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Oshiomhole Bans King for not Apologizing to a Woman after Assaulting Her in Public – King Claimed it was a “Family” Affair

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Zaiki Edenojie II, Uromi king: suspended for one year

Zaiki Edenojie II, Uromi king: suspended for one year

Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo state, who leaves office next week, has suspended the Uromi King Zaiki Edenojie II for one year, effective from Monday.

In addition, the monarch who rules the home town of Chief Tony Anenih, the PDP big gun, will lose all his rights and privileges that he had hitherto exercised and also lose a share of the five per cent revenue accruing to the local council.

The Edo State Government announced the king’s suspension late on Friday for failing to apologise within the stipulated period to a woman, Betty O., whom he allegedly assaulted on September 28, among other infractions.

In a suspension letter dated November 4, 2016 signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Prof Julius Ihonvbere, the one-year suspension takes effect from Monday, November 7.

The letter reads:

“The Governor of Edo State, Comrade Adams Aliyu Oshiomhole is in receipt of your letter of 28th October, 2016 on the above subject matter. Mr. Governor observed that your activities since you were initially suspended from office as Ojuromi of Uromi have raised issues that require further determination.

“It is important, for record purposes, to recount what has led to the present situation. Discounting your previous conduct, on the 28th of September 2016, you left your Palace during voting and moved from polling booth to polling booth campaigning and trying to coerce voters to vote for your preferred party and candidate; you went to a polling booth which was not where you registered to vote and tried to compel others to vote for your preferred candidate; when one of the voters, Betty O. refused to yield to your threats, you assaulted her causing grievous bodily harm.

“Following from this, the Government, viewing your conduct as utterly embarrassing, disgraceful and unbecoming of a traditional ruler, issued you with a query and directed that you reply within 72 hours.

“You ignored the query, travelled not just out of your domain but outside the country without permission. The flagrant arrogance of power and disregard for constituted authority compelled the State Executive Council in Session to suspend you from office as Ojuromi of Uromi for 7 days in exercise of its legal powers. You were directed not to parade yourself as Ojuromi, carry out any activity as Ojuromi, to apologise to Betty O. and also to the Edo State Government.

“It is instructive to note that in your “Letter of Apology” of 28th October, 2016, you trivialised the gravity of your misconduct by describing what took place in public glare on the 28th of September, where you were the assailant as an “altercation” and “family” affair. Your public assault and disgrace of a citizen of the Federal Republic, in your estimation, was a non-issue.

“To ridicule the Edo State Government and deride the directive that you apologise to Betty O., you proceeded to organise a “forgiveness Session” in your Palace, in your capacity as Ojuromi, wearing a crown even when you were still suspended from Office, purporting to be “forgiving” Betty O.

“At the said “forgiveness Session”, you compelled the victim of your assault to apologise to you for the assault against her person, while on her knees and made to remain in same position while being interviewed by journalists.

“You had the embarrassing session videoed and aired repeatedly on television subjecting Betty O. to double jeopardy and double disgrace by expanding the frontiers of her embarrassment to a global level through the electronic and social media. This represents nothing short of a deliberate effort to further aggravate the pain and humiliation of your victim.

“You claimed in your letter that Betty O. had “reconciled herself to the Throne” which conveys the impression that you still represented the Throne from which you had been suspended, and further stated that she is your “subject” and you had “forgiven” her. This was in gross violation of the terms of your suspension from office as provided for in extant laws.

The Government of Edo State does not accept that there are “subjects” in Nigeria but citizens of the Federal Republic.

“You will recall that the assault on Betty O. which was incidented at the Uromi Police Station on September 28, 2016, remains under investigation by the Police as a criminal act. This act, which in itself negates expectations from the exalted office of a traditional ruler, cannot be tolerated by the government in a constitutional democracy.

“Government has also received official security reports as to your high handedness in addressing relations with operators of the cattle market in Uromi to wit: unilaterally dissolving their association; appointing your preferred person to head the association, banishing their elected leader from Uromi, illegally taking over the cattle market and stalls that they built themselves, banning about eight butchers from doing business in the Uromi market and assigning the responsibility for collecting revenue for the Local Government Council to your own preferred person even without authority from the Council. You equally laid claim to ownership of the land, which was legally allocated to the cattle marketers in the year 2000, among other infractions. These are not the actions of a law abiding traditional ruler who believes in promoting peace, unity and development in Uromi communities.

“The Government of Edo State has high regards for traditional institutions and for the values and customs of our people. However, the Government, shall, under no condition, tolerate indiscipline, reckless abuse of traditional privileges, disrespect for its pronouncements, and flagrant humiliation of law-abiding citizens of the State.

“In view of the facts established above, taking cognizance of your letter of apology that falls short of the public apology expected from you within the stipulated time, and the earlier suspension letter which had specified dethronement after 7 days; in exercise of its powers, the Government of Edo State hereby commutes your dethronement to a one-year suspension from office as Ojuromi of Uromi in accordance with Section 28 (1) of the Traditional Rulers and Chiefs Law (1979) with effect from the 7th of November, 2016.

