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Sapele residents shut down Warri-Benin highway over electricity

Angry residents protesting lack of electricity at Sapele, Sapele Local Government Area, Delta State, weekend, laid siege to the Warri-Benin City highway, leaving motorists and travellers stranded for over two hours.

The protesters, clutching different banners and placards with inscriptions such as, “NIPP, show us our MoU and power our step down”, “We are tired of darkness” and “No light, no pay,” accused the Benin Electricity Distribution Company, BEDC of being inimical to the economic development of Sapele and its environs.

Paramount in the demands of the protesters is the provision of electricity supply for an average of 12 hours daily and a step- down power plant from one of the two generating power stations at Ogorode, Sapele, which plays host to two power generating stations and a transmission company. One of the leaders of the protesters, Mr. Solomon Abeke, who described the protest as the only solution left for the people of Sapele, said that officials of BEDC have practically refused to listen to their complaints.

“What we are demanding is an improvement in electricity supply. Just imagine, they give us only three hours light every day. We have two generating stations and a transmission station here in Sapele, yet we live in perpetual darkness,” Mr Abeke stated. A rights activist, who participated in the protest, Mike Egbune, described the actions of BEDC as oppressive, stressing that “the residents of the town carried out the protest because they have been cheated for long and they want their rights back.”

Denying the allegations of the protesters, the company’s Head of Corporate Affairs, Mr. Adekunle Tayo, said: “That is not true, we held a meeting chaired by the Delta State House of Assembly Speaker, Rt. Hon Monday Igbuya, and in that meeting, it was agreed that a committee will be set up to look into their demands.”

Oba of Benin suspends chief priest

The Oba of Benin, Ewuare II, has approved the suspension of the Chief Priest of the kingdom, Nosakhare Isekhure, from all the duties of the title.

This was contained in a statement released at a press briefing at the palace on Tuesday, jointly signed by the nine highest-ranked chiefs in the palace and the Secretary of the Benin Traditional Council, Frank Irabor.

It said Mr. Isekhure had been suspended indefinitely.

The chief priest is known as the Isekhurhe of Benin Kingdom.

The statement accused Mr. Isekhure of desecrating his office. It said the Council had reverted to the system of the past in which the Ihama of Benin Kingdom was performing the duties of the Isekhurhe.

In a long list of Mr. Isekhure’s infractions, the Council stated: “He designated his house as a palace where he held court in which he sometimes reviewed cases already dealt with in the Oba’s palace. Of course, gratifications were there offered or forced and collected.

“He used his position to influence new chiefs celebrating their investiture to perform certain rites in his residence, during which monies, kolanuts and drinks were collected.

“Senior chief were at times openly bad-mouthed and vilified by him and during those times, he declared that the chiefs were not senior to him and that he would not pay respect to them again as palace cultures demand.”

“He turned himself into a be all and end all, and a seeming authority in Benin culture and tradition, especially palace procedures. He even pronounced himself the Head of the Royal family.

“The profanities and denigrations that issued from him and his followers during our mourning period are better forgotten. During this period, he told all those who cared to listen to him that neither the Emwinekhua nor the consequent coronation could hold without him.

“The Iyase (Prime Minister of Benin Kingdom) sent for him to enable these matters to be discussed with him. He demurred. The council of chiefs also sent for him, yet, he refused to answer them.

“During Emwinekhua, he neglected and deliberately refused to perform his traditional duties before, during and after the event, and has since remained infinitely unrepentant.

“We cannot believe that anyone, any Benin individual who knows what the motivating Benin cultures and tradition are, and has worn the toga of a Benin Chief could do what Isekhurhe did these past two years. We find it difficult to accept even the idea that he is a chief. The disconnect has become actual and natural.

“We recommend in the circumstances therefore, that he be suspended; and with the authority of Omo N’Oba N’Edo, Uku Akpolokpolo, Ewuare II, Oba of Benin, he is with effect from today, 17th of January, 2017 suspended indefinitely from performing the duties of the Isekhurhe title which he now bears.”

When contacted on the development, Mr. Isekhurhe said he could not say anything yet, because he was yet to get official information on his suspension.


Source: Premium Times

Nigerian man jailed 4 months for stealing 10 fishes

A Magistrates’ Court in Evbouriaria , Benin City, on Thursday sentenced a man, Sylvester Livinus, 22, to four months imprisonment for stealing 10 cat fish.


