The Benin Monarch, His Royal Majesty, Oba Ewuare II has inducted some Enigies as Dukes over eight communities in Edo South area of Edo State. The Enigies are expected to preside on behalf of the Benin monarch.
The eight Enigies are the first set of hereditary titles of Enigie that Oba Ewuare II has inducted since his coronation.
HRH Akenzua Ileruhnuwa is to preside over Oghobaghase village, while HRH. Imadonmwinyi Ogbemudia takes charge of Obagie N’Evbuosa village both in the Ikpoba-Okha Local Government Area of Edo State.
His Royal Highness Uwaifiokun Festus becomes the Enogie of Ugha village, HRH Eguagie Ogieayevbona has been appointed Enogie of Ike-N’isi, while HRH Owie Osamudiamien Terry is Enogie of Evboeren N’erua village, all the communities are in Uhunmwode Local Government Area of the state.
Also, HRH Igbinidu Iduorobo Ernest, Enogie of Uwan Esegie village and HRH Enogie Alfred Erhauyi Osagie, heads Oye-Iyanomo village, both in Ovia North East Local Government Area of the State and HRH Enogie Izevbokun Lucky Obaisiagbon presides over Evbovbioba/Evboekhae village in Oredo Local Government Area of the State.
Oba Ewuare II warned the new Enigies against the indiscriminate sale of communal land in their various dukedoms. He added that he would adding he would not hesitate to sanction any of them that involves in illicit land activities.
“Why will we sell communal land indiscriminately? You didn’t advise investors and developers to provide basic amenities, including schools and other amenities that will give comfort to residents in your area.
“All you are interested in is selling land, using the proceeds to purchase expensive vehicles and start bragging.
“Anyone that is involved in such an act henceforth, I will personally remove him from the position. Things are changing for good in Benin Kingdom.
“As Dukes, you should be well-behaved. Behave responsibly both in principle and practice. Everything that has been said here must not change. Everyone has to abide by it,” Oba Ewuare II said.
During the Ekponmwenabo (thanksgiving outdoor ceremony at Ugha-Ozolua in Oba’s palace, the Enigies took turns to pay tribute to the great Benin throne, sang and dancing with their families, chiefs, friends and well-wishers.