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Anxiety in Sagamu over Akarigbo’s death

By Daud Olatunji
ABEOKUTA – The Akarigbo of Remoland, Oba Adeniyi Sonariwo has been repoted died in the United Kingdom.

Akarigbo of Remoland, Oba Adeniyi Sonariwo
Akarigbo of Remoland, Oba Adeniyi Sonariwo

The monarch who was until his death was Chairman of Ogun State Council of Obas and should have died at the age of 90 .

The 90-year-old accountant monarch, who ascended the throne on July 14, 1990, was rumoured to have joined his ancestors Saturday evening in United Kingdom where he was flown to on July 17 after a brief illness.

Oba Sonariwo born on July 28, 1936, became the Akarigbo in July and also died in July in the presence of his wife, Olori Abosede.

Vanguard gathered that the paramount ruler joined his ancestors in the presence of his Olori, Abosede, who accompanied him on the medical trip.

It was further gathered that the Senator Ibikunle Amosun-led government has been reportedly informed of the death.

When contacted, one of the Monarchs in Sagamu who pleaded anonymity over the death, said the issue would be made public today (Monday) afternoon .

Vanguard learnt that the Oba’s demise might be confirmed later after proper traditional rites must have been carried out.

Sonariwo, who was born in Ita Eleye in Lagos State in 1936, attended St. John School, Aroloya, Lagos from 1941 to 1949 before he proceeded to Methodist Boys High School from 1950 till 1955.

The traditional ruler, who became orphan at six and had dreamt of working with the Central Bank of Nigeria to become the Governor “so that I would sign my name on the naira notes,” later travelled abroad for further studies and series of training in tax and accounting profession, and worked with the Inland Revenue Service.


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