Ooni absent as son weds in Lagos,Ifa Priest insists he is alive

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Contrary  to assurances from the Ife Traditional Council that Oba Okunade Sijuwade, the Ooni of Ife, would return home from a trip to London to grace his son’s (Adegbite) wedding, the monarch was not at the Landmark Event Centre, Lekki, Lagos, venue of the royal wedding yesterday.

The royal father was reported to have died in London last week Tuesday but the palace chiefs repeatedly denied such reports, saying the media has been unfair to the Ooni.

They assured that the Oba was scheduled to attend yesterday’s wedding between Prince Adegbite and Dolapo.

There were reports over the weekend that the remains of the Ooni were brought back to Ile-Ife but that the palace chiefs will need more time to officially break the news.

But Ife Chief Priest Olajide Farotimi Faloba again denied that the remains of the Ooni arrived in the ancient city at the weekend.

He said: “If his (Ooni’s) corpse has arrived, I’m the first to know.”

The chief priest said that the mere fact that everyone, including our correspondent, could have unhindered access into the palace showed that the corpse of Ooni was not inside the palace as reported by some newspapers

He said he had just come out of the inner palace and could authoritatively confirm that Ooni’s corpse was not anywhere in the palace.


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