The Lagos State Police Command, has kicked against news making the rounds that the female gender are forbidden to be seen outside their homes or move around the town with effect from Tuesday 8/05/2018, being the day set aside as ORO DAY.
In view of the above, the Lagos state Commissioner of Police Edgal Imohimi, called for a meeting attended by the Ayangburen of Ikorodu, Oba Kabiru Shotobi, Palace Chiefs and the Commissioner for Local government and Chieftaincy affairs Alhaji Muslim Folami.
The Oba, stated during the meeting that it is unthinkable for a man with his level of exposure to do or say anything that would be seen as discriminatory against the female gender.
He however, acknowledged that the festival is an age long tradition of Ikorodu people which had been even before he was born. He added that the festival would hold without denying the female folks their right of freedom of movement.
The CP in his speech, stated that the Command will not tolerate any discriminatory tradition against the female gender.
He warned that the Police would deal ruthlessly with anybody who hide under the guise of custom or tradition to forment trouble in the state.
He therefore enjoined women to go about their lawful business without let or hindrance.
The meeting ended with a joint press statement signed by the Police Public Relations Officer SP Chike Oti, assuring the people of Ikorodu that the festival would be peaceful.