Mr Harrison Okao who is the Chief Priest (Ohenosa) of Holy Arousa Cathedral has been suspended by The Oba of Benin, Ewuare II, over alleged unauthorised ministration.
According to reports, the suspension of the Chief Priest was coming after a recommendation from the Joint Elders Committee of the Cathedral and some other senior chiefs in Benin.
This was revealed in a statement signed by Frank Irabor, the Secretary, Benin Traditional Council. In the statement it was stated that the suspension was based on “long-standing lingering breach by Okao, over several years and age-long custom and tradition”.
Stressing further, Irabor made it known in the statement that,
“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 because of the non-compliance with tradition and custom by Harrison Okao over several years”.
According to reports, the statement ordered Mr Okao to stop parading himself as Ohenosa and should immediately handover the property of the cathedral to Mr Esere.
He was also told to stop operating the Cathedral Bank account too.