The Chief Magistrate, C.E. Oghuma, however, gave the convict N 5, 000 option of fine.


Earlier, the prosecutor, Olatoye Oluwaseun, told the court that the accused committed the offence on September 18, at about 2:45p.m. at No. 1, Toronto St. Benin.


Mr. Oluwaseun said the cat fish which belonged to Noma Okunbor, was valued at N10, 000.


He said the offence contravened Section 309 (9) of the Criminal Code.

Buhari hails Oshiomole at the commissioning of the new Central Hospital [Pictures]

President Muhammadu Buhari has commended the Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, for sacrificing his personal comfort to provide essential services to the citizens of the state.

President Buhari spoke during the commissioning of the new Central Hospital in Benin, the state capital, as part of his two-day official visit to Edo.

Other projects commissioned by the President are the Upper Siluko road and the Samuel Ogbemudia College (formerly New Era College, while he also inspected the reclaimed Queen Ede Erosion site in Benin.

He said that the effort put into the realisation of the project by the state government was the best thing to do, as it was better than building a new government house.

He, however, expressed hope that the new health facility would not ?only discourage medical tourism but ensure that the masses received better health care services.

Buhari said, “I am very impressed with this work (hospital). I respect his (Oshiomhole) sacrifice of his personal comfort.

“Instead of building a government house, he decided to build this hospital. I think it takes courage to do what he did.

“I thank the governor for making his presence in Edo State go into history.”

On his part, Oshiomhole said that the medical facility was a demonstration of his belief that public healthcare facilities should not be inferior to the ones under by private ownership.

The governor noted that ?rather than spend huge resources for the benefit of the government and government officials, his administration decided to channel the effort towards the construction of the hospital.

Below are pictures of the newly commissioned hospital:


















Ban On Burials In Benin Still In Force- BTC

The Benin Traditional Council (BTC), yesterday, re-affirmed the earlier ban placed on burial ceremonies during the coronation activities of the new Oba of Benin, Omo N’ Oba N’ Edo, Uku Akpolokpolo, Oba Ewuare 11.

“The attention of the Benin Traditional Council has been drawn to an unauthorised press release issued by the Coronation planning Committee as it relates to burial ceremonies within the period of the coronation activities.

“For the avoidance of doubt, the Benin Traditional Council hereby use this medium to inform the general public that the post coronation ceremonies of His Royal Majesty, Omo N’ Oba N’ Edo, Uku Akpolokpolo, Oba Ewuare 11, Oba of Benin, is still on-going till December ending (31st December, 2016) with Ekasa Dance, except the Oba directs it should end earlier.

“Consequently, prohibition of funeral activities is still in place, during the period of Ekasa performance. This information supersedes the earlier press statement made by the coronation planning committee.

“The general public should please take note and comply strictly with the prohibition order,” BTC said in a statement signed by its Secretary, Frank Irabor.


Protest: Benin-Lagos Highway Totally Shut Over Plans to Relocate Traders

Protesters on Monday blocked the Uselu/Ugbowo section of the Benin-Lagos highway over plans by Egor Local Government Area of Edo to relocate traders.

The protesters, under the aegis of Uselu Market Women Association, were resisting the directive to move to lock-up stores built by the council.

The women, displaying placards, blocked both sides of the highway, preventing motorists from continuing with their trips.

Some of the women said the N1.2 million charged for the stalls was too expensive for them, especially given the type of businesses most of them do.

The women said their problem was compounded by the action of the local council, which commenced the removal of their make shift shops on Monday. Mrs Celena Okon, one of the market women, described the council’s action ”as an act of wickedness”, in view of the current economic situation in the country.
“What am I selling that you will force me to pay over a million naira for a single store? I believe they should consider the worth of our businesses individually.

“Where do you expect a woman who sells only crayfish or tomatoes to get such a ridiculous amount of money to pay, when in actual fact most are in dire need of additional funds to grow their businesses,” Okon said.

Another market woman, Mrs Imade Osifo, who described the situation as pathetic, said their decision to barricade the highway was for the world to know what they were going through.

