The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, has died at the age of 83.
The top Yoruba traditional ruler died in the late hours of Friday, April 22, 2022 at the Afe Babalola University Teaching Hospital, Ado Ekiti, PremiumTimes reports.
According to the report, the remains of Alaafin Adeyemi, the third from the Alowodu Ruling House, were brought to Oyo in the early hours of Saturday, April 23 and traditional rites began.
Alaafin Adeyemi, the third from the Alowodu Ruling House, ruled for 52 years.
Governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, will to make an official announcement when he receives the report of the monarch’s death from the Bashorun of Oyo, Yusuf Akinade, who will now lead the ancient town before a new Alaafin is installed.
The traditional ruler had been sick and a plan had been made to fly him abroad before he passed on late Friday night.
A source familiar with the medical travel plan said his tickets and those of a few wives were already procured.
Oba Lamidi’s death came months after the two other senior Oyo State monarchs – the Olubadan of Ibadan, Saliu Adetunji, and the Soun of Ogbomoso, Jimoh Oyewumi – died.
All happened in less than five months.