By Etatsemi Onorode
Idjerhe Kingdom in Ethiope West local government area of Delta state has been thrown into mourning as the traditional ruler of the kingdom, His Majesty Edward Igho Otadeferua Erhiekevwe 1, pnm (JP) joined his ancestors.
According to a very senior chief of the kingdom who confirmed the news, the monarch died after a brief illness and the news has since been kept from the public under strict traditional norms.
The Idjerhe monarch for the past three months has not been seen in public functions neither his voice heard in the news, as it was reported by the same chief.
The source added that the next three months commencing from Saturday 17th November 2018 through to February 17, 2019, the entire kingdom will be mourning the late king as the flag of the kingdom is already flying at half mask, while a condolence register is opened at the palace of Erhiekevwe, the first.
The burial arrangement of the departed monarch who has been in-charge of the second largest kingdom in Urhoboland will soon be disclosed to the public by the publicity committee appointed for that purpose.
The burial publicity committee is chaired by Chief Godwin Ofishe, a retired military officer and the current Unugbrogodo of Boboruku community with Chief Monday Whiskey, a journalist, as his secretary.
Other members of the committee are Prof. (Chief) Iyuke Sony, Principal, Petroleum Training Institute (Effurun), Princess Mrs. Oghwri Bettina, Lecturer, department of Mass Communication, Chief Goodluck Oyibo, Chief Matthew Aghomi (CEO) Oasis Hotels Warri/Mimatson Communications, worldwide and Dr. Etatsemi Onoriode, a journalist.
The late monarch was a former national deputy chairman of the Nigeria Supporters Club. He ascended the throne in 2006 after he retired from the federal ministry of commence as a director where he served meritoriously.
Until his demise, the Idjerhe monarch was also the chairman Ethiope west traditional rulers council.