Chiefs in Benin City, Edo State, have announced the rightful chieftaincy of one Osarobo Ogiamien; crediting the Ogiamien Chieftaincy to his name following weeks of irregularity of the title before Thursday’s briefing.
Chiefs and Enigies of the seven local government of Edo South, had disclaimed one Rich Arisco Osemwingie who is said to have held the chieftaincy on illegal grounds. It was confirmed that Osemwingie had no Locus Standi; hence no rightful claim to the title or right to be addressed in like manner.
Present during the meeting held on Thursday were Chiefs and Enigies from Oredo, Ikpoba-Okha, Egor, Ovia North-East, Ovia South-West, Orhionmwon, and Uhunmwode local governments respectively.
The comprise revealed that they were moved to act following a criminal case withdrawal against Arisco Osemwingie by the state government, publicized by the Edo State Attorney-General and Commissioner of Justice on June 21.
According to the Iyase of Benin and head of Benin Traditional Council (BTC), Chief Sam Igbe, the case withdrawal stands contrary to consultation with the palace; which never occurred. He further stated that Osemwingie and his accomplice’ actions were not in line with Benin customs and traditions.
Mr Arisco Osemwingie and his unnamed accomplice were then labelled enemies of the palace and people of Benin.
A demand has now been made for the tender of unreserved apology to the Benin people. Osemwingie is also required to publish this apology in at least three national newspapers, and pledge his unalloyed loyalty to the Oba of Benin.
The apology is also expected to be made within a reasonable time.
The Iyase took out time to thank President Muhammadu Buhari for ensuring the safe return of Benin Artifacts to the palace of the Oba of Benin.
‘We are very happy and delighted over the return of Benin Artefacts taken away in 1897 following the Benin Invasion by the British soldiers.
‘We would like to use this opportunity to express gratitude to His Excellency, the President and Commander – in – Chief of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Mohamandu Buhari, GCFR, for his commitment in ensuring that the Benin Artefacts domiciled in the various foreign countries are returned to their original home of abode, which is the Oba of Benin Palace,’ the Iyase said.
He also reminded the Edo State Government of its pledge to support the construction of the Benin Royal Museum with 500 million naira as included in the State’s 2019 budget.
‘We hereby request the Edo State Governor to live up to his promise by supporting the construction of the Benin Royal Museum instead of building another for which a part of the Benin Specialist Hospital have been demolished,’ the Iyase said.
‘It is to be noted that the Traditional Institutions respect the constituted authority and appeal to the constituted authority to reciprocate same,’ he added.