The Oba of Benin, His Royal Majesty Omo N’Oba Ewuare Ogidigan (11), has given his approval for the sack of Ohen-Osa Harrison Okao, the presiding priest of Holy Aruosa Cathedral, for alleged non-compliance with ancient long tradition of the land.
The decision was jointly taken by the traditional head of the church, HRM Oba Ewuare the second, joint elders committee and top palace chiefs.
Okao was found guilty of violating the long-standing rules of the church.
A statement by Benin Traditional Council (BTC) Secretary, Frank Irabor, said the removal of the former top priest of the church would restore sanity and lasting peace to the foremost Benin national church.
Okao was also ordered to handover the church property in his possession as the Ohenosa to the head Iweguae Chief Esere.
He was also warned to stop any financial transaction within the cathedral.