The longest reigning traditional ruler in Kogi State, HRH Stephen Eneika Bello, the Ohindase of Okengwe in Okene Local Government Area of the state, has died at the age of 76.
The monarch, ascended the oldest throne in Ebiraland at the young age of 29, and reigned on the throne for 47 years.
He was born on August 8th, 1948 in a place called Amushigbo Quarters, Ido- Ani in Ose LGA of Ondo State, where his father, Bello Onyibo was a prosperous farmer and local chief.
After leaving Primary School, Ohindase served as a professional teacher with Ighara Native Authority school. He went to Government Teachers’ Training college in 1973 and graduated to become a professional teacher.
He thrived in his teaching position, upon which he was invited by his people to pioneer the stool in 1977 as the 12th Ohindase and was enrobed by the then Ohinoyi of Ebiraland, HRH Muhammed Sani Omolori.
The Ohindase of Okengwe, upon the demise of Omolori, was appointed Acting Chairman of the Ebira Area Traditional Council 26, 1996, a period which ushered in the immediate past Ohinoyi of Ebiraland, HRH Dr. Ado Ibrahim CON.