By Abavo Kingsley



A typical Edo woman fashion

A typical Edo woman fashion

The people of Uselu N’ Ahor village in Uhunmwode Local Government Area of Edo State  have involuntarily become flocks without a shepherd having for years been abandoned by their traditional ruler, Enogie Osaro Omoregie Oziegbe who  strangely chose to preside over affairs of the dukedom from self exile.

HRH Oziegbe who was said to had been crowned in 2004 reportedly had earlier been instructed by the Benin Monarch, HRM Oba Ewuare II to go back home in line with his pronouncement that all Enigies (Dukes) must reside in their domain.

But Enogie Oziegbe has continued to ignore the Monarch’s instruction even as the people of the village have severally appealed that he returns.

Investigation by our reporter reveals that the village is consequently in a state of rot in – spite of its nearness to Benin – City as a result of lack of leadership.

All developmental projects; bore – hole; one built by CSDP and the other by the community effort have for about two years packed up, also its electricity has been disconnected by the B.E.D.C; a recurrent experience due to non – payment of tariff (bills).

The only market in the village has turned forest while the palace of the Enogie is un-inhabited and looks abandoned.

The entire village appears desolate like a war – torn site with few inhabitants; mainly a handful of young men, and women.

The Odionwere (village head), and the Ohen (Priest of the village shrine) in anger have also abandoned the village in reaction to refusal of the Enogie to return home, it was gathered.

However, occasionally, the Enogie briefly visits the village and each time he does, he behaves like a stranger in his own home as he hardly interacts with any one, it was alleged.

The young men and women who spoke with our reporter appealed that the Enogie should return home to provide the much desired leadership that would galvanize unity, peace and development as his continued absence has done a great deal of damage to the village well – being.

All efforts to reach Enogie Oziegbe for his reaction were futile as at press time.