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Interdenominational funeral service for Olowo holds today

Interdenominational funeral service for Olowo holds today

From Jimoh Ahmed, Owo
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Owo will be under tight security during today’s interdenominational funeral service for the late Olowo of Owo, Oba David Victor Folagbade Olateru-Olagbegi, The Hope has learnt

Oba Olateru-Olagbegi joined his ancestors on Wednesday April 17, 2019 at 77 years.

Impeccable police sources said adequate security arrangements will be thrown around the town and environs to protect important visitors expected at the ceremony.

The source hinted that the state Commissioner of Police, Mr Undie Adie will personally supervise the security plan while an operational order has been dispatched to all DPOs across the state to tighten security during and after the ceremony.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Femi Joseph who confirmed the story warned criminal elements to steer clear of the state and the funeral events or face the full weight of the law.

Meanwhile, members of the Ondo State Council of Obas have charged the people of Owo to be careful, prayerful and let fairness be their watchword in the selection of a new monarch for the town following the passage of Oba Folagbade Olateru Olagbegi III.

The Ondo State Obas gave this charge in Owo yesterday during their condolence visit to the town.

Led by the Abodi of Ikale, Oba Faduyile Adegun II, the Council of Obas said that all eyes are now on Owo as it occupies a very important position in Nigeria and globally and as such it is important to have a peaceful selection and installation process.

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The Obas described the late Olowo as a rare gem, first class lawyer, teacher and a great monarch.

According to them, the late Olowo was a calm, devoted Christian whom members of the council always look up to for advice.

They recalled that his achievements in the legal profession, rulership and places he held public offices spoke volumes.

They therefore prayed that God will lead those concerned with the selection process to choose a king who will be dedicated to the cause of Owo like the late monarch.

Receiving the monarchs, Chief Jamiu Ekungba thanked them for the visit and assured them that there will be fairness in the selection and installation of who succeeds the late Olowo

Ekungba blamed the crisis in 1999 over the installation of the late Olowo on politicians meddling in the selection process and asked the traditional rulers to pray for Owo as they search for a new king.

The Yeyesa, Olori Ololade Olateru-Olagbegi who was also on hand to receive the monarchs, making it the first time she would appear in public since the demise of her husband thanked the Obas for the goodwill.

Members of the council on the visit include; The Olubaka of Oka, Oba Adebori Adeleye, Jegun of Ile Oluji, Oba Olufaderin Adetimehin, Osemawe of Ondo, Oba Victor Kiladejo, Jegun of Idepe, Oba Obatuga Adetoye, and the Kalasuwe of Apoi, Oba Adejimola Amuseghan.

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