Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Man stripped, humiliated in public for 'disrespecting Oba of Benin' (Video)

A man simply identified as one Dr. Ogiugo, has been humiliated and labelled an enemy of the land for not paying homage to the Oba of Benin, His Royal Majesty, Oba Ewuare II.

In a video trending on social media, the man was seen being paraded by other chiefs in the kingdom.

Chuks Mgborie-Chukwu, who shared the video on his timeline, said a curse was placed on the man three days ago at the Oba of Benin Palace.

The man was also ostracized on the day the decree was made.

The video showed the elderly man stripped to his trousers and pleading for mercy while being escorted out of the palace.

Passers-by also watched in amazement as the erring man wailed out of the palace.

See video…

According reports, the chief had been in the palace where he had a case adjudicated by the Oba.

Ogiugo was, however, said to have incurred the wrath of the traditional institution when he reportedly failed to kneel before the Oba in obeisance and in line with the Benin custom.

The incident was said to have occurred during the weekly peace mediation by the monarch last Thursday.

Irked by the act of disrespect, which many of the Benin chiefs present described as a sacrilege, they were said to have ordered him out of the palace.

It had been speculated in the social media that the man had been banished as a Benin chief.

But a source close to the palace, who spoke to Punch, dismissed the speculation.

“There is no chief that was banished. Somebody was sent out but not a chief; it was just an ordinary person that came in company of those who had cases to answer.

“What happened to him was as a result of the way he behaved. Normally, when the Oba is on his throne, no matter who you are, you kneel to greet the Oba. But the man refused and he was a Benin man, meaning that he was a son of the Oba.”

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