Oba of Benin suspends chief over alleged land grabbing

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Oba of Benin suspends chief over alleged land grabbing

The Oba of Benin, Omo N’Oba N’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo, Oba Ewuare II, has suspended his chief, Roland Ekhoe Ogbebor, the former Odionwere Omuada of Benin kingdom.

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He is being investigated by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and policemen, over alleged land grabbing and other crimes.

The petitions to the EFCC and the police against the suspended chief were mostly from aggrieved people in the diaspora.

Secretary to the Benin Traditional Council (BTC) Frank Irabor yesterday in an online statement announced the suspension of Ogbebor.

He said: “This is to inform the public that recently, the EFCC and the police opened investigations on petitions written against Ogbebor, the former Odionwere Omuada, who was discharged in November 2018.

“To allow unhindered investigations by the EFCC and the police, Oba Ewuare Il has directed the suspension of Ogbebor from the palace.”

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