The Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Samuel Odulana Odugade 1, has passed on, sources said on Tuesday night, 19 January.
He was reported to have lost consciousness before he eventually passed on.
The monarch was 101. He would have been 102 in April. Details about Oba Odulana’s death were sketchy but he had been indisposed for some time on account of old age.
One of his sons, Prof. Femi Lana, declined comment last night. Some Ibadan chiefs contacted also kept sealed lips but sources close to the family said the body of the late monarch had been taken to a morgue.
The personal assistant to the late monarch, Chief Isiaka Akinpelu, denied that the monarch had passed on. He said it was a rumour, adding that Oba Odulana ate yesterday.
His death will throw the city into mourning after the brouhaha that followed the promotion of nine high chiefs on 1 January. The action pitted the Olubadan-In-Council against the state government.
Oba Odulana mounted the throne in 2007 as the 39th Olubadan. He was the 17th Olubadan since the title was elevated from Baale Ibadan to the Olubadan in 1930.
Next in line to the throne is the Balogun of Ibadan, High Chief Saliu A.O. Adetunji.