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Eidul-Fitr: FG declares Wednesday, Thursday public holidays

The Federal Government has declared Wednesday 12th and Thursday 13th May, 2021 as Public Holidays to mark this year’s Eidul-Fitr celebration.
The Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, made the declaration on behalf of the Federal Government in Abuja on Monday.

He congratulated the Muslim faithful on this occasion and called on all Nigerians, at home and abroad to use the period of this year’s Eidul-Fitr celebration to pray for peace, stability and economic transformation in the land.

Aregbesola in a statement signed by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Dr Shuaib Belgore urged all Nigerians to be law-abiding and embrace the spirit of love, self-discipline, kindness and tolerance, as taught by the Holy Prophet Mohammed.

He also called on all security agencies in the country to be more courageous and patriotic to surmount the ongoing battle against resurging insecurity and activities of criminal elements in Nigeria.

He assured that the resolve of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration to end the scourge of crime and criminality in the country and restore peace to every nook and cranny of Nigeria was sacrosanct.

“This administration will not be deterred in its efforts, until every Nigerian and resident of the country, is free to move around without fear of any threat to his/her life and property. We are therefore putting necessary measures and strategies in place to strengthen the stability of the country as well as ensuring economic prosperity of our dear nation,” he emphasised.


By Benedict Chinedum Okoro

Fr. John Okwoeze Odey is a Catholic priest of the Catholic Diocese of Abakaliki. Currently, he the parish priest of Holy Trinity Umuoguduakpu Ngbo in Ohaukwu LGA of Ebonyi State.

In addition to his pastoral duties, John Odey runs Holy Trinity College at Umuoguduakpu Ngbo. The school is one of the most productive, effective, efficient and affordable institution; with focus on raising better human beings for this society.

Fr. John holds a Doctorate in Moral Theology. He is strong believer in Liberation Theology.

When John Odey returned from further studies, he was posted to St. Patrick’s Parish Kpirikpiri Abakaliki in Ebonyi State.

As a lad, I had utmost devotion and passion to become a priest, working closely with John Odey as my parish priest endeared him to me.

Odey is an emblem of commitment to his calling, a voice to the voiceless, a believer in Liberation Theology and the Church’s Social Mission of the Gospel Message.

Odey’s philosophy helped shape my understanding of freedom, the mission of the Church and the message of Christ.

Nothing is happening in Nigeria today that John Odey didn’t predict; I mean with accuracy and no ambiguity.

Reading today’s headlines, reminded me of one of his books;

Africa: The Agony of a Continent – Can Liberation Theology Offer Any Solution?

To understand Nigeria, read Odey’s work. I will be publishing his works in the coming days.

Benedict Chinedum Okoro, a security expert and public affairs analyst lives in Nigeria.

PHOTOS: Love, music and palm wine as John ties knot with Rebecca in Uzo Uwani Enugu State

Saturday, 10th April will remain evergreen in the hearts of the family of Mazi Paul Ogbonna in Ugbene Ajima, Uzo Uwani Local Government Area in Enugu State.

The weather was clement, and the evening was just perfect for love. According to the laws and customs of Uzo Ubani community, and indeed, Igbo land, the incidents of the evening was a perfect definition of basic traditional marriage ceremony.

First, the bride’s family and the in laws, as well as the Ndi Ogo (in laws), and of course, the friends and neighbours who had all made out time to be part of the happy ceremony were all seated, in anticipation of the coming ceremony.

And so, the bride, Nkemakonam Rebecca Ogbonna, resplendently dressed in a shining green dress, and beads and bangles, was led out by her sisters, friends and loved ones who engaged in beautiful but slow dance steps, leading her to her dad, Mazi Paul Ogbonna, who sat with his lovely wife, Mrs Faith Ogochukwu Ogbonna, watching their daughter. Once she arrived, she knelt down before them, and he poured out a measure of palm wine into a cup.

He began to pray for her too. He muttered prayer upon prayer for his daughter, so that she may have a blessed and sustained beautiful union with her man.

