Oba of Benin ends 10-year-old leadership crisis in Edo community

A new Odionwere (village head), Pa. Dennis Osagie Arase has been appointed to oversee Ukhiri-Osemwende village in Ikpoba-Okha Local government Area of Edo State, marking an end of 10-years-old leadership crisis.

His appointment was approved by Omo N’ Oba N’ Edo, Uku Akpolokpolo, Ewuare II, CFR, Oba of Benin, abated the crisis that broke out in the village after the death of the immediate former Odionwere, Pa. Samson Egbe Okemwenkhaise over the past 10 years.

In obedience to the earlier directive of Oba Ewuare II, Pa. Dennis Osagie Arase, was installed as the Odionwere of Ukhiri-Osemwende, after fulfilling the necessary traditional rites at Ukhiri-Osemwende Ogua’ edion (elders’ porch) in line with Benin Customs and tradition.

After praying with (Ukhure) ancestral staff in the presence of a large gathering of elders and indigenes of the village, the Odionwere, paid tribute to God and his ancestors and thanked Oba Ewuare II for his intervention that has brought libration to them.

The Odionwere also unveiled Mr Kelly Ogbeide as Okaighele (youth Leader) of Ukhiri-Osemwende village, with a caution to work with him and other elders of the locally to advance the interest of the village and development forthwith.

Speaking in a interview, the Odionwere of Ukhiri-Osemwende village, Pa. Dennis Osagie Arase, who was joined by another elder in the village, Pa. Goodluck Adagbonyi Okhuarobo, assured that the administration of the village will be guided by the interest of the people.

Other village elders, Pa. Aganemwonyi Uwuoroya, Pa. Osadolor Umweni, Mrs Roseline Egbe’gbe Ugonu — a scion of Arase’s family and Mr Osarumwense Ihevba also thanked Oba Ewuare II for his intervention.

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