New Oba of Benin unleashes first Punishment, Arrests Family for Breaking Tradition

For organizing the burial ceremony of their father, the family of Uhumwangho from Isi village in Uhunmwode local government area of Edo State has incurred the wrath of the new Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II.

Before the coronation ceremonies of the new Oba, the palace had placed a ban on burial activities in the Benin kingdom till further notice.

It was gathered at the weekend that all was set for the burial ceremonies at Iguodala Primary school in Benin City when chiefs from the Oba’s palace stormed the area and tied ‘Umehe’ leaves on the food, drinks, and canopies.

The ‘Umenhe’ leaves, Daily Trust learned, is a message of no trespass from the Oba.

Some of the family members were arrested and taken to the palace while the musician hired to provide entertainment was also dragged to the palace.

A palace source told Daily Trust reporter that the family was asked to buy some sacrificial items to cleanse the land.

It was also observed at the venue that food and drinks were on the table which the family members said nobody would touch because of the sacred leaves tied to them.

One of the arrested family members Josephine Ehimwenma said they were told by some chiefs at the palace to go on with the burial arrangements since the actual coronation had been done, but a member of the Iwebo Palace society, Chief Sunday Okhiokpamwonyi, said the family would pay some fine and postpone the burial.

(Daily Trust)


Return My Late Son for Burial, Father Tells Stella Oduah

The former husband of Senator Stella Oduah, Lt.-Col. Satchie Emmanuel Etoromi (rtd), wednesday pleaded with the ex-Aviation Minister to return their late son, Mr. Maxwell Chinedu Toritseju Etoromi, for burial in Warri, Delta State.

The former couple’s son reportedly died suddenly at an Abuja hospital from brain haemorrhage last Friday.
Chief Etoromi, who spoke to reporters in Warri shortly after sending a powerful delegation to his royal majesty, Igwe D. O. Oduah, the Igwe of Akili Ozizor, Ogbaru in Anambra State, who is also the senator’s father, expressed deep sorrow over the death of his son.

In his letter to the traditional ruler titled, “Appeal to Intercede to Ensure Senator Stella Adaeze Oduah Brings My Son, Maxwell Chinedu Obiechina Wereyesigha Toritseju Etoromi to Me in Warri for Burial”, the bereaved father said he read about the death of their 28-year-old son in the newspapers without being informed by his ex-wife.
“His Royal Highness, Igwe Oduah I, betrothed Stella Oduah to me on the 18th November 1984 in Akili Ozizor. We married on the 16th of December 1984 in His Highness’s Palace in Akili Ozizor.

“After the payment of dowry and exchange of gifts, we were taken to Nde-Mili where we performed the final rites.
“I am surprised to see in the internet stories that my son Maxwell Omabuwa Temisanre Obiechina Wereyesigha Toritseju Chinedu Etoromi, who Stella delivered for us on 14th March 1988 at 05.00 hour in St Mary’s Hospital Ugboroke, Warri, is dead,” the bereaved father said in the letter.

He alleged that up till now, his estranged wife had not contacted him on the death of their son, but had commenced preparations to bury him last Friday in her hometown.

“Up till now, Stella has not told me my son died in her custody. There is a rumour that my son will be buried in Akili Ozizor. That is not acceptable at all. My son must be brought to me in Warri for internment,” he said.

In the letter, which was copied to Most Reverend Valerian Okeke, the Arch-Bishop of Onitsha, and the parish priest, Father Donald Uzoh of the Sacred Heart Parish, the bereaved father insisted that his late son must be returned for proper burial in his father’s place.

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Family Announces Burial Plans For Killed Kubwa Preacher

Eunice Elisha, the Abuja preacher who was murdered over a week ago while conducting morning preaching, will be buried on July 23, her family has said.

Mrs. Elisha, 42, was murdered in the early hours of Saturday, July 9, in Kubwa, a suburb of Abuja.

