Olu of Warri, Ikenwoli Godfrey Emiko, has died of COVID-19, sources reportedly say.
The monarch reportedly died on Monday morning, barely a week after his fifth coronation anniversary.
He was said to have met with the late Major General John Irefin, who died earlier this month from COVID-19 complications.
Though none of the palace chiefs was willing to confirm or deny it, there was palpable apprehension in the palace vicinity on Monday while some people were also in a sombre mood.
“Olu of Warri is dead but the palace chiefs are trying to keep the information hidden from the public till they are sure the time is right,” a source reportedly told Sahara Reporters.
The late monarch, who was born on March 19, 1955, ascended the throne on December 12, 2015.