Court hears suit challenging Oba of Benin’s authority

The Edo state High Court has admitted the Benin Traditional Council (BTC) as a party in a suit instituted by suspended (Enigie) Dukes in Benin, against the Oba of Benin, Ewuare II.

There was heavy presence of security personnel at the premises of the state High Court complex on Sapele Road, Benin City, venue of the sitting.

Two suspended Enigie (Dukes) of Evbuobanosa and Egbaen Siluko Dukedoms in Benin Kingdom, Professor Gregory Akenzua and Chief Edomwonyi Ogiegbaen sued the Benin monarch and Edo state government.

The claimants in the originating summon argued that it is only the state governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, and not the monarch could remove them from their positions.

Justice Peter Akhihiero granted the 1st defendant right to include the BTC as the 3rd defendant in the suit marked, B/250os/2023, while Oba Ewuare II and Edo state government are the 1st and 2nd defendants respectively.

The ruling was in response to an application filed by the 2nd defendant counsel, Prof. Yemi Akinseye-George, SAN, Prof. Edoba Omoregie and his team.