Her sister, Bola Fatuashi, said the burial activities will start with a wake keeping at 5:pm on Friday, July 22, at the New Life Assembly Parish, Redeemed Christian Church of God, Kubwa.

She said lying-in-state will begin at 8: am on Saturday also in Kubwa.

Mrs. Elisha is survived by her aged parents, six siblings, her husband and seven children.

Mrs. Fatuashi had said that due to their aged father’s state of health, they could not relay the news to him.

“We have not told my father, but my mother already knows. My mother is stronger than my aged father. We will all meet at the village, after every thing, then find a way to relay the news to him, in such manner as to prevent another tragedy,” she had said.

The police say they have arrested six suspects in connection to the murder.

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Walin Sokoto To Be Buried Today

The late Walin Sokoto, Amb. Hamzat Ahmad, will be buried on Monday, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.


The funeral prayer for the deceased will be performed on Monday morning at 10.00 a.m. at the Sultan’s Palace in Sokoto according to Islamic rites.

Ahmad, an accomplished diplomat and technocrat, died at a private hospital in Lagos, aged 92.

The deceased served as Personal Secretary to two Nigerian military leaders– General Aguiyi Ironsi and General Yakubu Gowon.

He had served as Nigeria’s Ambassador to United States, Germany, France and the former Soviet Union (USSR).

Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State had described Ahmad as peace-loving and a committed family man who gave invaluable contributions to the unity and development of Nigeria.

“He was an accomplished diplomat who distinguished himself in his chosen specialties.

”As an elder statesman, his wise counsel served both the older and younger generation of leaders not only in Sokoto, but in Nigeria as a whole,” a statement issued from the Governor’s Office by Malam Imam Imam, quoted Tambuwal as saying.

Ekiti NMA Buries Three More Doctors, Driver Amidst Tears

Emotion ran high on Thursday during the commendation/funeral service for three more medical doctors from Ekiti State and their driver at the Nigerian Medical Association’s secretariat on Ado-Iyin road.

The four were among six doctors and a driver that died on Sunday along Abuja-Kaduna Expressway on their way to the Annual Delegates Meeting of the NMA in Sokoto.

Those given the last honour were the late Dr. Atolani Adeniyi, Senior Health Officer with the Ekiti Hospitals Management Board; the late Dr. J.B. Ogunseye, who served as Senior Dental Officer at the General Hospital, Ifaki; the late Dr. Olayiwola Olajide who until his death was the President of the Association of Resident Doctors, Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital, and a driver of the NMA, Mr. Olowookere Ajibola.

Ogunseye and Olajide were buried at the premises of the NMA secretariat while the remains of Adeniyi and Olowookere were conveyed to their communities for interment.

The remains of two other victims, the late Dr. Alexander Akinyele, who was a Resident Doctor, Community Medicine, Federal Teaching Hospital, Ido Ekiti, and the late Dr. O.J. Taiwo, a consultant, Anatomic Pathologist at EKSUTH, will be buried at a later date.

A consultant General Surgeon at FETHI, the late Dr. Tunde Aladesanmi, had been buried on Wednesday after a funeral service held in his honour at the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Life Fountain Cathedral, Ado Ekiti.

It was learnt that Taiwo’s burial was delayed because he died barely 24hrs after the death of his mother.

The state Deputy Governor, Dr. Kolapo Olusola, represented Governor Ayodele Fayose at the event which was also attended by the House of Assembly Speaker, Kola Oluwawole; the Head of Service, Dr. Gbenga Faseluka; Chief of Staff, Dipo Anisulowo, and other top government officials.

The House Committee Chairman, Dr. Samuel Omotosho, said the governor had given approval for automatic employment of the wives of Akinyele and Olajide.

Emotion heightened during the dust to dust rite when Ogunseye’s wife, Omolara, who had been crying all day started shouting “don’t go, don’t go.”