She said, “They want to force us to go into the stores and we have told them that we cannot afford the stores; that is why they are destroying our businesses.” Mrs Osifo also alleged that the council was ”insensitive to them”, especially against the backdrop of the different fees levied to allow them do business in the market.

“When the plan to construct these lock-up stores came up, they (Council) told us that the prices will be pocket friendly, especially to some of us involved in petty trading.

“But what do we have now, N1.2 million for a store is a price that most of us cannot afford; there is no way many of us can afford that now.

“Even if the country’s economy was okay, how do you expect a woman who sells only salt and Maggi to generate such,” Osifo asked.

All efforts to get authorities of Egor local council to comment on the situation proved abortive, as the Council’s Head of Service was said to be unavailable. When contacted on telephone, the Council’s spokesman, Mrs Prisca Ebvadiaro, said she was not in the position to comment on the matter.

“I cannot speak on this; there is a committee that has been set up and as such, I cannot speak on it,” Ebvadiaro said.

As at the time of filing the report, several motorists were stranded on the highway while other commuters have resorted to trekking to get to their destination. The women resisted attempts by the police to get them off the road.

New Oba of Benin unleashes first Punishment, Arrests Family for Breaking Tradition

For organizing the burial ceremony of their father, the family of Uhumwangho from Isi village in Uhunmwode local government area of Edo State has incurred the wrath of the new Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II.

Before the coronation ceremonies of the new Oba, the palace had placed a ban on burial activities in the Benin kingdom till further notice.

It was gathered at the weekend that all was set for the burial ceremonies at Iguodala Primary school in Benin City when chiefs from the Oba’s palace stormed the area and tied ‘Umehe’ leaves on the food, drinks, and canopies.

The ‘Umenhe’ leaves, Daily Trust learned, is a message of no trespass from the Oba.

Some of the family members were arrested and taken to the palace while the musician hired to provide entertainment was also dragged to the palace.

A palace source told Daily Trust reporter that the family was asked to buy some sacrificial items to cleanse the land.

It was also observed at the venue that food and drinks were on the table which the family members said nobody would touch because of the sacred leaves tied to them.

One of the arrested family members Josephine Ehimwenma said they were told by some chiefs at the palace to go on with the burial arrangements since the actual coronation had been done, but a member of the Iwebo Palace society, Chief Sunday Okhiokpamwonyi, said the family would pay some fine and postpone the burial.

(Daily Trust)


Benin DISCO tops metering roll out rating by NERC.

Benin Electricity Distribution Plc. (BEDC) has emerged tops in metering progress performance rating report amongst Distribution Companies (Discos) carried out by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) in its second quarter 2016 state of affairs of the electricity supply industry.

The report, which came on the heels of additional 100,000 metering plan for the remainder 2016 announced at the recent power sector stakeholders it hosted in Benin, according to a statement, showed BEDC scoring 65.30 per cent to emerge overall lead performer in metering progress aspect of the report which indicates the percentage of customers metered.

BEDC had demonstrated its consciousness of the metering gaps existing across its various customer classes and had commenced the process to cover the metering gap for existing customers in its area of operations.

The company said in a statement that it has been proactive in installation of meters having installed over 120,500 meters since takeover.

The statement noted that BEDC has taken advantage of both the Industry CAPMI Scheme and own funded meters. More than 90,000 out of these have been installed in 2016 alone.

In its metering rollout plan for the rest of the year, BEDC plans to achieve 100 per cent metering of all Industrial and Maximum demand customers by the end of November 2016; installation of another 100,000 meters for domestic and commercial customers for the remainder of the year; extension of the existing Automated Meter Reading (AMR) capability to 3,000 maximum demand meters, and metering of at least 1,000 distribution transformers in order to adequately account for energy billing to customers.

To achieve the targets set, the company said it has in addition to the existing stock of 32,000 meters; placed order for another 45,000 units for distribution, while it has also recently re-engineered its metering process with a view to eliminating all administrative bottlenecks to reduce processing and installation time.

Beautiful Nubia gets honorary PhD in Benin Republic.

Segun Akinlolu, Nigerian singer and songwriter who is popularly known as Beautiful Nubia, has received an honorary PhD in Arts from the ESEP Le Berger university in Benin Republic.

In a post on his Facebook page, the 48-year-old artiste announced the honorary degree.

