The Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Saliu Akanmu Adetunji has lost his daughter, Princess Mujidat Adejoke Adetunji-Alagbada in an auto crash.
The sad incident happened on Tuesday, October 25th along Lagos-Ibadan expressway after the taxi she boarded crashed.
A source at the palace, who preferred anonymity because he had no authority to speak on behalf of the Ibadan monarch, said:
“Olubadan is sad because of the death of his daughter. She was the wife of a popular music promoter, Alagbada. She was going to her shop when her personal vehicle broke down. She chartered a taxi but on the way, the taxi was involved in an accident around the tollgate in Lagos.
“She later died of injuries she sustained in the accident. The Olubadan has received support from Ibadan elders and council of chiefs.”
She has since been buried according to Islamic rites.
It was however been gathered that prominent Ibadan people and dignitaries from all over Nigeria would visit the monarch today (Monday) to commiserate with him.
87-year-old Saliu Adetunji was crowned the 41st Olubadan of Ibadan in March 2016. His ascension to the throne, which came 45 days after the demise of the former Olubadan, Oba Samuel Odulana, was described as an act of God.
Going by the Olubadan succession system, which recognises the civil and the military lines as royal lines, and the hierarchy within the Olubadan-in-Council, Adetunji’s right to the throne would have materialised only after the reigns of the former Balogun Olubadan, High Chief Sulaiman Omiyale, and the Otun Olubadan, High Chief Omowale Kuye, but they both did not live to mount the throne.
The highest – ranking high chief in the military (Balogun) line, Omiyale, who was to be next to the late monarch died at the age of 91, paving the way for Adetunji, who was next to Omiyale, to ascend the position of the Balogun.