Olajide’s wife also insisted that the casket be opened for him to see the face of her late husband. “That’s him, that’s him,” she shouted breaking down in tears again.

Pastor Olurotimi Sanya, in a sermon entitled, “Teach us to number our days,” described human life as very short and ephemeral.

Urging the audience to always prepare for the day of death, he added that everything had its time.

The Catholic Bishop of Ekiti Diocese, the Most Rev. Felix Ajakaye, offered prayers for the families of the deceased and also urged the people to fulfil all the promises made to them.

“To lose one’s husband, brother, friend and confidant is enough trauma. Please, don’t let the widows suffer. The properties left behind, they worked together as husband and wife. I will appeal to you, don’t let them suffer.”

Olusola urged the families of the deceased to take heart during the period of grief, pledging the support of the state government to them.

He said, “When God says it is time, it is time. When your own day comes, what will people say about you. And when my own time comes what will the people say about me?

“We all have our own today and tomorrow but the greatest tomorrow is the one that will meet us at the feet of Christ. Let us learn from our departed brothers. They died in active service, they were hardworking and diligent.”


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Olu Of Warri-Designate To Be Crowned Dec 12

The Olu of Warri designate, Prince Godfrey Emiko, will be crowned the 20th Olu of Warri on December 12, 2015.
Chief Yaya Pessu, Ojomo of Warri Kingdom and Chairman, Warri Traditional Council, who disclosed this to newsmen in Warri, Delta State, yesterday, said that Abiloye’s coronation would be preceded by the final funeral rites for his predecessor, HRM, Ogiame Atuwatse II.


Chief Pessu, joined by the Funeral/Coronation Publicity Committee, headed by Prince Yemi Emiko, said: “The final funeral rites for the late Olu will last 14 days from November 20. The day before, we will have a commendation night.


“And by December 12, coronation of the Olu designate begins with a regatta at the Warri Club jetty before the rites at Ode-Itsekiri. We are expecting dignitaries from far and near and we enjoin all to cooperate with us throughout these special moments.”
The release of the programme of events further raised the excitement among the Itsekiri in Warri Kingdom, yesterday, as various communities and families intensified preparations for robust participation in the coming events.


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Pastors Adeboye, Bakare To Lead Over 300 Clerics For Hannah Awolowo Burial

The family of late Hannah Awolowo on Thursday released her burial arrangements, disclosing that over 5,000 guests would attend the funeral at the Ikenne hometown of the deceased.

The burial committee chairperson, Tokunbo Awolowo-Dosunmu, made this known at a press conference held at the family home in preparation for the burial scheduled to hold between November 15 and 25.

Accompanied by her elder sister, Tola Oyediran, and other members of the burial committee, the chairperson said that arrangements for the event were in top gear.

She listed priority areas as security, transportation, church service, medical services.

She also disclosed that, Pastors Adejare Adeboye of Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, and Tunde Bakare of Latter Rain Assembly, as well as 60 Anglican Bishops, 300 Priests, would be among several ministers of God who would participate in the two-week burial programme.

?The daughter of the deceased, who is a former Nigerian Ambassador to the Netherlands, said that since Our Saviour Anglican Church, where the service would hold has capacity for 619 people, large television screens would be provided around the church and Awolowo Square for guests.
?The committee gave the programme of events as follows:
November 15 at 12 pm: Lying-in-state at Park Lane, Apapa, Lagos, followed by Christian interdenominational service.

November 16: Body would depart to Ibadan and lying-in-state at Oke Bola, Ibadan.

November 17-24: Lying-in-state at Ikenne, home town of the Awolowos.
The organising committee noted that there would not be vehicular movement in and out of the town on the last day of the programme, adding that many musicians, including Sunny Ade and Ebenezer Obey, as well as Adewale Ayuba, Funmi Aragbaye and Wasiu Ayinde Marshal, would be on the bandstand.

