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The Benin Traditional Council through The Iyase of Benin Kingdom, Chief Sam Igbe who spoke to newsmen in Benin city has announced that as a mark of respect for the late Oba, all male citizens of Benin Kingdom are to clean shave the hair on their head in obedience to Benin tradition.
Chief David Edebiri, the Esogban of Benin kingdom, said sanctions from the ancestors await anyone that fails to clean shave his hair. Meanwhile the Edo state government has declared a 5-day public holdiay following the death of the monarch. The holiday takes effect from May 3rd.