Itsekiri King, Ogiame Atuwatse II, the Olu of Warri has joined his ancestors.
He was said to have passed on while on admission at a Lagos Hospital. He was 70 years old.
There was heightened anxiety in Itsekiri Kingdom Saturday, over speculations about the state of health of the king after various reports on online platforms had alleged that the renowned monarch had joined his ancestors.
Although there has not been any official confirmation from Delta State government, it was confirmed from the palace and other sources that the revered monarch is dead.
The news was being discussed in hushed tones all over the oil-city of Warri and its environs till late Saturday night but nobody seemed to have any concrete facts about the actual cause of the reported transition of the Olu.
The premier Itsekiri monarch had apparently not been in the best of health since he reportedly suffered a minor stroke over two years ago.
However, his health seemed to have improved tremendously with the monarch seen at many public functions especially before the last general election in the country.
THISDAY learnt that Atuwatse II was in a Lagos hospital preparatory to being flown abroad for more intense medical care when his condition worsened from a domestic accident he reportedly suffered recently in Warri, which eventually led to his demise.
It was further learnt that his stroke had worsened recently following the alleged domestic accident during which he allegedly suffered brain injury.
Ogiame Atuwatse II ascended the throne of his forefathers on 2 May, 1987 during an elaborate ceremony which was recorded as the last official engagement of renowned politician and publisher, Chief Obafemi Awolowo.
Awolowo died on 9 May, 1987, a week after attending the Olu’s coronation in Warri.