Anxiety Grips Residents Of Ikeja As ‘7 Heads’ Reportedly Needed For Olu Of Ikeja Burial

Latest reports coming in from Ikeja area of Lagos State, western Nigeria, suggest that there is panic among residents in the area over the burial rites of the late Olu of Ikeja Kingdom, Oba Rauf Adeniyi Aremu Matemi.

According to a circulating rumour, the burial of the late Oba of Ikeja, who was declared dead last week Tuesday, includes the slicing off of ’7 heads’ to be buried alongside the late Oba.

The monarch was said to have died in his palace after a brief illness and since then, there have been restriction of movement in Ikeja area due to burial rites allegedly being carried out on the death of the traditional ruler.


All businesses and shops at Ikeja local government were closed down for business as a mark of honour for the departed monarch.

However, commercial vehicles and tricycles (Keke Napep) operators were seen going about with their businesses.

When newsmen visited the palace Wednesday morning, traditional rulers, Iyaloja, Baales, members of the Hausa community were there to mourn the monarch.

It was gathered that some rituals were also being performed in the honour of the late Oba at the palace. Some traditional chiefs were also seen wearing white wrappers as well.

Attempt to find out the cause of the death of the monarch, one of his chiefs, who did not disclose his name, said such information could not be disclosed to the media  because of some rituals that needed to be carried out first.Read more

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