Edo suspends Uromi monarch over attack on subject

By Tony Ehighiale, Benin

Edo State Government has suspended the Onojie of Uromi, Anselm O Aidenojie, from office as the Onojie for seven days.Announcing the development was the Secretary to the State Government, Prof Julius Ihonvbere in a letter dated October 26, 2016, titled “Suspension from Office as Traditional Ruler”.

In it, the state government stated that “I write to convey to you, the decision of the Edo State Executive Council at its meeting on the 26th October 2016, suspending you from office for 7 days as Onojie of Uromi.”

It added that “The suspension from office was based on, among other reasons:

‘Your unprovoked attack, inflicting grievous bodily harm on one Mrs Betty Okoebor on September 28, 2016 in full public glare to the embarrassment of those present and causing disgrace to your otherwise esteemed office;

“Your refusal, even after two weeks, to respond to a query issued by the appropriate authority within the stipulated 72 hours demonstrating total disregard and disrespect for constituted authority; and travelling outside the country without appropriate permission in further demonstration of your disregard for extant regulations and laws.

“In the circumstances, the State Executive Council has arrived at a conclusion that these and other acts of misconduct of Your Royal Highness, the Onojie of Uromi are not only distasteful but also unbecoming of a traditional ruler of your status.

“Based on the above and convinced that your Highness has denied yourself of the opportunity of entering a plea against the charges against you that were duly conveyed in writing to you, and therefore in exercise of the powers conferred on the State Executive Council by virtue of Section 28(1) of Traditional Rulers and Chiefs Law (1979) and all other Laws enabling it in that behalf, has approved your suspension from office as the Onojie of Uromi with immediate effect for a period of seven (7) days, that is, from the 26th of October 2016 to the 1st of November, 2016.”

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