Mr Osaze Osemwingie-Ero, a former Edo State Commissioner for Arts, Culture and Tourism, who was arrested by the police in France in November of 2019, has been released.
Reports claimed then that Osemwingie-Ero was arrested and detained by INTERPOL in France for alleged possession of $2 million. The report trended in December 2019.
Osemwingie-Ero was then serving under Governor Godwin Obaseki.
In an 18 seconds video, now trending online, and apparently shot at an airport, the former Commissioner could be seen as he pushed his luggage and engaged in elbow greetings, in line with the COVID-19 protocol.
A voice in background could also be heard shouting, “return of the man, return of the man” to celebrate his release.
A source close to the former Commissioner who spoke anonymously, Confirmed the release to journalists in Benin, saying that Osemwingie-Ero has regained his freedom but would not want to speak to anyone yet.
The source disclosed:
Learnt he’s in London. I chatted with him on WhatsApp some few minutes ago… It’s true. He’s out, though not ready to speak with press.
Meanwhile, an Edo government official clarified back then that Osemwingie-Ero must have been arrested by INTEPOL for an offence committed before he was appointed by Governor Obaseki.
He denied the arrest was connected with money laundering.
the official said then:
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.