Confirming the incident to the Nigerian Tribune, the Private Secretary to Oba Oyewumi, Toyin Ajamu revealed that the tortoise which was attracted people from all works of life to the palace, will be greatly missed.
Ajamu revealed that Alagba which was the oldest tortoise in Africa, had lived in the palace for centuries and played host to many monarchs in Ogbomoso in the past. The tortoise became popular after Oba Oladunni Oyewumi, used his personal resources to cater for her well being.
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Alagba had two staff dedicated to her well being throughout her life time/Nigerian Tribune
According to Ajamu: “The tortoise had two staff members of the palace, dedicated to her. They provide food, health support and other logistics, so as to make sure she gets the best treatment. Often times, Kabiyesi shared great moments with Alagba.
On a daily basis, Alagba, had tourists visiting her from different part of the world. The palace household, Ogbomoso community and stakeholders in the tourism sector are mourning Alagba’s passing.“
The private secretary to the Oba, also stated that plans to preserve Alagba’s body for historical records, have been set in motion.