Palace officials, on Tuesday, officially announced the death of Ogiame Ikenwoli, the Olu of Warri in Delta State.
Ikenwoli, the 20th Olu Of Warri, was reported to have died in December 2020 from COVID-19-related complications a week after his fifth coronation anniversary.
The palace initially denied the reports of his death, saying he was indisposed.
However after a meeting on Monday, Johnson Amatserunreleghe, one of the palace officials, announced the passing of the monarch.
Amatserunreleghe said the town will go into a period of mourning, and that there will be no celebration in the town for a period of three months while the mourning lasts.
The palace announced Utieyinoritsetsola Emiko, a prince, as the new Olu of Warri designate.
The Olu of Warri designate was born on April 2, 1984, to Godwin Toritseju Emiko, the late Ogiame Atuwatse II, and Gladys Durorike Emiko in Warri.
He holds a bachelor of arts degree in international studies and political science, as well as a master’s degree in management.
He is married to Ivie Okunbo, daughter of billionaire businessman, Hosa Okunbo.