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Fire Guts Alaafin Of Oyo’s Palace!


Less than 24 hours after a fire incident at the Headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission, an early morning inferno razed a section of the palace of the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III.

The fire which was reportedly caused by an electric voltage surge early on Wednesday affected 21 rooms in the magnificent palace. Some of the rooms affected were the ones occupied by Oba Adeyemi’s wives. Ile Ori and Ile Ifa, two rooms of spiritual significance were also burnt with all the artefacts in them completely destroyed.

Though no life was lost, three of the Alaafin’s Oloris lost all their valuables while the loss in terms of artefacts could not be ascertained as of the time of filing this report.

The fire raged on for about three hours and by the time it was subdued, it had wreaked a lot of havoc.

Alaafin Adeyemi’s Media Assistant, Azeez Fehintola disclosed that the fire started around 6 am.


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