Oba of Benin warns communities over frivolous complaints


The Benin monarch, Oba Ewuare II on Tuesday cautioned against lodging complaints and claims to the security agencies on matters directly under the purview of the palace by communities, groups and individuals.

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The monarch, who expressed dissatisfaction with the practice by some communities and villages, said these complaints and claims are being communicated to the palace to make clarifications as they bothered on Benin traditional customs and norms.

Addressing a press conference in Benin City, the Iyase of Benin Kingdom, Chief Sam Igbe urged all individuals, groups and villages that have genuine complaints and claims that fall under the purview of the Benin Traditional Council to exercise utmost restraint, and to maintain the peace as well as refrain from making any form of frivolous complaints to security agencies in the state.

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He stressed the need for all and sundry to be guided while patiently awaiting the lifting or relaxation of the various lockdown protocols and the subsequent resumption of activities of established palace structures charged with dispute resolution and adjudication of complaints emanating from individuals, groups and villages.

“All individuals, groups and villages who are engaged in this unwholesome practice should desist forthwith.

“It is pertinent to note that failure to heed to this word of caution may lead to a situation where erring individuals and groups indicted for such delinquency will be made to bear the consequences of their actions as stipulated by the provisions of extant laws and attendant sanctions in line with Benin traditional customs and norms,” he said.

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