By Gabriel Enogholase
BENIN—COMM-ERCIAL activities were disrupted yesterday at Iguelaba, an oil producing community in Orhionmwon Local Government Area of Edo State over leadership tussle, forcing the closure of the village market that usually hold Wednesdays.
Elders of the community, women and youths were seen waving olive branches and placards bearing different inscriptions. They abandoned their farms and grounded markets as they trooped into the streets to denounce the leadership tussle.
According to them, a man claiming the leadership of the community (name withheld) was a stranger from a neigbouring state, insisting that the man could not head their community as their existing custom and tradition recognized the Odionwere (oldest man) in the community as their head.
Spokespersons for the community, Messers John Ikhimwin Ordia, Ordia Liberty and Pa Imwankpokpomwan appealed to the Oba of Benin, Omo N’Oba Ewuare II, to revisit the judgment earlier given by the late Oba of Benin, Oba Erediauwa on the issue when it was brought to him in 1995 and ruled that the leader of the Iguelaba community was the Odionwere.