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Oba of Benin bans former head servant

The Oba of Benin, Ewuare II, has banned Roland Ogbebor, a former Omuada (Head of Servants) to his Royal Majesty. He was accused of impersonation…

The Oba of Benin, Ewuare II, has banned Roland Ogbebor, a former Omuada (Head of Servants) to his Royal Majesty.

He was accused of impersonation and other “sacrilegious acts.”

Ogbebor’s ban was announced on Tuesday through a prepared statement by the Secretary to the Benin Traditional Council (BTC), Frank Irabor.

He said that the former head servant had been involved in land grabbing, extortion, intimidation, impersonation and fraud since his suspension in 2018. 

He disclosed that the ban was “extended to his participation at all Oba Palace traditional establishments and functions, including spiritual groups, activities, festivals, shrines and oguedion in Benin Kingdom.”

Irabor, who was flanked by prominent Benin chiefs at the briefing, noted that the former Omuada was also involved in what he described as “abominable and sacrilegious act” of parading himself as the second-in-command to oba. 

“This is sacrilege and an abomination, punishable by customary laws of our tradition,” he said. (NAN)