- as Ogiamen declared missing
BENIN TRADITIONAL council at the weekend denied that the face-off in Benin kingdom was not between the Isekhure and the Crown Prince but between the Isekhure and the Ihama, who are two prominent priests of the kingdom.
In a reaction to the report carried in Sunday Pilot of August 2, 2015, the council said, “it is well-known within the palace circle that there has been a power tussle between Isekhure and Ihama for many years.
Our crown prince is the one that has been trying to iron out their differences.”
The council’s position is contained in a statement, a copy of which was made available to Sunday Pilot dated 13th August 2015 with Ref. No. BTC/A66/Vol. VI/TI/92 and signed by Chief Sam Igbe, the Iyase of Benin and seven others.
The council’s submission, which cleared alleged grey areas purported in the report came in the wake of a controversy over the declaration by the Edo Police Command and confirmed by a group laying claims to the, “Great Ogiamen Palace of Utantan Bini Nation”, that, “His Royal Majesty Osarobo Okunghae”, is missing.
According to a statement signed by Prince Rich-Arisco Osewingie, and one other, Ogiamien it was who signed a treaty with the Oba Eweka I of Benin and every Oba thereafter after the battle of Eki-Ogbakha, to maintain the peace so that the Oba can reign successfully over the Benin nation, excluding the territories controlled by the Ogiamien.
The statement added that the treaty also assured that during traditional raids on markets, none of the Ogiamien or Oba’s warriors could confiscate each other’s goods; and children from either side are forbidden from intermarriage. expects each Oba ascending the throne to pay the Ogiamien, “Four persons including a woman, a large drum, called ‘okha’ an ugiamwen or six shillings and six pence, a flute, a cow and an Uhkure, Agba and ere”.
In addition, under the terms of the treaty, “none of Ogiamien’s children can kneel before the Oba, the Oba will pay the Ogiamien visits and enter through a door that is exclusive to him and is never opened to others.
The treaty, which it was gathered, placed a sanction of death on anyone who violates any part of it, has not been debunked by the Benin Traditional Council, which stirred the controversy in a statement dated August 8, 2015 and signed by Mr frank Irabor, its secretary.
Irabor said that, the Ogiamien is a palace chief and should not be addressed as Royal Majesty”, an action which elicited Prince Osewingie et al’s position on