Roland Ekhoe Ogbebor, the former Odionwere Omuada of the Benin Palace, has got himself into trouble with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) as he has been arrested by the operatives of the anti-graft agency allegedly on grounds of scores of petitions against him.
Insiders revealed that the once mighty Roland, who was relieved of his duties in the Palace since November 2018, allegedly had petitions piled up against him on involvement in high profile landgrabbing among several other infractions.
Popular News gathered that at a stage some aggrieved people, most especially in the diaspora, were issuing statements in social media network accusing some chiefs of the Benin Traditional Council (BTC) of conniving with Roland in his several deals.
To ensure due diligence and a thorough investigation into all the allegations against Roland, the Benin Monarch, His Royal Majesty, Omo N’Oba N’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo, Oba Ewuare11, N’Ogidigan, has directed that he should be suspended from the Palace.
In an announcement, Frank Irabor, Secretary of the BTC stated: “This is to inform the general public that recently, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Police opened investigations on petitions written against Roland Ekhoe Ogbebor, former Odionwere Omuada who was discharged in November, 2018.
“In order to allow unhindered investigations by the EFCC and the Police, His Royal Majesty, Qmo N’Oba N’Edo, Uku Akpolokpolo, Ewuare Il, Oba of Benin has directed the immediate suspension of Roland Ekhoe Ogbebor from the Palace.”