?The Ogun State Government on its part said it has invited all the 35 state governors to be guests at the burial, adding that special fanfare would be organized for the celebration of the late matriarch at Sagamu stadium of November 23.

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HID Awolowo’s Burial Slated For November 25th

Remains of the late matriarch of Awolowo dynasty, Yeye Oodua, Hannah Idowu Dideolu Awolowo will be committed to mother earth on Wednesday, November 25th this year.

Eldest daughter of the Awolowo family, Reverend (Mrs.) Omotola Oyediran disclosed this yesterday, while hosting former president, Goodluck Jonathan and other members of his team, who paid tribute to the family in their Ikenne country home.

Reverend Oyediran explained that the family decided on the burial date to coincide with the deceased Centenary birthday, which preparations were already on-going before her sudden death.

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Syrian Man Thought To Be Dead Walks Into His Own Funeral

A Syrian man witnessed his own funeral after pulling himself out from a mountain of rubble where he had survived for 36 hours.

It was believed that Mohammed Rayhan was among 117 people who had died when government forces shelled the market place in Douma, just over six miles north east of Damascus. His family had given up all hope when he failed to return home and started mourning Mr Rayhan’s death. 
However after three days beneath the rubble he was extricated by rescuers. With the dust still embedded in his beard and long hair, he returned home. In doing so he interrupted the final day of mourning, much to the delight of his family.

Mr Rayhan is s now being called the “Living Martyr” after his miraculous survival.

Senate Sends 4-Man Burial Team In Honour Of Ooni

Senate paid special respect to the late Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuade, as lawmakers took turns to pour encomiums on the royal father, whose death was reported about a fortnight ago.

Senators also observed a one minute silence in honour of the late Oba. Senator representing Osun East, Senator Babajide Omoworare, brought the attention of the death of the Oba to the Senate via a motion pursuant to order 42 and 52 of the Senate standing order on matters of urgent national importance.

The lawmaker took time to reel out the resume of the life and times of the late Oba. He said: “Oba Sijuwade was a great family man and highly revered in Diaspora, especially in Cuba, Dominican Republic and Trinidad and Tobago. He received many national and international awards and decorations in honour and recognition of his various achievements.”

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Oba Sijuwade’s Place In History Is Assured – President Buhari

Press statement from the presidency:

President Muhammadu Buhari has received with sadness news of the transition of one of Nigeria’s foremost traditional rulers, the Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade, Olubuse II. President Buhari extends sincere condolences to the late Ooni’s family, his friends, associates and subjects, as well as the government and people of Osun State on the departure of the First Class Monarch.
The President joins them in mourning the revered traditional ruler who will be long remembered and celebrated for his worthy service, over more than three decades, as the Chief Custodian of the traditions of the Yorubas and his invaluable contributions to the sustenance of the cultural heritage of his people within and outside Nigeria.

President Buhari believes that Oba Sijuwade’s place in posterity has already been assured by his long and worthy service to his people and country as well as his notable contributions to the development of his community, state and country as a leading businessman, administrator and inspirational traditional ruler. As they mourn his passing, President Buhari urges the Ooni’s family, friends, associates and subjects to be consoled by the knowledge that he lived a very fulfilled life, and has left worthy legacies for his successors to build upon. He prays that God Almighty will comfort all who mourn Oba Sijuwade and bring forth a worthy successor to to take his place on the ancient throne of Ile-Ife.

Femi Adesina Special Adviser to the President (Media & Publicity)

Ooni Of Ife To Be Buried On Friday August 14th

Son of the Ooni of Ife, Prince Adetokunboh Sijuwade says his father, the Ooni of Ife Oba Okunade Sijuwade who died July 28th will be buried in Ile Ife on Friday August 14th. Prince Adetokunboh who made the announcement at a joint press conference with the Osun state governor Rauf Aregbesola and a palace chief, said his father’s body will be flown from the UK on Thursday August 13th and then buried on Friday 14th.