More facts have emerged on what might have led to the reported death of the Awujale of Ijebu Ode, Oba Sikiru Adetona following the clarification made by his cousin and Managing Director of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Mr Bayo Onanuga.
Mr Onanuga disclosed that the monarch actually took ill two weeks ago and taken to Lagos for treatment, from where he was discharged two days later.
The rumour of the Awujale’s passing started going viral on social media platforms, especially Facebook, Monday afternoon.
“It’s not true; he is alive and I spoke with him today,” said Mr. Onanuga. “He is in Lagos and he is just laughing over the rumour.”
“We are from the same ruling house; I’m his cousin. That’s why we are close, not because of I’m a Journalist,” said Mr Onanuga.
The NAN Boss said it was not the first time the monarch would be rumoured to have died.
The Awujale was born in 1934 and ascended the Ijebu throne in 1960.
“Yes, the man is old,” remarked Mr Onanuga, “but he is fine.”
THE PRECISION gathered that the monarch is in a popular Lagos hotel where he has been resting since he was discharged from the hospital.
In Ogun State, a source at the palace of the monarch also debunked the rumour.
”Not true. Kabiyesi is recuperating and presently at the Oriental Hotel in Lekki,” the source said.