Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III, the Alaafin of Oyo, has been buried in the ancient town of Oyo in south-west Nigeria.
His remains were laid to rest on Saturday within the palace grounds, less than a day after he was pronounced dead in a hospital in Ado Ekiti, the state capital of Ekiti.
Alaafin, also known as ‘Iku Baba Yeye,’ was 83 years old at the time of his death.
Following the announcement of his death, Islamic rites were performed on late Alaafin’s body, signalling the start of his final journey home.
Islamic clerics led by the Chief Imam of Oyo town were joined by members of the late traditional ruler’s family and some of his chiefs to pray for his soul’s repose.
Following the prayers, his body was returned to the palace for the final burial.
Late Adeyemi III, 52, joined his ancestors on Friday night, bringing an end to his accomplished 52-year reign.
Oba Adeyemi, the longest-serving Alafin of Oyo, died at the age of 83 at the Afe Babalola University Teaching Hospital in Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State.
The late monarch died, leaving many wives in his wake. He had 11 wives, the most senior of whom was Ayaba Abibat Adeyemi, and he usually attended most events with her or one of the 12 junior wives.