The Odionwere of Egbirhe, Mr. Napoleon Oduware Omobude and three others have been suspended from functioning as leaders of the village by His Royal Majesty, Oba Ewuare the Second, Oba of Benin.
A statement by Chief Press Secretary to Oba Ewuare the Second, Desmond Agbama says the suspension which was pronounced at Ogue-Emanton was as a result of their actions of assaulting Palace emissaries who were sent by the Oba of Benin to demarcate the boundary between Egbirhe and Okhoromi.
The suspended Odionwere and elders of Egbirhe also disobeyed the directive of the Palace, which forbids them from having anything to do in the Elders Council Hall “Oguedion” in the village.
Consequently, the Omo N’Oba directed the next-in-command, Mr. Douglas Igbinidu to assume the position of Odionwere with immediate effect, to be assisted by Chief Jolly Owie, Godwin Enodumwenben Omorotionmwan and Solomon Owie.
Mr. Igbinidu was advised to join hands with Palace Chiefs to ensure peaceful and lasting resolution of the boundary dispute between Egbirhe and Okhoromi.
Those suspended are Mr. Napoleum Oduware Omobude (former Odionwere), Vincent Ugiakha, Frederick Omo Igbinidu and Patrick Obayuwana.