13th June, 2012
The Benin Monarch, Omo’Noba N’Edo, Uku Akpolokpolo, Oba Erediauwa, on Wednesday lifted the suspension placed on the Esama of Benin kingdom, Southsouth Nigeria, Chief Gabriel Igbinedion.
The embattled father of former governor Lucky Igbinedion, was suspended from all palace activities several years ago for allegedly parading himself as the Benin monarch during his visit to some European countries.
Following the suspension, several groups, including market women had on several occasions pleaded with the monarch to pardon the Esama who ranks high among the palace chiefs in Benin.
All efforts made by the Esama to pacify the revered monarch however met brick walls as he was always referred to other palace chiefs to sort himself out.
A one-paragraph press statement issued and signed by the secretary to the Benin Traditional Council, Frank Irabor, confirmed the lifting of the suspension.
“The general public is hereby informed that the suspension placed on Chief G. O. Igbinedion, the Esama of Benin has been lifted.”
Sources close to the palace who spoke to P.M.NEWS on condition of anonymity said the suspension of the ban placed on the Esama might not be unconnected with the home coming of the Crown Prince, Eheneden Erediauwa.
By Jethro Ibileke/Benin