Part of the 15 days funeral rites of the late Oba of Benin advises all residents in the Benin Kingdom to observe the day of Igberimwin, by not cooking with fire on Sunday 5th June, in accordance with Benin customs and tradition.
The royal funeral rites of passage for the late Oba of Benin, Omo N’Oba n’Edo, Uku Akpolokpolo, Oba Erediauwa, began on Wednesday evening in Benin.
A press statement signed by Secretary to the Benin Traditional Council, Mr. Frank Irabor, states that all indigenes as well as non-indigenes resident in the kingdom are expected to observe the Igberimwin rites.
The late Oba’s burial activities would last for 15 days. It began from May 25, and would end on Wednesday, June 8. The programme of events kicked off from Edaiken of Uselu Palace, the Crown Prince of Benin Kingdom, Eheneden Erediauwa.
The funeral rites are listed as Ekioba, Ekenaka, Agbado Eken (palace rites), but performance of the rites is the sole responsibility of the Edaiken N’Uselu and heir apparent to Benin thrown.
The public has been advised to go about their normal businesses, but however warned of the need to stay away from places where traditional rites not open to the public are performed.
Security agencies cordoned off strategic positions in Benin city, especially the roads leading to traditional places, where traditional rites will be performed.
Non-indigenes have also been urged to show respect and cooperate with Benin people, their customs and traditions.
Though knowledge of when and how the Oba of Benin died was not declared to the public, the Edo State Government on April 2016, issued a statement announcing the death of the monarch.
In a letter to Crown Prince Eheneden Erediauwa, British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr. Paul Arkwright, on behalf of the queen and the government as well as the people of the United Kingdom, has extended his condolences on the death of the monarch.