrest of the Arts, Culture, Tourism and Diaspora Commissioner, Osaze Osemwingie-Ero, from unreliable sources on social media and we are unable to confirm either the alleged arrest or what might have led to it.
“But we can confirm without equivocation that whatever the issues might be, they are totally personal and have nothing whatsoever to do with the Edo State Government or Governor Godwin Obaseki.”
A top government official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the state government was aware of the questioning of Osemwingie-Ero by INTERPOL for an offence committed before he was appointed by Obaseki.
On the sum of $2m found on the commissioner, the source said it had yet to be confirmed whether any money was found on him or not.