Oro Day:Ikorodu Deserted As Police, Ayangburen Say Women Free To Move During Festival

Folake Sokoya

Despite the statement jointly signed by the Lagos State Police Command and the Monarch of Ikorodu to assure females around the town that they could move freely during the Oro Day festival,National Wire can report that major areas of the town are now deserted by women.

In a statement jointly signed by the State Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi and the Ayangburen of Ikorodu, Oba Kabiru Shotobi,on Monday, shortly after a meeting, the the women folk were assured of their safety and freedom of movement.

The statement had blamed the report that went viral on social media on “mischief makers.”

Our correspondent,however,reported that there is no movement by women in some major areas of Ikorodu and banks do not open for business.

It was observed that there was no human and vehicular movements in Aga,Ojubode and no shops opened in the populous Sabo and Garage, all in ikorodu.

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The statement had said:“The attention of the Lagos State Police Command has been drawn to the news making the rounds on the social media that the female gender is forbidden to be seen outside their homes or move around the town with effect from tomorrow 8/05/2018 being the day set aside as ORO DAY.

“In view of the above, the CP Lagos called for a meeting attended by the Ayangburen of Ikorodu, Oba Kabiru Shotobi, Palace Chiefs and the Commissioner for Local Government and Community Affairs, Alhaji Muslim Folami.

“The Oba stated during the meeting that it is unthinkable for a man with his level of exposure to do or say anything that would be seen as discriminatory against the female gender. He however, acknowledged that the festival is an age long tradition of Ikorodu people which had been even before he was born. He added that the festival would hold without denying the female folks their right of freedom of movement.”

It also quoted the Commissioner of Police as saying that the Command will not tolerate any discriminatory tradition against the female gender, warning that the Command would deal ruthlessly with anybody who hides under the guise of custom or tradition to forment trouble in the state.

Imohimi, therefore, enjoined women to go about their lawful business without let or hindrance.

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