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Ooni of Ife Late monarch's remains arrive Ile-Ife amidst tight security

According to reports, the remains of the Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade may have arrived Ile-Ife in Osun State from London, where he reportedly breathed his last.

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According to reports, the remains of the Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade may have arrived Ile-Ife in Osun State from London, where he reportedly breathed his last.

Read: Ooni of Ife is dead

The Punch reports that the remains of the influential monarch arrived in the early hours of Saturday, August 1, 2015 amidst tight security.

A palace source who spoke to The Punch said, 'One of the sons of the Ooni travelled to the United Kingdom on Tuesday when the incident happened and I was told that he was part of the entourage that accompanied the body back to Nigeria. The body was said to have been brought back to the palace in the early hours of Saturday.

Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade play

Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade

(TY Bello)

 

'I did not see it myself but I was told that the body had arrived. Although the cutting of the tree and the closure of market which are some of the signs of mourning have not been done, there are some other indications that the body might have arrived.

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'Security has been beefed up and nobody is allowed to access the inner part of the palace. The body will not be kept where just anybody can see it and only the male children of the Ooni and some high chiefs can see the body,' the source dropped.

The Yoruba paramount traditional ruler reportedly died in a London hospital last Tuesday but the palace officials have debunked the reports describing them as malicious and untrue.

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