Oro Festival! Women Free To Move In Ikorodu – Oba
The news across Lagos and social media is that females are forbidden to be seen outside their homes or move around Ikorodu town from Tuesday, May 7, 2018 being the day set aside as Oro Day.
With past horrible stories from such warnings, the fear level has been high, and it got the police concerned.
So, the Lagos Police commissioner called for a meeting attended by the Ayangburen of Ikorodu, Oba Kabiru Shotobi, Palace Chiefs and the Commissioner for Local government and Chieftaincy affairs Alhaji Muslim Folami.
The Police PRO, SP Chike Oti, shared the details with the media on Monday evening.
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 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 but it would hold without denying the female folks their right of freedom of movement.
In his speech, the CP Lagos, stated that the Command would not tolerate any discriminatory tradition against the female gender.
He warned that the command would deal ruthlessly with anybody who hide under the guise of custom or tradition to foment trouble in the state.
And to women resident in Ikorodu or visiting, the CP says ‘go about your lawful business without hindrance’.
The meeting ended with a joint press statement assuring the people of Ikorodu that the festival would be peaceful.
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