Mr Ali Fawaz, a Benin based Lebanese businessman, escaped death by the whiskers following a surprise attack by suspected land grabbers at his business premises in Benin.
On the heel of this deadly attack on him, his workers and business concern, the Lebanese has appealed to Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki, the relevant security agencies, the government and men of goodwill to come to his rescue so as to avert calamity happening to him.
The Lebanese was attacked alongside some workers who were building a perimeter fence for lockup shops inside his property.
The incident which occured on Saturday, March 26th, 2022, at his business premises, Al-Hussein Nigeria Manufacturing Company Limited, located at Ogbomo Street, off Sapele Road, Etete village, left two persons seriously injured.
It was learnt that the attack caused panic as residents living within the vicinity took to their heels for fear of being attacked or hit by stray bullets.
The spokesman of the Police Command in Edo, SP Bello Kontongs, confirmed the report and said two suspects have been arrested over the attack.
The attack was allegedly led by a suspected thug(name withheld) who claimed to be acting under the instructions of the Enogie (Duke) of Etete.
The suspect who was arrested and detained at the new Etete Police Station, had laid claims to a parcel of land in the premises and demanded ‘settlement fee’ from the Lebanese which the latter declined.
Fawaz who was in his office during the incident, appealed to Governor Godwin Obaseki and security agencies to curb the activities of hoodlums who parade themselves as community leaders to unleash mayhem on the people.
According to him, “I am still in shock over what happened here. The suspect came here with armed thugs and demolished the blocks my workers erected where I had planned to make an additional gate and lock up for shops.
“He threatened to shoot any body that attempt to stop him calling me a foreigner and that he was going to deal with me.
“I had earlier reported the matter at the Etete New Police Station. The suspect had boasted that he is untouchable.
“I am calling on Governor Obaseki and the relevant government authority to please come to my rescue. I am a law abiding citizen and have contributed my quota to the development of this state. I’m a citizen of this country by naturalization. I need protection against this deadly thug(s).”