The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwol Adeyemi, III is dead.
The monarch died in the late hours of Friday after a brief illness at the Afe Babalola University Teaching Hospital, Ado Ekiti, the capital of Ekiti State in South-West Nigeria.
His remains have since been brought to Oyo town in the early hours of Saturday and traditional rites have begun.
The Governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, is expected to make an official announcement upon receiving the report of the monarch’s passing from the Bashorun of Oyo, Yusuf Akinade, the head of the ‘Oyo Mesi’, who will now lead Oyo town before a new Alaafin is installed.
The traditional ruler died at the age of 83.