Alleged coronation of Pere of Olodiama Kingdom sacrilegious —Oba Ewuare II
...As Obaseki orders arrest of Oguyenbo, others
Edo State Government and the Benin Traditional Council, BTC, have described as abominable and sacrilegious, the purported coronation of Pere of Olodiama Kingdom, an Ijaw community in Ovia North-East Local Government Area of Edo State, asserting that the entire Edo South senatorial district is an enclave of the Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II, and no other person.
Consequently, Governor Godwin Obaseki has ordered the arrest and investigation of all those involved in the purported coronation, declaring that it was another attempt to cause crisis in the state, which according to him, will be resisted.
It would be recalled that one Godwin Oguyenbo was being congratulated as the Pere of Olodiama Kingdom.
Reacting swiftly, the BTC, led by the Iyase of Benin, Chief Sam Igbe, the Esoagban of Benin, Chief David Edebiri, who addressed journalists, yesterday, said: “Ovia North East Local Government Area is under the authority of the Oba of Benin.
“We only have one monarch in Edo South senatorial district, that is the Oba of Benin. The title Pere of Olodiama Kingdom does not exist. Gelegele is under the overlordship of the Oba of Benin and there cannot be two monarchs in Benin.
We are advising the Pere of Gbaramatu, Delta State, to avoid falling foul of the relevant laws of Edo State.
“The Ijaw people in Gelegele are free to live in the area just as other ethnic groups that live in that axis. Any attempt to lay claim to non-existent title and community or village under any guise would be totally resisted. We call on law enforcement agencies to fully investigate and arrest those that are behind this abominable and sacrilegious act.”
Also, the state government, in a statement by the Secretary to the Government, Osarodion Ogie, said: “The claim of such a non-existent title in a non-existent community under any guise is a clear and pre-meditated breach of our laws, particularly the Traditional Rulers and Chiefs Law of Edo State which sets out the lists of all recognized traditional rulers and chiefs of Edo state.
“The said law further makes it a criminal offence for any person to recognize or purport to install any person as a traditional ruler except as provided for under the law and in fact makes it an offence for any unqualified person to present or permit himself to be so addressed.’’
The Edo State SSG, maintained that the state government is of the view that “this act is intended to precipitate strife and contestation leading inevitably to the breakdown of Law and Order in our dear State.”
He said in the light of the foregoing, Governor Godwin Obaseki has issued clear directives to the Law enforcement and prosecutorial agencies to take all steps to immediately abort the proposed or purported coronation anywhere within Edo State on the date proposed or on any other date whatsoever.