A member of the burial committee, who is also the Delta State Commissioner for Information Mr. Patrick Ukah, said that the ceremonies would hold between Thursday, July 28, and July 31.
Ukah, who spoke in Asaba on Wednesday said that on July 28 there will be a requiem mass at St. Paul’s Catholic Church, Benin City, from 9:00 am, followed by lying in state at Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin City, by about 11:00am. A novelty match by All Stars and Tributes teams will also take place at the same venue.
The same day, his remains will depart Benin City for Asaba, Delta State from 1:15pm. On arrival, there will be lying-in-state ceremony at the Sports Hall of Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba, from 3:15pm, while a service of songs/vigil mass will hold at St John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Illah, Delta State by 6:00pm same day.
The body leaves Asaba for Illah on Friday by 7am, and there will be a brief stopover at the Ogbelani Palace for traditional rites as a Palace Chief by 8:00am, followed by lying in state at his family home, Ukpologwu Quarters, Illah, from 8:30am.
The mass will take place at St John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Illah, by 10:00am after which interment will hold at his family compound, Ukpologwu Quarters, Illah, from 12:30pm. Entertainment of guests will be at Omorka Primary School playground by 12:30pm.
The burial ceremonies will be rounded off on July 31 with a thanksgiving mass at the same church in Illah, by 10:00am.