May 18, 2024

Edo Govt Denies Involvement In Court Case Between Benin Palace, Enigies

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Appeals to all parties to work together and withdraw the matter from court

By Simeon OSAJIE

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The Edo State Government has denied involvement in court case involving His Royal Majesty, Omo N’Oba N’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo, Oba Ewuare II, the Oba of Benin and some Enigie.

In a press statement issued by Edo State Commissioner of Information and Orientation, Mr. Chris Nehikhare while debunking the allegation levelled against the Government said it is sad and painful that the matter which is essentially among brothers had degenerated to the point of litigation.

The press statement reads in part: “The attention of the Edo State Government has been drawn to the groundswell of misinformation regarding a court case involving our revered monarch, His Royal Majesty, Omo N’Oba N’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo, Oba Ewuare II, the Oba of Benin and some Enigie.

“The State Government has no hand in the matter and is also being sued by the Enigie.

“The case with Suit No. B/29005/2023 is between His Royal Highness Prof. Gregory Idurobo Akenzua, the Enogie of Evbo-Obanosa/Abudu and His Royal Highness Edomwonyi Iduozee Ogiegbaen, the Enogie of Egbaen-Siluko against Oba Ewuare II, the Oba of Benin and the State Government, who are defendants in the suit.

“It is sad and painful that the matter which is essentially among brothers had degenerated to the point of litigation.

“The government hereby appeals to all parties in the matter, being blood relatives, to work together and withdraw the matter from the court and begin a process of dialogue towards the amicable resolution of the issues in the interest of the sanctity of our most respected traditional institution.

“Government is also open to working with all parties for a peaceful resolution of the dispute.”

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