WHY NEWS OF OONI’S DEATH IS DENIED

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The rebuttal of the news making the rounds that the fiftieth ruler of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade is dead by the ancient kingdom’s traditional council is informed by the need to follow traditional procedures of announcing Oonis’ death, OrijoReporter learnt.

According to an Ife High Chief, the Lowa Adimula, Chief Joseph Ijaodola, in the event that an Ooni of Ife dies, it is the palace that has the only authority to announce his death.

Investigation revealed that the announcement of the death of an Ooni, according to tradition resides in his brother, the Oore of Otun and Mobaland, a son of Oduduwa and one of the 16 foremost monarchs in Yorubaland.

It was gathered that the reigning Oore is Oba Adedapo Popoola, an economist and chartered accountant, and in few days’ time, he is expected to make the announcement.

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