“Thanks to the ESEP Le Berger university, Benin Republic for the honorary PhD in Arts award received on Saturday,” he wrote.

The Owuro Lojo singer, who is known for his folklore and traditional style of music, has also indicated his interest in “nation building.”


Beautiful Nubia gets PhD award


“I don’t even like the idea of politics. I like the idea of nation building because politics has this negative connotation now, but politics is not supposed to be a negative word and that’s not my thing,” he told TheNation.

I like to think of myself that if I become a politician I will be a politician that will be seen as a statesman, as a nation builder.

“You will probably see me there in the next elections trying to do something, to be governor of some state or something. I am working on it because I don’t believe in just talking for the sake of talking.”

Beautiful Nubia is currently on a tour of various institutions in Nigeria with ‘The Roots Renaissance’ band.

#EdoDecides: Protesters Storm INEC Office In Benin

There is an ongoing protest at the Independent National Electoral Commission’s Office in Benin, venue of the collation of results for Saturday’s governorship election in the state.

The protesters, many of whom are from Esan West and Esan East local government areas, are protesting against the conduct of the election in their area.

They are asking INEC to stop the announcement of results from the area.

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Edo 2016: Of Afemailand, Its Politics And Legacies by Daniel Afekhume

A video emerged last week where a dispassionate President Obama was telling the Black Community that it will be a “Personal Insult” to himself and Michelle if blacks don’t come out in their numbers to vote Hillary Clinton. His argument was that Trump was coming to destroy his “legacies” and by extension that of African-Americans.

In the same light, I wish to state the Edo Governorship election of Sept 28th is one for either the preservation or destruction of the Legacies of the people of Edo North, The Afemais  as represented by Comrade Adams Oshiomhole.

Make no mistake about it, just like the 2015 Presidential Elections where the South-West was the tie-breaker, who becomes the next Governor of Edo will be decided by the Afemai People. This is based on my statistical analysis of the voting population, interests and voting pattern of the 3 senatorial districts- Edo South (Binis), Edo Central(Ishans)  Edo North (Afemais) with 56%, 15% and 29% of the voting population respectively.

The two front-runners; Godwin Obaseki and Ize-Iyamu are both from Edo South and hence the votes in that zone will be largely divided. Assume a hypothetical election where in a pessimistic case, Ize-Iyamu has the upper hand in the South with say 30% leaving Obaseki with 26%, the ability of the North to deliver 25% of its 29% to Obaseki will leave the 15% from Edo Central irrelevant in determining the winner. This is but a worst case scenario for Godwin Obaseki.

I strongly believe Edo North should give their block votes to the candidate of their son, Comrade Oshiomhole for obvious reasons- protecting our legacies and securing our interests.

Before Oshiomhole, (who happens to be the first Afemai to be governor), Edo North had no stake in the Edo Project even though they were the 2nd biggest people of the state. The last TRUEAfemai son in government was the late Admiral Mike Akhigbe, the 2nd-in-command to Gen Abdulsalami Abubakar. He was arguably the last person to bring development to AfemaiLand in all shades.

At the turn of this democratic dispensation, THE POWERS THAT BE in Edo made Mike Oghiadome, an Afemai  as deputy to Lucky Igbinedion from 1999 to 2007. He was a “waste” and no value to AfemaiLand. Oghiadome even rose up to become the Chief of Staff(who is like an alternate President) to President Jonathan. His ascension was still of little/no importance to his people until he was relegated to political irrelevance.

When the government of Osunbor came up in 2007, the POWERS THAT BE didn’t find AfemaiLand worthy of occupying relevant and powerful positions in that government. For 16years from 1999-2015, none of the ministers that represented Edo state was an Afemai. Not Tony Anenih, Not Godwin Abbe, Not Chris Ogiewonyi, Not Mike Onolememen. Olusegun Aganga(who has Afemai roots- from Owan) was appointed either as a “surplus minster”(not tied to any state) or represented Lagos. It is a shame that Edo has produced about 3 minister of works in the past 16 years and the major Federal Road in AfemaiLand (leading from Agbede through Auchi and terminating in Okpella) is in a terrible mess.

