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Family members of the late Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade have reportedly left the palace following the commencement of burial rites for the monarch, reports say.

Ooni of Ife,Oba Okunade Sijuade. play

Ooni of Ife,Oba Okunade Sijuade.

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The Ooni’s remains are said to have been placed in Ile’gbo, where his coronation took place, according to Vanguard.

Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade play

Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade

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This was reportedly disclosed by a palace source who is an Ife traditional title holder.

Oba Okunade Sijuade play

Oba Okunade Sijuade

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The source, who chose to remain anonymous, said:

“The body arrived the place and was received by members of Isoro Cult early this week. His journey to the throne started from that place called Ile’gbo. That is where he was installed Ooni. That is also the place anyone that will succeed him will be installed.”

The late monach with former president, Goodluck Jonathan play

The late monach with former president, Goodluck Jonathan

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“The body is being preserved through traditional means. All the rites will be done while the body is kept there. But don’t expect formal announcement of his death in next two weeks.”

“It may take months depending on how fast the Isoro members are able to conclude the necessary rites. The body is there as I speak to you but non-Isoro member cannot see it. Even his family members can no longer see him.”

Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade play

Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade

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Controversy has trailed the Ooni’s passing as the traditional council, supposedly in a bid to preserve tradition, has insisted that he’s still alive despite reports that he died in the UK on July 28, 2015.

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