The Royal Rraditional Council of Ile-Ife in Osun State has officially confirmed the death of the Ooni of Ife, Okunade Sijuwade Olubuse II.
This was after denying that the monarch had passed away.
The Awara of Iwara-Ife, Layi Adereti, confirmed the death of Oba Sijuwade. Adereti spoke in Ife on the preparation for the burial of the Ooni, who died in London about two weeks ago.
He said the official proclamation of the passage of the Ooni of Ife would be made on August 12. He said the Oro festival was the final rite of passage for the Ooni. He equally said the final pronouncement of the demise of the Ooni has been fixed for Wednesday between 9am and 4pm.
Adereti said: “This is an official statement from the palace of Awara of Iwara-Ife who is the head of Oro deity that on Wednesday, 12th August, 2015, there would be official proclamation of the demise of Ooni of Ife.
“The proclamation will be made public during the Oro festival, being the final rites on the demise of Ooni of Ife. “The residents of the ancient town are therefore urged to keep away from the streets between the hours of 9am and 4pm during which the Oro diety will be out. “With the announcement, people are advised to stay in-doors for the period when the Oro will be out.”
Adereti, the head of Oro Cult in Ile-Ife, said residents of the ancient town, both male and female, should remain indoors during the Oro rites.
According to him, immediately after the Oro rites and the proclamation, subsequent rites would follow. He appealed to all residents of Ife to heed the restriction orders from the palace.
The monarch added that though only females were normally barred when Oro festival is being carried out, but this time around, it would have no respect for gender.