Markets in Owerri, the capital of Imo State, were closed on Friday as the remains of the departed paramount ruler of Owerri, Eze Emenyonu Njemanze, will be buried in his palace after a church service.

The church service was presided over by the Anglican Bishop of Owerri, Rt. Rev. Cyril Okorocha, at the Cathedral of the Transfiguration of the Lord, Owerri.

The monarch, who joined his ancestors three weeks ago, reigned for 27 years, ascending the throne in 1989 with a staff of office presented to him by the then Military Governor of Imo State, the late Commodore Amadi Ikwegheh.

Owerri was agog with activities in honour of the departed first-class traditional ruler, who died at the age of 84.

Prominent indigenes of Owerri residing outside the state stormed the capital city in order to bid the monarch farewell.

The late traditional ruler succeeded the late Eze Lucius Njemanze, who reigned for over a decade.


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