According to the Nigeria Police Force, there will be no Oro celebrations in Lagos State today, as earlier confirmed by Oba Elegushi on Thursday.
There have been fears from Lagosians that the traditional festival which restricts movement will hinder them from exercising their civic duties, after rumours that the rite will draw on till Saturday.
However, Muyiwa Adejobi, the Force’s public relations officer, claimed that only one region of the state had participated in Oro, which he acknowledged had finished yesterday.
Speaking to Channels Television, Adejobi said: “When the news went viral that there will be Oro between Wednesday and Thursday, the major city that is concerned is Ikate land where we have Kabiyesi Oba Elegushi and I personally put a call to Kayesi to find out what is the situation.
“I am a Yoruba man, and I know what it is when they say they will have Oro cult or Oro festival. I know definitely many people will not be allowed to move particularly women and he clarified and said the Oro festival will end yesterday (Friday). So, this means it’s not a threat to the electoral process in any way because the election is today.
“I think if the Oro is over today, that settles it. So, according to the information I have from Lagos State, the Oro ends today Friday and the election is tomorrow. So, I don’t think it is a threat to the electoral process in any way,” Adejobi said.
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