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Benin Monuments: Halt destruction, Monarch urges
BENIN CITY- The Benin Royal Monarch, Oba Erediauwa, yesterday in his palace, called on relevant security agencies to put a halt to what he called the destructions and trespass on Benin historical monuments and heritage in Ughoton and Gelegele respectively.
The Oba of Benin made the call while playing host to participants of the 14th executive intelligence course from the National Institute for Intelligence Studies, Gwari, Abuja.
The Benin Monarch told the 17-member delegation led by Barrister Bayo Babalola of the State Security Service (SSS) that the matter was quite worrisome, as the action of the people, who are non-Benins, was capable of causing some provocations if not checked.
He, therefore called on the relevant authorities to ensure Benin arts and monumental heritage are left intact in the two communities.
Responding, Barrister Babalola maintained that part of the course content for the participants that cut across a broad spectrum of the security agencies in Nigeria, was on how to strengthen traditional institutions.
He pledged to alert relevant authorities on the Oba’s complaint, stressing that Edo State was geographically well located as the gate way to Nigeria.
Also yesterday, the new executive members of Benin Club, Benin City paid a courtesy call on the Royal Monarch, the Oba of Benin.
Led by its President, Hon. Sam Iredia, the Benin Club executive was at the palace to officially introduce themselves to the monarch in line with tradition.
According to the new president, Hon. Iredia, the Oba is the grand patron and custodian of Benin Club, hence the need to pay him the due homage.
He promised that his administration was poised to introduce some reforms that will fast track the growth of Benin Club, emphasising that in his tenure, funds would be provided to give the club a befitting status as well as the recruitment of new generation members.