The news made the rounds on Tuesday night and it spread like wild fire. Unconfirmed sources reported that the Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuade had died in a hospital in London.
However, there is some measure of confusion at the moment as the Royal Traditional Council has refuted reports of the Oba’s death. The Lowa of Ife said yesterday; ” I hereby dispel the rumor that our baba, the Olubuse is dead. As I speak with you, the chiefs have not heard anything like that. This is not the first time such rumour will be carried about our father.
“They did it in 1982 , also in 2004 and now, these people are coming up with another rumor. Oba Sijuade remains in sound state of health.”
Anxious crowds continue to gather at the Palace as uncertainty remains over what to believe.