The Benin Traditional Council has announced the removal of Mr. Harrison Okao as the Ohen-osa of Holy Aruosa Cathedral of Benin by the Joint Elders Committee and Some senior Chiefs of the palace of the Oba of Benin.
A statement by the Secretary, Benin Traditional Council, Frank Irabor says His Royal Majesty, Omo N’Oba N’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo, Ewuare the Second, Oba of Benin who is also the Traditional Head of Holy Aruosa Cathedral of Benin has been constrained by traditional dictates to approve the recommendation of the removal of Harrison Okao as the Ohenosa of the Cathedral.
The statement explains that the recommendation and acceptance by His Royal Majesty is predicated on the lingering breach and non-challant attitude over several years by Harrison Okao pertaining to the age old custom and tradition regarding the continuous unauthorized officiating as Ohenosa at the Holy Aruosa Cathedral of Benin.
It stated that the decision is expected to bring lasting peace, sanity and tranquility to the Holy spiritual environment that is imperative in the Holy Aruosa Cathedral of Benin.
According to the statement, all property, paraphernalia of office as Ohenosa and keys of the cathedral should be handed over to Chief Esere, Head of Iweguae.
Harrison Okao is also to refrain from operating the bank accounts of the cathedral with immediate effect.