The Oba of Benin is going through a leadership crisis in the village of Ehiozevbaru

The Omo N’Oba N’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo, Oba Ewuare II, Oba of Benin embroiled in leadership crisis in Ehiozevbaru village in Uhunmwode Local Government Area in Edo State with the assurance that the issues involved would be resolved peacefully.

Three Beninese palace chiefs, Moses Iyamu, the Ezama of Benin, Oseazegioba Ikpomwonsa and Chief Uyi Esere, the Esere of Uselu, conveyed Oba Ewuare’s advice to protesters at his palace in Benin City.

Oba Ewuare assured that due diligence would be followed in resolving the dispute, presented in separate statements endorsed by some aggrieved natives in the area.

One of the village elders of Ehiozevbaru, Mr. Humphrey Agbonavbare, explained that the passive resistance to the excesses of Mr. Sunday Ediagbonya, the self-proclaimed Odionwere (village chief), reached a tipping point, after Mr. Ediagbonya allegedly failed to account for the village development fund, running into millions of naira that were in his custody.

He listed other atrocities against Ediagbonya, including the missing ancestral staff at the Ehiozevbaru elders’ porch as well as the bestial act allegedly committed against one of his children in the village.

Agbonavbare, the Ozukpogieva (second oldest elder) of the village, explained that these illegal acts caused most of the village elders to break off relations with him.

Agbonavbare, who pledged his loyalty to the Oba of Benin, also alleged that the self-proclaimed Odionwere neither attained the post of Odionwere nor performed the necessary rites as required by Beninese customs and traditions.

“When we (the elders) summoned him to account for the money that was in his custody, he replied that he was overtaken by events.

“We did not sell the land of the Oba of Benin. Our loyalty is to him. We did not destroy houses or economic crops… On Sunday, Ediagbonya left the village voluntarily after people abandoned him,” Agbonavbare added.

In his response, the embattled self-proclaimed Odionwere, Ediagbonya, blamed some disgruntled elements in the village for his misfortunes, adding that his suspension was carried out through a paltry deception to usurp constituted authority.

Another village elder, Mr. Henry Osaigbovo, highlighted development progress in Ehiozevbaru village to include electricity and water supply in a short time the self-proclaimed Odionwere was set aside .

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