Meanwhile, the music continued to ring at the background. After the prayer, she started off, carefully carrying the cup in two hands, while she danced and walked majestically. In Igbo tradition, she was to walk and search for her would-be husband among the teeming young men seated.

Playfully, some of the young men would gesture for her to give them the drink, but she kept dancing until she ‘found’ her man, Mr John Olele, who was dressed in an immaculate white kaftan. She then knelt down before him, a sign of obedience and he took the drink, drank, and offered her the rest. Then he led her holding hands, and took her back to her father.

There, they knelt, and her father began to pray for them “Today, I bless you in the name of the father, in the name of the son, in the name of the Holy Ghost. From my heart of hearts, I bless this union. You people shall multiply just as Abraham did. No one will enter your house and go home empty handed.

“As a man, you will confront challenges, but you will over come them too. May God protect you and your family, may God provide for you and your family, may God give you all that you need to prosper in life, I wish you well in Jesus name”, he said.

After the prayers, the newly married couple began to dance, and received financial blessings from different guests who graced the occasion, including Chief Patrick Osagie Eholor, who traveled all the way from Benin City Edo State to grace the occasion.

Speaking to Jungle Journalist Media Limited, Mazi Paul Ogbonna, who just gave out his daughter in marriage stated “this is the traditional marauders of my daughter, Nkemakonam Rebecca Ogbonna and John Olele. I am happy because if you give birth to female children, and no man comes to your house to ask for their hands in marriage, that’s not good. I am because I am giving out my daughter to my son in law, John. You can see how happy the atmosphere, and everyone is jolly.

In her own words too, Mrs Faith Ogbonna revealed that Nkemakonam is her fourth daughter, and explained that the palm wine that her husband gave to her was very key in Igbo traditional marriages practices.

“We use palm wine during traditional marriages, and it’s only palm wine that we use for that very practice. We in Ugbene Ajima do it, and all Igbo people also do it. It’s a key element in Igbo tradition”, she stated.

Sisters to the bride who were sweating as they spoke with our reporter, smiled from ear to ear as they explained his happy they felt at the event.

“I feel so happy and fulfilled”, said Benedicta Ngozi Ogbonna. She also explained that although palm wine has played a significant role in the ceremony, it’s not just about palm wine that marriage is about, but about love, happiness and fulfillment.

“My dad has finished one cup of palm wine and is drinking the second because he is happy. If you look around, you will see others too drinking other kinds of drink, and eating. It’s because we all are happy. Marriage is a beautiful thing”.

She also said that the groom and his family came all the way from Ebonyi State to marry Nkemakonam.

“I am just so happy. I am excited!”, quipped in Mrs Onyinyechi Okwudili, another sister, who later said that traditional marriages are best done in the evenings in Igbo culture.

The bride’s uncle, Pharm Sylvanus Ogbonna said he was excited that his daughter was being given out in marriage, and spoke wishes for the new family “I wish them all the best!”

The groom, who also spoke with Jungle Journalist Media Limited said “I am from Ebonyi state. I saw a beautiful flower in Enugu State, and so, I and my parents came to pluck the flower. I am happy to have found this adorable flower, and I hope to have a blissful married life with her.

Rebecca, excited, said “Today is my big day, and it comes once in a life time. That’s why you are seeing me with this big smile on my face. I met him in Lagos, and he came all the way from Lagos down to my hometown.

The bride’s aunt, Mrs Favour Ochekpe, who traveled all the way from Abuja for the marriage prayed that God should bless the union in all ramifications.


Why people fear me, call me devil- Prophet Odumeje ‘Ndaboski’


Bida Road, Modebe Avenue, Odoakpu, Onitsha, is usually noisy and bustling during the day, but at nightfall, the place is as silent as a graveyard.

But this was not the story last Friday night, when the Mountain of Holy Ghost Intervention Deliverance Ministry Onitsha, Anambra State, held its weekly vigil at the church auditorium. On that fateful night, the silence was cut by ‘signs and wonders.’

