By Gabriel Enogholase
BENIN—An Edo State High Court sitting in Benin, has held that His Royal Highness Osawaru Eresoyen is the recognised Enogie (Duke) of Irhue-N’ Owina community in Iyekogba district, Oredo Local Government Area of Edo State.
Trial judge in the matter was Justice E. Edigin.
Meanwhile, the Enogie has warned that no person was authorised to sell or lease any part of the community’s land, adding that he had not authorized or permitted any one to act for him or transact any related land issue on his behalf.
The court in the suit by Messers Charles Igbinosa, Jacob Uyi, Sunday Evbayiro, Pa Otaniyunwa Okoro for themselves and on behalf of indigenes of Irhue-N’ Owina against Messers Efe Eresoyen and Osahon Eresoyen, also dismissed the claimants’ case in its entirely.
The claimants had, in the suit, argued that according to Benin Customary Law of Irhue- N’ Owina community, Oredo council of Edo State, the “Oka – Owina is the only known and recognised traditional head of the community and not the unknown title of “Enogie of Irhue- Owina.”
They had also asked the court to declare that William Eresoyen (now deceased), was not at any time the lawful traditional head of Irhue-Owina community bearing any other title whatsoever.
A declaration that as surviving eldest son of the son of the William Agbonavbare Eresoyen, neither the 1st defendant nor his survivor is lawfully entitled to claim traditional headship of Irhue- Owina community bearing the title of Enogie of Irhue- Owina or any other title whatsoever among other reliefs.
Justice Edigin held that having considered all the issues formulated by claimants’ counsel, it amounted to mere academic exercise with no relevance to the issues considered for just determination of the case and a waste of time.
The court held that the claimants have not adduced credible and cogent evidence to prove to the satisfaction of the court that the Oka-Owina is the traditional head of Irhue- Owina community and that William Eresoyen was not at any time the lawful traditional head of Irhue- Owina community.