A man who identified himself as a Nigerian king was ticketed in the town of Ballston last month, though it didn’t come to light until Thursday.
Benjamin Ikenchuku, 37, received tickets from a sheriff’s deputy for improper passing after being involved in a minor traffic accident on Route 67 on July 11.
The man gave his full name to police as being His Royal Majesty King Benjamin Ikenchuku Keagborekuzi,
The man may be a traditional ruler in a Nigerian community, though such rulers have no formal power in the current Nigerian government structure.
A website called kingdomsofnigeria.com lists Ikenchuku, and says he set a Guinness world record by becoming a king at the age of 2.
It identifies him as “The Dein of Agbor Kingdom, His Royal Majesty Benjamin Ikenchuku Keagborekuzi the First (Keagborekuzi I).”
Agbor is a town in Delta State, in the oil-rich but often violent-plagued Delta State area of southern Nigeria.
“He was born in July 1977, but following the unexpected death of his father, the late Obi in 1979, he was crowned the monarch at the age of two years, four months — the youngest anywhere in the world,” the website states. “This feat was noted in the Guinness Book of World Records in 1980.”
The website says he grew up and attended schools in England.
What powers, if any, a king or traditional ruler in Nigeria would have is unclear. Nigeria, which with 174 million people, is the most populous country in Africa. It was a British colony from the late 1800s until 1960, when it achieved independence. The nation has alternated between democratically elected civilian governments and military dictatorships since independence. It currently has an elected leader, Goodluck Jonathan.
The country has frequently been plagued by civil and tribal wars, and currently is grappling with a major insurgency led by Muslim extremist militants.
Ikenchuku is scheduled to appear in Ballston Town Court on Nov. 12.