Residents of Ile-Ife have been warned to remain indoors as traditionalists wrap up the funeral rites for the immediate past Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuade. The final rites are to be performed by the Oro deity.
Town criers went from street to street on Friday asking residents especially commercial drivers and motorcyclists to keep off the roads between 7am and 6pm. Head of the Oro cult in the town and the Awara of Iwara, Oba Layi Adereti, warned that anyone who flouts the order irrespective of age or gender would face its consequences.
Many residents rushed to the few available markets to get essentials that would last them for the day. Major markets in the town have been shut since penultimate Friday when the burial rites started.
As a result of the curfew, some Heads of Departments at the Obafemi Awolowo University located in the town, cancelled the continuous assessment tests for their students scheduled for yesterday. Some students, who reside off campus, were advised to remain indoors in compliance with the Oro cult order.
Also, hundreds of commercial motorcyclists, popularly known as Okada, were seen on Friday distributing a handbill to their colleagues, warning them against operating in Ife yesterday.