Benin monarch resolves Ekhoe-N’Uwire communal crisis

Benin monarch resolves Ekhoe-N’Uwire communal crisis


The Benin monarch, His Royal Majesty, Oba Ewuare II has resolved the communal crisis in Ekhoe-N’Uwire village, renowned for ‘Ikhokho worship in Uhunmwode Local Government Area of Edo State.

The resolution is contained in the Committee report set up to resolve the conflicts in the locality on behalf of the monarch.

The Chairman of the Committee, Chief Stanley Obamwonyi, the Esere of Benin who addressed Ekhoe-N’Uwire elders and youths in Oba Palace in Benin City, ordered the immediate dissolution of the illegal leadership cabinet headed by Mr Atekha Izevbuwa, son of the late Odionwere (the village head), Pa. Izevbuwa Eguavoen whose death occurred on August 26, 2021.

Accordingly, Oba Ewuare II, urged Pa Irogbetin Edokpayi, the Ozukpogieva (2nd-in-Command) in Ekhoe-N’Uwire, with the assistance of the Ozukpogieha (3rd-5th-in-Commands) — all male elders in the village to pilot the affairs of the area forthwith, pending the installation of a new Odionwere’s position which is not hereditary in Benin.

Consequently, Mr Odion Erhunomoana, the Okaighele (youth Leader), that was appointed by the transited former village head (Pa. Izevbuwa Eguavoen), be restored and allowed to function as Okaighele in Ekhoe-N’Uwire village, having investigated that the later was wrongly removed by Atekha, who ostensibly set aside the hierarchical order by usurping the powers of elders in the village, for selfish reasons.

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Oba Ewuare II, also clarified that the appointment of Mr David Aghama, as the new Okaighele by Mr Atekha, is alien to Benin Customs and tradition, and illegal.

He cautioned the villagers against violence in order to attract investors to the locality for sustainable development.

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