Oba of Benin Oba Ewuare II

The  Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II, has sacked the Chief Coordinator of all the enigie (dukes) in the Kingdom in his kingdom.

The first class traditional monarch has sacked the Enogie of Siluko, Chief Edomwonyi Iduozee Ogiegbaen. .

This was confirmed by the Chief Press Secretary to the Oba, Iguobaro Osaigbovo, in a statement released in Benin.

According to the statement: “This is to inform the general public that His Royal Highness, Edomwonyi Iduozee Ogiegbaen, Enogie of Egbaen Siluko, has been removed as Chief Coordinator to the Palace on Enigie matters in Benin Kingdom. His removal takes immediate effect”.

The reason for the sack of the traditional chief was not stated in the statement.

But sources has said that the reason for the removal of the traditional chief may not be unconnected to a request made to the state government to create Traditional Councils for Edo South local government areas.

Sources have seen this plot as an attempt to divide the kingdom.

The letter of request was sent to the governor of the state and dated November 11th 2022.

The letter was signed by Ogiegbaen and another person.

The letter reads: “We the Enigie of the Local Government Areas of Edo South, who enjoy recognition as Traditional Rulers in the Schedule to the Traditional Rulers and Chiefs Law of Bendel State (1979), as applicable in Edo State, bring to your Excellency our warm felicitations and best wishes.

“We use this occasion to request that Your Excellency kindly exercises the prerogative conferred on your exalted office by Part 7, Section 45 of the Traditional Rulers and Chiefs Law, at this critical stage in the development of our dear State, to establish Traditional Councils for the Local Government Areas of Oredo, Egor, Ikpoba Okha, Orhionmwon, Uhunmwonde, Ovia North East, Ovia South West of Edo State.

“In making the above request, we are mindful of our duties to formulate general proposals, advice and guidance to our respective Local Government Councils, and assist in the maintenance of law and order therein.

“Permit us to count on your demonstrated commitment to the attainment of greater heights in the management of public affairs in Edo State, at this critical period when all hands should be on deck”, the letter added.

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