Many things have been said and written about the controversial leader of the church, Prophet Odumeje, whose real name is Chukwuemeka Ohanaemere. Saturday Vanguard, therefore, visited the church that night to see things for ourselves.
At exactly 12 midnight, we walked into the noisy auditorium, a semi-enclosed space with galleries filled to the brim. Sitting at a vantage point, we were able to get a clear view of the pulpit as well as the events that preceded the vigil. Not long after, Prophet Odumeje emerged and the auditorium erupted with excitement.

Decked in a carton colour chinos pant on a multi-coloured long sleeve shirt with his afro-hair gleaming under the sparkling lights at the altar, Odumeje, also known as the Liquid Metal, Indaboski Bahose, or the Lion himself, began to lead the prayer and worship session.
Odumeje’s ministry thrives mostly in the ‘signs and wonders he performs during his service, and the night was not different. Though he did not preach throughout the night, he made sure that the vigil was lively and replete with miracles and testimonies. He began by telling stories of how God called him in 1996 at the age of 18, while he was trading in Onitsha. Odumeje then went on to perform series of miracles that earned him a standing ovation.

During the vigil, the Indaboski” spent most of the time showing videos of some of his life-changing miracles. He made it clear to the congregation that he was neither a comedian nor a showman as being addressed on social media. But his face suddenly changed after the video of comedienne Ada Jesus popped up on the screen. The comedienne, who is currently down with renal disease was in his church last Tuesday with her family to beg for forgiveness.

Lying critically ill on the floor of the church’s auditorium, Odumeje vowed never to forgive her until she brings those she said he supposedly connived with for the miracles she said were fake.

Recall that Ada Jesus in a video that went viral on Facebook had accused Prophet Odumeje of staging fake miracles. She later came down with an ailment that got her paralyzed and unable to speak after she made the allegation in 2020.

Ada Jesus’ mother alongside her father and husband, however, washed off their hands from her predicament, with her mother raining more curses on her that she would never live to tell her story for choosing to lie against a prophet of God.

Thereafter, Saturday Vanguard had an exclusive interview session with the self-acclaimed ‘the Lion.’

Odumeje had severally referred to himself as ‘Indaboski Bahose’, ‘the lion himself’, ‘the fighter’, ‘the war’, ‘the liquid metal’, ‘lebadu’, ‘seplae’, and ‘Radical prophet’.

How I started my ministry
It all started in 1996 when I was selling polythene bags in Onitsha, Anambra state. My mother was mounting pressure on me, telling me stories about Jesus Christ and how He wanted me to serve Him. I was resisting the calling, wondering how a young man like myself would be armed with the Bible, preaching on the streets, when I was supposed to be making money like other young men. I asked my mother to tell that Jesus who had been appearing to her to come and arrest me, without which I would not succumb to the calling.

After many weeks, the Lord appeared and touched me while I was sleeping on the floor. He said, “I am the Lord, I am coming to visit you.” I suddenly got up and started screaming! When I looked at my right shoulder, I saw a kind of red colour imprint of His five fingers on my body. Moments later, a heavy wind started blowing around me, and suddenly, I found myself suspended in the air and I heard a voice from far away from saying “I am the Lord, wait for me. I am preparing and when I am through, I will come and visit you.” I was screaming and screaming! At that point, I became afraid and accepted the call of God without further delay.

The spirit of God now came upon me immediately, as I started going from street to street preaching the gospel of salvation. This was happening between 1996 and 1999. In 2000, I went public with my ministry. I moved out of our one-room apartment, on No 14 Usman street, Onitsha, where people were gathering for prayers and counselling. When I finally kicked off my ministry at the age of 18, I was going from street to street, preaching the gospel of salvation after which I would retire to my shop, located at the popular Maduike Street, Onitsha, to do my business.

The first miracle I performed

Then, I was prospering in my business, as my customers, despite the fact that I would not open my shop on time, would wait patiently for me while I was preaching on the streets. God was blessing me materially. It will interest you to know that the man I served then is one of my pastors today. He has been with me for over fifteen years.

