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  • Updated: August 18, 2023

Lagos: Ikorodu Monarch Confirms Curfew Over Eleku Festival

Lagos: Ikorodu Monarch Confirms Curfew Over Eleku Festival

The Olumale Eluku of Ikorodu, Chief Murisiku Oreagba, has confirmed the authenticity of the announced curfew in some areas in Ikorodu to the Lagos State Police Command.

Oreagba was contacted by the command following concern over a flyer circulating on social media warning residents of the area, especially the non-Yoruba indigenes, to keep off Ikorodu town from 10 pm and 5.30 am on Saturday, August 19 and Tuesday, August 22, 2023.

The flyer reads: “Oba Abdul-Kabir Shototobi has confirmed that this year’s Eluku Festival (Ikorodu Town) will come up on the dates above.

 “He advised both males, females, sons, and daughters, residents, strangers, car owners, Okada riders, Keke Marwa riders, drivers and especially those who are non-Yoruba or indigene of Ikorodu Town to please stay away from coming into Ikorodu Township from 10 pm to 5:30 am on the above-named dates.”

Confirming the authenticity of the information o the police, Oregaba noted that the festival would affect only the centres of the town and not the entire town.

“Yes. It’s in the centre of the town, not the whole of Ikorodu. It has boundaries, not the entire Ikorodu. It’s the old centre of the town. It does not affect everywhere.

“Like, on Lagos Road, people will be out, banks will operate, but at Ajina which is the centre of the town and Cele – those old centres – they are the affected areas. Those who live in the centre of the town are aware that we do a cultural event every year. At Ebute, people will come out,” he explained.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Benjamin Hundeyin, who noted that the command had no knowledge of any security threat in the area, stated the command's alertness in case any arises. 

 “So far, we don’t have any problem in Ikorodu. Our intelligence so far has not gathered that there is any threat to security. We are on alert, we have our ears on the ground and we will do everything possible to forestall a breakdown of law and order and the people have access to us, so if there is any issue, you can rest assured that we will respond quickly,” Hundeyin said,

Omotayo Odesanya, a resident who claimed to be a member of the Eluku family confirmed to newsmen that the festival will take place and only a few people had the right to be outside during the event.

Another resident contested the order seeking residents to stay away during the event.

“I heard only males are allowed. Some people also said non-indigenes are not allowed, but if we are all Yoruba, there should not be any discrimination,” Bamijoki Idowu, another resident said. 

 

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