AKHERE Godwin, Benin
The Palace of the Oba of Benin, Thursday, appealed to indigenes to be calm and law-abiding in the face of recent provocation by the Ogiamien Family, which reportedly 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 curse that could lead to self-destruction’.
“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 Family,” he said.
The meeting and the subsequent reaction by Iyase came in the wake of last week’s development when businessman, Rich Arisco Osemwingie was formally crowned 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 on a six-count charge of felony and misdemeanour before Chief Magistrate M.C. Ojobo (Mrs) in Charge No. MOR/148c/2015.
In the charge, the accused persons (Rich Arisco Osemwengie and Patrick Osabuohien) were alleged to have conspired together on September 9, 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.