The paramount ruler of the Igala Kingdom, His Royal Majesty (HRM) Alhaji Aliyu Ocheja Obaje is dead.
Aged 102, the Attah Igala’s death was announced by the state government on Monday.
Born in 1920, Dr. Aliyu Obaje was the youngest person ever to be installed as Attah Igala. He mounted the stool at the age of 36.
HRM Aliyu Obaje ascended the throne on the October 20, 1956 following the death of his predecessor, HRM Ameh Oboni.
He was one of the longest serving monarchs in Nigeria.
HRM Aliyu Obaje was the chairman of the Kogi State council of Traditional chiefs.
Having served as the Attah Igala for fifty years, he was a household name among the Igalas and indeed a majority of Nigerians.
He held the Nigerian national honour of GCFR (Grand Commander of the Federal Republic).