By Ayodele Oni, Akure
The death of Olowo of Owo in ondo state, Oba Folagbade Olateru Olagbegi, cfr has shocked many Nigerians, particularly in the south west who knew the monarch to be well respected and peace loving traditional ruler.
The senior Advocate passed on this morning in the ancient town of Owo.
When the magazine visited this morning, the gate to the palace was locked, while commercial activities have been suspended at the community’s major market adjacent to the palace.
Oba Olagbegi was 77 when he joined his ancestors.
He succeeded his late father, Sir Olateru Olagbegi, who was sent on an exile by the defunct Western state government.
The deceased monarch was given staff of office by late Governor Olusegun Agagu on December 11 2003. He reigned for 19 years.
He was appointed chancellor of university of Benin in 2005 and later chancellor university of Abuja.
Until his death, he was the chancellor of university of Jos and former chairman of the ondo council of obas.
He was married to Olori Ololade Olateru Olagbegi and the family was blessed with children and grandchildren.
His demise has not been announced by Ondo state government as the Commissioner for Information, Yemi Olowolabi said this was purely the responsibility of the Owo traditional council.
Some residents who spoke with the magazine said Oba Olagbegi will be sorely missed by all.