- The stool of Och’Idoma has been occupied by a new monarch following the death of the previous paramount ruler of Idomaland
- John Elaigwu Odogbo who is a pastor of Deeper Life emerged through an election conducted by kingmakers in the kingdom
- The 52-year-old secured 19 votes to beat Andrew Idakwu, John Bamaiyi, Sunday Echono, for the stool
He polled got 19 votes at the end of the voting by the kingmakers to defeat three other identified as Andrew Idakwu, John Bamaiyi, Sunday Echono for the stool.
The 52-year-old was on Thursday, December 30, presented by the Idoma traditional council as the Och’Idoma-elect to Benue state governor, Samuel Ortom, at the government house in Makurdi, Nigerian Tribune added.
Odogbo, who hails from Agatu local government area of Benue state emerged as the 5th paramount ruler of the Idoma nation following the death of His Royal Highness Elias Ikoyi Obekpa joined his ancestors back in October.
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Huge loss as prominent monarch from Ogun state dies
The former governor of Ogun state, Aremo Olusegun Osoba, announced the monarch's demise on Friday, December 24.
He made the announcement following the approval of the Alake of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo.
Prominent traditional ruler Soun of Ogbomoso dies
In another report, the Soun of Ogbomoso, Oba Oladunni Oyewumi, Ajagungbade III was reported dead. The 95-year-old traditional ruler died on Sunday, December 12.
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An anonymous source broke the news of the monarch's death before it was officially announced.
“It is true that Baba has passed on. It happened this morning but it has not been announced officially. He lived a good life and left many good legacies. The palace will soon announce it.”
Panic as bandits stage fresh attack in Jos, kidnap paramount ruler
Meanwhile, gunmen are busy strategising to carry out more attacks while the government seeks ways to find solutions to the security challenges bedeviling the nation.
There is tension in the air as the paramount ruler of Gindiri in Mangu Local Government of Plateau state, Mr Charles Mato Dakat has been kidnapped by bandits in his residence.
The the traditional ruler was kidnapped on Sunday, December 26, between the hours of 1:00am to 2:00am.