PALACE of the Benin Monarch yesterday
appealed to Nigerians of Benin origin
to be calm and law-abiding in the face
of recent provocation by the Ogiamien
family, which installed its own parallel
king in a section of the ancient city.
Chief Sam Igbe, the Iyase of Benin,
who spoke on behalf of the palace chiefs
at a meeting, said the action of the
self-proclaimed king, Mr. Rich Arisco
Osewingie and a section of the Ogiamien
family is a course, ‘that could lead to selfdestruction’.
“We want to assure you all that the
traditional authority in Benin and all
security agencies are watching this
small click of rebels within the Ogiamien
The meeting and the Iyase speech came
at the wake of last week’s development
when businessman, Rich Arisco
Osemwingie got himself coronated as
His Royal Majesty Ogiamen of Utantan
Benin Nation.
Osewingie and his brother, Patrick
Osabuohien, have since been remanded
in prison custody till September 29
for the unlawful coronation after
being arraigned in six-count charge of
Palace appeals for calm as Benin gets parallel king
felony and misdemeanour before Chief
Magistrate, M.C. Ojobo (Mrs.) in charge No.
In the charge, the accused persons
(Rich Arisco Osemwengie and Patrick
Osabuohien) were alleged to have conspired
together on the 9th day of September, 2015
at No. 97 Sakponba Road in Benin City to
commit the unlawful coronation.
The offence is punishable under Section
517 of the criminal code, Cap 48 Vol. 11 laws
of the defunct Bendel State of Nigeria 1976
now applicable in Edo State.
In another development a group, known
as The Cradle Youths, has asked the
Lafogido and Ogboru ruling houses to
retract their steps of going to court over the
vacant stool of Ooni of Ife, in the interest of
peace and preservation of the traditional
The group, in a statement by its
coordinator, Mr. Kunle Elusayo, yesterday
expressed disappointment with the court
According to the group, the 1980
declaration on the eligibility and
succession criteria to the sacred stool is
clear enough and it would also promote
peace and prestige of the Ooni title.
The Ile-Ife based group also lamented
that the two families, who headed to
court were not laying good example for
the coming generations.
The statement read: “We are highly
disappointed by the action of our fathers
in the ruling houses. It is our utmost
belief that they should know better and
not cause confusion in the town. They
should know that even if the declaration
has some faults, as alleged by them, such
cannot be corrected during interregnum.
“Ruling houses should not ridicule
the Ooni stool for any reason, going to
court is an attempt to ridicule and cause
embarrassment to our tradition. It will be
unfair to see our highly rated and world
most respected tradition being suspended
by a court.
According to them, “History is clear
and not hidden to anyone. It is the same
declaration that screened out and denied
Giesi that is used now. Where were these
families then, why didn’t they point out
errors, why didn’t Ogboru reject the
throne when rotated to them?”
They admonished that, “Ruling houses
should not destroy the legacy of peace
struggled for and achieved by the late
Ooni, Oba Sijuwade Okunade II. Going to
court to distort tradition can cause crisis
among indigenes, ruling houses and even
traditional rulers. We don’t want any
problem in our town. They should allow
Giesi to also use its turn

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