The turtle, who was the oldest in Africa, was sick a few days before she disappeared on Thursday. She became a popular breed during the ascension of the current Ogbomosoland Soun’s throne, oba Oladunni Oyewumi, the monarch offering good shelter and sanitary support to the turtle during her stay on earth.
Toyin Ajamu, private secretary of Oba Oyewumi, confirmed that the turtle, which drew people from all walks of life in Nigeria and abroad, will be sadly missed by the palace family and all those who came to Nigeria to be in contact with Alagba during his life.
“Alagba had lived in the palace for centuries. The turtle has already hosted many monarchs in Ogbomoso. Alagba became popular because Oba Oladunni Oyewumi, Soun de ogbomosoland, used his personal resources to ensure his well-being, “he said.
“The turtle had two members of the palace staff dedicated to it. They provide food, health support and other logistical support to ensure they receive the best treatment. Kabiyesi often shared great moments with Alagba. Every day, Alagba welcomed tourists from different parts of the world. The palace family, the Ogbomoso community and the tourism industry are mourning the death of Alagba, “the report added.
The palace secretary explained that plans were under way to preserve Alagba’s body in the historical archives.