The Oba of Benin, Ewuare II has sacked Mr. Harrison Okao as Ohenosa (chief priest) of Holy Arousa Cathedral over alleged unauthorised ministration.
His removal is coming after recommendation from the Joint Elders Committee of the Cathedral and some senior chiefs of the Benin palace.
Holy Arousa Cathedral is a place where every Benin Monarch rounds of the annual Iwequae festival.
A statement signed by Frank Irabor, Secretary, Benin Traditional Coucil, and made available to newsmen in Benin, Thrusday, stated that the removal was predicated upon “long-standing lingering breach and non-charlantan by Okao over several years and age-long custom and traditional.”
Irabor added that the sack would further bring peace and sanity regarding worship at the Holy Arousa Cathedral.
“This decision is expected to bring lasting peace, sanity and tranquility to the holy spiritual environment that is imperative in the Holy Aruosa Cathedral of Benin which has hitherto been absent in the Holy Arousa because of the the non-compliance with tradition and custom by Harrison Okao over several years,” the statement added.
The statement further urged Mr Okao to henceforth stop parading himself as Ohenosa (Chief Priest) and should handover property of the cathedral including the key to the cathedral to Mr. Esere and should stop operating the Cathedral Bank account.