Olu of Warri, Ikenwoli Godfrey Emiko, was reported to have died of COVID-19, after meeting with Late Major General John Irefin, who died of same disease earlier this month, but the palace has now denied such incident.
News of the demise of the monarch was reported on several media outlets that he had died of Covid-19 on Monday but there was no confirmation from the palace.
However, in a statement issued on Tuesday by Clement Maleghemi, director of Palace Administration, Olu of Warri Palace, the palace said the monarch was indisposed and receiving medical attention by a team of qualified medical consultants.
The statement read, “The attention of the Palace of His Royal Majesty, Ogiame Ikenwoli, the Olu of Warri had been drawn to news/social media publications announcing the sudden demise of His Majesty.
“We wish to notify the general public that His Majesty is indisposed and currently receiving medical attention by a team of qualified medical specialists.
In May, 2020, during the heat of the first phase of the Covid-19 pandemic in Nigeria, the late monarch donated food items as palliatives to the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Warri Correspondent Chapel.
His majesty Ikenwoli Godfrey Emiko was born on March 19, 1955, ascended the throne on December 12, 2015.