Residents of the ancient town of Ile-Ife, have been warned to remain indoors for the Oro deity to observe the final funeral rite for the late Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuade.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday in Ile-Ife, Osun state, observed that the palace town criers were going round the town announcing that residents, especially commercial drivers and motorcyclists should stay indoors between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m, in other to enable the Oro deity perform necessary rite for the departed monarch.
Head of Oro Cult in 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.
However, residents were apprehensive of the stay-at-home order as many of them rushed to the few available markets to get essentials that will last them for the day.
As a result of the curfew, some Heads of Departments in the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife cancelled the continuous assessment tests for their students earlier scheduled to hold on Saturday.
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 a hand bill to their colleagues, warning them against operating in Ife on Saturday.
It would be recalled that the Oro cult had on penultimate Friday, after the inter-religious farewell service for the monarch in Ife, asked residents of Ife to stay at home from 4 p.m. till dawn for the next seven days in continuation of the final rites of the late Sijuade.
Many residents had respected the order and were thinking it had ended on Friday but got a shock when the curfew order came on Saturday.