Weeks after the public outrage that trailed the curfew imposed on female residents in some parts of Ikorodu community, new developments have indicated that the traditionalists in Ikorodu community, Lagos Mainland, are not putting an end to the actions anytime soon.
This is following the announcement by the traditional chiefs belonging to the Dada Family in Ikorodu that there will be strict movement restriction for residents and visitors to Ikorodu Town on Wednesday, August 29, 2018, and Saturday, September 1, 2018.
In a flyer signed by the Dada Family with the authorization of the Ayangburen of Ikorodu, Oba Kabir Shotobi, the proposed restriction which is part of the traditional ceremony for the annual Eluku Festival in the community will be binding on “males, females, sons, daughters, resident strangers, car owners, okada riders, keke marwa riders, transport drivers, tipper drivers trailers and especially those who are not original indigenes of Ikorodu.”
The “non indigenes are advised to stay away from entering into Ikorodu Township from 10:00 pm to 5:30 am” on the aforementioned dates.
In addition, the restriction from Wednesday, August 29, 2018, will occur from 10:00 pm till 5:30 am on Thursday, August 30, 2018, while that of Saturday, September 1, 2018, will end at the same time on Sunday, Saturday, September 2, 2018.
In the last three months, residents of Ikorodu especially women have be forced to stay indoors due to the Magbo and Liwe Oro festivals celebrated by the traditionalists in the community.
At the time, the Lagos State Police Commissioner, Imohimi Edgal announced that the traditionalists have no right to enforce a no movement order or impose curfew on residents ordering that women should be allowed to be move.
The traditionalists defied the orders going ahead with the celebrations leaving the roads deserted including schools, markets and malls shut.