SAN FRANCISCO, June 17, (THEWILL) – The Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II, has suspended the Odionwere of Evbiekoi village in Uhunmwode Local Government Area Local Government Area of Edo State, Pa Igbinake Aghaku for allegedly violating the cultural, traditional norms and practices of Benin kingdom.
The Oba’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr Desmond Agbama, disclosed in a statement issued on Saturday, that
Pa Aghaku was also stripped of his traditional duties as the position of Odionwere in Evbiekoi would now be taken over by the Oba’s second in command, Pa Airenmwinkiekie Imasuen.
Oba Ewuare II also stated that the Oka-Ighele, Monday Odigie, would perform the traditional rites of Odionwere in Ogue-Edion, in line with the culture and tradition of Benin kingdom.
During a weekly open mediation at Ugha-Ozolua in the Oba’s palace, Aghaku was accused of operating a Community Development Association, CDA, which had been outlawed by the state government.
Agbama said, “the Benin monarch reminded the people that no Enogie, Ohen or Odionwere has power to remove ‘Ukhure’ (traditional statue) from Ogue-Edion as Ohen N’Ukoni did, and consequently ordered the immediate return of the Ukhure to the Ogue-Edion in Evbiekoi by Ohen N’Ukoni.”
The Oba then warned youths still parading themselves as CDA members in villages and towns within his kingdom to desist from such or risk being handed over to the Private Property Protection Committee led by the immediate past Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase.