Benin Traditional Council Suspends Chief Priest for Operating a Parallel Palace & Receiving Bribes

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The Benin Traditional Council (BTC), has suspended Nosakhare Isekhure as the Isekhure (Chief Priest) of Benin Kingdom indefinitely for alleged intransigence.

Acting on the authority of the Oba of Benin, Omo N’ Oba N’Edo Ewuare II, the BTC announced the suspension of Isekhure at a news conference in Benin on Tuesday.

The Iyase (Prime Minister) of Benin, Sam Igbe, who addressed newsmen, said “Chief Isekhure desecrated the position he held in trust for the palace.”

“He operated a parallel palace where he took bribes and reviewed already decided cases.’’

Igbe announced that the duties earlier performed by the Isekhure, “have now reverted to the original owner, the Ihama of Benin, who is the head of the Ihama N’ihogbe.’’

The Iyase, who went down memory lane, explained that “the responsibilities initially being performed by the Isekhure were part of the traditional duties of Ihama.’’

He said the duties were handed over to the Isekhure family when the original Ihama became old and could no longer perform his duties during the reign of Oba Ewedo about 1280 AD, who then created the Isekhure title.

Igbe said that Isekhure, in the last few years “designated his house as a palace where he held court and sometimes, reviewed cases already dealt with in the Oba’s palace.’’

The BTC, which accused Isekhure of corruption, said “of course gratifications were offered or forced and collected.

“He used his position to influence new chiefs celebrating their investiture to perform certain rites in his residence, during which monies, kola nuts and drinks were collected.’’

He accused Isekhure of being disrespectful to the palace.

“He turned himself into a be-all and all-knowing authority in the Benin culture and tradition, especially palace procedures.

The profanities and denigrations that issued from him and his followers during our mourning period are better just forgotten.

During this period, he told all those who cared to listen to him that neither the Emwin nekhua (Oba burial rites) nor the consequent coronation could hold without him.

During Emwin nekhua, he neglected and deliberately refused to perform his traditional duties before, during and after the event, and has since remained infinitely unrepentant.

We cannot believe that anyone, any Benin individual who knows what the motivating Benin culture are, and have worn the toga of a Benin chief could do what Isekhure did these past two years.

We find it difficult to accept the idea that he was a chief. The disconnect has become actual and natural.

We recommend in the circumstances therefore, that he be suspended and with the authority of Omo N’Oba N’Edo, Uku Akpolopkolo, Ewuare II, Oba of Benin.

He is, with effect from today, January 17, 2017, suspended indefinitely from performing the duties of Isekhure title.

Those duties were originally performed by Ihama of Benin. They will now revert to the Ihama N’Ihogbe,’’ he said.

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Traditional Council Releases Press Statement On The Ban Of Burial Ceremonies In Benin Kingdom

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Following the crowning of the new Oba of Benin on Thursday, October 20, 2016, all burial ceremonies in the Kingdom have been banned by the Benin Traditional Council  till January 2017.

The Benin Traditional Council released a statement on October 26 stating that the post coronation ceremonies of His Royal Majesty, Omo N’Oba N’Edo, Uku Akpolopkolo, Oba Erediauwa, Oba of Benin, is still ongoing till December ending.

The Oba of Benin is the traditional ruler of the Edo people and head of the historic Eweka dynasty of the Great Benin Empire.

The ancient Benin Kingdom and the entire Edo State was in festive mood recently, as the crown prince ascended the revered throne to become the new Oba of Benin, succeeding his late father, Omo n’Oba n’Edo Uku Akpolopkolo, Oba Erediauwa.

The new monarch was crowned as the 39th Oba of Benin kingdom in a colourful ceremony on Thursday October 20, 2016.

He is a graduate of University of Wales in the United Kingdom, and a former Nigerian ambassador to Sweden and Angola.

Below is a statement from the palace banning all burial ceremonies:

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Council postpones coronation of Benin Crown Prince

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The Benin Traditional Council on Wednesday announced October 20 as the new date for the coronation of the Crown Prince of Benin Kingdom, Prince Eheneden Erediauwa.

Prof. Gregory Akenzua, Chairman of the Coronation Planning Committee, made the announcement at a news conference at the Oba’s palace in Benin.

According to Akenzua, who is the Enogie of Evbuobanosa/Abudu, the date for the coronation has been changed from Sept. 26 to Oct. 20, 2016.

He said, “The change of date is sequel to the announcement by the Independent National Electoral Commission that they have changed the date of the Edo Gubernatorial election which was originally September 10 to September 28, 2016.

“As a result of this change, Benin Crown Prince will now depart finally from Uselu palace for Eko-Ohae on October 8, 2016.

“And he will perform some important ceremonies connected with coronation everyday for seven to 10 days prior to the day of his final departure from Uselu,” he said.

Akenzua said that the ban on the use of coral beads by those entitled to use it, would be lifted once Edaiken N’Uselu leaves Uselu palace for Eko-Ohae.

He said the current use of the traditional ” Omo N’Orhue”, the White Beads, would be discontinued.

Akenzua further announced that burial ceremonies have been prohibited throughout the period of the coronation process.


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Coronation of Oba of Benin: Traditional council inaugurates three committees

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Coronation of Oba of Benin:  Traditional council inaugurates three committees

Ahead of the coronation of the Eheneden Erediauwa,  Edaiken N’Uselu as the next Oba of Benin, the Benin Traditional Council on Wednesday announced the inauguration of three  committees.

Sam Igbe, the Iyase of Benin kingdom announced the three committees at a press conference in Benin-City.

Igbe named members of the committee to include, Gregory Akenzua, chairman, Coronation Planning Committee, Finance Committee with Greg Ero as chairman and Government Committee which has Oseni Elamah, the executive chairman, Edo State Internal Revenue Service as chairman‎.

Prince Eheneden Erediauwa

Prince Eheneden Erediauwa

He also announced that the Crown Prince of Benin Kingdom, Eheneden Erediauwa, Edaiken N’Uselu has successfully performed all the required traditional rites including Emwinekhuan (the Royal funeral rites).

He explained that the conclusion of the rites “complete all the requirement” by the Crown Prince “to ascend to the throne of the Oba of Benin.

According to him, consequently, the Benin Traditional Council further announced that “as part of preparation for the coronation of His Highness,‎ three committees have been inaugurated”.

He added that the coronation programme will be announced shortly.

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Oba of Benin Indisposed, Traditional Council Suspends Public Engagements

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The Benin Traditional Council has announced that the Oba of Benin is indisposed and would not be available for public engagements until further notice.

This is contained in a statement by the Secretary of the Benin Traditional Council, Frank Irabor.

The statement read, “It is hereby announced for the information of the general public that in the Palace parlance, ‘Uhunmwun ve Ekpen vb’ Ato’ meaning the Leopard is ill in the Savannah bush.

“The explanation is that Omo N’Oba N’Edo, Uku Akpolokpolo, Erediauwa, CFR, Oba of Benin is indisposed.

“Public engagements including courtesy visits, hearing of complaints from individuals, families and communities, and in particular, complaints over inheritance and land disputes are therefore suspended until further notice.”

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