Commercial and business activities were shut down yesterday morning in Akure, the capital city of Ondo state.
The Akure Kingdom is reportedly celebrating the Igogo festival. Earlier in the previous day, messages in the social media and sms have been circulated in the town preparatory to this morning lockdown.
It read, “Be informed that Arakale and Oba Adesida Oda Roads shall be closed tomorrow Thursday 19th October between 6:00AM to 12 noon because of a notable Masquerade (‘Igogo’) that will be paraded. Considering the nature of the said Masquerade, everyone is expected to stay at home as the period lasts. Thanks for your understanding. Pls inform others”.
At about 9:00 AM yesterday, a mammoth crowd led by several ceremoniously decorated masquerades were seen proceeding from the paramount ruler’s palace, the Deji of Akure.
Commercial and private vehicles made a u-turn in a bid to avoid the invading traditionalists. Businesses hurriedly closed shops, as commercial banks in the ever busy Arakale and Oba Adesida followed suit.
Stranded commuters could be seen making their ways through the rowdy crowd to get to their destinations.