Concerned residents of Ikhue N’iyanomo in Uhunmwode Local Government Area of Edo State have protested alleged encroachment on a parcel of land belonging to the Benin monarch, His Royal Majesty, Oba Ewuare II, CFR.
Spokesman for the protesters and interim administrator, Mr Lucky Igiebor who led the peaceful protest to Oba palace in Benin City, accused the Ohen-Obaro Nomovbiekpen (traditional Priest), Solomon Ogbeide of disobeying Oba of Benin directive regarding the administration of the area.
He also lamented that since he was appointed, a dissident group aided by dismissed Royal sword bearer (Omuada), who was banished from Oba palace for alleged fraud, have refused to give peace a chance.
The interim administrator called on the Oba to urgently intervene and unravel the circumstances that scuttled the report of police investigation on the crisis that was sent to Oba palace months ago.
He explained that he was appointed as the interim administrator of Ikhue N’iyanomo village on behalf of the Oba, following the indefinite suspension of the former Odionwere (village head) and Ogbeide by the Oba of Benin for alleged outrageous activities that are against Benin Customs and Tradition.
Chief Uyi Okungbowa, Ogua of Benin who received the protesters on behalf of Oba Ewuare II, warned them against violence.
Chief Okungbowa, assured that necessary steps will be taken to resolve the dispute peacefully.
After receiving a copy of the petition written by some elders of Ikhue N’iyanomo led by its interim administrator, Mr Lucky Igiebor, Mr Frederick Oviahon (Third-in-Command) and Mr Monday Osaheni (4th-in-Command) and others, urged the warring groups will also be “invited and investigated.
He also enjoined them to embrace peace and tolerate one another.
Contacted for reaction on the telephone, the Ohen Obaro, Chief Solomon Ogbeiwe, admitted that he is the Custodian of the land, but denied the allegations.
He said, “I gave 10 plots of land to Oba Erediauwa”, not 50 plots of land as alleged by the petitioners, adding that the titled documents of the land are intact and can be verified in Oba palace.