In fact, recently I went through Oshiomhole’s village and the Section of this Federal Road that passes through his village, Iyamho may be the worst road in the country. I am pretty sure that the last Minister of Works, Mike Onolememen (also from Edo) deliberately refused to do that road for political reasons so that Oshiomhole wont use it to score political points.

The people of Edo North must, through their votes on Sept 28th, be seen as punishing this system that refused them any meaningful development or representation while they held sway. This system with Tony Anenih and Igbinedion as ringleaders made the majority of appointments and allocated resources to projects and in their Wisdom relegated the Afemai People to the backwaters of Edo politics despite our numbers.

Incidentally, this is the same system that is throwing up Ize-Iyamu in the forthcoming elections. We must teach them a lesson that never again are we going to suffer any political class to neglect us and treat us with disdain. We are not a people who reward disloyalty. Far from it.

To further show that they don’t see Edo North as a worthy partner and show no remorse for the years of neglect, they bypassed us to pick an Uromi man, John Yakubu from Edo Central as their candidate for Deputy Governor while we have our son, Phillip Shuaibu on the Obaseki ticket.

By their antecedents, this system has shown that they don’t deserve our 29% and we must give them only the minimum allowable by human bias and differences and tell our son, Comrade Oshiomhole a big “Thank You” by voting massively for his candidate, Obaseki.

Ize-Iyamu and his backers have never done anything for Edo North, they won’t  start after the elections.

Make no mistake about it or be swayed by some of the “flaws” they use in campaigning against Oshiomhole for Edo North benefited from most of what they attack him with like:

1) The  $180m World Bank loan.

A large chunk of this was used in assisting the Edo Govt to control Queen Ede, Ekenhuan and Auchi Erosions. Growing up in Auchi, there were threats that the Gully Erosion in Auchi will swallow up the sprawling town. That has now been controlled

2) The Edo University Iyamho (EUI).

That he spent money to build another state university and neglected the present one at Ekpoma. Some time back I tried to secure admission at Ambrose Alli University, I was discriminated against because I wasn’t Esan. Nobody will discriminate an Afemai son in EUI.  When Lucky Igbinedion set up Edo State Polytechnic, Usen in 2002, he didnt see the need to take it to Edo North since we didn’t have any state govt-owned educational institutions (the Binis had College of Education, Ekiadolor while the Esans had AAU, Ekpoma). Na our share be this. Be proud of it.

All politics is local. All politics is Selfish!

Dangote visits Benin Crown Prince, promises more investments in Edo

Alhaji Aliko Dangote, who said he was in the palace to commiserate with him on the demise of the late Oba, as well as congratulate him on his forthcoming coronation as the new Oba of Benin, also promised to bring more investment to the state.

He said that with the kind of weather and natural resources in the state, Edo could be made an employment hub for job seekers.

He added that the. state was so blessed and creating jobs would not be a difficult task.

He expressed delight that the prince would be crowned as the new Oba of Benin on Sept. 26, saying that the late Oba served the people of Edo in particular and the country well.

He added that “I have no doubt that with you as the next Oba, Benin will be taken to the next level.

“I also know that your experience as an Ambassador will be brought to bare.”

He assured the monarch of his continued support to the kingdom.

Responding, the crown prince said he was delighted to receive Dangote in his palace.

He gave assurance that he would do all it takes to justify the confidence reposed in him by the people.

He said “when God gives an assignment, He provides the means and resources by which the assignment will
be accomplished.”

He appealed to Dangote to always represent the state before the Federal Government, noting that “I know you always have a way of attacking any government in power, please always help actualise state’s request before the Federal Government.”

He also appealed to Dangote to help support and promote tourism in the state.

According to him, he has a passion to promote tourism in the state so as to create employment for the unemployed through the establishment of a finery.

He urged the business mogul to support the initiative to make Gelegele, a coastal community in the state, a Free Trade Zone.

Earlier, Gov. Adams Oshiomhole, who accompanied Dangote on the visit, said that the business tycoon was in the palace to commiserate with the royal household, in addition to congratulating the monarch on his forthcoming coronation.

Benin’s Move To Scrap Visas For Africans Lauded

A decision by Benin to allow Africans travelling to the west African country in without visas has been applauded by many social media users from across the world.

Earlier, Rwanda made a similar decision earlier in the year together with Ghana in a move meant to promote intra-Africa trade in line with Africa Union’s 2030 Agenda for “a continent with seamless borders” to ease movement.

