BREAKING: Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, Dies at 83 .

Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, has passed on. According to the report, Alaafin Adeyemi, the third from the Alowodu Ruling House, died in the late hours of Friday, April 22 at the Afe Babalola University Teaching Hospital, Ado Ekiti.

The remains of the top Yoruba traditional ruler were brought to Oyo in the early hours of Saturday and traditional rites began, palace sources quoted in the report said.

The governor of Oyo state, Seyi Makinde, is expected to make an official announcement upon receiving the report of the monarch’s passing from the Bashorun of Oyo, Yusuf Akinade, the head of the ‘Oyo Mesi’, who will now lead Oyo before a new Alaafin is installed. The monarch had been sick and a plan had been made to fly him abroad before he passed on. A source familiar with the medical travel plan said his tickets and those of a few wives were already procured.

His death came after the two other senior Oyo state monarchs – the Olubadan of Ibadan, Saliu Adetunji, and the Soun of Ogbomoso, Jimoh Oyewumi – died in less than five months.

Oba Lamidi Adeyemi had the longest reign as an Alaafin, He was on the throne for 52 years.


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