The Nigerian Police Force has revealed that the traditional rite known as the Oro Festival which was scheduled for Saturday, March 18, in Lagos, has been cancelled.
The Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, disclosed this while addressing men of the press on Saturday morning.
He affirmed that, after putting a call through to the traditional ruler of Ikate, the monarch assured that the Oro festival only took place in some parts of the state between Thursday and Friday.
He said, “When the news went viral that there will be Oro between Wednesday and Thursday, the major city that is concerned is Ikate land where we have Kabiyesi Oba Elegushi and I personally put a call to Kayesi to find out what is the situation.
“I am a Yoruba man, and I know what it is when they say they will have Oro cult or Oro festival. I know definitely many people will not be allowed to move particularly women and he clarified and said the Oro festival will end yesterday (Friday). So, this means it’s not a threat to the electoral process in any way because the election is today (Saturday).”
There have been concerns, as the Oro Festival customarily barred women and children from walking late at night, especially, as elections was already afoot.
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