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Ooni’s corpse arrives Ile Ife


The corpse of the late Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade has reportedly arrived at his palace in Ile-Ife, Osun State, Sunday Punch reports. According to the report, the body of the late traditional ruler arrived at the palace in the early hours of Saturday.


A source quoted by the report said: “One of the sons of the Ooni travelled to the United Kingdom on Tuesday when the incident happened and I was told that he was part of the entourage that accompanied the body back to Nigeria.

The body was said to have been brought back to the palace in the early hours of
Saturday. “I did not see it myself but I was told that the body has arrived. Although the cutting of the tree and the closure of market which are some of the signs of mourning have not been done, there are some other indications that the body might have arrived.

“Security has been beefed up and nobody is allowed to access the inner part of the palace. The body will not be kept where just anybody can see it and only the male children of the Ooni and some high chiefs can see the body.” However, one of Ooni’s sons, Adegbite Sijuwade, is going ahead with his wedding to an actress and television presenter, Dolapo Oni.

The wedding is expected to hold in Lagos today, Sunday. Adegbite Sijuwade had, on Saturday, shared a photograph of himself and his bride-to-be, Dolapo, on his Instagram page and wrote, “Sunday August 2nd.” This was seen by many as a way of debunking insinuations that the wedding may not hold again because of the demise of his father.

The continuation of the wedding was, according to the report, confirmed by a palace source, who said: “It has not been postponed. If the Ooni is dead as being rumoured, the Olori (king’s wife) will definitely not be in a good mood. But she is cheerful and eagerly waiting for the ceremony,” he said.


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