The Benin Traditional Council has called on all residents in Benin kingdom to bury their dead as all funeral rites would be prohibited from the date of the announcement of Emwinekhue (burial ceremonies) of Oba Erediauwa.
It further stated that the Emwinekhua would soon be announced.
Speaking at a press briefing Wednesday, Chief Sam Igbe, the Iyase of Benin Kingdom, urged all residents in the kingdom to respect the custom and tradition of the kingdom and be law abiding.
Chief Igbe said all markets in the kingdom have been reopened as they were supposed to be closed for three days after the transition of Oba Erediauwa was announced.
The Iyase said all male citizens of Benin Kingdom were expected to as a rule clean shave the hair on their head in obedience to Benin tradition.
He stated that friends and well-wishers of the kingdom might wish to join citizens of the kingdom to clean shave their hair.
“All Chiefs, Enigie, Priests and palace functionaries who are entitled to wear beads would seize to wear beads”
“Instead they will wear omonorhue or white thread (Ikhian) until further notice.”
Chief David Edebiri, the Esogban of Benin kingdom, said sanctions from the ancestors await anyone that fails to clean shave his hair.