Oba Of Benin suspends the Isiekhure of Benin

His Royal Majesty, Oba Ewuare II of Benin Kingdom has suspended the Isiekhure in his palace.

The Isiekuhre, who is a top palace chief, was suspended for negligence of duties and usurping the powers of the traditional stool.

The Benin Traditional Council explained the duties of the Isiekhure originally belonged to Ihama.

The Ihama travels alongside Prince Oranmiyan from Ife to Benin City in the middle of about the twelfth century AD.

Chief Sam Igbe, the Iyase of Benin, said the Isiekhure had ignored the Burial ceremony of Oba Erediauwa.

They also accused him of ignoring the Coronation of Oba Ewuare II by refusing to perform his traditional duties according to custom.

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He added that Isiekhure desecrated the palace of the Oba of Benin by holding court and reviewing cases already reviewed by the Oba for gratification.

Chief Igbe also said the Isiekhure used his position to influence some newly chiefs.

He celebrated their investiture to perform certain rites in his house of which monies, kola nuts and drinks were collected.

He further stated that with the suspension, the Isiekhure of Benin will now be from the Ihama family.

He said this was the case before old age wielded it to one of the sons of Oba Ewedo in about 1280 AD.

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According to him, “he designated his house as a palace where he held court.

“Some of the cases which he sometimes reviewed were already dealt with in the Oba’s palace.

“He used his position to influence new chiefs celebrating their investiture to perform certain rites in his residence.

“During those ceremonies, monies, kola nuts, and drinks were collected.