Oba Odugade, Olubadan Of Ibadan Reported Dead
BEVERLY HILLS, January 19, (THEWILL) – The Olubadan of Ibadan land, Oba Samuel Odulana Odugade 1, is dead.
The monarch, who attained the age of 100 years in 2014, reportedly passed away on Tuesday evening after he lost consciousness.
Reports indicate that the monarch's corpse has been taken to a morgue in preparation for traditional rites.
The Personal Assistant to the late monarch, Chief Isiaka Akinpelu, however denied the death, saying it was a rumour.
“Oba Odulana still ate yesterday,” he said, adding that he was hale and hearty. His immediate family however declined comments on the incident.
Oba Odulana was crowned in 2007 as the 39th Olubadan of Ibadan land and the 17th Olubadan since the title was elevated from Baale Ibadan to the Olubadan in 1930.
His death will throw the city into mourning after brouhaha over promotion of nine high chiefs on January 1, including Former Governor Rasheed Ladoja, which pitted the Olubadan against the state government.
According to traditions, the Balogun of Ibadan land, High Chief Saliu A.O. Adetunji is expected to be the next monarch being next in line to the throne.
Story by David Oputah