By Osahon Osahon
A former aide to the Benin Royal Palace, Roland Ekhoe Ogbebor, has been suspended from the palace by Oba Ewuare II.
His suspension is sequel to several petitions bordering on alleged land grabbing written against him.
The petitions are currently being investigated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and police.
The Secretary to the Benin Traditional Council, Mr. Frank Irabor, announced the suspension order in a two-paragraph statement on Wednesday.
Irabor added that the suspension will make way for unhindered investigation by the relevant agencies.
The statement reads, “This is to inform the general public that recently, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Police opened investigations on petitions written against Roland Ekhoe Ogbebor, farmer Odienwere Omuada, who was discharged in November, 2018.
“In order to allow unhindered investigations by EFCC and the police, His Royal Majesty, Omo N’Oba N’Edo, Uku Akpolokpolo, Ewuare II, Oba of Benin, has directed the immediate suspension of Roland Ekhoe Ogbebor from the Palace.”
Ogbebor who was the Chief Servant to the Benin Monarch, was discharged from his duty by the traditional ruler in November 2018.
He became a power broker when he rose to prominence during the reign of the immediate past Monarch, Omo N’Oba Nedo, Oba Erediauwa.