The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, has died,
Alaafin, a first-class Nigerian monarch, died on Friday night at the Afe Babalola University Teaching Hospital, Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State. He was 83.
The remains of the top Yoruba traditional ruler was brought to Oyo town in the early hours of today (Saturday) and traditional burial rites have begun.
The monarch had been sick due to complications from old age, and a plan had been made to fly him overseas before he passed on Friday night.
Lamidi Adeyemi succeeded Alaafin Gbadegesin Ladigbolu II in 1970, meaning he spent over 52 years on the throne.
He was survived by 13 wives and number of his children is unknown.
Nigerians on social media have been sending their condolence messages to the ancient town of Oyo following confirmation of the monarch’s demise.
As of the time of publishing this report, the Oyo State government is yet to confirm Alaafin’s death.