By Our REPORTER
Roland Ekhoe Ogbebor, former Odionwere Omuada of the Benin Palace, is now cooling himself with operatives of the anti-graft agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over allegations of land grabbing and petitions against him by the Benin Traditions Council (BTC) in Benin Kingdom.
The9jaTREND investigation revealed that the once mighty Roland, who was relieved of his duties in the Palace since November, 2018, allegedly had petitions piled up against him on involvement in high profile land grabbing among several other infractions.
Sources close to the palace revealed to The9jaTREND that, at a stage, some aggrieved people, most especially in the diaspora, were issuing statements in social media network accusing some chiefs of the Benin Traditional Council (BTC) of conniving with Roland Ekhoe in his several deals.
To ensure due diligence and a thorough investigation into all the allegations against Roland, the Benin Monarch, His Royal Majesty, Omo N’Oba N’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo, Oba Ewuare II, N’Ogidigan, has directed that he (Roland) should be suspended from the Palace.
In a statement issued and signed by Frank Irabor, Secretary of the Benin Traditional Council (BTC ) stated: “This is to inform the general public that recently, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Police opened investigations on petitions written against Roland Ekhoe Ogbebor, former Odionwere Omuada who was discharged in November, 2018.
“In order to allow unhindered investigations by the EFCC and the Police, His Royal Majesty, Omo N’Oba N’Edo, Uku Akpolokpolo, Ewuare Il, Oba of Benin Kingdom has directed the immediate suspension of Roland Ekhoe Ogbebor from the Palace.
In a telephone conversation with The9jaTREND, the Head of Media and Publicity, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Wilson Uwujaren, said that the Commission has released Roland Ekhoe Ogbebor on bail.