Two killed, monarch’s car set ablaze in Ekiti over stoppage of Ogun festival
Two persons have been reported killed in Ire-Ekiti, Oye Local Government Area of Ekiti State, in the violence that erupted yesterday as youths protested against stoppage of the annual celebration of Ogun Onire traditional festival in the town due to COVID-19.
A vehicle belonging to the town’s monarch, Oba Victor Bobade, was also set ablaze by some angry youths who were determined to celebrate the festival on Sunday. Governor Kayode Fayemi had, in an attempt to halt the spread of coronavirus, stopped the celebration of traditional festivals across the state.
To enforce the government’s directive, the Onire of Ore Ekiti, Bobade, told the Ogun adherents to shelve this year’s celebration, which pitted him against the worshippers as he met some resistance from some irate youths who insisted on celebrating the festival.