With  the suspension of all palace critical activities during the period of the coronation, many burning issues critical to the well being of the kingdom were placed on hold amongst which was the purported allegation brought against the Iyase of Udo before HRM Oba EWUARE 11 by Chief Osamede Adun aka Bob Izua the Ayobahan of Benin kingdom where he alleged that while the Oba was then in Uselu as the Edaiken ( Crown Prince), that the iyase of Udo a very highly respected Chief in the kingdom had stopped other responsible palace chiefs from paying homage to the Crown Prince in Uselu even though the said chiefs where really enthusiastic about pledging their allegiance in homage to the Edaiken.

Barely few weeks after the coronation was done with, the matter was brought to the fore by His Majesty who confronted the Iyase N'Udo with the allegation. The dazed Iyase of Udo who outrightly denied knowledge of, nor discharge of such misdemeanor swore by the gods of his Ancestors to prove his innocence.

However, the Oba therefore summoned Chief Bob Izua who is the originator of the allegation to appear before the palace and the Iyase of Udo to reaffirm the report. It was gathered that Bob Izua knowing that he has lied against the iyase of Udo by raising such false allegation was now avoiding the palace. He began to give so many flimsy excuses of absenteeism from showing up for the summon.

But for the No Nonsense nature of HRM the Oba, who issued an ultimatum for Chief Adun to appear before him on Friday suddenly made Bob Izua showed up from his hiding and in a face to face conversation, he was asked to reaffirm the report he gave to the Oba about the Iyase of Udo.

Benin being who they are in their peculiar way of unraveling the truth behind every issue, discovered that Chief Bob Izua had lied against the Iyase N'udo who never imagined nor did anything suggesting such allegation.

The Oba in his verdict therefore gave the Iyase of Udo chunk of white chalk (native white powder) meaning he has been vindicated and for Bob Izua justice was served by the Oba's pronouncement of his demotion from the exalted 4th position to the 14th position virtually the least in the ranking of the in-house palace chiefs.

It would be recalled that Chief John Osamede Adun aka Bob Izua is notorious for perpetuating various evils and atrocities in Benin kingdom ranging from igniting communal wars against communities or against families for the sake of coveting their properties or inheritance.

With this singular act of Justice from the palace at the Instance of His Royal Majesty Oba EWUARE Ogidigan 11, the confidence of the people in our traditional institution and its justice system has be revived and regained  as against the previous notion that you no longer can get justice and equity from the palace because of Bob Izua's overwhelming influence on majority of the palace chiefs who hitherto perverted justice for a token.

It was also a known fact that some of the prominent chiefs are in his monthly payroll as salary earners therefore couldn't go against him in any serious matter brought against him from within and outside the palace.

With this, the people believe that Sanity is back to the Royal palace of Benin.


Chris Kehinde Nwandu is the Editor In Chief of CKNNEWS || He is a Law graduate and an Alumnus of Lagos State University, Lead City University Ibadan and Nigerian Institute Of Journalism || With over 2 decades practice in Journalism, PR and Advertising, he is a member of several Professional bodies within and outside Nigeria || Member: Institute Of Chartered Arbitrators ( UK ) || Member : Institute of Chartered Mediators And Conciliation || Member : Nigerian Institute Of Public Relations || Member : Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria || Fellow : Institute of Personality Development And Customer Relationship Management || Member and Chairman Board Of Trustees: Guild Of Professional Bloggers of Nigeria

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