- Activities in Ikorodu area of Lagos have been paralysed due to Oro Festival
- Most of the economic and social activities were restricted in the area
- Also movement of women and vehicles were restricted despite police warnings
The Oro Festival in Ikorodu on Tuesday, May 8, paralysed 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.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that women in the town kept off the streets 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 age-long practice restricting movement.
The statement had blamed “mischief makers” for the development in the town, going by 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 will deal with anybody who hides under the guise of custom or tradition to foment trouble in the state.
NAIJ.com earlier reported that the police had debunked claims that female are not free to move around Ikorodu area of Lagos state on Tuesday, May 8, due to Oro festival.
The Lagos state commissioner of police, Edgal, said that the command would not tolerate any discriminatory tradition against the female gender under the guise of custom or tradition.
Edgal assured female residents in the area of their safety and right of freedom of movement during the period of the festival.
He also said the police would deal decisively with any individual or group found molesting or harassing the women in the area.
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