Calm Returns To Itire After Ambode’s Intervention

Calm Returns To Itire After Ambode’s Intervention

 

 

Otunba of Itire, Tajudeen Odubiyi (left); Onitire of Itire, Oba Lateef Abayomi Akanbi Dauda, Chief Imam of Itire, Alhaji Kazeem Onipele Saheed and Chief Rasaq Dauda at Ansar- Ud-Deen Mosque Praying ground during the last Sallah celebrations PHOTO: www.paxnigerian.com

Otunba of Itire, Tajudeen Odubiyi (left); Onitire of Itire, Oba Lateef Abayomi Akanbi Dauda, Chief Imam of Itire, Alhaji Kazeem Onipele Saheed and Chief Rasaq Dauda at Ansar- Ud-Deen Mosque Praying ground during the last Sallah celebrations PHOTO: www.paxnigerian.com

CALM has returned to Itire, Surulere Lagos after days of tension and pockets of looting following the death of the monarch, His Royal Highness, Oba Lateef Abayomi Akanbi Dauda, the Onitire of Itire (Odofin 1 late Saturday.

Since Saturday, commercial and human activities have been paralyzed especially after the declaration of a traditional curfew from 6pm till 6am. The once bubbling area of Surulere had been reduced to a near ghost town as people lived in fear for three days before Governor of Lagos, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode stepped in. Ambode who reportedly visited the Oba’s council on Tuesday appealed to them to extend the curfew till 12 midnight to allow people move freely especially people coming from work. He commiserated with the people of Itire even as he described the demise of the monarch as a “huge loss, not only to Itire people but the state in general”.

Markets and shops were ordered shut since on Sunday by the Oba’s Council in accordance with the tradition of the area.

Palpable fear had gripped residents who have all shuttered in as early as 7pm as unconfirmed rumors have it that human heads are usually used to ‘escort’ late kings in this part of the country. There is a popular saying among locals that during ‘Oro’ “if your dog or goat goes missing, go look for it, but if your relation or child goes missing, do not bother to look for that person”.

But life has returned to almost normal in Itire. When ONNLive visited the area around 10pm last night Wednesday, shops were still open and people were seen moving around like they did prior Saturday. The tension in the air had reduced and commercial buses that were carrying out skeletal services since Sunday had begun full operations. Keke, Okada and Danfo as well as taxis were busy jostling for commuters, right from Ijesha Market roundabout down to Lawanson bust stop. This was not the case as at Sunday through Tuesday when these places were deserted as early as 7pm.

The ‘oro’ (traditional rites of passage) for the late Oba will end by weekend.

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