A Benin chief, John Osamede Adun, has said that the Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II, cannot be coerced into recognising faceless group laying claim to Ogiemen tittle in Benin Kingdom.
Adun, who is the Aiyobahan of Benin, stated this while reacting to a report of a group laying claim to Ogiemen tittle and calling for the creation of another kingdom in Benin.
According to him, the Oba of Benin, cannot recognise the faceless group laying claim to Ogiamien title when the holder of the title is still alive and not in dispute.
“Nobody has declared Ogiamien dead. No individual or group has the right to transfer a chieftaincy title to another person in Benin.Oba of Benin is the custodian of all titles in Benin and no other person has the right to so do.
“Some persons had appealed to the federal and Edo State government to allow them have their own king and independence in Benin. There can’t be two kings in Benin Kingdom, it is forbidden.
“Ogiamien is not dead. He is alive, we had been told that he travelled abroad. Since he travelled abroad, he is yet to return and has not been declared dead. When the Oba of Benin bestows any title on anyone, until the person dies, the title cannot be transferred to another person.
According to him, nobody is allowed to crown himself a King in Benin because it is forbidden by the ancestors.
Adun said “Ogiamien title is hereditary. We the Benin people are against any attempt by anyone to usurp the power of the Oba.”
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