Oba of Benin, Oba Erediauwa, yesterday, warned friends of Chief Gabriel Igbinedion, the Esama of Benin, to stop coming to the palace to plead on his behalf over his suspension from Palace activities.
Chief Igbinedion was suspended from participating in functions in the palace of the Oba in February 2008, after he was accused of flouting the rules of the palace.
Following his suspension, the palace set up a committee to investigate alleged wrong doing of Chief Igbinedion, the result on which investigation Chief Igbinedion was indicted.
He was thereafter required to perform certain rights to enable the Oba forgive him and allow him access to the palace to perform his duties as the Chief of the palace.
However, it would appear Chief Igbinedion has not fulfilled the requirements outlined for him by the palace, but instead friends of the embattled Esama have been paying visits to the palace to plead on his behalf.
Consequently, the palace in a statement yesterday signed by the Secretary to the Benin Traditional Council, Frank Irabor, warned all such friends of Chief Igbinedion to desist from coming to the palace to plead on his behalf.
“The Omo N’Oba N’Edo, Uku Akpolokpolo, Oba of Benin, has directed that this press release be issued to advise the many individuals who claim to be friends of Chief Gabriel Igbinedion, that their friend Chief Igbinedion, knows what to do to seek forgiveness and not to send individuals to plead for him.
“Many of such friends have been coming to the palace lately.”
We would like to call on all the friends of Chief Igbinedion, to advise him to go and do what he has been advised to do, ” the statement said.