Ogun: Three Obas Die Within One Week
Tragedy in Ogun communities as three traditional rulers have reportedly lost their lives between Saturday, July 4 and Thursday, July 9.
The deceased traditional rulers were identified as the Alakija of Ikija Orile Egba, Oba Shamusideen Ayorinde; the Olu of Oke-Odo Ilupeju, Oba Muftau Akindele and the Olu of Imasayi, Oba Olusola Gbadebo Oni.
It was learnt that Oba Shamusideen Ayorinde died on Saturday morning after a brief illness at the age of 88.
According to report, Oba Ayorinde, a foremost socialite and industrialist was the first monarch to be crowned as Alakija of Ikija, Oke Ona Egba.
He was buried on Sunday according to Islamic rites.
Barely 24 hours after Oba Ayorinde’s death, the Olu of Oke-Odo Ilupeju, Oba Mufutau Akindele also joined his ancestors.
The Aare Baaroyin Egba, Chief Lai Labode, confirmed that the monarch died on Sunday, July 5.
According to Lai Labode, the late Olu of Oke-Odo Ilupeju was a close friend of the late Alakija.
Akindele was laid to rest Islamically on Monday. He was aged 90.
Likewise, the Olu of Imasayi in Yewa North Local Government Area of the State was reported to have died on Thursday.
In a statement signed by Kunle Somorin, the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Dapo Abiodun, the Ogun State Government announced his demise on Friday.
According to Somorin, the 77-year-old monarch died after a brief illness.
The statement added that the late monarch, who ascended the throne as the 15th Olu of Imasayi on September 15, 1990, was upgraded to a First-class status in July 2005.
The Government prays that God Almighty gives the family and the people of Imasayi town the fortitude to bear the irreplaceable loss.