• 82-Year-Old Mother Of Former FIRS Boss, Ifueko Okauru, Shot Dead In Benin

    82-Year-Old Mother Of Former FIRS Boss, Ifueko Okauru, Shot Dead In Benin

    Former Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service, Ifueko Omoigui-Okauru, on Saturday confirmed the death of her mother, Barrister Grace Onaiwu Omoigui.

    Barrister Omoigui, aged 83 years, died from complications precipitated by multiple gunshot injuries from an armed robbery attack in Benin City, Edo State on her way from Guaranty Trust Bank, Sapele Road branch.

    A statement on Saturday by the eldest child of the deceased, Dr. Nowamagbe Austin Omoigui, said the family was heartbroken by the untimely loss, but comforted by […]

  • President Buhari inaugurates 200-bed hospital in Benin

    President Buhari inaugurates 200-bed hospital in Benin

    President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday in Benin inaugurated the remodeled 200-bed capacity ultra modern central hospital.

    Buhari, who said he was impressed with the edifice, noted that it was “the best way to do things and the best thing to do for the people” by any government.

    While commending Governor Adams Oshiomhole’s efforts at uplifting the lives of the people, Buhari said “I respect his sacrificing his personal comfort to constructing the edifice”.

    He said that he was in the state for the […]

  • New Oba of Benin, true symbol of Benin cultural heritage, says Tinubu

    New Oba of Benin, true symbol of Benin cultural heritage, says Tinubu

    The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has described the new Oba of Benin, Omo N’Oba N’Edo Uku Akpolopkolo, Oba Ewuare 11, as a worthy son succeeding his noble father and a true symbol of Benin cultural heritage.

    Congratulating His Royal Highness, Eheneden Erediauwa, over his coronation as the 39th Oba of Benin Kingdom, Tinubu said it was heart-warming that the crown prince emerged the popular choice to succeed his father, the late Oba Erediauwa, who […]

  • President Buhari congratulates new Oba of Benin

    President Buhari congratulates new Oba of Benin

    President Muhammadu Buhari has pledged the full support of the Federal Government for the Royal Destiny Trust programme of the newly installed Oba of Benin, Ewuare II.

    Buhari, represented by Vice President Yemi Osibanjo, made the pledge at the coronation of the Oba in Benin on Thursday.

    The President, who congratulated the new monarch, also prayed for his success.

    Buhari said: “On behalf of the president and government of the federal republic of Nigeria, I congratulate you on this momentous and historic occasion.

    “We […]

  • New Oba of Benin crowned as Ewuare II

    New Oba of Benin crowned as Ewuare II

    It was gathered that the newly-crowned monarch of the ancient Benin Kingdom will be known as Omo N’Oba N’Edo Uku’ Akpolokpolo Ewuare 11.

    He unveiled his official title on Thursday at the presentation of staff of office ceremony, which was attended by the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, and the host Governor, Adams Oshiomhole.

    There was also the King of Ife, Ooni Adeyeye Ogunwusi, who shares the same ancestral Oranmiyan link with Ewuare.

    The coronation had earlier been performed secretly according to the demand […]

  • Prince Erediauwa crowned 39th Oba of Benin

    Prince Erediauwa crowned 39th Oba of Benin

    Crown Prince of Benin Kingdom, Prince Eheneden Erediauwa, has been crowned the 39th Oba of Benin Kingdom.

    Prince Erediauwa was crowned at about 2am on Thursday by the Usama N’ Ihiron also known as the Edion led by Chief Oliha.

    Other members of the Edion are Edohen, Ezomo, Ero, Eholo N’ Ire, Oloton and Edaiken.

    The crowning was done at a private ceremony inside the Usama Palace, a temporary building erected for the coronation ceremony.

    However, the name of the new Oba is still […]

  • Benin Kingdom gets new Oba today

    Benin Kingdom gets new Oba today

    An historic event will happened in the land of the Igodomigodo today. The ancient Benin Kingdom, which used to be called Igodomigodo, will have a new Oba. The Crown Prince of the kingdom, Prince Eheneden Erediauwa, will be crowned the 39th Oba of Benin in a colourful ceremony.

    Benin Kingdom is as old as the beginning of the times, according to oral tradition. It is believed that the ladder used by Igodomigodo to climb down from the sky is still at […]

  • Benin Crown Prince ‘fights’ chief priest, proceeds to sacred forest

    Benin Crown Prince ‘fights’ chief priest, proceeds to sacred forest

    According to reports, the Crown Prince of Benin Kingdom, Prince Eheneden Erediauwa, on Sunday left Evuekoi for Azama N’ Uhe ancestral shrine at Oloton’s Palace in Isekhere Street, Benin, to perform traditional rites.

    Earlier, the prince had engaged in a mock wrestling match, which symbolised ‘wrestling’ with the Chief Priest of Okhuaihe shrine, Osarodion Usuanlele, the Ohen N’ Ukoni Neyedo.

    The Okhuaihe shrine is located in Evbuekoi in Uhunwode Local Government Area of the state.

    After the symbolic wrestling match, both of them […]

  • How $3bn Nigeria-bound rice rots away in Benin Republic

    How $3bn Nigeria-bound rice rots away in Benin Republic

    An estimated $3 billion bags of rice destined for the Nigerian markets are stuck in various warehouses in Benin Republic due to the Federal Government’s refusal to allow importation through land borders and fierce customs anti smuggling drive.

    The annual routine of importing rice into the neighbouring country from July to December to make massive sales in Nigeria during Yuletide period has hit a brickwall this year as Controller General of Customs, Colonel Hameed Ali has insisted that his men have […]

  • Customs raises hope on pact with Benin Republic, earns N1bn revenue

    Customs raises hope on pact with Benin Republic, earns N1bn revenue

    According to reports, the Nigeria Customs’ Service Seme Command, has expressed the hope that its recent Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed with Republic of Benin would further bolster revenue and aid the fight against smuggling at the border.

    Meanwhile, the anti-smuggling unit of the Command has also intercepted and arrested three bullet proof vehicles smuggled into the country at different entry locations.

    The Customs Public Relation Officer, Seme Command, Taupyen Selchang, said in a statement that the Command generated N1.1 billion as […]

  • Coronation: Benin Crown Prince shifts movement to Uzama Palace

    Coronation: Benin Crown Prince shifts movement to Uzama Palace

    According to reports, the journey to ascend the Benin throne which began last Saturday, has taken the Crown Prince of Benin Kingdom, Prince Eheneden Erediauwa, to Uzama Palace Tuesday.

    He was expected to leave the Eko-Ohae for Uzama Palace Monday, but extended the journey to today because of the state of the road.

    The coronation rituals and ceremony will take place at the Uzama Palace which was first built and lived in by Prince Oranmiyan before Oba Ewedo moved the Oba Palace […]