By Osaigbovo Iguobaro Benin
The Benin monarch, Oba Ewuare II has condemned alleged trespass on oil palm plantation by unidentified persons at Iyowa Community in Ovia north East Local Government Area of Edo state.
It was alleged that the culprits had relied on implied approval of some elders at Iyowa Community when Mr. Samson Ederaro Obazee was the Community head (Odionwere) before encroaching on the oil palm plantation belonging to Mr. Ernest Umakhihe.
Delivering judgement in the petition by Mr. Ernest Umakhihe before the Benin royal court (Egua’ematon), Oba Ewuare II, directed elders in the Community to offer a relief to the plantation owner.
The Oba, held that Mr. Samson Ederaro Obazee, the eldest man in the community, had illegally occupied the position as the community head.
He clarified that Mr. Samson Ederaro Obazee emergence on November 4, 2017, after the death of the former Odionwere Pa. had transited on July 27, 2017 and buried in September last year, breached the Benin native laws and tradition before he occupied the position.
The monarch further held that Mr. Samson Ederaro Obazee would have to wait for a period of three years before he presents himself before the palace for consultation before his installation as the community head.
In the absence of a substantive head of Iyowa Community, Oba Ewuare II, appointed Amb. Etionsa Ighodaro as the youth leader (Okoeghele) of the community.
He specifically charge on Amb. Ighodaro and all the elders in the community to deploy their problem-solving skills to peace and the development of their homeland.
The judgement was delivered in the presence of the petitioner, Mr. Ernest Umakhihe and elders of the cCommunity.
Responding to the verdict of the Oba of Benin, Amb. Etinosa Ighodaro, said: “There are lessons especially the Benin people including other Odionwere have to learn from that judgement of the Oba of Benin…It is important to go to that palace and listen to judgements. Listen to how the Oba gives verdict on cases.”