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Benin Traditional Council speak Oba of Benin’s death


Earlier today, viral reports claimed that his Royal Majesty, Omo n’Oba n’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo Erediauwa, the Oba of Benin, 92,  had passed on after been on the throne for 36 years.

Well the Benin Traditional Council, told our correspondent on Friday evening that
it was a mere speculation, which had been on for over six months and
lacked truth.

The Secretary to the council, Mr. Frank Irabor,
explained that it was the responsibility of the council to issue a
formal statement, if such a development did occur.

He said, “They have been peddling that rumour for more than a year now, because the Oba has not been coming out.

“If there is anything like that, there is usually a statement from the palace or from the Benin Traditional Council.”

Although
the spokesperson did not specify whether or not the Oba was hale and
hearty, he said that inability of the President Jonathan to see the
monarch, when he visited the palace, did not give credence to his
rumoured death.

“The fact that he has not been coming out, even
when the President came last week, does not mean that there is anything
like that‎.”

“I don’t bother about rumours. I believe in getting
information from the authentic source. For more than six months, they
have been carrying the rumour,” he added.

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