The Benin Traditional Council has urged all residents of the state to carry out burial rites for their deceased before the late Oba’s funeral is announced.
According to the Iyase of Benin Kingdom, Chief Sam Igbe who spoke to newsmen in Benin City on Wednesday, said no funeral rites will be allowed to take place once the burial rites of the late Oba of Benin, Oba Erediuwa is announced.
He also announced that in obedience to Benin tradition and a mark of respect for the late Oba, all male citizens of Benin Kingdom are to shave off the hair on their head.
Chief David Edebiri, the Esogban of Benin kingdom, added that sanctions from the ancestors await anyone that fails to shave off his hair.
Meanwhile the Edo state government has declared a 5-day public holdiay following the death of the monarch. The holiday took effect from yesterday May 3rd.