The paramount ruler of Itsekiris in Warri, His Majesty, Ogiame Ikenwoli, the Olu of Warri has reportedly died of Coronavirus complications.
The monarch allegedly died on Monday December 21, barely a week after the grand finale of his fifth coronation anniversary celebration.
Although unconfirmed by palace authorities, the rumour saw the closure of shops and offices around the royal palace as people were seen in groups discussing the development mildly.
He was said to have earlier met with the late Major General John Irefin, who also died of Covid-19 complications earlier this month.
Though none of the palace chiefs was willing to confirm or deny it, there was palpable apprehension in the palace vicinity on Monday while some people were also in a sombre mood.
A source who spoke with newsmen confirmed that the monarch died on Monday morning from the lethal virus.
“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.
Many palace workers had besieged shops selling strong alcoholic drinks to buy and consume with the thought it would cure them of COVID-19 should they have contracted it from the late monarch.
The late Olu was born on March 19, 1955, and ascended the throne on December 12, 2015.
The Union Nigeria made efforts to reach the Ologbotsere of Itsekiri, Chief Ayeri Emami, which proved abortive as phone calls placed across were not answered.