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Prince Emiko crowned as Olu of Warri amid controversies

Prince Utieyinoritsetsola Emiko was on Saturday crowned Ogiame Atuwatse III, the Olu of Warri at an elaborate ceremony, at the Itsekiri Kingdom in Warri, Delta State.

Emiko is the son of the 19th Olu Atuwatse II, Godwin Toritseju Emiko and Gladys Durorike Emiko, and according to tradition he will be henceforth addressed and referred to by his new dynastic name.

The new Olu who is a descendant of Olu Akengbuwa, finally took the throne of his forebears after controversies that had trailed his nomination for the throne.

Many prominent leaders of the Itsekiri Kingdom had opposed his sitting on the throne, claiming that his mother was not of Itsekiri descent.

The main opposition came from the Ologbotsere of Warri Kingdom, Chief Ayirimi Emami, who cautioned the Ginuwa I Ruling House and kingmakers of the Warri Kingdom against going ahead with plans to crown Prince Tola Emiko as the 21st Olu of Warri is yet to settle down.

Emami warned that a coronation done against the terms of the 1979 Edict would not stand, adding: “Even if they go ahead with their coronation, the Edict will have the last laugh.”

Few days to the coronation of the new king, the 400-year-old crown, which is the symbol of the Itsekiri monarchy was reported missing.

The Nigeria Police Force, Zone 5, Benin had on Monday declared two sons of the immediate past Olu of Warri, Ogiame Ikenwoli Godfrey Emiko, wanted in connection with the missing royal crown.