Strong indications have emerged that a fifteen year old teenager has been crowned the traditional ruler of the kingdom of Ubulu-Uku in Aniocha South LGA of Delta State.
Chukwuka Noah Akaeze I, replaced his father Obi Akaeze Edward Ofulue III, who was found dead last month after being kidnapped by unknown gunmen, Daily Sun reports.
The teenager was on Friday, February 19, after fulfilling the various rites, presented to the council of elders at the palace. Before the public presentation, the king was upon being crowned, first presented to his family.
The brief ceremony was attended by prominent citizens of the kingdom including the member representing Aniocha/Oshimili constituency at the Federal House of Representatives, Mrs. Ony-emaechi Mrakpor and the President-General of Ubulu-Uku Development Union, Comrade Jones Ofunne.
Also in attendance was the chairman of Aniocha South council, Mr. Isaac Anwuzia, traditional chiefs and title holders in the kingdom, religious leaders, women, youths and other stakeholders of the agrarian community
Addressing the significance of the ceremony, the Secretary of the Palace, Barrister Joseph Obazei said:
“This is a young man who was not even looking up to this position because his father was young and vibrant, unfortunately this bad event occurred.
“He has now been thrust upon the throne taking up the mantle of his late father. Ubulu-Uku people are very happy that somebody has taken up the throne because the king never dies.
“When it appears that there is no king, there is already a king. That is what has just happened.”
“By our tradition, you can wake up in the morning and see the heir apparent sitting on the throne and issue orders which will be obeyed. That will show that something happened in the night and something has happened now.
“So this young man has taken over the stool of his father, and now he can begin to direct the town.”
The new king is expected to be presented with his staff of office soon.