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Anxiety in Sagamu over paramount ruler’s rumoured death

By Daud Olatunji

ABEOKUTA—The Akarigbo of Remoland, Oba Adeniyi Sonariwo was yesterday rumoured to have died in the United Kingdom.

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

The monarch who  was chairman of Ogun State Council of Obas rumoured to have died at the age of 90.

The 80-year-old accountant monarch, who ascended the throne on July 14, 1990, reportedly 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 the month of July and was rumoured to have 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 in the state has been informed of the monarch’s death.

When contacted, one of the monarchs in Sagamu who pleaded anonymity 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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