Some mourners at the Palace of the late Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, have been attacked by bees.
According to reports, some of the sympathizers, mourners, traditional rulers, religious leaders and politicians who thronged the Alaafin Palace, Akesan, Oyo State on Saturday morning around 10am got stung by bees.
The incident reportedly happened after Islamic clerics had arrived at the palace in preparation for the burial of Oba Adeyemi, who died on Friday night.
A PUNCH newspaper correspondent observed that to ward off the attacking bees, residents in the open space in the palace who were affected plucked tree branches and leaves to drive the unwanted creatures away.
A policeman was one of the victims and some of the mourners assisted him to drive away the bees and removed some of the insects which got stuck in his uniform.
Kemi Filani recalls that Alaafin Adeyemi, the third from the Alowodu Ruling House, died in the late hours of Friday at the Afe Babalola University Teaching Hospital, Ado Ekiti.
The remains of the top Yoruba traditional ruler were brought to Oyo in the early hours of Saturday and traditional rites began.
He was 83 years old and the longest reigning Alaafin ever, having ruled for 52 years.
Prior to his death, the traditional ruler was always in the News for stories revolving around his wives, especially his younger Queens. From being given a lap dance by one of them, to the time he reportedly demanded a DNA test from one of his wives, Olori Omoh, after she was caught sleeping with another man in the UK and to the time he kicked out his youngest and Igbo queen, Chioma, from the Palace for her dealings with Yahoo boys.
May his soul rest.