Ikenwoli Godfrey Emiko, the Olu of Warri, has died, reportedly from COVID-19.
The monarch was said to have met with Late Major General John Irefin, the former General Officer Commanding of the 6 division of the Nigerian Army who died of COVID-19 this month.
According to Saharareportets, the monarch was said to have died on Monday morning, barely a week after his fifth coronation anniversary.
Though his death has not been confirmed by the palace, a source told Sahara Reporters that the monarch’s death left the palace in a mourning mood.
“Olu of Warri is dead but the palace chiefs are trying to keep the information hidden from the public till they are sure the time is right,” the source added.
Another source said many palace workers besieged the adjoining shops selling strong alcoholic drinks to buy from them as they believed it would cure them of COVID-19 should they have contracted it from the monarch.