“Keep on the good work. We will rule the world one day. Our time shall come,” tweeted Musa B. Wali, echoing Robaa, who added, “Yes that’s the Africa I want.”

In July, Namibian and Ghana also announced plans to introduce visa-on-arrival for African citizens.

‘‘Learning from Rwanda, I have decided that Benin will no longer require visas for other Africans,’‘ President Talon announced in Rwanda on August 30, 2016 while on a three day visit.

Such a move was necessary to promote tourism and south-south cooperation, Beninese Foreign Affairs Ministry statement said.

“My hope is that the cooperation between Benin and Rwanda could be emulated by other African countries”.

Presidents Kagame and Talon also announced enforcement of an airline agreement between the two countries beginning September 2,2016 to facilitate direct flights between Cotonou and Kigali.

President Talon arrived in Kigali on Monday with a delegation comprising of government officials and business people.

Benin: Pastor Stabs Wife To Death, Leaves Ten Questions Behind

Crack team of detectives from the Edo state Police Command are hunting for a Pastor identified as Henry Ojochunu Ekukpe, who allegedly stabbed his 29 year old wife to death in the presence of their six year-old baby, leaving a note containing ten questions he expected his late wife to answer.


It was learnt that Henry who got married to Patience in 2014 has been having issues that forced the deceased out of his house months ago.


The run away Pastor is said to Pastor in one of the branches of Mountain of Victory and Fire Deliverance Ministry in Benin City.


It was learnt that trouble started last Sunday when the Pastor invited the deceased for a dialogue under the guise that he wants her back to the house.


It was learnt that when the deceased came, the Pastor used a hidden knife to stab her in different parts of her body and escaped from the area. The police found a note containing ten questions meant for the late woman.


The Police Public Relations Officer, Abiodun Osifo who confirmed the incident described it as “tragic and barbaric” and vowed that the police would ensure the culprit was arrested and brought to book.


Some of the questions contained in the note includes

“Have we ever in life went to beg for food ever since we got married?

“Has you mother ever brought food for us to eat one day because of hunger?

“Have I not told you at the beginning that I hate someone insulting me?

“In the first place, did you really come out with your own full mind?

“Did you come to marry me because of money or for who I am?

“Who gave you the order to pack your property away from our home?

“Who is your adviser in this marriage that is polluting your mind against me?

“You always pray that God should help you to eat the fruit of your labour?

“So no man has the power to take one’s life but today we are going together. So how do you feel now?”


Credit : Vanguard

Oshiomhole Scraps Customary Court of Appeal

The Edo Government on Tuesday repealed the Act establishing the Customary Court of Appeal in the state.
Governor Adams Oshiomhole, signed the Amendment Bill into law, declaring that the Customary Court of Appeal had ceased to exist in the state.
He said one of the reasons for the scrap was that more judges were needed in the high courts for quick dispensation of justice.

The governor noted that it was unthinkable that not less than 6000 cases were hitherto pending before only 24 judges of the high court.
Following this new development, the judges in the court were automatically transferred to the State High Court, thereby increasing the number of the State high court judges frm 24 to 30.

See The Church Where Bible Is Not Used and The Oba Of Benin Is The General Overseer

On Akpakpava Road in the heart of Benin City, the Edo State capital, is a church founded over 500 years ago. The architectural design of the building tells its story. It does not advertise itself; yet has a large following. The Oba of Benin is its spiritual head, reports Osagie Otabor.

The Holy Aruosa Cathedral is to the Bini people what the Church of England is to the English people; no wonder it is referred to as the Church of Benin.

Welcome to the Holy Aruosa (the eye of God) Cathedral.

Members of the Holy Arousa are different from flocks of other religious bodies: they are seldom seen sharing pamphlets to convert members or inviting people to the church. The church leaders do not hold crusades or revival services to convert ‘souls’, neither do they invite people to experience miracles.

Legend has it that the church was located at the place because it was the spot the Bini had direct contact with Osanobua (God) long before the coming of the European explorers and missionaries.

During the British invasion of Benin Kingdom, the church was destroyed and the black stone was carted away along with other artifacts from the ancient city at about 1897. The invaders came with their own God, mode of worship and forbade the people from worshipping Osanobua at Holy Arousa.

