Benin Solidarity Movement BSM Worldwide wishes to express its displeasure on the activities of some unscrupulous elements who parade themselves as Enigie, Odionweres, Ohens and Okaegheles in Benin Kingdom.
Benin Solidarity Movement (BSM) worldwide is inundated with tales of the escapades of a self-acclaimed Pastor Sunny Osahon Igbinosun who has constituted himself into a terrorist of some sort in Iguoshodin N’Ebudin, a community in Ovia North East Local Government Area of Edo State.
Report reaching us is that outside the fact that he has being impersonating that he has been appointed as the Okhaegele of the community by His Royal Majesty Omo N’Oba N’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo, Oba Ewuare11, N’Ogidigan, which is an aberration and abomination to the Benin Traditional Law and Custom; Sunny Osahon Igbinosun has also solely sold majority of the lands (measuring over 5000 plots) in the community within 6-months and for which he has not been able to give good account of the land transactions to the Elders in Council of the Community, he decided to unleash terror on them.
It is alleged that in his desperation to cover his tracks he has resorted to turning loose on the people and elders of the community to the extent that he has pursued those he considers as his enemies out of the community. Traditionally, when an Odionwere dies, it is after 3-years the burial is done and the second in command is sworn in as the new Odionwere who then decides who becomes the Okaeghele amongst the youths in the Community, Iguoshodin N’Ebudin can not be an exception and an Okaeghele is selected by the Odionwere to assist the elders in the day to day administrational affairs of the Community as instructed by the Odionwere of that Community and not the other way round.
With these Pastor Sunny Osahon Igbinosun actions and inactions as stated above, and a few others who parades themselves as Enigie, Odionweres, Ohens and Okaegheles but operate contrary to the aspirations of the Benin Traditional Law and Customs in Benin Kingdom is a sure indication that His Royal Majesty Omo N’Oba N’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo, Oba Ewuare11, N’Ogidigan, needs to call them to order and should henceforth make all of them swear to an Oath of loyalty in the Oba Benin Palace before they are allowed to function in their various capacities.
We also call on the law enforcement agencies to beam their searchlight on some unscrupulous individuals in the likes of Marxist Kola Edopkayi, Emmanuel Aigbogun and others who operate under the guise of human rights activism in fueling crisis in the various communities in Benin Kingdom. The question to ask is are these self-acclaimed human rights activists and their groups really recognised by way of legal registration with the Corporate Affairs Commission(CAC)?
Because we have discovered in recent times that these self-acclaimed human rights activists, whose stock-in-trade is to act based on financial inducement, have shown a tendency to work at cross purposes with the Benin Traditional Council not minding that they claim to be of Benin extraction; such instances are in Obaretin and Ologbo Communities in Ikpoba Okha Local Government Area, where the so called human rights activists of Benin extraction have not seen anything wrong in supporting an ursurper against the interest of the Benin Kingdom.
It would be of great importance if these marauding human rights activists are placed in check to avoid untoward outcome from their clandestine operation.
Elder Curtis Eghosa Ugbo
President, Benin Solidarity Movement (BSM) worldwide.
Tuesday, June 22nd, 2021