The Benin monarch, Oba Uku Akpolokpolo Erediauwa, yesterday gave the Esama of Benin Kingdom, Chief Gabriel Osawaru Igbinedion, a clean bill of health with regard to the latter’s status within the Benin Traditional Council (BTC).
The monarch’s pardon was conveyed in a 22-word press release made available to National Mirror in Benin City yesterday. The letter, with reference number BTC.A66/Vol.V/171 was signed by the Secretary of the Benin Traditional Council, Frank Irabor.
The release stated, “The general public is hereby informed that the suspension placed on Chief G. O. Igbinedion, the Esama of Benin, has been lifted.”
It will be recalled that the Esama, a high ranking chief of the palace, was suspended by the monarch in 2008 for undisclosed reasons. Until now, the monarch had also rebuffed all entreaties that were allegedly made by Igbinedion through his family members and friends to the traditional ruler while specifically warning the Knight to desist from using people to beg on his behalf.