By SIMON EBEGBULEM

BENIN CITY – Benin monarch, Oba Erediauwa, Tuesday, warned friends of the embattled Esama of Benin, Chief Gabriel Igbinedion, to desist from coming to the palace to plead on behalf of Chief Igbinedion, over the feud between the latter and his palace.

Chief Igbinedion was suspended from participating in any function in the palace of the Oba in February 2008, after he was accused of flouting rules of the palace.

Vanguard learnt, however, that a committee was set up by the Oba to investigate the allegations against Chief Igbinedion and after the investigation; he was informed of what to doto receive the forgiveness of the Oba.

Following the suspension, Chief Igbinedion has not been able to gain access to the palace to perform the normal rituals as the Esama of Benin Kingdom in the past three years.

However, a statement by Secretary of the Benin Traditional Council, BTC, Mr. Frank Irabor, said: “The Oba of Benin, has directed that this statement be issued to advise the many individuals, who claim to be friends of Chief Igbinedion, that their friend Chief Igbinedion, was told long ago that he knows what to do to seek forgiveness and not to send individuals to plead for him.

“Many of such friends have been coming to the palace lately. We would like to call on all the friends of Chief Igbinedion, to advise him to go and do what he has been advised to do.”

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