The Benin Traditional Council has expressed concern that some Enigie in Benin Kingdom have created various chieftaincy titles in their villages which contradict Benin customs and Traditions
A Statement by the Secretary, Benin Traditional Council, Frank Irabor says for the purposes of clarification only Ihama and Enobore chieftaincy titles are allowed by tradition to be conferred by Enigie.
The Statement explains that any other chieftaincy title created by any Enogie is at variance with Benin Customs and tradition, unknown to law and a violation of Edo State Traditional Rulers and Chiefs law.
According to the Statement, chieftaincy titles purportedly created and conferred on some individuals by some Enigie are null, void and of no effect as there is no provision fir such in Benin custom and tradition.
The statement advised Enigie to comply with the age long tradition which is backed by law in order to avoid embarrassment.
The statement also clarified that it is not customary for Enogie to suspend Odionwere or for Odionwere to suspend Enogie or a group of people to suspend Enogie or Odionwere without the direct authority of the palace.
It emphasized that it is only the Omo N’Oba N’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo, Oba of Benin is the prescribed customary authority to affirm, confirm, approve or direct outright suspension of any Enogie, Odionwere or Ohen as the case may be.