It was Oba Akenzua II (father of the present monarch) who rebuilt the current cathedral, not only in Benin City, but in Onitsha, Umuahia and other areas.

The Oba of Benin is the spiritual head (general overseer) of the Church. His deputy is the Benin Crown Prince. The presiding head of the church is known as ‘Ohen Osa’ (God’s servant). A special seat is reserved for the Oba at the church. The priests dress like the Roman Catholic priests and usually wear red caps.

Service at the church is conducted in Bini language. The Holy Bible is not used in the church; much of the preaching revolves around reminding the congregation that the Oba is God’s representative on earth and on the need to be good while on earth. Baptism of new converts is done with the white chalk (Orhue) in what is regarded as ‘Igborhe’.

Does miracle happen in the church? Ohen Osa Harrison Okao said people received miracles and God’s blessings directly from God without any intermediary.

He said: “Those who seek God come here. We don’t beg people to come. If you attend and discover that your contact with God is cordial, you will remain. If you beg God for promotion and you come here and got it, you will remain here.”

Harrison said the church was founded during the reign of Oba Esigie and to worship God without praying through any intermediary.

He said: “We use our local language to communicate with our God. We are aware of other diverse ways of reaching God. If you are a good Muslim, God will accept you. If you are a good Christian, God will accept you.

“We don’t use the Bible here. We have our own book. We use the book of Holy Arousa according to the sayings of the ancient belief written by the wise men. The church is still in existence till today, it is an entity that will last forever. Nothing can stop it.”

“A professional doctor does not need sign board. Oba is a special human being. He is God’s representative on earth. The seat that concerns Omon N’ Oba, nobody can sit on it. That seat is exclusively preserved for him.”

The Nation

”I’m Not Afraid Of Lucky Igbinedion’s Father” – Oshiomhole

Edo state governor, Adams Oshiomole says he is not afraid of the billionaire father of his predecessor, Lucky Igbinedion, Chief Gabriel Igbinedion whom he has accused of conniving with his son to loot the state of its resources and exploiting residents of the state while his son was governor.

Oshiomhole said this while speaking with some Edo women who staged a protest in support of his administration yesterday November 23rd.

Oshiomhole said he will publish the documents of Lucky Igbinedion while he was in office. He added that he would be ashamed to talk in public if two of his children were convicted for corruption and money laundering.

The women on their part carried placards with captions such as “Esama leave Oshiomhole alone.” “Chief Igbinedion stop using youths and women to cause trouble,” “Edo people must move forward,” “Oshiomhole, Edo people are proud of you” and “Igbinedion, go and pay Land Use charge.”.

Photo credit: The Nation

Bloodbath In Benin City As PDP & APC Clash Over 500 PVCs Found In PDP Chieftain’s House

There was a bloody clash between All Progressives congress(APC) and Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) in Edo State on Tuesday, following the discovery of 500 permanent voter cards (PVCs) at the residence of a chieftain of the PDP.

Trouble started when the PDP stalwart was caught trying to use someone’s ATM card to make withdrawal at one of the new generation banks and was arrested by security operatives who later handed him over to the police.

The police took him to his house to search the place and when they got there, 500 PVCs were found in his room.

He reportedly confessed the PVCs belonged to a House of Representatives candidate from Edo Central.

While the APC in the state demanded that the suspect be transferred immediately to the state Police command in Benin City, some PDP members insisted that the suspect be left off the hook

Another Church Building Collapses In Benin

Members of the Liberty Power Bible Church, famously known as Power Palace, narrowly escaped death on Sunday when their church building collapsed barely one hour after service.

However, nobody died in the incident.It was gathered that the building was still under construction.

The roof and pillars of the building fell on another building.Owner of the damaged building, Ajor Sylvanus, said the church collapsed at 1:45 pm.

He told reporters that he warned the pastor about materials used for the building.“Yesterday, there was a storm but I have been complaining about the building.

“The pastor built the church like a fence, with no pillar. The block was made of sand. I have been telling him that the absence of pillars would cause the building to collapse.

“The building fell on my building and damaged many things. I thank God that nobody died. When the pastor came, he was concerned about the musical instruments in his church and thanking God that his members were not around when the building fell.

“I had to call the police”, he added.