Olubadan warns against violence as Egungun festival begins
The Olubadan of Ibadan land, Oba Saliu Adetunji, on Sunday called for peaceful celebration as this year’s Egungun festival begins.
The first-class monarch gave the advice at his Popoyemoja, Ibadan palace in his message to the people of Ibadan.
Noting that the Egungun festival is a month-long celebration of the rich custom and tradition of the people, Oba Adetunji explained that the festival was not a licence for hoodlums to unleash terror and violence on the society.
The Olubadan who regretted pockets of violence in the previous editions warned that there would be zero-tolerance for violence this year.
He called on the people to join hands with the law enforcement agents in maintaining peace, noting that security breach of any kind would not be tolerated.
According to the Olubadan, the masqueraders and their followers are expected to follow the routes already lined up for them by the law enforcement agents, warning that any masquerader who goes against the route lined up for him risks the wrath of the law.
He stated further that the use of dangerous weapons such as guns, daggers, swords, bottles and machetes was outlawed, warning that he would not seek bail for anyone going against the law of the land in the name of Egungun celebration.