The Benin monarch, His Royal Majesty, Oba Ewuare II has suspended Chief Utete Omo Osagie, the Obadolagbonyi N’Iweguae of Benin from palace activities for gross violation of customary norms, which are considered as abominable.
Utete Omo Osagie ran into troubled water when he led an Osokpikan society to lay a curse at unauthorized premises of a Nigerian in Benin at the Weekend.
Addressing newsmen on the authority of the Benin monarch o Monday, Chief Osaro Idah, the Obazelu of Benin, said Chief Utete acted on his own volition and not in the interest of the palace.
His Royal Majesty, said the palace has no hand in whatever happened noting that Osokpikan society is the property of the palace and that the group should have taken permission from the palace before embarking on laying a curse on another man’s premises
“On Saturday last week, a certain group known as Osokpikan, own by the palace, was led by a Chief to a certain premises in Benin, to put a curse on an event, which he has no right to do.
“That group Osokpikan belongs to this palace and the only authority to such action is His Royal Majesty, the Oba of Benin.
“In this instance, neither did they seek the permission of the palace or take permission from the palace before going to perform such act”, the Benin monarch said.
The monarch noted that Chief Osagie has over stepped his bounds and has therefore be suspended from the palace.
“Subsequently, His Majesty, the Oba of Benin, has hereby disassociated himself and the palace from that event and the Chief who led them, Chief Utete Omo Osagie, the Obadolagbonyi of Benin has been suspended from palace activities till further notice.
“For such thing to happen in Benin, they have to seek the permission of the Oba of Benin otherwise, it is null and void.
“Omo Osagie is also hereby suspended from Osokpikan society”, he said.
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