84-Year-Old Legendary Crocodile Dies

The ancient city of Ibadan has long been a favoured destination for tourists, with Delesolu’s Palace standing out as a popular choice due to its many historical sites.

Located in the popular Oje community of Ibadan North-East, in Oyo State capital, the palace is known for its unique practice of rearing crocodiles as pets.

Today, on March 28, 2024, the legendary crocodile at the palace passed away.

Chief Raufu Yusuffu Delesolu (Ayingun Olubadan), head of the family and a respected chief in the ancient city, shared the story that the crocodile was brought to Igbejo Delesolu in 1940 after the first one was acquired by white men.

Since then, it had resided in Delesolu Compound until its recent demise.

Chief Raufu explained that people from various backgrounds, including Africans and white visitors, enjoyed seeing and feeding the crocodile with different food.

He explained that the crocodile had been around for about 84 years, predating his own birth.

Contrary to speculations, Chief Raufu clarified that the crocodile was not worshipped as a deity by their ancestors, but was instead treated as a cherished pet.

He reminisced about times when the crocodile would venture out during heavy rains, prompting a search by men in the compound to bring it back to safety.

While the family mourns the loss of the crocodile, it’s making arrangements for its burial within the family compound.

Despite this loss, there are still other tourist attractions within the compound and Oje community, with plans to potentially acquire another pet to continue preserving their heritage.