Oba Of Benin Warns Youths Against Planned Protest

A file photo of the Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II.

 

The Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II has warned all youths and organizers against a planned mass protest on Monday.

Some youths have proposed demonstrating in solidarity with the arrested, detained and remanded Benin Traditional Council Secretary, Frank Irabor.

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Palace Secretary is accused of leading other chiefs to destroy and demolish over 60 houses in the Ulegun community in the Ikpoba-Okha local government area of Edo State on the ground that the developers built on Oba’s land.

In a statement signed by the Palace Chief Press Secretary, Osaigbovo Iguobaro, the Benin monarch said that the issues that may have occasioned such a rally are already being addressed.

“The attention of the Benin Traditional Council has been drawn to a planned solidarity gathering by the Coalition of Social cultural Organisations over the arrest and detention of the Secretary, Benin Traditional Council, Frank Irabor and some chiefs in the Benin Kingdom,” he said.

“While the Palace appreciates their concern, let it be known that the Palace of the Oba of Benin does not want such gathering at this time and consequently directs that the organisers of the gathering halt the exercise immediately.

“The issue in question that led to their arrest is being resolved. In this regard, nobody or group of persons should gather in the Oba of Benin Palace or anywhere in the Benin Kingdom on Monday 5th September 2022.”

Benin Kingdom Takes Legal Possession Of Repatriated Bronzes

 

The Oba of Benin Oba Ewuare II on Monday received the legal documents of the deed of transfer of the return of the bronze cockerel and the Oba bronze head recently handed over to Nigeria in the United Kingdom.

The legal documents were perfected at the palace of the Oba of Benin when signatories to the documents appended their signatures in the presence of the royal family, traditional rulers from different parts of Nigeria, as well as friends and well-wishers of the Benin monarch.

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The Nigerian High Commissioner to the UK, Tunji Ishola, who also appended his signature, said he’s already in physical possession of the bronzes but according to English law, a deed of transfer was imperative.

The signed documents were eventually officially handed over to the Oba.

This comes as Oba Ewuare II marks the fifth anniversary of his coronation.

Edo Election: Emulate Ex-President Jonathan, Oba Of Benin Tells PDP, APC Leaders

Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II

 

Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II, has asked leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) to emulate ex-President Goodluck Jonathan who congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari after losing the 2015 polls.

The monarch gave the charge on Wednesday during a meeting he had with the leading candidates ahead of the September 19 governorship election in the state.

PDP candidate and incumbent Governor, Godwin Obaseki; APC flagbearer, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, ex-APC National Chairman and former governor of the state, Adams Oshiomhole, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun among others, were in attendance.

Speaking during the meeting, the revered traditional ruler expressed his displeasure over the attitude of some politicians.

According to the monarch, he is unhappy that the state has been in the news for the wrong reasons.

Oba Ewuare admonished the political actors to avoid heating up the polity, adding that they must put the interest of the state first.

The custodian of the Benin culture is shocked that the relationship between Oshiomhole and Obaseki, which was very close and thought to bring peace and tranquillity and progress to the state, has turned sour bringing bad image to the state.

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While appealing to the political actors to sheathe their swords, the king asked them to avoid violence.

He thereafter demanded an assurance from the politicians that there will be peace before, during and after the elections.

The Oba explained that the move is necessary to ensure that Edo State will not become a laughingstock.

Stressing further, the monarch asked the politicians to stop bitter comments capable of heightening tensions, reiterating that the Benin throne remains non-partisan as it has always been from time.

After the meeting, the political leaders took turns to assure the traditional ruler that peace will reign in the state.

Governor Obaseki Signs CDA Bill Into Law

Governor Obaseki Signs CDA Bill Into Law
Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki.

The Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has signed into law a bill prohibiting forceful and illegal occupation of landed property by Community Development Associations (CDAs) in the state.

During the signing ceremony at the Government House in Benin City, the Edo state capital, Governor Obaseki said his administration will always provide a conducive environment for investments to thrive in the state.

He stated that many of the youths who would be affected by the bill would be compensated, urging the public to get familiar with the provisions of the law, adding that ignorance of the law is no excuse.

The governor further said that the acts of land grabbing is inimical to the economic growth of the society.

A copy of the bill was later presented to Oba Ewuare II, the Oba of Benin.

The Benin Monarch lauded the State’s Executive and Legislature for the swift enactment of the law, adding that those affected will be compensated.

“Palliative measures are put in place to ensure that they don’t see it as witch-hunting or excessive punishment or that they don’t recognise their plight”

Meanwhile, a task force headed by the former Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, has been set up to drive enforcement of the law.

Edo Police To Clamp Down On Persons Disguised As CDAs

Police Denies Reported Closure Of Ondo AssemblyThe Edo State Police Commissioner, Haliru Gwandu, has promised to clamp down on anyone who flaunts the template being proposed by the state government to replace the Community Development Associations (CDAs) in the state.

The Police Commissioner who said this during a meeting with Eminent Peoples Forum at the police officers mess in Benin City, noted that order had returned to the communities since the intervention of the state government and the Benin monarch, Oba Ewuare (II).

A bill is currently before the Edo State House of Assembly aimed at proscribing some of the activities of these Community Development Associations.

“The government has intervened and the paramount ruler has also spoken and we are beginning to see changes coming from various communities.

“In the past, we were always receiving cases of communal clashes, a situation where young chaps under the guise of CDAs will stockpile arms and they use those arms on the local administration and sack the local administration, they also sack the traditional administration and they constitute themselves as Kings in those particular communities.

“Those things will certainly be a thing of the past very soon – the government is coming with a template and police has already swung into action.

“We are not going to spare anybody under whatever guise. Whosever is coming out with type of identity other than the one which law permits, if he is trying to cause chaos, cause distraction in any society, that person will not be spared,” Mr Gwandu stressed.