The people of Egbema Kingdom have reaffirmed the banishment of Henry Binidodougha, said to have been “falsely parading” himself as a traditional ruler of some of the kingdom’s communities in Edo state.
It will be noted that the kingdom cuts across Warri North and Ovia South West council areas in Delta and Edo States respectively.
The people in a press statement made available to newsmen emphasized that Egbema kingdom is “one indivisible, indissoluble kingdom” describing the activities of Binidodougha as “a direct attack on the ancient customs and traditions, as well as the territorial integrity of the Egbema people, particularly as it relates to the traditional stool of the kingdom”.
Condemning his attempts to intimidate the Traditional Council of Chiefs with police officers from Zone 5, Benin, the statement called on the Inspector General of Police to intervene in related cases pending at the office of the Assistant Inspector General of Police.
The statement was signed by the Traditional Council of Chiefs from the nine villages of the kingdom, some of whom are D. M. Bubor, Inspector Sele, Johnbull Adaun, Chief W. B Igbiriki, Joseph Fedisegha, Goddey Omokenitu, Ebi Eyenmi, Simeon Igbedikuro, J. P. Owilly and Abudu Poweilatei.
According to the statement, at no time did the people of Egbema kingdom crown the accused man with any title, adding that the title of “Ojuaga l” is “alien”.
The statement ascertained that the kingdom is made up of nine traditional villages namely, Opuama/Polobubor, Ofunama, Bolou-Jamagie, Abadegbene/Tu-Jamagie, Ogbinbiri, Ogbudugbudu, Gbeoba/Gbolukanga, Ajakurama and Abere.
Noting that Ofunama, where Binidodougha hails from is not part of the ruling houses, it stressed that there are only four ruling houses, Opuama/Polobubor, Bolou-Jamagie, Ogbudugbudu and Ajakurama in the kingdom.
Parts of the statement read, “The kingdom condemns in strong terms attempts by Mr. Henry Binidodougha and his cohorts to divide the kingdom and put its communities at war with each other.
“The kingdom disowns Mr. Henry Binidodougha and his followers and hereby urges all indigenes of the kingdom to refrain from dealing with the said Mr. Henry Binidodougha.
“The kingdom reaffirms the banishment placed on Mr. Henry Binidodougha over his attempts to divide the kingdom and install himself as the Ojuaga I of the seven communities of Egbema kingdom in Edo State.
“That the general public, particularly our neighbouring kingdoms should be wary of the antics of Mr. Henry Binidodougha and his followers.
“That Mr. Henry Binidodougha was never and will never be crowned a traditional ruler as Ofunama where he hails from is not part of the ruling houses in Egbema Kingdom.
“That all the villages of Egbema kingdom in Edo State are part of one indivisible and indissoluble Egbema kingdom and governed by the Egbema customs and traditions as gazetted in 1979.
“The people of Egbema have resolved to abide by the ancient customs and traditions of one indivisible, indissoluble kingdom and have also passed a vote of confidence on Egbema Traditional Council of Chiefs chaired by High Chief David Bubor, the Toripuwei of Egbema Kingdom.
“The people of Egbema have also resolved further that we will continue to respond to any form of threat against the territorial integrity and the ancient Traditional Stool of Egbema kingdom. In this regard, the kingdom has activated all its defense mechanism against any direct or indirect attack on its territories.