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Edo Deposes Suspended Monarch

The Edo State Government said it had deposed a suspended monarch, Anselm Eidenojie, as the Ojuromi of Uromi, in Esan North-East Local Government Area of the state.

His dethronement was contained in a letter dated November 9, 2016, signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Julius Ihonvbere, and made available to journalists on Wednesday night.

This came few days after the monarch filed a suit at a Benin High Court against Governor Adams Oshiomhole and several others over his suspension and alleged infringement on his fundamental human rights.

The suspended monarch, who added the Commissioner of Police, Assistant Inspector-General of Police, the Inspector-General of Police, one Ms. Okoebor and one Matthew Okoebor, as respondents, demanded a compensation of N1bn as damages.

Eidonojie had earlier been given a seven-day suspension by the state government for allegedly assaulting one Ms. Betty Okoebor, during the September 28 governorship election, failing to respond to a query issued to him and travelling outside the country without permission.

He was later suspended for one year over alleged misconduct, among other offences.

The government statement titled, “Deposition from Office as Ojuromi of Uromi: Addendum,” read in part,  “Please, be informed that the initial exco decision of October 26, 2016, has been further affirmed.

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“Consequently, you have been deposed as the Ojuromi of Uromi, pursuant to Section 28 (I and II) of the Traditional Rulers and Chiefs Law, 1979.”

Meanwhile, it was learnt that the development sparked a protest by residents of Uromi town.

It was gathered that protesters, who march round major roads in the town, described the action of the state government as unacceptable.

 

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