A crowd of people thronged the palace of the Ooni of Ife today (Wednesday) following earlier reports of his demise.
However, palace chiefs of the monarch, Oba Okunade Sijuwade have insisted that the monarch is hale and healty.
The Loowa of Ife, High Chief Joseph Ijaodola told journalists that the Oba Okunade Sijuwade is not dead.
Also speaking,the secretary of Ife Royal Court, High Chief Adetoye Odewole and the president of the Ife development board, Prof Muheeb Opeloye while addressing journalists at the palace, denied the rumour that the Ooni is dead
They maintained that the story of Ooni’s death was a mere rumour and declared that the traditional ruler is hale and hearty.
When probed further to confirm if they had spoken with Oba Sijuwade, they declined further comments but maintained that the Ooni is still alive.