Ife palace authority says Oba Sijuwade alive; insists only palace chiefs can announce monarch’s death

The Ife palace authority on Wednesday asked the world to disregard reports of the death of the Ooni of Ife, Okunade Sijuwade, saying it remains the only credible authority to announce the demise of the king.

The palace also denied Oba Sijuwade had passed on.

News of the passage of the first class traditional ruler in the South-West of Nigeria broke late Tuesday evening and has been widely published across all media formats.
But addressing journalists at the palace of the Ooni in Ife, the traditional high chief of the land, Joseph Ijaodola, dispelled claims Mr. Sijuwade died in a London hospital Tuesday.

The Lowa Adimula of Ife, accompanied by the secretary, Royal Traditional Council, Adetoye Odewole, who spoke on behalf of other high chiefs, denied the news being circulated across sections of the media.

The traditional chiefs said if the Ooni had passed, the palace would be the first to know, and would be the only authority to announce the development.

They described reports of the monarch’s death as mere rumour, the type they said had been spread about the traditional ruler in the past.

They recalled that the Ooni was rumoured to have died in 1982 and in the year 2004, and called on residents of Ile-Ife to discard the rumour and carry on with their businesses.


PT Mag Campaign AD

Support PREMIUM TIMES' journalism of integrity and credibility

Good journalism costs a lot of money. Yet only good journalism can ensure the possibility of a good society, an accountable democracy, and a transparent government.

For continued free access to the best investigative journalism in the country we ask you to consider making a modest support to this noble endeavour.

By contributing to PREMIUM TIMES, you are helping to sustain a journalism of relevance and ensuring it remains free and available to all.


TEXT AD: To advertise here . Call Willie +2347088095401...

NEVER MISS A THING AGAIN! Subscribe to our newsletter

* indicates required


Now available on

  Premium Times Android mobile applicationPremium Times iOS mobile applicationPremium Times blackberry mobile applicationPremium Times windows mobile application

All rights reserved. This material and any other material on this platform may not be reproduced, published, broadcast, written or distributed in full or in part, without written permission from PREMIUM TIMES.