The Olofin of Ado-Odo, in Ado Odo/Ota Local Government Area of Ogun State, Oba Lateef Akanni Adeniran has joined his ancestors.
The Oba’s demise brought to four, the number of traditional rulers in the state, who had transited beyond in almost four weeks in the state.
The late Obas were the Olowu of Owu-Abeokuta, Oba Adegboyega Olusanya Dosunmu, Amororo II and the Olu of Kobape among others.
The monarch, who has been buried according to Islamic rites yesterday was born on December 3, 1958.
Oba Adeniran, was said to have died at the Federal Medical Centre, Abeokuta as a result of complications from a surgical operation which he underwent at the UCH, Ibadan sometimes last year.
Olofin’s passage came barely one year and few days after he made a triumphant return to the historic town.
Until December 20, 2020, when Oba Adeniran made the public appearance and stepped into Ado, he had been living on exile in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.
This followed the unfortunate incident of April 15, 2013, when he was severely humiliated, maltreated by hoodlums, suspected to have been sponsored by his opponents.
During the fracas, the ancient Olofin’s palace with many traditional artifacts including ancient crown were destroyed and set on fire by people
The Olofin and his wife, Olori Fausat narrowly escaped death, as hoodlums believed to have been sponsored by his opponents waylaid him and committed sacrilege against the tradition of the Yoruba in general and Awori in particular by stripping him almost naked.
Olofin’s wife sustained severed injuries which left her to carry the Plaster of Paris (POP) for several months.
Vehicles, furniture, documents and other valuables were also destroyed during the man-made fire that engulfed the Awori town.
To the delight of residents of the state, the administration of Governor Ibikunle Amosun constituted a commission of inquiry headed by Justice Oluwatosin Elizabeth Osinuga.
Regrettably, the panel’s report is yet to be made public, several years after, raising many questions that are begging for answers.
Despite efforts made by indigenes and concerned stakeholders of the town, Amosun left office without ensuring that Oba Adeniran return to his ancestral palace until December 2020, when the youths of the town organised a function under which the late monarch for the first time in 7 years returned to Ado Odo following the attack on him and wife