Posted by Hendrix Oliomogbe, Benin | 11 May 2019 | 2,502 times
DISCIPLINARY action will be taken against the policemen who whisked away the Chief Priest of Okhuaihe shrine at Evbokhoi, Uhunmwode Local Government Area of Edo State , Chief Osarodion Usuanlele, the Ohen N’ Ukoni Neyedo to the Police headquarters in Benin for questioning, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr. DanMallam Mohammed, has assured.
Going by age-long tradition which has been on since the times of Oba Ewuare the Great in the 15th century, the Ohen N’ UKoni is forbidden from setting his feet in Benin, the abode of the Oba as it is said to amount to a desecration.
To appease the gods, three dogs were said to have been slaughtered as sacrifices near the police headquarters before the chief priest was released last week.
Dan Mallam, who confirmed the arrest, however insisted that the arrest and transfer of the high chief by operatives of the Anti-Cultism Unit to Benin was based on a petition by one John “Atekha” Elvis, an ex-official of the banned Community Development Association (CDA) in the state.
Acting on the allegation by the local, who the police boss emphasised ought to know better, the Edo Police boss said that the police invited him to Benin for interrogation.
The commissioner however blamed the policemen for insisting on transferring the suspect to Benin despite his strident protest that moving him to the Edo State capital will amount to a desecration of Bini culture. (Tribune)
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