By Maxwell Adeyemi Adeleye
The Ogiamien family of Benin kingdom has pledged loyalty to the throne of the Oba of Benin.
It said it was prepared to participate in the coronation of the new Oba scheduled to hold on October 20 even if the reigning Ogiamien, Chief Osarobo Okuonghae, failed to return to Nigeria.
Speaking after an enlarged meeting of the family at the Palace of Ogiamien in Benin City, head of the family, Pa Aibangbee Emopkpae Ogiamien, said the family never authorized one Arisco Osemwengie to be crowned as Ogiamien.
It would be recalled that Arisco had last year crowned himself the Ogiamien of Benin and declared himself the Imperial Majesty of Utantan Kingdom of Benin nation.
Arisco divided the Benin Kingdom into two halves and claimed control over one part but he was later charged to court for illegal coronation.
Pa Aibangbee said the family did not know Arisco as a son of an Ogiamien and that the Ogiamien title is an hereditary one.
His words, “We kept quiet since because we didn’t have money to fight him but we have put resources together to tell the world that we rdo not know Arisco in this family.
“No former Ogiamien gave birth to him. We have no quarrel with the Benin Palace. All the words used against the palace were not authorized by the family.”
Younger sister to Ogiamien Okuonghae, Mrs. Ehimwenma, said her brother would return at the appropriate time before the coronation but if he didn’t return, another person that joined in the burial of their father would perform his Ekiokpogha function.
The family later protested through the streets of Benin City with placards telling Arisco not to enter the Ogiamien Palace again.