Alaafin of Oyo buried at night

Alaafin of Oyo Oba Lamidi Adeyemi

The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III, who died on Friday in a hospital after a brief illness, has been buried.

The 83-year-old passed on at the Afe Babalola University, Teaching Hospital, Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State.

The monarch’s remains were brought back to the palace in Oyo on Saturday, while traditionalists started performing rites of passage.

Thousands of Oyo indigenes, who were shocked to hear the news of the demise of the revered monarch, thronged the palace to confirm it.

Armed policemen were deployed in the palace and Amotekun corps operatives were allowed inside the second inner part, where only a few people were given access to.

The building, where the body of monarch was kept, was locked, while some palace guards were seen manning the entrance.

Sango adherents, dressed in red attire, were present in front of the building where the body of the late monarch was kept.

They left when Islamic clerics came to pray on the body, which was in a casket.

The chief umam of Oyo, Moshood Ajokideru, led other Islamic clerics to pray on the remains of Oba Adeyemi.

The prayer session lasted only three minutes after which the casket was taken back inside the palace, awaiting the final burial, which the Basorun of Oyo, who is the Head of the Oyo Mesi, High Chief, Yusuf Ayoola, announced would take place around 9pm.

The monarch was buried in a vault, Bara, reserved for Alaafins, around 10pm.