One day, I was lying down when Christ appeared again to me and said “My son, I want you to leave your business and kick start your ministry now.” I felt pained to close my shop and go into full-time ministry.

Moreover, my business was becoming more lucrative. Initially, I didn’t believe my calling was a full-time thing. I thought it was something I could combine with my business. So, when I attempted to resist the calling, one day I was going to supply goods to my customers and I fell under anointing. When I got home that day, I told my mum what God told me and my mum, who was pressurizing me to answer the call of God, said it was not possible, that God cannot tell me to close my shop, which was flourishing. And for the fact that I was the breadwinner of the family. So, I tried to console her as I hit the streets every morning to preach the gospel of salvation to avoid staying idle at home. That was how I went into full-time ministry as a prophet of God.

The first miracle I performed was to deliver a woman from the spirit of madness. She’s been a member of my church since then, though she’s married today. That was how I started going after all my friends, who were bad boys then and led them to Christ.

Though it wasn’t an easy battle, at the end of it all, they all surrendered to Christ. In my calling, I always tell God that He must prove to me that all things are possible to them that believe. I didn’t believe in faith. I would not believe in what I didn’t see. I would see before I could believe it.

Why I don’t get tired on the pulpit

Again, I asked Him to direct me to the church where He belonged so that I would not join the wrong one. He said “I do not belong to any church, I live inside of you, your body is my temple. If you maintain my relationship with you I will manifest myself, and if you don’t maintain my relationship with you, I will keep the quiet inside of you.

He started appearing to me regularly and explaining a lot of things to me. Then, I used to be stubborn and I was doubting Thomas. But I had to bow to the power of God and started preaching on the streets of Onitsha, with a megaphone. Then, all my friends not only abandoned me, but they were laughing at me. I started avoiding them and spending more time going to the mountain at Okigwe to pray and seek the face of God.

That’s why I don’t get tired on the pulpit because I have strengthened myself with fasting and prayer. He fortified me because He said “I neither sleep nor slumber.” He also told me that he would be proving my doubts with evidence. My life revolves around doubts, and Christ proved everything I requested from Him.

What I don’t believe in
I don’t believe in long sermons like most pastors do these days. Don’t tell me stories about Christ, it’s as if you are brainwashing me and want to empty my pocket. Christ spoke a little and performed so many miracles. I don’t believe in faith. Those are business-minded churches. I said He must prove to me that He’s new every morning. He also must prove to me that He’s the same yesterday and today and forevermore. He must prove to me when He said that we shall do greater things than what He did.
He raised the dead from the grave. Elijah laid on the dead and the dead came back to life.

I asked God which power did Elijah use to resurrect the dead and He gave me the spiritual name of the power, and I told Him I want to experience the power. I reminded God what He said in the Bible that “He is not a man that He should lie.” I asked Christ to prove to me what He said so that I would follow the law as He directs me. Christ spoke to my mum about my mission on earth.

That’s why I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. I asked Him which name shall I call upon. And He said to me “call my name, and I will answer you.”
Why they are calling me a devil
I delivered a woman that somebody took to the river for spiritual healing. I said to her, I will perform this miracle to prove to the world that there’s only one God and one power.

And that man is Jesus Christ. I delivered her of spiritual attacks. She came to the church today (last Friday) to share her testimony. I performed another interesting miracle in a church in Benin, where I was invited to come and preach the word of God.

When I fell under the anointing, I saw a man suffering from elephantiasis. I asked him to step out in the crowd and as he was doing so, the Holy Spirit told me that the man was suffering from elephantiasis. So, when he came out, I commanded the elephantiasis to disappear immediately and it did. Today, the man is married with three boys and one girl. I don’t charge money to perform any miracle. Freely He gives to me, and freely I give to you.

The only thing I require of you is to fear Lord. I am not like many fake pastors of today, who will speak in tongues, and make incantations just to collect the last kobo from you. And that’s why the Lord cannot allow practical miracles to happen in many Churches because they are full of lies. They are busy cooking up stories that will draw the attention of people to sow the last money in their pockets as seed and even drop their cars.

