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Olubadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji, dies at 93

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The Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji, has died, palace sources confirmed this to the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday in Ibadan.

The sources, who pleaded anonymity, told NAN that the 93-year-old traditional ruler died at the University College Hospital, UCH, Ibadan, in the early hours of Sunday during an illness.

Mr Adetunji died few weeks after two prominent traditional rulers in Oyo State, Soun of Ogbomoso and Asigangan of Igangan, joined their ancestors.

NAN reports that Mr Adetunji, the 41st Olubadan of Ibadanland, ascended the throne of his forefathers on March 4, 2016.

A palace source and one of the aides to the traditional ruler, told NAN that “the news was not far from the truth” .

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The source, who pleaded anonymity, said the Olubadan-in-Council would soon make official announcement on the demise of the first class traditional ruler.

Also, some chiefs confided in NAN that the oba had joined his ancestors.

They said that official announcement would be made in due course.

NAN reports that the atmosphere in the city remained calm with many residents trooping to the Popoyemoja Palace of the traditional ruler to confirm the news.

Scores of residents were seen in groups discussing the demise of the traditional ruler in the early day of the New Year.


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