Palace confirms Alaafin of Oyo’s death

Lamidi-Adeyemi

The Palace of Oyo has confirmed the death of the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi.

The spokesperson for the late Oba, Mr Bode Durojaye, confirmed the death in a terse response to an inquiry by our correspondent.

He said, “Alaafin is dead. Details in due course.”

It was gathered that the octogenarian monarch died on Friday night in Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti State Capital after a brief illness.

Sources at the palace confirmed the death of the traditional ruler to our correspondent on Saturday morning.

Sources said the Governor of the state, Seyi Makinde, had been informed of the passage of the monarch.

The monarch who clocked 83 years on October 15 was reportedly receiving treatment at the Afe Babalola University Teaching Hospital, Ado Ekiti where he gave up the ghost.

The remains of one of the foremost traditional rulers in the country were said to have been brought back to Oyo Immediately.

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It was also gathered that rites of passage have started for the late Oba who reigned for 52 years.

Oba Adeyemi was born on October 15, 1938.

The monarch is the third prominent Oba to have died in Oyo State in less than five months.

The Soun of Ogbomoso, Oba Okadunni Oyewumi died on December 12, 2021, the late Olubadan of Ibadan, died on January 2, 2022 and the Alaafin died on April 22.

Also, the Asigangan of Igangan, Oba Abdul-Azeez Adewuyi died in December 2021 and the monarch of Ikoyi town in Oriire Local Government Area of Oyo State, Oba Abdulyekeen Ayinla died in April 2022.

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