And that’s also why they are criticizing and calling me a devil because I don’t ask people to pay for my miracles. I try to prove everything to make people fear and honour the Lord. People should not see the Lord as a second option and that’s what many churches are doing today.

Some pastors in the bid to perform miracles will visit native doctors who usually make a mockery of them to acquire powers. That’s why many of them will be saying ‘Ndaboski’, we know who you are, forget it. This is because people don’t know Christ, what they know is the church. And that’s not my mission. My mission is not for people to praise me, I won’t take it. That’s why I move around without security because a clear conscience fears no accusation.

Christ said we should not love them because of what we can get from them. But love them because you want them to know me. That’s why I preach the gospel with anger and dedication. This is because the world is full of confusion and deceit. I practice my own Christianity with evidence.

Sultan Announces Sighting Of Moon, Says Ramadan Begins Tuesday(Today)

The Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) on Monday night announced the sighting of the moon and noted that the 2021 Ramadan will begin on Tuesday, April 13th(today).

This is according to a broadcast by the President-General of NSCIA and Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar.

The Sultan of Sokoto Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar has called on Muslim Ummah in Nigeria to use the period of this year’s Ramadan to pray for the peace of Nigeria, he also asked the Ummah to pray for leaders in the country for wisdom to handle all the challenges facing the nation.

He called on Muslims to adhere to the teachings and practice of Islam during the month, urging them to live in peace and harmony with their neighbours.

Saudi Arabia, home to Islam’s holiest shrines, had earlier announced that the holy fasting month of Ramadan will start on Tuesday, as Muslims worldwide face coronavirus curbs.

“Tomorrow, Tuesday… is the beginning of the blessed month of Ramadan this year,” the kingdom’s supreme court said in a royal court statement.

Other Muslim countries, including Sunni-majority Egypt and Lebanon, have also announced that Tuesday marks the start of Ramadan, while Shiite-majority countries like Iran are expected to start a day later.

The daytime fasting month of Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam.

Observant Muslims refrain from eating and drinking from dawn to dusk, and traditionally gather with family and friends to break their fast in the evening.

It is also a time of prayers, during which Muslims typically converge in large numbers at mosques, especially at night.

But due to the Covid-19 pandemic, many Muslim-majority countries have imposed restrictions on worshippers, including night-time curfews, and called for prayers to be performed at home.

Tributes as indigenes, others bid Eze Aro farewell

It was a moment of solemnity amidst deluge of outpouring, day indigenes, friends and well-wishers of Arochukwu and the entire kingdom bid farewell to late Eze Ogbonnaya Okoro popularly known as Eze Aro.At the final burial rites on Monday, April 5, 2021, both the young and old were at their best in display as the remains of Eze Aro were eventually interred.One by one, the indigenes of Arochukwu in Arochukwu local government area of Abia state took turns to eulogise the lives and times of the departed first class Traditional Ruler.The Chairman, Aro National Rites of Passage Committee, Prof. Okoro Ijeoma, described the deceased king as highly talented, educated, relaxed and very respectful.He said the late traditional ruler sacrificed a lot for the peace of his community.Prof. Okoro used the occasion to draw the attention of the federal government on the deplorable state of Arochukwu/Ohafia highway.He said the completion of the road would be the best way to immortalise the highly respected late Monarch.”We have had a road which is in despair and it was one of those agonies that faced him when he was alive and we want a lasting legacy for the road to be fixed to honour him, because that is how we can grow economically and socially,” he said.Also speaking, a two-time governorship candidate of All Progressives Grand Alliance now one of the top APC leaders in Abia state Dr Alex Otti who chaired the burial event commended the chairman of the National Committee on the burial rites of passage and committees for working so hard to organise a befitting burial for the Aro monarch. He also thanked Aro sons and daughters both at home and in the diaspora for their huge financial contributions to the burial and encouraged them to maintain the spirit of unity engendered by the event.”He remarked that the entire Aro people are consoled by the legacies the late Eze Aro left behind. Dr. Otti then prayed to God to show him mercy and grant his soul eternal rest, while calling on the immediate family of the deceased and the entire Aro kingdom to bear the loss with fortitudeConvener of the New Nigeria Group, Mazi Sam Ohuabunwa, said the late Eze Aro loved his community and Nigeria at large.He said, “Late Mazi Ogbonnaya Okoro, preached peace and collective responsibility towards the development of his community while on the throne. Each time we visited him, he will tell us that the crown he was wearing was also on our heads, therefore we must work hard to protect it.”He wanted all of us to be involved in seeking the peace, progress and development of the Arochukwu Kingdom.“He never demanded anything from anyone, he was content with what he had. He was an extraordinary king, one would have expected him to be more demanding but he wasn’t.Born on Monday, March 6, 1932, Mazi Ogbonnaya Okoro, he ascended the famous Eze Aro throne in 1995 and his reign witnessed tremendous transformation of the kingdom and growth in inter-communal relations.Among other positions, Eze Ogbonnaya Okoro, was a first-class traditional ruler and occupied one of the ancient traditional stools in Nigeria and was the custodian of the Aro heritage worldwide.He passed on after a protracted illness.

