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ORO FESTIVAL: Ikorodu traditionalists defy Police, Oba orders; impose curfew on female residents

Following InsideMainland’s report on the curfew imposed on female residents in Ikorodu community and the joint response by the Lagos State Command and the Ayangburen of Ikorodu, Oba Kabir Shotobi, saying that women are allowed to move freely, InsideMainland reliably gathered that the Ikorodu traditionalists have continued with the Oro festival as planned.

This development has gone against the instructions of the Command and the Ikorodu monarch who in a joint statement insisted that female residents were allowed to move freely to go about their lawful business without let or hindrance.

InsideMainland gathered exclusively that in some parts of Ikorodu community such as Owolowo, Obun Ale, Anibaba, Ijomu, Ajina, and Aga, female residents are currently under the Oro festival imposed curfew.

Sources confirmed to InsideMainland that the traditional chiefs have commenced the Oro festival rites with a procession held across parts of the community to culminate at the Ajina market.

A resident told InsideMainland that the government has not handled the development properly saying that age long traditions of this nature are not cancelled on the eve of such events.

“Where on earth would you instruct that a tradition that has continued for decades be stopped just hours into it? I am not a proponent of the festival because it is completely against every form of freedom for humanity asides the female folks. But we also have to consider the implications of such last minute decisions,” the source said.

Meanwhile, another resident confirmed that some usually busy markets are already deserted in the community due to the curfew. “Markets like Ladega, Obun-Ale and busy shopping outlets in Ikorodu are currently deserted since no one came out to open their stores due to fear,” the source said.

“If you want to see women outside their homes, you would get to plaves like Haruna, Agric, Majidun or the outskirts of Ikorodu where the festival have little or no effect,” the resident added.

More updates to follow as it unfolds.

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