Yinusa Duke, Secretary to the Ebiraland traditional council, has said the late Paramount ruler of Ebiraland, Ado Ibrahim who passed on in the early hours of Sunday, will be laid to rest at 2 pm according to Islamic rites.
Duke told Journalists in Lokoja on Sunday, that his remains were wet on their way from Abuja en route to Okene where he would be laid.
“The burial ceremony has been scheduled for 2:00 p.m. today, Sunday in Okene. We are waiting for the arrival of the corpse from Abuja, where he died, ” the secretary stated.
He hinted that the paramount ruler died at around 2:00. a.m. on Sunday in an undisclosed hospital in Abuja after a protracted illness.
The scribe said his death was “very sad and a big blow” to Ebiraland.
“We lost our daddy and leader this early morning of Sunday in an Abuja Hospital where he had been treated for age-related ailment for three weeks now.
“We are in shock and pain over his death. He was indeed a good father and leader to not just Ebiraland but Kogi and Nigeria as a whole
“His death has left a vacuum in the entire Ebiraland,” he uttered.
Sule said that the remains of the traditional ruler were being expected in Okene for final interment.
Abdulrahman Ado-Ibrahim was born on Feb. 7, 1929, and was the fourth traditional ruler and Ohinoyi of Ebiraland with headquarters in Okene, Kogi State.
He was a son of the second Attah (now “Ohinoyi”) of Ebiraland, Ibrahim Onoruoiza of the Omadivi Clan, who reigned from 1917–1954.
Ado-Ibrahim was enthroned as the Ohinoyi of Ebiraland in 1997 and reigned until Sunday 29 Oct. 2023 when he died.
Before ascending to the throne, Ado-Ibrahim was a successful businessman who lived most parts of his life in Lagos.