Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki has ordered the arrest of Godwin Oguyenbo, who is poised to be installed as the Pere of Olodiama Kingdom.
The governor ordered the arrest of those involved in the Planned Coronation, either as a beneficiary, participant or sponsor.
A statement by the Secretary to the State Government, Osarodion Ogie, described the planned coronation as “egregiously abominable, sacrilegious and criminal”.
It said the pronouncement constituted an affront to the long-settled culture, traditions and norms of the people.
According to Ogie, the act is intended to precipitate strife and contestation, leading inevitably to the breakdown of law and order.
The statement reads: “The government is of the view that the claim of such a non-existent title, in a non-existent community, under any guise, is a clear and pre-meditated breach of our laws, particularly the Traditional Rulers and Chiefs Law of Edo State.
“The law makes it a criminal offence for any person to recognise, or purport to install any person as a traditional ruler, except as provided for under the law, and in fact makes it an offence for any unqualified person to present or permit to be so addressed.
“The government will not tolerate actions and pronouncements which seek to abuse the hospitality which our land offers. Let it be noted that this government will take necessary steps to preserve our peace, enforce our laws and defend our revered institutions. All those who intend to test the resolve of government in this regard should know that swift and severe sanctions will be the natural consequence of their unlawful acts.”
The Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II, has said there was no title like Pere of Olodiama Kingdom in Ovia North East Local Government Area. He added that Gelegele is under his territory.
He warned the Pere of Gbaramatu in Delta State to avoid falling foul of relevant laws of Edo State.