Why Oba of Benin sacked Chief Priest of Holy Aruosa church


The Oba of Benin, His Royal Majesty, Ewuare II has approved the removal of the presiding priest of Holy Aruosa Cathedral, Ohen-Osa Harrison Okao for non-compliance with the ancient long tradition of the land.

The decision to sack the former senior priest of the Benin National Church was jointly taken by the traditional head of the church, Oba Ewuare II joint elders committee and top palace chiefs after Harrison Okao was found guilty of violating the long-standing rules of the church.

In a press statement signed by the Benin Traditional Council BTC secretary, Frank Irabor and he said the removal of the former top priest of the church would restore sanity and lasting peace to the foremost Benin national church.

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The statement also enjoined Harrison Okao to handover the church’s property in his possession to the Head Iweguae, Chief Esere, while warning him to also stop any financial transaction within the cathedral.

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