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Oba Of Benin Suspends, Strips Odionwere Of His Duties

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The Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II, has suspended the Odionwere of Evbiekoi village in Uhunmwode Local Government Area of Edo State, Pa Igbinake Aghaku.

The Chief Press Secretary to the Oba of Benin, Desmond Agbama, in a statement on Saturday, explained that Pa Aghaku was suspended and stripped of his traditional duties as Odionwere, for allegedly violating the cultural, traditional norms and practices of Benin Kingdom.

Pa Aghaku allegedly operated a Community Development Association (CDA), which has been declared illegal by the state government, during an open mediation held weekly at Ugha-Ozolua in the Oba’s palace.

He was also accused of allegedly, “splitting the village (Evbiekoi) into two.”

Oba Ewuare II has directed the second in command in Evbiekoi village, Pa Airenmwinkiekie Imasuen, to assume the position of Odionwere.

The Oba also directed the Oka-Ighele, Monday Odigie, to perform the traditional rites of Odionwere in Ogue-Edion, in line with the culture and tradition of Benin kingdom.

“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 statement added.


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