We have no hand in case against Oba of Benin -Edo govt

The Edo State government has said it has no hand in the court matter against  the Oba Ewuare II, the Oba of Benin, Omo N’Oba N’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo.

Recall that two suspended enigie, Prof. Gregory Akenzua and Chief Edomwonyi Ogiegbaen had dragged the Oba and the state government to court in the suit B/250os/2023, where they argued that their appointment as traditional chiefs enjoys recognition by the Edo State Government and that they were duly registered under Section 25(2) of the Traditional Rulers and Chieftaincy Law.

They had further argued that only the State Executive Council may sanction them if they were found wanting; noting that the Oba has no right to usurp the powers conferred by law on the State Executive Council.

In a statement, the Special Adviser (media projects) to Governor Godwin Obaseki, Crusoe Osagie on Thursday, said: “The rumour making the rounds on social media of an impending court case is the handiwork of enemies of the State and should be disregarded.

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“As a matter of fact, in the matter being referenced by the purveyors of the fake news, Edo State Government is a defendant, which means the State government is being sued.

“The state government maintains a cordial relationship with the Royal Palace and holds the Omo N’Oba N’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo, Oba Ewuare II, Ogidigan, in high esteem.

“The rumour is fabricated, fake and should be discountenanced in its entirety.

“It is election season again and fifth columnists are at work.

“The state government is committed to sustaining a harmonious relationship with all stakeholders in the state and will always work to ensure cordial relations with the all critical institutions in society as part of its mandate to maintain a stable environment for the growth and progress of the state,” the statement added.



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