For new visitors to the usually lively Ikorodu community, one would think a major plague struck the entire community as popular places filled with vibrant active youths and adults alike are deserted due to the ongoing Oro festival celebrated by traditional chiefs in Ikorodu.
Recall that InsideMainland had earlier reported the announcement of the festival by the Ikorodu monarch and the subsequent joint statement issued by the operatives of Lagos State Police Command and the Ayangburen of Ikorodu, Oba Kabir Shotobi, insisting that female residents should be allowed to move freely
In a direct response, the traditionalists in Ikorodu insisted on going ahead with the scheduled festival defying the orders of the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Imohimi Edgal and the monarch.
The development, however, drove fear into the female residents who stayed back in their homes to observe the imposed curfew.
Presently, the Oro festival is ongoing in Ikorodu community with the traditional chiefs gathering at the popular Ajina market, Ikorodu, Lagos Mainland, just after returning from a procession across parts of the community.
As a result of the festival and the curfew imposed on female residents, major markets in Ikorodu including Ladega, Obun-Ale and Obun-Oke markets are currently shut.
Similarly, other leading shopping malls and complexes scattered around Ikorodu community are under locks and keys as a result of the ongoing festivals. In addition, schools including government and privately owned ones are currently shut while only a few schools in the outskirts of Ikorodu town are opened.
See more photos from parts of Ikorodu below.