The Oba of Benin Palace has voided the purported installation of Pa Aigbe Osarenkhoe as the Odionwere (head) of Ukpera village in Ovia North East Local Government Area of Edo State.

The Obazelu of Benin, Chief Osaro Idah, gave the ruling in an effort to stabilize and preserve Benin customs and tradition in the area after listening to submissions by parties in the dispute last week Thursday.

The Peace and Conflict Resolution Committee of Oba Palace ruling was a response to the deposition by Enogie of the village, Ogieayevbona Igbinenikaro, who accused Pa Osarenkhoe of committing the act.

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But Pa Osarenkhoe, who was present in the Palace, insisted that he obtained due permission from the Enogie before the alleged installation, for which he was summoned by the Palace where he attempted to seek temporal respite.

Accordingly, Pa Osarenkhoe was restrained from parading himself as the Odionwere of the village forthwith — for not seeking the Palace approval, which is the mandatory traditional standard procedure in Benin.