The Itsekiri Nation on Monday, formally announced the passage of its monarch His Royal Majesty, Ogiame Ikenwoli at Ode Itsekiri, its ancestral home in Warri South Local Government Area of Delta State.
This disclosure was made public by the Iyatsere of Warri kingdom who is also the acting Chairman Warri council of Chiefs and Olu Advisory council, Chief Johnson Amatserunreleghe before a gathering of Itsekiri prominent chiefs, Princes and sons and daughters.
He also said a period of mourning had been declared for the Itsekiri nation that will run for three months.
According to Chief Amatserunreleghe;
‘ No burials, marriages, dancing will hold across all Itsekiri communities for three months ” ‘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”.
The statement 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.
Prince Utieyinoritsetsola Emiko and presented as the Olu-Designate (Omoba) to the Itsekiri nation, which ushered shouts of joy in the air.
The event was also witnessed by the representatives of the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, (Ojaja 11).