Ooni Of Ife’s Third In Command Dies At 100
The third-in-command to the Ooni of Ife, Lowa Adimula, Oba Joseph Ijaodola, is dead.
A source close to the palace told our correspondent that Ijaodola died on Friday evening at about 100 years of age.
The source said the palace had yet toofficially announce the demise of the traditional chief because some rites had to be performed before the news of his death would be made public.
The Director of Public Affairs at the Ooni’s palace, Mr. Moses Olafare, could not be reached to confirm the death, as calls placed to his telephone indicated that the phone had been switched off.
Ijaodola was said to have been installed as the Lowa Adimula during the reign of Oba Adesoji Aderemi and he witnessed the installation and death of Oba Okunade Sijuwade.
Ijaodola led the delegation of the Ife Traditional Council to Osun State Governor Rauf Aregbesola in 2015 to debunk the death of Oba Sijuwade. But the death rumour was eventually confirmed after certain passage rites had been performed.