Ota monarch dies at 72

A first class traditional ruler in Ogun State, the Olota of Ota, Moshood Oyede, is dead.

The monarch, who spent 19 years on the throne, passed away at University College Hospital,UCH,Ibadan following protracted illness, family sources said.

Passage rites for the traditional ruler have already commenced as his remains are due in the town on Sunday, the source said.

In announcing the monarch’s passage on Friday night, it was gathered that the traditional council wrote a letter to the Ogun State Government through Ado-Odo/Ota local government council, signed by the Secretary Olota in Council, Bamgboye Osunlabu.

A palace source said residents would stay off the streets between the hours of 11pm till dawn when the final passage rites of the deceased is in progress.

He said the rites were expected to last for seven days, while residents would be expected to abide by the rules guiding the funeral rights of a monarch of his reputation.

Meanwhile, traditional and palace chiefs met on Saturday to fine-tune arrangements for a befitting final passage of the monarch.

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