According to Vanguard News, about five people have allegedly been arrested for holding a burial ceremony in Benin, disobeying an order by the Benin Traditional Council during the coronation of the new Oba of Benin.
The Benin Traditional Council in a statement by the secretary, Frank Irabor, insists that all funeral activities are banned in the seven local government areas in the senatorial district throughout the coronation ceremonies.
Although the coronation of Oba Ewuare II has been concluded, the post-coronation festivities, which began in October, will last through the end of December.
During this time, no one is allowed to bury a dead body in the following local governments until January: Oredo, Egor, Ikpoba-Okha, Ovia North-East, Ovia South-West, Orhionmwon and Uhunmwode.
Oba Ewuare II is a graduate of University of Wales in the United Kingdom, and a former Nigerian ambassador to Sweden and Angola.