Attah of Igala, Idakwo Michael Ameh Oboni II, dies at 72

Attah of Igala, Idakwo Michael Ameh Oboni II, is dead. Sources said he died on Thursday morning at Nisa Premier Hospital in Abuja after undergoing a pile operation.

The 72-year-old, who was the chairman, Kogi State traditional council, was said to have had a stroke which complicated the procedure.

There is yet no official confirmation of the death because, according to sources, Yahaya Bello, the governor of the state, wants to respect tradition.

Ameh ascended the throne in 2012 as the 27th Attah of Igala after the death of his predecessor, Aliyu Obaje, the 26th Attah who ruled for 56 years before his demise, having been installed in 1956.

Ameh was chosen unanimously as successor by the four ruling houses in Igalaland to succeed the throne after Obaje’s demise.

The abrupt end of the 27th Attah is similar to that of Ameh Oboni I, the 25th ruler of Igalaland.

 While the 27th Attah spent about nine years on the throne, the 25th spent 10 years after he was installed in 1946.

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