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Oba of Benin reacts to reported humiliation of Benin ‘chief’: ‘He was carrying abominable objects’

The Oba of Benin, His Royal Majesty, Oba Ewuare II, has denied ordering the humiliation and banishing of an elderly man who was sent out of his palace for violating the Benin tradition.

Allegedly, the man had last Thursday been chased out of the palace for failing to kneel before the monarch in obeisance and in line with the Benin custom.

He is suspected to be of Benin origin.

A video emerged online during the week showing some chiefs forcing a half naked man identified as one of the chiefs out of the palace for allegedly disrespecting the Oba.

However, in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Desmond Agbama, the Oba dismissed the claim that the man was a Benin chief.

He also said that though the elderly man was found with “abominable objects,” he (Oba) never ordered him to be manhandled.

“For the avoidance of doubt, the man in question is not a chief in Benin Kingdom as has been ascribed to him.

“The man came to the palace in the company of those who had issues to resolve at the palace but he violated the norms of the Benin custom and tradition and was found carrying on his person abominable objects forbidden by Benin custom and tradition,” the statement read in part.

“At no time did the Oba order the man to be manhandled.

“The persons who escorted the man out of the palace may have over-reached themselves in their efforts to protect the tradition and culture of the Benin people and the sanctity of the palace. However, the Oba of Benin has ordered a full investigation into the incident,”‎ the statement added.

Dr. Oguigo, had been humiliated and labelled an enemy of the land for allegedly not paying homage to the Oba of Benin, His Royal Majesty, Oba Ewuare II.

In the video that trended on social media, the chief was seen being paraded by other chiefs in the kingdom.

The video showed the elderly chief stripped to his trousers and pleading for mercy while being escorted out of the palace.

Passers-by also watched in amazement as the erring man wailed out of the palace.



  1. Habeebllah Ibn Yusuf

    August 23, 2017 at 6:27 pm


  2. Munachi Kingsley

    August 23, 2017 at 6:28 pm

    You see why one should never rush into conclusions, thanks your Highness for clearing the air.

  3. Tz Ben Don

    August 23, 2017 at 6:28 pm

    As e dey hot

  4. plumpyj

    August 23, 2017 at 7:29 pm


  5. Egbu Peace

    August 23, 2017 at 6:29 pm

    We have heard u sir

  6. Ola Bayo

    August 23, 2017 at 6:33 pm

    Wao and i thought he is a chief

  7. Olivia Uli

    August 23, 2017 at 6:37 pm

    Hmmm… Okay

  8. St Azha

    August 23, 2017 at 7:41 pm


  9. Valentine Nwankwo

    August 23, 2017 at 6:58 pm

    That’s una business.

    Grown up confused men.

  10. Gozie Columba

    August 23, 2017 at 7:15 pm

    So oba can lie like our information minister
    There is God

  11. Okoro Chinasa

    August 23, 2017 at 7:38 pm


  12. Clement Ebelogu

    August 23, 2017 at 8:37 pm


  13. Franklin US

    August 23, 2017 at 8:47 pm

    What aborminable object??

  14. Akintayo Rukiyat Oyenike

    August 23, 2017 at 9:45 pm

    Who’re we to believe!? It’s OK sha

  15. Uwakwe Ify Jennifer

    August 23, 2017 at 10:03 pm

    Oba gha to kpere. Ise!!!

  16. Promise Enyi

    August 23, 2017 at 10:24 pm

    The “abominable object” doesn’t have name ?

  17. Onifade Yisa

    August 24, 2017 at 3:37 am

    Don’t mind them, the order came 4 the king and now denied them god dey ???

  18. Ifechukwu Onyema Smith

    August 24, 2017 at 5:01 am

    So what is de use of dis talk

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