Isekhurhe of Benin suspended for usurping Oba’s function
The Isekhurhe of Benin, Chief Nosakhare Isekhurhe has been suspended indefinitely by the Benin Traditional Rulers’ Council.
His suspension was in connection with an alleged misconduct.
The council in a statement signed by nine top palace chiefs and its secretary, alleged that the Isekhurhe desecrated the title by designating his house as palace, where he held court and sometimes reviewed cases already handled in the Oba’s Palace.
With the development, the monarch would henceforth stop performing the duties of the Iserkhure in the palace of the Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II.
The council made this known on Tuesday while addressing newsmen at the palace.
It said the suspension would run indefinitely while the duties which were originally performed by the Ihama of Benin, would be done by the Ihama N’Ihogbe.
The Isekhurhe of Benin, a title approved and later created by the then Oba in 1280 AD, is a member of the Ihuogbe palace society and a chief who performs spiritual functions at the palace.