In the aftermath of the arrest and eventual parade of masquerades for breach of peace and alleged robbery by the State Police Commissioner, Mr. Imohimi Edgal, the Olu of Agege community, Oba Kamilu Isiba has reacted to the viral reports.
Recall that the masquerades were apprehended by security operatives on Tuesday, October 3, 2017, in Elere community, Agege, Lagos Mainland, with the video going viral after the Police chief revealed that the masquerades do not have the approval of the traditional institutions in Agege.
Reacting to the arrest, the monarch who spoke to Agege TV said the Police authorities did not contact him when the incident occurred. “The Police Chiefs did not call me before or after the masquerades were arrested as claimed in the video that went viral,” Oba Isiba said.
He continued saying: “It was the next day of the occurrence that members of the arrested masquerades came to my palace to brief me of the incident and I immediately sent my Chiefs and Baales to investigate and know what really transpired.
“I will never support the breakdown of law and order in my community and Lagos state at Large. I have no knowledge of the activities of the arrested masquerades and their followers. They are not from Agege but Ojokoro LCDA which used to be under Agege LGA.”
Speaking further, the monarch said that: *It is an eyesore and embarrassing for a traditional masquerade to display an act of hooliganism and forceful collection of personal belongings of members of the public all in the name of celebrating tradition.
“The Law should take its course but at the same time, we must respect tradition and culture. Masquerades should not be seen attacking, robbing, stealing and disturbing the peace of the community. Any masquerade doing such will be dealt with even according to traditional rules guiding their conduct.”
Oba Isiba concluded saying “I implore the people of Agege and Lagos to be law abiding, go on with their daily activities without violence, respect the law, obey the Police because they are your friend, and don’t hesitate to report any suspected criminal activities to them.”