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Oba Olobayo of Kabba dies at 71

The Obaro of Kabba in Kogi State, Oba Michael Olobayo has died, aged 71 years.

Announcing the demise of the first class traditional ruler in Kabba on Sunday, the Obadofin of Oweland, Chief Mike Yusuff, said he died on May 21.

News of his death had been making the rounds for sometime. Palace sources said that Olobayo died after about three months of illness.

The late monarch, who ascended the throne on Oct. 17, 1985, hailed from the Ajibohokun clan of Ilajo ruling house and was the Chairman of the Kabba Traditional Council.

In consonance with the tradition of the town, Yusuff announced three weeks of mourning in honour of the departed monarch.

He said there would be meetings on daily basis with other chiefs on how to give Olobayo a befitting burial, urging residents to go about their normal activities without any fear.

Obadofin also called for prayers for the late ruler, members of his immediate family and the town in general.

He described Olabayo’s tenure as peaceful and a period of progress and development for Kabba and its indigenes.

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