119 villages abolish Osu Caste system practice in Nsukka

By Ikechukwu Odu

The 119 villages in the nine autonomous communities in Nsukka town, Nsukka Local Government Area of Enugu State, Wednesday, formalised the eradication of Osu Caste system in their communities.

The decision which was taken by the monarchs, town unions and other traditional institutions in the communities in collaboration with the Initiative for the Eradication of Traditional and Cultural Stigmatization in our Society, IFETACSIOS, was capped up with an interdenominational prayer session cum declarations and ‘Isu Oho’ by the chief priests and ‘Akpuraruas’ from the three quarters which make up Nsukka town.

Speaking during the interdenominational prayer session at the St. John’s Primary School, Ugwuorie, Nsukka, the Catholic bishop of Nsukka Diocese, Most Rev. Godffrey Onah, condemned the reprehensive traditional practice.

Quoting Galatians 3:28, the clergy explained that there was no need for discriminatory practices amongst people created by God.

The bishop who was represented by the Cathedral Administrator, Rev Fr. Eugene Odo, also said “this is the first of its kind in Nsukka cultural zone. There cannot be development amidst strife and discrimination. The Osu caste system needs to be eradicted to enable all memebers of the society contribute their quota in moving the communities forward because we cannot make progress when we discriminate against ourselves,” the cleric said.

He also called for other communities within the Nsukka cultural zone to emulate Nsukka town by initiating steps towards ending harmful cultural practices that are anti people.

Speaking to journalists during the event, the President General of Nsukka Town Union, Chief Joseph Onyeke, while commending the nine autonomous communities in Nsukka town for the landmark achievement, said “By history, we cannot forget the efforts of our noble men and women like William Wilberforce, Mary Slessor who, about 200 years ago, volunteered their lives to make sure slave trade was abolished. Even though they achieved great height in securing legal freedom for the enslaved, some deprivations remained in practice till this day.

“In practice, discriminations have continued even in this part of the continent. They include denials of intermarriage, title-taking_Oha and Umuada, placement of Oho and Oduatu together and ascending to the height of ‘Onyeishi Aruah among others. The consequences of the above were restiveness and underdevelopment in all sectors of life.

“In Nsukka town, the crises of 1946-1955 regarding the discrimination practices worsened the matter, and ever since then, the problems were managed and never solved,” he said.

Also in his remarks, the traditional ruler of Ihe Nsukka Autonomous Community, HRH, Igwe George Asadu said , that Osu was a creation of humans and not God.

“The segregation lives here on earth and not in heaven. Even the Bible upholds all humans as equal before God,” he said.

He also said that with the eradication of Osu caste system, there would be hitch free intermarriage and equal economic rights which hitherto were not the case before now.

