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OBA OF BENIN CHARGES EDO STATE INDEPENDENT ELECTORAL COMMISSION ON CORRUPTION FREE ELECTORAL PROCESS

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OBA OF BENIN CHARGES EDSIEC ON CORRUPTION FREE ELECTORAL PROCESS
By Desmond Agbama, CPS to Oba of Benin

OmoN’ObaN’Edo, UkuAkpolokpolo, Ewuare II, Oba of Benin has charged the Chairman and members of the Edo State Independent Electoral Commission (EDSIEC) on the need to discourage corruption in the electoral process.
The Oba of Benin gave the charge when the Chairman, Prof. Stanley Orobator led other members of the Commission on a courtesy visit to His Royal Majesty, Ewuare II, Oba of Benin in his Palace.
The OmoN’Oba says they should not undermine the importance of INEC, and enjoined the Chairman and members of EDSIEC to play their role in the development of the democratic process.
The Benin Monarch said to ensure that EDSIEC discharge its job diligently and successfully, the Palace would help to spread the information on the need for the people to participate in the electoral process, and prayed to God and the Ancestors to grant the Chairman and members the wisdom to conduct a free and fair election, reminding them that the task ahead is enormous and quite challenging.
The Chairman of EDSIEC, Prof. Stanley Orobator told his Royal Majesty that they were in the Palace to inform him about the forthcoming local government election and to declare their readiness to conduct a free and fair election in the state.
Prof.Orobator said it would not be business as usual, pointing out that corruption in the electoral process would not be condole.
He appealed to the Oba of Benin to help advice Village Heads, Enigie, Edionwere and the people on the need for them to participate for a better election.
In another development, the Chairman and members of the Benin Customary Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee (BCADRC) were in the Palace to inform the OmoN’Oba about the progress of the Committee.
Chairman of the committee retired Justice SamsonUwaifo told the Oba that some respondent refused to respond to ‘Form A’ served on them by complainant, and that something should be done by the Palace to compel them to respond, as the committee do not have power to enforce, which is a major challenge to the work of the committee.
Justice Uwaifo retired also harped on the need to enlarge the membership of the committee to twelve so that three of them could be used to form committee of Arbiters, in order to have resting period for members.
He said former CDA members still exhibit such attitude in them each time they appear before the committee to resolve land disputes.
Justice Uwaifo expressed the commitment of members to resolve disputes and ensure prompt dispensation of justice, without compromising their integrity.
His Royal Majesty, Oba Ewuare II expressed joy that people are satisfied with the establishment of the committee, pointing out that the Palace would device ways to deal with those not honouring the invitation of the committee.
The OmoN’Oba urged members of the committee not to be deterred but to continue to do their job in the most effective manner.
While assuring them that Palace would consider the committee’s request for more members, the Benin Monarch prayed God and the Ancestors to grant members wisdom and good health to pilot the affairs of the committee.

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OBA OF BENIN RECEIVES GENERAL OFFICER IN COMMAND NIGERIAN ARMY AND ASSISTANT INSPECTOR GENERAL OF POLICE, HARPED ON EFFECTIVE SECURITY

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OBA OF BENIN RECEIVES GENERAL OFFICER IN COMMAND AND AIG, HARPED ON EFFECTIVE SECURITY
By Desmond Agbama, CPS to Oba of Benin

Officers and men of the Nigerian Army have been commended by His Royal Majesty, Oba Ewuare II, Oba of Benin for their wonderful services of defending the country from external aggression and peace keeping within and outside the country.
The Benin Monarch made the commendation when the General Officer commanding the 2nd Division of Nigeria Army, Ibadan, Major-Gen. Fidelis Azinta paid OmoNObaa courtesy visit in his Palace in Benin City.
Oba Ewuare II told his guest not to relent in the task of maintaining peace in the country, assuring of the Palace support in the successful discharge of his duties.
The Oba of Benin says the visit of Major-Gen. Azinta brings him feelings of nostalgia, as he has had very cordial relationship with former GOC’s of the Nigeria Army.
Earlier the General Officer commanding the 2nd Division of Nigeria Army, Ibadan, Maj. Gen. Fidelis Azinta said he was in the Palace of the Oba of Benin to introduce himself as the new officer commanding the 2nd Division of Nigeria Army of which Edo State is part.
He acknowledged the cordial relationship he had with the Palace as officer commanding the 4 Mechanised Brigade in Benin City, hence he decided to come for Royal blessings to enable him succeed in his new assignment.
Maj. Gen. Azinta commended the Oba of Benin for the prevailing peace in the Kingdom, and appealed to His Royal Majesty, to counsel his subjects on the need to partner with Nigeria Army for the security, peace and progress of the Kingdom.
The GOC said any erring soldier should be reported to the appropriate quarter for the necessary action.
Receiving the new Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Zone 5 Benin City, Mr. Rasheed OlatundeAkintunde in his Palace, the Oba of Benin appealed to the Federal government to improve the welfare of police officers in order for them to effectively discharge their duties.
Oba Ewuare II while commending the police for their job of law enforcement, he called on the police AIG to always contact the Palace on issues bothering on village heads, communal disputes and land matters anytime it is brought before the police command.

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Conferment Of Chieftain Title On Desiring Members Of Uselu Community By HRH Crown Prince (Amb.) Eheneden Erediauwa, And Cultural Display By Various Cultrual Troops At The Edaiken’s Palace in Uselu.

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ICT Unit Oba PalaceConferment Of Chieftain Title On Desiring Members Of Uselu Community By HRH Crown Prince (Amb.) Eheneden Erediauwa, And Cultural Display By Various Cultrual Troops At The Edaiken’s Palace in Uselu.
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Courtesy Visit To His Royal Majesty Omo N’ Oba N’ Edo Uku Akpolokpolo Oba Ewuare II, By The Chairman Of Board And Members Of Management Of Nigeria Bottling Company Limited, Makers Of Coca Cola Brand In His Palace:15/01/2018

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ICT Unit Oba PalaceCourtesy Visit To His Royal Majesty Omo N’ Oba N’ Edo Uku Akpolokpolo Oba Ewuare II, By The Chairman Of Board And Members Of Management Of Nigeria Bottling Company Limited, Makers Of Coca Cola Brand In His Palace:15/01/2018
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HRH Crown Prince Eheneden Erediauwa Receiving Various Groups, Muslims Faithfuls,Members Of The Royal Family,Palace Chiefs,Friends And Well Wishers At His Edaiken’s Palace, Uselu Benin

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ICT Unit Oba PalaceHRH Crown Prince Eheneden Erediauwa Receiving Various Groups, Muslims Faithfuls,Members Of The Royal Family,Palace Chiefs,Friends And Well Wishers At His Edaiken’s Palace, Uselu Benin
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Movement of Crown Prince (Amb.) Eheneden Erediauwa From Oba Palace Benin city, After Been Confer The Title of Edaiken n’ Uselu

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ICT Unit Oba PalaceMovement of Crown Prince (Amb.) Eheneden Erediauwa From Oba Palace Benin city, After Been Confer The Title of Edaiken n’ Uselu
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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.

(NAN)

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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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