In Akure, capital city of Ondo State, the Traditionalists across the country converged last weekend for the burial of the President of the Reformed Ogboni Fraternity (ROF) in Nigeria, Chief Araba Ajemoju.
Since the demise of the Ogboni fraternity leader, there has been fear and anxiety among the people concerning the rumours that many people especially strangers would be killed as rituals for the burial of the late traditionalist.
However, he was buried on Saturday at his residence located at Araromi area of Akure after public procession by other traditionalists. As the rumour spread round the town, all the streets in the state capital were deserted while the parks were closed to prevent travelers from coming in from outside the state.
Many resident stayed indoor throughout the weekend while shops and commercial places were closed before 6pm since he died. News went round the state capital that a curfew had been declared from 5:30am to 6:30pm and without checking it’s authenticity, resident obeyed it for fear of the unknown.
No native of the town were mostly affected as the rumour had it that strangers are to be used for the rituals.
Speaking on the development the Police Image Maker, Femi Joseph said the culture and tradition of the people should be respected, hence the need for people to co-operate with the traditionalists. Joseph however gave assurance that the security of all the residents of the town would be guaranteed. He said:
“No human life must be wasted in the name of tradition.”
He added the police is here to protect and preserve people’s lives, therefore none would be be lost, and neither would there be crisis in the town despite the burial.