The University College Hospital has released a statement, disclosing that the Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji, died in its intensive care unit at 1.15 am on Sunday.
A spokesman for the hospital, Toye Akinrinola said the monarch was referred to UCH from a private hospital in Ibadan about 9.30 pm on Saturday.
According to Akinrinola, the chief medical director, Prof. Jesse Abiodun Otegbayo, immediately directed a high-powered medical team to provide medical treatment to the late monarch.
“The Olubadan of Ibadanland, His Imperial Majesty, Oba Saliu Akanmu Adetunji, Aje Oguguniso 1, on January 2, 2022, passed on at the Intensive Care Unit of the University College Hospital, Ibadan at 1.15 am,” the statement read.
“The late Monarch was referred to the UCH from a private hospital in Ibadan at about 9.30 pm yesterday.
“He was immediately admitted at the ICU where the Chief Medical Director CMD, Professor Jesse Abiodun Otegbayo directed that a high-powered medical team be constituted to provide the best medical treatment to him.
“By 1.15 am today, His Imperial Majesty breathed his last breath. The CMD was at the ICU in the early hours of today to pay the late Olubadan his last respect.
“Afterward, the CMD wrote a letter of notification of the demise of the revered Monarch to His Excellency Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State which was received by the Permanent Secretary of the Oyo State Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, Dr. Bashiru Olanrewaju on behalf of the Oyo State Government. A similar letter was written to the Family of the departed Olubadan.
“The CMD further ensured that the remains of the late Monarch were taken care of in a manner befitting to the late Olubadan.
“Professor Otegbayo also escorted the corpse of Oba Adetunji from the ICU to a waiting ambulance and handed the corpse to the family and other dignitaries on the ground.”
Vice-chancellor, University of Ibadan, Prof. Kayode Adebowale, commiserated with the immediate family, good and progressive people of Ibadanland, Oyo State, and Nigeria on the death of Adetunji.