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The Olu of Warri, His Majesty, Ogiame Ikenwoli, has died.
This is coming barely one week after the grand finale of his fifth coronation anniversary celebration.
Aged 65 years, Ogiame Ikenwoli, ascended the royal stool of Warri Kingdom on 12th December 12, 2015.
Shops and and offices in the Warri royal palace vicinity have been closed as the monarch’s death spread late on Monday.
He was said to have physically interacted with the late Major General John Irefin, who also died earlier this month from COVID-19 complications.
NewsWireNGR gathered that an official announcement is expected to be made soon by the Ologbosere of Warri, Chief Emami Ayiri, who, as the traditional Prime Minister of the town, is empowered to break the news of the monarch’s death.
The deceased, who was born on March 19, 1955, succeeded his younger brother Olu Atuwatse II who died in March 2015.
He was crowned Ogiame Ikenwoli on the 12th of December 2015 at Ode-Itsekiri, the ancestral home of the Itsekiri people in a ceremony which was witnessed by many dignitaries in Nigeria such as the Secretary to the Federal Government at the time.
Emiko is survived by his wife, Olori Mary Emiko, who he had three children with.