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Ooni of Ife’s Final Funeral Rites: Palace Warns Residents to Stay Indoors for Oro Deity




Oba Okunade Sijuwade

Residents of the ancient town of Ile-Ife, have been warned to remain indoors for the Oro deity to observe the final funeral rites for the late Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday in Ile-Ife, Osun, 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.

NAN reports that this will enable the Oro deity perform necessary rites for the departed monarch.

It was gathered that the 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 would last them for the day.

It would be recalled that major market places in Ife had been shut since last week Friday when the burial rites started.

Although, some markets in Mayfair and its environs have been in operation.

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.

The Vice President of the Okada Riders Association, Ile-Ife chapter, Idowu Akamo, told NAN that the fliers became imperative because some members of the association were always busy and might not have heard the town criers while making the announcement.

He said that many of the residents as well as the Okada riders had thought the mourning period would end on August 21, adding that many residents were surprised when they heard the stay-at-home order.

According to him, the Oro people should not be dared because the consequences might be disastrous, saying the association will not like to lose its members because of disobedience.

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.


The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) was established by the Federal Government of Nigeria in May 1976 to gather and distribute news on Nigeria and cover events of interest to Nigeria at the international level for the benefit of the Nigerian Media and the Public.


  1. Olu

    August 22, 2015 at 8:47 pm

    Another part of the culture that should be wiped…..but….oh well.

  2. Nell

    August 22, 2015 at 9:00 pm

    Demonic activities in 2015. This is so sad

  3. Author Unknown

    August 22, 2015 at 9:17 pm

    Where exactly does the cultural practice stop, and the Nigerian Criminal Code begin? And we pretend to live in a modern society?

  4. Pat

    August 22, 2015 at 10:01 pm

    With all this devious rites they are performing, how does his soul rest in peace (sigh)

    • jide

      August 22, 2015 at 10:25 pm

      Rest in peace ke? That’s impossible. Owner of evil load will always carry it. Why do you think thieir child, and children’s children are troubled for generations? Small time they will all repent and claim Christianity after shedding innocent blood. As for me I live by numbers 23:23 there shall be no enchantment against Jacob nor divination against Israel.

  5. mary

    August 23, 2015 at 1:52 am

    i c an’t believe that this type of evil tradition is still practiced in 2015. only one person died and the whole of the community is being held hostage for a barbaric culture that should have been wiped out long ago to take place. we claim to live in a modern world. even when Jesus Christ died, people were not held hostage. May God have mercy on them.

  6. Null

    August 23, 2015 at 1:57 am

    Is it bad/sad for me to say I am a christian and try not to believe such things…. but God helps those who help themselves. I’d rather adhere to such rules and ‘jejely’ stay inside my house if I were there. All these cultural things, I’d rather steer clear of cos don’t even want to know or experience any consequences

  7. kay

    August 23, 2015 at 2:20 pm

    & what about the runaway abobaku

  8. Dinky

    August 23, 2015 at 2:32 pm

    This is arrant nonsense!! How can a tradition halt business activities in a modern era? What sort of activity would hold a major town to ransom? I would probably not be this upset if the curfew would start midnight and probably end in the wee hours. But disrupting commercial activities because of Oro is the height of insanity as far as I am concerned

  9. Tez

    August 23, 2015 at 7:51 pm

    Which year are we in again? Abeg, these things should be phased out. nsuto mkpo!

  10. teepee

    August 24, 2015 at 9:26 am

    Pls wen will dey end d curfew bcos am tired of staying indoor

  11. samS

    August 24, 2015 at 11:14 am

    it’s crazy,Yes we know his a traditional ruler but he came to this world same way every human did,how can people hide indoors just because his dead,did he live his life for anybody?

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