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.