The Oba of Benin, Ewuare II, has sacked Mr. Edomwonyi Iduozee Ogiegbaen as the Enogie (Duke) of Egbaen Siluko Dukedom in Ovia North East local government area of Edo state.
The Ogiegbaen’s sack comes one month after he was shoved aside as Chief Coordinator to the Palace on Enigie (Dukes’) matters over alleged rebellion, dereliction of duties and uprising in Enigie’s fold of Benin Kingdom.
Oba Ewuare II made the proclamation of Ogiegbaen’s dethronement during ‘open mediation in his palace in Benin City where he also announced the appointment of Capt Uwadiae Ohonbamumwen (rtd) as the Odionwere in Egbaen Siluko’s Dukedom.
In his address to the Benin throne, Ohonbamumwen, a former second most senior elder in Egbaen Siluko, distanced himself from the alleged atrocities levelled against Ogiegbaen.
He lamented that several appeals by elders of Egbaen Siluko to the Edomwonyi Ogiegbaen, fell on deaf ears after the later led some dissident Dukes to petition the Edo state government.
Ohonbamumwen further stated that the petition requested amongst others, the constitution of traditional councils for Edo South local government areas in a bid to balkanise Benin Kingdom.
He appealed to the Oba to appoint administrative head in Egbaen Siluko, which according to him, has been due since the past five years, to save the administration of the area from lawlessness.