The Benin Crown Prince, His Royal Highness, Eheneden Erediauwa, on Saturday, October 8, began the final activity leading to his coronation as the new Oba of Benin, with the procession from his Edaiken palace in Uselu, Egor local government area of the State, which will finally take him to the Palace in Benin in a few day’s time. The Crown Prince who began the procession from his Uselu palace at about 3.45 pm, walked the through New Lagos Road to 5 Junction where he performed some rites. He also had brief stopovers at Ikoha, where the Uselu Chiefs bade him farewell before taking their leave of him for the Benin Chiefs to take over, and also at Iyaro for some traditional rites.
He arrived at Eko-Ohae at about 6:35, where he is expected to spend three days before leaving for the Usama palace for the coronation rituals to continueon Monday.
The Edaiken was dressed in royal white top and a golden wrapper decked a red cap and was accompanied by various Palace Chiefs and different traditional groups and societies. The entire city was agog and in joyful mood as residents, both old and young, lined almost the entire length of the roads to catch a glimpse of the historic event.
Also, commercial activities within the areas were temporarily grounded, with many of the residents were seen dancing in jubilation. The heavy presence of security comprising of operatives of Nigerian Police, Nigerian Army, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps and the Federal Road Safety Corps, added glamour to the event. A prominent Benin Chief, the Esogban of Benin Kingdom, Chief David Edebiri, who described the procession as a very historic and important event in the history of Benin Kingdom, said: “This is the first step of the threshold to the throne of Benin. It is very historic, very important.”