Oba of Benin Pardons Igbinedion

BENIN CITY—THE Oba of Benin, Oba Erediauwa, yesterday lifted the suspension placed on the Esama of Benin Kingdom, Chief Gabriel Igbinedion.

Chief Igbinedion was suspended in 2008 by the Benin monarch for alleged flouting of the rules of the palace and stopped from participating in all palace activities.

Since the suspension, top Benin Palace Chiefs, Princes and other well meaning Nigerians had intervened in the matter, appealing to the Oba to reverse his decision.

News learnt that the Esama had fulfilled all he was asked to do by the Benin Traditional Council, which led to his pardon.

When newsmen visited his residence, yesterday, it was celebration galore, particularly as the Oba’s forgiveness is coming three months to his 79th birthday.

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In a statement by the Benin Traditional Council, BTC, Frank Irabor, said “the suspension placed on the Chief G. Igbinedion, the Esama of Benin Kingdom, had been lifted.”

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