His counterpart of Owerre Nsukka Autonomous Community, HRH, Igwe Emeka Ugwu, said he was happy over the development, adding that he was the first monarch in Nsukka cultural zone to initiate the move towards the abolishment of the discriminatory practices.

In his contribution, the Visioner and Coordinator of IFETACSIOS, Nwada Stella Ogechukwu, while expressing her joy over the abolishment of the practice said “I take full cognizance of other communities that have abolished the caste system, but I call the Nsukka people the pace setters because you came together in strength, might and love to jettison the evil practice.

“I know the kind of efforts that go into achieving such a milestone. Your actions towards achieving this feat are commendable and worthy of emulation,” she said.

Earlier in his address, the chairman of the committee on Total Eradication of Discrimination between Ohu and Amu in Nsukka Town, Barr Peter Odo, described the development as a new dawn in the communities.

“After elaborate deliberations, it was unanimously agreed that the discriminatory practices between ‘Osu and Amu’ be totally eradicated and eliminated,” he announced.

He said that the committee set up to effect the abolishment came up with three solutions of “appeasement, compensation and reparation, adding that those who felt wronged and those whose forefathers may have also wronged others have fully forgiven one another.

HAPPENING NOW: Eze Aro, the king of Arochukwu kingdom returns to his ancestors +PHOTOS

The king of Arochukwu ancient kingdom in Abia State, Mazi Vincent Ogbonnaya Okoro (Eze Aro) will join his ancestors fully today, April 5, 2021.

The climax of programmes marking the #EzeAroRoyalExit is also currently taking place at Eze Aro Palace, and Arochukwu Civic Centre, both in Oror, Arochukwu.

Sons and daughters of the kingdom, at home and abroad are fully on ground to accord the Eze full honour as he journeys to the land of our ancestors.

Jungle Journalist Media Ltd is fully on ground and brings you photos from the royal burial ceremony.


Announcement of new Olu, kangaroo exercise, Olu of Warri(Ogiame) not dead – Ologbotsere

Ologbotsere of Warri, Chief Ayirimi Emami

The Ologbotsere of Warri, Chief Ayirimi Emami, has dismissed the unveiling of Prince Tsola Emiko Monday April 5, as successor to the Olu of Warri, Ogiame Ikenwoli, insisting the revered Warri Monarch has not joined his ancestors.

Chief Emami, spoke in reaction to the announcement by the Iyatsere of Warri, Chief Johnson Atserunleghe at Ode – Itsekiri in Warri South Local Government Area, where Chief Atserunleghe declared that Prince Tsola Emiko is the successor to Ogiame Ikenwoli, the Olu of Warri.

He declared: ” The Olu has not joined his ancestors. As far as I am concerned, whatever was done today at Ode – Itsekiri was kangaroo in search of power. The person that has the right to pronounce the transition of the Olu of Warri, whenever that happens, is the Ologbotsere, which i am till this moment by the grace of God. I must add that the 1979 edict has not been amended to give any other person the right to pronounce the passage of the Olu of Warri, apart from the Ologbotsere “.

New Olu of Warri announced, as Iyasere places Itsekiri on 3 months mourning period

The ancient Warri kingdom of Delta state has announced the emergence of Prince Tsola Emoko as the replacement for the late Olu of Warri, Ogiame Ikenwoli.

The announcement was made at Ode Itsekiri the ancestral home of the Itsekiri people in Warri South local government area of Delta state.

The Iyasere of the kingdom, Chief Johnson Amatserruunrelegbe made the announcement before a gathering of Warri people.

He announced the period of mourning to be three months in which burials, marriages, dancing and all forms of merriment are suspended in the entire Warri kingdom.

He also said all sons and daughters of Itsekiri must tie their wrappers upside down for the three months. 20 canons were shot to indicate that 20 monarchs had ruled Warri land and this is the 21st of them.

Shouts of joy were heard at the announcement of Tsola Emoko as the new Olu of Warri.

He is a 37-year old graduate of International Studies and he was born on April 12, 1982.