The alleged impersonation of the hereditary ‘Ogiamien Chieftain title’ in Benin reignited unrest at the early hours of yesterday. Hundreds women groups and youths marched across major streets yesterday in Benin City, Edo State Capital, reigning curse on one Mr. Arisco for attempting to usurp the authority of Benin monarch Oba Ewuare II. The protesters
The alleged impersonation of the hereditary ‘Ogiamien Chieftain title’ in Benin reignited unrest at the early hours of yesterday.
Hundreds women groups and youths marched across major streets yesterday in Benin City, Edo State Capital, reigning curse on one Mr. Arisco for attempting to usurp the authority of Benin monarch Oba Ewuare II.
The protesters who adorned themselves with placards, appealed to authorities concern and the coalition of the willing thwart attempts by the dissident group to carve out a kingdom in Benin and distort Benin history which has being in existence for Centuries.
The angry women and youths who sang dirges, also paraded mock coffin which they said signifies death for the enemies of the Benin monarch, HRM One Ewuare II.
Spokesman for the group, Mr. Ayamenkhue Edokpolor said challenged “the Ogiamien family led by Pa. Samuel Ogiamien have duty to publicly disown” the leader of the alleged impersonator of the title.
He hinted that the current holder is Chief Osarobo Okunoghae was yet to return home from his sojourn abroad.
“This begs the question that if the holder of the Ogiamien title has not been declared missing or dead…”.
According to him, the heir to the Ogiamien stool was neither missing nor dead which would have warrant replacement.
Edo State Deputy, Philip Shaibu received the protesters at the Government house yesterday in Benin City, the State Capital.
“There are two kingdoms in the world; Benin Kingdom and United Kingdom and anybody that want to try to reduce the image and ancestral history that we have in this kingdom.
He said “that person is just daring what a human being cannot dare.
“As a government we are with you, by the grace of God we will not only protect our Benin kingdom.
“But we will support every means to make a revered kingdom that it has always been.
“The Oba of Benin is revered all over the world and nobody can reduce that image that we have got in the kingdom”, he said.
He assured that the State government willl protect her cultural heritage which is represented by the Oba of Benin.
“Mr Governor and the good people of Edo state will join you to preserve the kingdom and those bad people, we will put them where they belong. Benin kingdom has come to stay, Oba has come to stay and nothing can change it”, he said.
But when contacted on phone, Mr. Osemwengie Arisco who was being alleged as an actor in the scandal, declined comment.
He alleged that “the matter is in court.
“That is a matter that is before the Supreme Court and I don’t like commenting on an issue that is before the Supreme Court so I cannot comment on it”.
Our Correspondent reports that roads leading to the popular King square and environs, were convulsed in a traffic snarl for several hours while pedestrians and motorists used alternative routes during the peaceful protest.