Oba Palace resolves Ugbineh village dispute

The Oba Palace Dispute Resolution Committee has resolved the communal crisis in Ugbineh village,

Ovia North-East Local Government Area of Edo State.

The decision was conveyed in a Press statement signed by Mr Osaigbovo Iguobaro, the Chief Press Secretary to the Oba of Benin, after the Committee, which
carefully reviewed various submissions of parties in the crisis via
a petition earlier sent to Oba Palace.

The Committee advised Ugbineh people to accord the Odionwere (village head), Pa Usiobaifo Osayande, who oversee’s the village
on behalf of the Oba of Benin, his respect and work with Ugbineh elders Council for the overall development of the locality.

It frowned at the actions of some elders of Ugbineh village, who convened unauthorized meetings in the village without the approval of the Odionwere, who has the right to convene elders’ meetings.

The Committee also charged elders of the village not to take laws into their hands, but to report any misdeed of their Odionwere to the Palace of the Oba of Benin for necessary action, instead of engaging in activities that could breach public peace in Ugbineh village.

The Committee thereafter nullified the decision of Pa Usiobaifo Osayande (Odionwere of Ugbineh village) for single-handedly removing the appointed Okaighele, Mr. Dominic Edobor without proper consultation with the Elders’ Council, in line with Benin Customs and Tradition.

The Committee also reaffirmed the appointment of Mr Dominic Edobor as the Okaighele of Ugbineh village, stating that the allegation of misconduct levelled against him by some individuals in the village lacked sufficient evidence to remove him from his position by elders of the village.

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