Okowa disowns Olu of Warri designate

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The Delta State Government has said it is not aware of the passage of the Olu of Warri, Ogiame Ikenwoli.

The Commissioner for Information, Charles Aniagwu, stated this on Tuesday shortly after the State Executive Council meeting presided by Governor Ifeanyi Okowa in Asaba

Aniagwu said, “Each community in Delta State has laid down rules/tradition and ruling houses; so Itsekiri will not be different. The Delta State Government has not been informed that the Olu of Warri has passed away. For us, we are not aware that Olu of Warri has died.

“To us, there’s no controversy because we were not informed. The issue of the Olu of Warri is the same thing to all the communities. When a king dies, the community will write to the government, which will do all that is necessary for the purpose of smooth transition.

“It is not entirely the issue of once the father dies, the son takes over.”

The commissioner added that the council approved the amendment of the successor to the kingship of the Odion-Ologbo in the Ebrede kingdom, Ndokwa East Local Government Area of the state.

Aniagwu said for anyone to ascend the throne, he must be a graduate and a male child.

The Itsekiri nation had early April formally announced the passage of its monarch His Royal Majesty, Ogiame Ikenwoli at Ode Itsekiri, its ancestral home in Warri South local government area, Delta State.

The transition ritual began when one of the chiefs gave a short opening remark and then invited the Iyatsere, Chief Johnson Atserunleghe, to speak, after which he formally announced the demise of HRM Ogiame Ikenwoli by breaking three native earthen pots containing white native chalks on the floor.

This was followed by the presentation of Omo-Oba, the Olu designate Prince Utieyinoritsetsola Emiko, 37 to the Itsekiri Nation after reading his citation to the assembly.

Emiko would be the 21st Olu of Warri and would be crowned after a 90-day seclusion during which he would be schooled on the culture and tradition of the Itsekiri people and kingship protocols.

He also said a period of mourning had been declared for the Itsekiri nation that will run for three months. ‘No burials, marriages, dancing will hold across all Itsekiri communities for three months”

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‘There shall be no merrymaking of any kind anywhere in Iwere land. All Itsekiri sons and daughters must tie their wrappers upside down for the duration”.

This was followed by 20 cannon shots fired to announce the departure of the monarch. He said the 20 cannon shots signified that 20 Olus had reigned over the Iwere nation.

He attended the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Primary School and Adesanoye College, Ofa, Kwara State between 1995 and 2001.

Prince Emiko was admitted into Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, United State of America (USA), where he obtained Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and Political Science, while minoring in History and Economic between 2002 and 2006.

He went further to earn a Master’s of Science in Management from Case Western Reserve University in 2007 and returned to Nigeria for his NYSC in 2008 where he served in the Public Affairs Department of the National Petroleum Investment Management Service (NAPIMS), among other experiences in the private sector and entrepreneurship.