Anxiety, Uncertainty Over Ekiti Monarch’s Sudden Death

Who killed our dear monarch?” This is the question that indigenes of Ijurin, an ancient community in Ekiti State have been asking in the past six days.

The traditional ruler of the town, which is in Ijero Local Government Area of the state, Oba Adeyinka Isaac Ayeoba, the Adejutepa 11, Ojurin of Ijurin-Ekiti, died last Wednesday in circumstances his subjects believe, are strange. He was said to have spent six years on the throne before his mysterious death.

Since his death, the town and the people have been mourning his loss. He was described as a treasure to the community.

The late monarch was said to been driving himself to Ado, the state capital, late last Tuesday, for “an important assignment,” when he had an ‘attack’.

According to a source close to the monarch, “something strange suddenly hit him (the monarch), prompting him to scream in pains.” Unable to continue with the driving, Oba Ayeoba was said to have tacitly told his co-occupant of the car to fetch a driver to take him home. Therefore, the man wasted no time in looking for a driver. Since his condition had got complicated, the man was said to have taken him to a hospital in Ido, a nearby community.

Efforts by medical personnel at the infirmary normalise his condition failed; hence, he was moved to the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, Oyo State, where he eventually died the next day (Wednesday) after blood oozed out of his nostrils and mouth. He was said to have since been buried.

The source, who preferred anonymity, told The Nation yesterday: “If one looks critically into the manner of our Oba’s death, one would realise that it was not natural. He was hale and hearty and never complained of any symptom of illness. But the fact remains that since he mounted the throne, his enemies had never rested. It was God that had been keeping him.”

On why the community would miss him, the source said: “He was a rare monarch who used his personal resources and clout to seek the development of his domain. He was always for the unity of the town and the progress of his subjects. He used his influence to get jobs for many unemployed youths in Ijurin. He was generally loved because he was always there to put smiles on the faces of all.”

“He established a very big block-making industry at Ado-Ekiti where many are gainfully employed. In 2010, when Ijurin Day was celebrated, some delegates came to visit him from Spain, all in a bid to fast-track the town’s development. They were led on the visit by the Mayor of Noblejas, Agustin Crespo. He (the late monarch) appealed to them to extend their exchange programmes to his subject for the town’s economic prosperity. For him, it was his people before self. We will forever miss him,” it added.

The Nation.

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