The arrest and detention of a Chief priest in Edo, The Chief Priest of Okhuaihe shrine, Osarodion Usuanlele, the Ohen N’ Ukoni Neyedo, on the Edo Police headquarters in Benin Metropolis, has brought about mayhem within the historic metropolis.
In a report by The Nation, with the priest’s detention, an age-long custom which says the Ohen N’ UKoni doesn’t enter Benin, the abode of the Oba, had been desecrated.
Consequently, three canines had been slaughtered as sacrifices had been carried out close to the police headquarters earlier than the chief priest was launched.
Moreover, a listing of different gadgets has been given to the police for cleaning sacrifice the land.
The gadgets embrace 14 native cows, tortoise, sheep, goats, cocks, amongst others.
It was additionally gathered that the custom was began within the 15th century by Oba Ewuare the good.
The chief priest’s shrine is situated at Evbiekoi, in Uhunwode Native Authorities Space, and as a part of coronation rites, he would have a symbolic wrestle with the Crown Prince. Each of them would go reverse methods, by no means to see one another once more, as soon as the Crown Prince turns into the Oba.
Hassle began final week when operatives of the anti-cultism unit stormed Evbiekoi neighborhood following on a petition by John Elvis (aka Atekha), an ex-official of the banned Neighborhood Improvement Affiliation (CDA), The Nation reviews.
Briefing reporters on the incident, Secretary of Evbiekoi neighborhood, Chief Paul Ajayi stated: “The policemen shot sporadically and insisted on taking Chief Priest Usunalele to Benin Metropolis, regardless of pleas that the person doesn’t enter Benin or he would die.
“An odd and mysterious downpour, accompanied by violent wind, thunder and lightning, had been a part of the indicators of desecration.
“The Oba obtained the indicators of desecration and presence of Ohen N’ UKoni, and despatched emissaries to the Police Commissioner, Danmallam Abubakar, after confirming that the Chief Priest was in Benin.”
In the meantime, the Police Commissioner, Dan has ordered policemen concerned within the arrest of Ohen N’ Ukoni to be detained to allay rising tensions in Benin as varied youth teams are reportedly getting ready to trigger mayhem over the alleged desecration of the Benin tradition