I can attest to this fact. I grew up in osun state and i know they would be ugly aftermath of the death of that demonic king. The fact is that the human heads needed were already complete before the arrival of the corpse. Seven people will tied hands and feet, laid in the grave. Kola-nut will be given to one, hand fan to another. His clothes to one and his cap to the other. 2 virgins to satisfy his sexual urge and a boy to run errands for him. They will be laid in the grave alive, in which they will be left to become so that the body of the king can rest on them conveniently. There after another seven head will be gathered for ritual purpose as the king's last sacrifice to the palace gods. The king's chest will be parted and the heart taken away. This heart will be smoked after passing through rituals for the next king to eat and possess all the power and authority of the late king and normally takes place at the coronation day. In short the ceremonies and rituals that follow his demise and burial will never be understood by the non-indigene
Five Feared Missing As Cult Holds Rite For Ooni
Residents flee town, Palace formally announces demise
· Body arrives from UK Thursday, burial Friday
Ile Ife, the domain of demised foremost Yoruba monarch, Oba Okunade Sijuwade, Olubuse 11, was a ghost town on Thursday.
Reason: Hordes of residents had fled the town ahead of a daylight rite of passage declared by the palace for the monarch which, going by the threat of a cult group and street discussions, could include human sacrifice.
By the time the 9am to 4pm curfew imposed by the palace ended, the residents expressed fears over the whereabouts of five persons.
The eldest son of the late traditional ruler, Prince Adekokunbo Sijuwade disclosed on Wednesday that “the remains of the monarch would arrive in Nigeria tomorrow (Thursday) and would be buried on Friday”.
A palace source said trees around the palace would be cut on Thursday (today), adding that a particular door in the palace had been opened to signify the demise of the Ooni.
Unconfirmed reports claimed that five persons were missing in the Moore area of the town when the palace-imposed curfew ended.
Though the Ooni had reportedly died on Tuesday 28th July 2015, the official announcement was not made until Wednesday.
The announcement was initially made by the traditional town crier, while radio stations also broadcast it later in the day.
Subsequently, transition rites were conducted part of which was the invocation of spirits, oro and others carried out in spiritual shrines.
Earlier, sources revealed to Daily Times that there were little hitches during some transition rites for the late Ooni, part of which was the feared absence of “an important sacrifice ingredient’.
When our correspondent visited the town on Wednesday, some of the residents were seen trooping out to neighbouring towns.
It was learnt that most of the strangers in Ile-Ife left on Tuesday evening, while students slept on campus.
It would also be recalled that management of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife had warned its students to stay indoors or relocate to campus.
One of the fleeing residents, said: “This people (traditional rulers) look desperate. Their actions are suspicious. They seem to need to perform a sacrifice urgently. How will they say there is Oro and announce that there is no Oro again? I have been living here for over 40 years and I understand the tradition.
“You can see that I am not the only one leaving, others are also going away. In my compound, I was the only person who slept overnight.”
Another resident told our correspondent that “the town doesn’t seems safe. I have travelled to Osogbo since yesterday and all my children and wife are here with me.”
Meanwhile, no fewer than five persons were feared missing in the Moore area of the town, according to unconfirmed sources.
Some residents alleged that five adults, two males and females ran out of the street, shouting that they could find their children.
It was however uncertain if the missing persons were victims of the Oro festival.
When our correspondent visited the area, the street was deserted and few residents seen declined comments.
Attempts to see traditional rulers in the vicinity also failed as they were said to have all gone to the palace.
A police officer at the Moore Police Division told our correspondent that no case of missing persons was reported at the station.
Depending on the cause of the Oro festival in Yorubaland, human beings and other living may sometimes serve as objects of sacrifice.
However, one of the Osoros (members of Oro cult) in Ile-Ife, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, told the Daily Times that the daylight Oro festival was not targeted at getting human beings.
“Ifa only demanded that a strange thing be done and not human being(s),” he said.
Earlier, the Public Relations Officer of the National Ife Descendant Association (NIDSA), OAU branch, Lady Bose, had quoted the Lowa Adimula of Ife, Chief Joseph Ijaodola and Obadu Agbaye, Oba Olajide Farotimi Faloba, that the oro did not necessarily mean a restriction on movement.
Bose in a broadcast message to students said, “It has been announced and cleared by Lowa Adimula of Ife, Chief Joseph Ijaodola and Obadu agbaye, Oba Olajide Farotimi Faloba, that there shall be no restriction on movement tomorrow (Wednesday). They both regarded d ongoing rumour as un-cemented and fallacy of the highest order.
“They admonished us to only regard news coming from d palace concerning the death of our king while we disregard any other source(s) of information on the same issue.”
Meanwhile, the Osun State Governor Rauf Aregbesola has commiserated with the family and traditional rulers over the passing away of the monarch.
Aregbesola gave his condolences during the announcement of Ooni’s demise at the Government House shortly after he was briefed by chiefs of Ile-Ife led by the Obalufe of Iremo, High Chief Folorunso Omisakin who is next in command to the late Ooni.
Aregbesola, after reading the last text message sent to him by the late monarch, said the death of the paramount ruler was “an unfortunate and a colossal loss to the whole country coming at a time Nigeria needed him most.”
The Governor urged indigenes of the town and the people of the Yoruba race to take solace in the knowledge that the late Ooni lived a purposeful and had a glorious reign.
Earlier, the Obalufe who sang a dirge, said the delay in the formal announcement of the monarch’s passage was to follow tradition and perform necessary rites expected of them.
Born into Ogboru Ruling House on January 1, 1930, the late Ooni became the 50th ruler of the ancient kingdom on the 6th of December, 1980.
Until his death, he was the Co-chairman of the Nigeria traditional Council.
Oba Sijuwade was said to have passed away on Tuesday evening 28th of July ,2015 in a United Kingdom Hospital after a brief illness at the age of 85.