The monarch of Iworoko Ekiti, Oba Michael Oluwafemi Aladejana, has passed away few days after 15 person were reported killed in an auto crash in Irepodun/Ifelodun local government area of the state.
The king died at the early hour of Wednesday at an undisclosed hospital in Ado Ekiti, the capital city. The deceased king is ranked second class in Ekiti traditional hierarchical order.
When the town was visited by newsmen on Wednesday the traditional rites had already begun with the cutting of the trees and blockage of the dual carriage Ado-Iworoko-Ifaki highway as a way of paying last respect to the departed king.
The youths and other age groups also trooped to the streets, killing house pets like goats and sheep sighted roaming about as the tradition demands.
One of the prominent indigenes of the town, who craved anonymity, said the accident which claimed 15 lives and injured four had worsened the health situation of the monarch.
“Our monarch was rushed to the hospital after the accident. Though, he had been having health issue before but that incident really made the situation worse for him.
“When the news got to the town, he was said to have felt so devastated and the family had to rush him to the hospital early on Sunday.
“The sickness was said to have improved on Monday before it relapsed on Tuesday, causing his untimely death”, the source said.