By Osaigbovo Iguobaro, Benin
The Benin Monarch, Oba Ewuare II, has approved the suspension of Chief Stephen Ohangbon, the Duke of Evbuomoma Community in Ikpoba-Okha Local Government Area of Edo state.
He was suspended alongside the most elderly man in the Community popularly referred to as “Odionwere”.
The duo will no longer attend palace functions or perform thier duties within and outside Evbuomoma Community indefinitely.
Ohangbon’s suspension notice was contained in a statement by the Secretary, Benin Traditional Council, Frank Irabor which was made available to journalists at the Weekend in Benin, however did not mention the name of the “Odionwere”.
He was accused of “constantly breaching traditional norms and disrespecting the monarch emissaries” who were on a fact finding mission to the Community.
In his stead, the second senior Chief in the Community named “Ozukpogieva” (the second in Command) in the Community was appointed by the Council to replace Ohangbon.
By his elevation, the Ozukpogieva will act on behalf of the Monarch to mediate on matters affecting the welfare and other traditional assignments in the community.