The Olu of Warri, His Royal Majesty, Ogiame Ikenwoli, has joined his ancestors barely one week after the grand finale of his fifth coronation anniversary celebration.
As the news of the passage of the monarch spread on Monday, shops and offices in the Warri royal palace vicinity closed as people were seen in groups discussing the development in hush tones.
One of our sources who would not want his name in print stated that the former General Officer Commanding 6 Division Port Harcourt, Major-General Olu Irefin, whose death about two weeks ago was attributed to COVID-19, was recently received by the Olu of Warri in the royal palace.
Aged 65 years, Ogiame Ikenwoli, ascended the royal stool of Warri Kingdom on 12th December 12, 2015 after the reigns of Ogiame Atuwatse.
Recall that the monarch was lively and did now show signs of illness as he joyfully received well wishers from far and near who paid him royal homage during his fifth coronation anniversary, less than a week ago.
Efforts to get comments on the passing of the first class king from top palace chiefs including Ologbotsere (Prime Minister) of Warri Kingdom, Chief Ayirimi Emami was unsuccessful as telephone calls put across to him went unanswered.