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ORO FESTIVAL: Women to Stay Indoor in Ikorodu, Police Says Move Around

Valentine Chinyem



HRH Oba Kabiru Adewale Shotobi, through his palace, has issued a circular ordering all women to stay indoor all through today, 8 of May, because of Oro Day.

The Oro Day, also known as Magbo Festival in Ikorodu, is a popular festival amongst South Western States. It is an annual celebration, with only men who are natives of the community allowed to participate in the Oro festival.

However, its ritual differs from town to town. Depending on the community, the Oro lasts between four days to three lunar months. In places like Ikorodu, the celebration lasts a day.

However, the Lagos State police command, has issued a statement, to debunk such claims. In a statement issued on the 7th of May, it stated that women are free to move around, with stern warning to those who may want to attack any woman, under the guise of the Oro festival. These was contained in statement jointly signed by the Lagos state commissioner of police, Imohimi Edgal and the Ayangburen of Ikorodu, Oba Kabiru Shotobi, shortly after a meeting

The statement read;
” 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.”

The statement 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 foment trouble in the state.