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Ooni’s Final Rites: Palace Orders Residents To Stay Indoors For Oro Deity

 

ooni ifeResidents of the ancient town of Ile-Ife, Osun State have been warned to remain indoors for the Oro deity to observe the final funeral rites on Saturday for the late Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuade.

According to NAN, the palace town criers went round the town on Friday evening announcing that residents, especially commercial drivers and motorcyclists should stay indoors between 7 am and 6 pm on Saturday.

NAN reports that the unofficial curfew would enable the Oro deity to perform the necessary rites for the departed monarch. Compliance was high.

The head of Oro Cult in Ile-Ife, the Awara of Iwara, Oba Layi Adereti had ordered the curfew, warning that anyone who flouted the order, irrespective of age or gender would face its consequences.

As a result, residents rushed to the few available marketsFriday night to get essentials that will last them for the day.

It would be recalled that major markets in Ife have been shut since last week Friday when the burial rites started. However, some markets in Mayfair and its environs have been in operation.

As a result of the curfew, some heads of departments in Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife cancelled the continuous assessment tests earlier scheduled to hold on Saturday for their students.

Some students who reside off campus, have been advised to remain indoors in compliance with the Oro cult order.

Also, hundreds of commercial motorcyclists, popularly known as “Okada riders” were seen on Friday distributing handbills to their colleagues, warning them against operating in Ile-Ife on Saturday.

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