Tension Grips Benin Residents Over Burial Rites For Oba Erediauwa
There was tension within the Benin metropolis and adjoining towns yesterday, following the announcement of the death of the Oba of Benin Kingdom, HRM Oba Erediauwa by the palace chiefs on Friday.
Many residents, especially women as well as visitors, remained indoors for fear of being used as sacrifice, following rumours of traditional burial rites that may include human heads.
Markets in Benin remained closed yesterday as mourning of the deceased Oba began.
When LEADERSHIP Sunday went around the metropolis yesterday, it was found that the popular New Benin Market and similar markets were closed just as operators of other business outlets closed their shops ahead of the normal closing hours in the day.
Some of them were seen hurriedly locking up their shops around evening, not wanting to be outside at dusk. Popular relaxation spots in the metropolis were also closed for business.
A palace source however disclosed that the apprehension was unnecessary as the rumoured practice of human sacrifice was non-existent.