The traditional ruler of Adu Achi in Oji River Local Government Area of Enugu State, Igwe Vincent Ilo, has passed on, his palace announced on Thursday.
Mr. Ilo, the Ohabuenyi 1 of Adu Achi, passed on since March 19, 2016. He was 83.
In a statement signed by VinMartin Obiora Ilo, his eldest son, and palace secretary, Emeka Mbadugha, Mr. Ilo was described as “a transformational teacher and leader, a kind-hearted and caring family man, devout Catholic and exemplary disciple of Jesus Christ who touched the lives of many in distinct and impactful ways.”
The statement also briefly described the life and time of Igwe Ilo.
“An Old Boy of the prestigious St Charles College Onitsha and an Alumni of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Igwe Vincent Ilo spent over thirty six years teaching in Communities in Enugu State, retiring in I987 as a Supervisor of Schools.
“In retirement Igwe Vincent Ilo dedicated himself to the service of humanity and the Catholic Church, occupying many positions including serving as the Secretary of the Old Enugu Diocesan Pastoral Council for six years.
“On the 26th March, 2006 Igwe Vincent Ilo was crowned the Igwe of Adu Achi and took the royal title of Ohabuenyi 1 and stayed on the throne for ten eventful years that brought unprecedented development to Adu Achi.”
His burial rites as announced by the palace are as follows:
Last Ofala/Rite of Passage:
Wednesday 18th May, 2016 – Night of Tributes/Wake Keep.
Thursday 19th May, 2016 – Requiem Mass/Interment.
Friday 20th May, 2016 – Visits by Friends.
Saturday 21st May, 2016 – Last Ofala/visits by in-laws.
Sunday 22nd May, 2016 – Thanksgiving Service.
The palace urged the general public to keep the royal family in their thoughts and prayers.
“Kindly support our family and Community with prayers in this difficult and sorrowful times,” the statement said.