- The palace of the Olu of Warri has reacted to reports that the monarch, Ogiame Ikenwoli passed on on Monday, December 21
- The director of the palace, Chief Maleghemi, clarified in a statement that Ikenwoli is only indisposed
- This came just one day after reports made the headlines that the monarch suffered an illness before dying
Information from the leadership of the palace of Ogiame Ikenwoli, the Olu of Warri, has debunked viral claims that the monarch is dead.
The director of the palace, Chief Maleghemi, on Tuesday, December set the record straight by revealing that Ikenwoli is only indisposed.
In a statement, the chief said:
“His Majesty is indisposed and currently receiving medical attention by a team of qualified medical specialist.”
There were reports on Monday, December 21, died after battling with a deteriorated health which started by Sunday, December 20.
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Meanwhile, Oba Samuel Durodola Afolabi II, the Onilua of Ilualand in Kajola local government area of the Oyo state, had reportedly died at the age of 141 years.
The monarch, who was arguably adjudged to be the oldest king in Nigeria, died in the early hours of Saturday, May 23.
Imran Khalid, Legit.ng's regional reporter in Oyo state, made the confirmation, adding that the king passed on after a brief illness associated with old age.
According to his biography, Oba Samuel Afolabi II became the king of Ilua community 38 years ago when he was reported to have been 102.
He was born in 1879 into the family of Afolabi and became the king after the demise of Oba Majaro in 1981 when he was 102 years of age.
It was revealed that Oba Afolabi was a commercial farmer at Arigidana, Baba ode in Itesiwaju local government area of the state before community leaders and kingmakers unanimously agreed to make him the king of Ilualand.
During his lifetime as a king, he contributed greatly to the growth and development of Ilualand, Kajola Local Government and Oyo state as a whole.
Onilua of Ilua: 140-yr-old man is regarded as oldest king in Nigeria | Legit TV