The deposed Ojuromi of Uromi
The deposed Ojuromi of Uromi

Lordson Okpetu with agency report

The Edo State government has finally deposed the Uromi monarch, the Ojuromi of Uromi, Zaiki Aselm Edenojie II, for a one-year time period. This also puts to an end the running face-off between the monarch and the Oshiomhole-led APC government.

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The monarch’s deposition was contained in a letter signed by Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Julius Ihonvbere, dated 9th November 2016 and addressed to “Mr Aselm O. Edenojie”.

Entitled “Deposition from Office as Ojuromi of Uromi: Addendum”, the Government stated: “Please be informed that the initial Exco decision of 26th October 2016 has been further affirmed.

“Consequently, you have been deposed as the Ojuromi of Uromi pursuant to Section 28 (i & ii) of the Traditional Rulers & Chiefs Law, 1979.

“Kindly, therefore, disregard our letter of 4th November 2016 on the subject “Re: Letter of Apology to Edo State Government.”

Genesis

The king’s problem with the Oshiomhole’s government began on 28th September, when he was accused of assaulting a woman, Mrs Betty Okoebor, during the polls.

The monarch was also accused of interfering in the conduct of the election. He was said to have left his palace to canvass votes for the PDP candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu.

The monarch, who ruled the home town of PDP national leader, Chief Tony Anenih, was stripped of all his rights and privileges that he had hitherto exercised as a monarch.

He is also to lose his share of the five per cent revenue accruing to the local council.