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Edo Government Orders Dismissal Of Case Against Prince Of Benin Kingdom

Lucky Obukohwo, Reporting

The Edo State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Oluwole Osaze Uzzi has called for the dismissal of a case of impersonation brought by the police against the prince of Benin Kingdom, Prof. Gregory Akenzua at a Benin magistrate court in accordance with the law.

A statement weekend in Benin by Mr. Iyamu said that having reviewed the case file and police investigation report and all relevant laws, particularly the traditional rulers and chiefs law, it is to be noted that while the traditional authorities have the discretion to appoint Enigies (dukes) and Chiefs, this is by law subject to confirmation of such appointments by the state executive council.

The attorney general noted that the decision of the state government was borne out of the fact that no prima facie case of commission of the stated offence or breach of any provision of the traditional rulers and chiefs law, or any other law, was disclosed such as to warrant a charge of impersonation or criminal charge being brought or continued against Prof. Akenzua, a prince of the Benin Royal Family.

He emphasized that in the circumstances, it would have been futile and amount to a waste of time and resources for the police or the state to have proceeded with the charge, and doing so would be contrary to the rule of law.

“Consequently, the prosecution of Professor Gregory Akenzua was discontinued pursuant to the power conferred on the Attorney General by section 211 of the constitution of the federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999(as amended)”, Iyamu said.

He said that it is the state government’s hope that issues that gave rise to the matter could be amicably resolved in the interest of the peace, security and tranquility of the state as well as the dignity and reverence in which the traditional institution in the state is held by all well meaning law abiding citizens and residents alike.

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