Ekiti Community Mourns As Onijan Passes On At 70

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The Onijan of Ijan Ekiti, in Gbonyin Local Government Area of Ekiti State, Oba Samuel Oyewole Fadahunsi, has joined his ancestors.

The report of his death, which filtered into town on Thursday, said the revered monarch passed on after 19 years on the throne.

Oba Fadahunsi, from Otutubiosun ruling house, was enthroned on September 22, 2002, during the administration of Otunba Niyi Adebayo.

He received his staff of office in April 2003 from the then Alliance for Democracy government, led by Otunba Adebayo.

Oba Fadahunsi succeeded the late Oba Adeyemo Obarinde from the Afayagbekun dynasty, who died on February 14, 2000, after reigning for 48 years.

Kingmakers made the death public and the traditional rites have started immediately according to sources.

The town has begun the cutting of trees across the quarters, indicating the passing away of the monarch.

They are also performing other covert age-long traditional rites in conformity with the traditional practices of Ijan Ekiti.

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