The Olomu of Omu-Aran in Kwara State has passed-on to join his ancestors.
The news was broke by Chief Awoniyi Festus, the Petu of Omu-Aran.
Chief Awoniyi broke the news of the monarch’s passage shortly after the meeting of the Olomu-in-Council on Saturday in Omu-Aran.
Chief Awoniyi added that the Elemosho of Omu-Aran, Chief Jimoh Olaiya and his team had been instructed to announce to the people to stay away from the markets as a tradition.
A curfew has been imposed from 9.00 p.m and 5.00 a.m with effect from Saturday, as said by Chief Awoniyi.
The king, Oba Ibitoye was reported to have joined his ancestors after a brief illness.
“We just finished our meeting at the palace where the news of Olomu’s demise was officially broken.
“There will be no buying and selling for three consecutive market days and a curfew imposed as a mark honour for the late Olomu.
Oba Ibitoye hailed from Ikoja Compound in the town, is from Ijawusi Ruling House.
He ascended the throne in January 1993 succeeding Oba Suleiman Durotoye Abegunde.
The monarch, who was a retired civil servant with the State Ministry of Finance, is survived by his wife, Olori Omowumi Ibitoye and four children.
In his reactions, Chief Bisi Adeyemi, the President, Omu-Aran Development Association (ODA), said that the association was in the process of notifying the council chairman and the State Governor for an official announcement.
Also reacting, Chief Jide Adebayo, a community leader and former Executive Director of NAN, said that Oba Ibitoye would be missed for his exemplary leadership style.
“He is a kind-hearted, industrious and a leader par excellence.
“He was always concern and passionate about peace, unity and development of the community,” Adebayo said.