Edwin Ukperi Oba-igbena, a Prince of Owa Kingdom in Delta State, and World War II veteran, yesterday passed on at the age of 90.
On his exit from the army where he served in Burma and returned to the country in 1946, he did a short course at the University College Ibadan and had a glorious career in the Western regional, Midwest and later Bendel State civil service.
Prince Obaigbena ret-ired in 1983 and was appointed a Supervisory Councillor (Finance & Accounts) in the old Ika Local Government before finally retiring from public life.
He is survived by his 74-year-old wife, Margaret and six children: Mr. Benjamin Obaigbena, a senior manager of NNPC Research and Devel-opment Unit in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Arc. Allan G. Obaigbena, resident in Florida, United States, Mrs Isioma Ukwa, a nursing consultant in Abuja, Mr Rotimi Obaigbena who is based in Washington DC, Mr. Nduka Obaigbena, Chai-rman/Editor-in-Chief of THISDAY Newspapers, and Mrs Ogochukwu An-eke, CEO of Warehouse Services, Lagos.
The late Obaigbena was the last but one surviving son of Stephen Ekoko Obaigbena, the Obi of Owa.
He was a Knight of St. Christopher in Church of Nigeria (Anglican Com-munion).