Oba of Benin orders demolition of village shrine, market

Oba of Benin orders demolition of village shrine, market

- The Oba of Benin has ordered the demolition of a village shrine and market in Igbekhuen, Edo state

- He said his palace had not given approval for the shrine and market

- The monarch consequently directed two top palace officials to effect the sealing of the unauthorised structures

Oba Ewuare II, the Oba of Benin, has ordered that a village shrine (Ogue-Odion) and a market at Igbekhuen, in the Orhionmwon local government area of Edo state be demolished.

He gave the order at his palace, while presiding over matters affecting individuals, villages and groups, Punch reports.

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NAIJ.com gathers that the revered monarch, speaking in the Bini dialect, said his palace had not given approval for the shrine and market.

The monarch's order reportedly came following complaints lodged by the elders and people of Igbekhuen village over the establishment of a second shrine by some individuals.

The monarch said: “It is against the Bini tradition and norms for individuals or groups to unilaterally establish the Ogue-edio or a local market without due authorisation from the oba’s palace.”

Consequently, Oba Ewuare directed two top palace officials to effect the sealing of the unauthorised structures.

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Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that the Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II, was scheduled to perform a sacred traditional rite at Emotan shrine in Benin.

Fank Irabor, the secretary of Benin Traditional Council, making the announcement, said all Enigies, Edionweres, Okao, Ohen-Ovia, Ohen-Okhuahe, Igiohen-Ikhuo and market women were expected to attend the ceremony.

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Source: Naija.ng

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