On the 8th of May, the Ikorodu city on the outskirts of Lagos Metropolis marked its seasonal Oro festival at night, and the effects of the yearly celebration have been recorded.
The Oro Festival in Ikorodu on Tuesday paralyzed social and economic activities and restricted movement of women in spite of the assurance given by the police and the traditional institution on free movement.
NAN reports that women in the town couldn’t leave there home, while banks and other businesses shut down, with no vehicular and human movements in major sections such as Aga, Ojubode, and motor parks,
Lagos Police Commissioner, Edgal Imohimi, and Ikorodu monarch, Oba Kabiru Shotobi, had on Monday jointly issued a statement, assuring women of their safety during the festival contrary to the agelong practice restricting movement.
The statement had blamed “mischief makers” for the development in the town, going by a social media report on the festival.
It also quoted the Commissioner of Police as saying that the command would not tolerate any discriminatory tradition against the female gender.
The statement further warned that the command would deal with anybody who hides under the guise of custom or tradition to foster trouble in the state.