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Olubadan: friends, family, associates and residents pay last respects

Family, friends, relatives, associates, indigenes and residents of Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, on Sunday paid their last respects to the late Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji.

The brief lying in state was held at the Mapo Hall amid tears and weeping.

The tense atmosphere was greeted by sympathisers who could not hide their shock and surprise at what they described as ‘sudden death’ of the monarch.

Brief prayers were also held for the repose of the soul of the deceased monarch, his family, Ibadanland and the state as a whole.

Traders who deal in soft drinks, water, biscuits and other petty items made brisk sales.

The event held amidst heavy security presence.

It was devoid of any form of thuggery and fear that usually characterised such events.

Shops and businesses around the Popoyemoja Palace of the late Olubadan did not open.

Although many of the business and shop owners were present, they refused to operate.

Those offering skeletal sales said they were pressured to do so by concerned buyers.

A shop owner said though there was no official directive for them not to open shop, they felt the need to mourn the monarch.

The late Olubadan breathed his last on Sunday morning at the University College Hospital, Ibadan.

He was aged 93.


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