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BREAKING: Alaafin Of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi Joins Ancestors

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The people of Oyo town will forever remember April 22, 2022 as the town’s longest-serving monarch, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, has joined his ancestors on Friday evening.

Oba Adeyemi III, whose father was Oba Adeyemi II, died at the age 83, of which he reigned for 52 years as Alaafin.

An inside source disclosed that Iku Babayeye sustained a minor injury during one of his routine exercise and he was about to be flown abroad before he gave up the ghost.

”He was taken to hospital early this week and an arrangement to fly him abroad have been concluded but he couldn’t go”

It was gathered that Alaafin gave up the ghost at the Afe Babalola University Teaching Hospital, Ado-Ekiti,  where he has been for routine medical check-up.

His remains have been moved to Oyo town in the earliest part of Saturday and was received at Idi-Igba by his first son, Prince ‘Tunde, and his other siblings and handed it over to the Oyomesi for traditional rites and others.

He succeeded Alaafin Gbadegesin Ladigbolu II in 1970, during the governorship of Colonel Robert Adeyinka Adebayo.

The head of the Oyomesi, Basorun of Oyo, High Chief Yusuf Akinade  Ayoola, is expected to take over pending the appointment of a new Alaafin.

Seyi Makinde, governor of Oyo State, is expected to be briefed officially Saturday morning by the Basorun.

The departure of Oba Adeyemi makes it three, the numbers of prominent Oyo state kings that have joined their ancestors in the last five month. Soun of Ogbomoso, Oba Jimoh Oyewumi died December 12, 2021 while Olubadan Saliu Adetunji died January 2, 2022.

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Raji Adebayo, Ibadan

Editor, South-West, Lagos Post Online Email: raji_adebayong@yahoo.com M: 08034094059

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