“During this period of suspension under extant laws, you are hereby stripped of all the privileges and rights of the Ojuromi of Uromi and barred from performing any duties whatsoever in that regard. By virtue of this suspension from office, your remuneration from the 5 percent monthly FAC allocation to the Local Government shall be appropriated and donated to orphanages during this period.”

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19 Comments

  1. vora

    November 5, 2016 at 12:32 pm

    This king is power drunk….serves him right..he shld be dethroned completely sef.instead of apologising he made the woman to kneel which shows he has no regard watsoever for women..am soo angry reading this

  2. Weezy

    November 5, 2016 at 1:05 pm

    Wow Adams. You’re not so bad after all.

  3. Nv

    November 5, 2016 at 1:08 pm

    Its actions like this that give me a little hope in the government.

    I love the extra rub of giving away his salary and privellages to charity!

    PS: his dethronement should be made permanent.

  4. john

    November 5, 2016 at 1:29 pm

    if you idiots truly believed that he was suspended for just insulting a woman then you are as stupid and gullible as the apc government truly thinks that you are

  5. yemite

    November 5, 2016 at 1:37 pm

    so what wil happen to Akinolu of lagos. Who threaten to throw igbo’s people into the rivers if ambode loose lagos state election. Stupid oshomole, I hate this man. is too have criminal act, is not your fault if not all oba’s of Nigeria except does some King from North and ilorin and few from west like Arujale that disassociate themself away from criminal act of politician favour. King as every right to persuade his people to vote for the good governor. Idiot don’t 4get your tenure is over, a king serve life throne.

    • Betty walamkolombo

      November 6, 2016 at 10:09 pm

      You for kuku speak pidgin. We’d understand.

  6. Flexe

    November 5, 2016 at 1:42 pm

    That letter na wash. Oshiomhole has beef with the king. Just one week for him to leave and he does this, haba, what does it tell you guys. The king is probably swearing for oshiomhole for spoiling his show.

  7. GANNY OGUNSHAKIN

    November 5, 2016 at 3:37 pm

    The Ojuromi of Uromi has troubled, trouble. Now trouble has troubled him. This is the type of action we expect our leaders to take whenever any citizen rights has been violated. More power to you Governor Adams Oshiomole.

  8. PAUL ADEYEMO

    November 5, 2016 at 3:55 pm

    Hypocrite Oshiomole, Nigerians are gullible, this is just party politics at play. The idiot just used the woman as the bait to suspend the king. Is it not the same Oshiomole that told a poor widow to go and die.

    • molarah

      November 6, 2016 at 2:15 am

      And apologized to her in a widely televised incident. Which was what he requested the Ojuromi to do, but he went in another direction. I don’t understand your logic of referring to Oshiomole as a hypocrite if you are not ignorant of the facts I’ve just stated.

    • Papermoon

      November 6, 2016 at 9:48 am

      It’s not just the woman’s issue I saw in the letter…how about the other actions he took against other people?

    • John

      November 11, 2016 at 10:55 pm

      other actions?. All those claims are lies just to get people to believe him. The King is innocent of all the charges. Oshiomole is only revenging the king for not supporting him in the just concluded elections.

  9. vora

    November 5, 2016 at 4:15 pm

    John.u and ur generation ‘re idiots..u wld have made ur point witout name calling

  10. Movici

    November 5, 2016 at 4:50 pm

    The king was suspended not primarily because he assaulted a lady. He was suspended as a result of the fact that APC didn’t do well in his domain in the last gubernatorial election. The APC performed woefully in Uromi and other Esan communities and the king is very loyal to Chief Tony Anenih ( Osho baba’s # 1 enemy) . Don’t get it twisted, I am happy with the suspension though. It serves him right!

  11. Awiase

    November 6, 2016 at 8:25 am

    Wow.But what is he suspending the king from?.Also learnt the woman provoked him first but for a king to give in……,.. is something.I know we women can run our mouths but to assault her as a king was a bit more of stooping low.I wish he could have controlled himself or maybe his entourage if any,should have barred the woman before this happened

    • E

      November 7, 2016 at 5:04 pm

      No. The king assaulting a woman is not him “stooping low”. It is him committing a criminal act according to the Constitution of Nigeria. Call a spade a spade. If the Woman talked with her mouth, the king should have answered with his mouth. Her alleged provocation does not give any one, king or pauper the right or justification to put his hands on her or any citizen of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

    • John

      November 11, 2016 at 10:57 pm

      shout up.. If you father is talking will you dare talk back? talk less of a woman opening her mouth to insult the King in public. Is she mad.

  12. dlp

    November 6, 2016 at 10:11 am

    WelldWell done sir

  13. Ijebu Boy

    November 10, 2016 at 9:41 am

    I like this. make an example of the goat.

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