The Benin Traditional Council has dispelled rumour of the death of
the Benin Monarch, Oba Erediauwa.
of the death of the revered Monarch had gone viral on the internet on
Friday morning but it has been doused by the Council.
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also recalls that the rumour had also gained ground, following the
inability of the Oba to personally receive the presidential candidates
of the All Progressives Congress (APC), General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd)
and President Goodluck Jonathan of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP),
when they visited his palace on 29 January and 4 February respectively.
to the Council, Mr. Frank Irabor, described the purported death of the
revered Monarch as mere speculation, which he said had been on for over
He explained that it was the responsibility of the
Council to issue a formal statement, if such a development had actually
“If there is anything like that, there is usually a statement from the palace or from the Benin Traditional Council,” he said.
who however failed to be specific on the health status of the foremost
traditional ruler, pointed out that “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.”