Following the demise of the Ooni of Ife, residents of the ancient town have been warned to stay in-doors between the hours of 9am. and 4pm. on Wednesday, August 12, as the burial rites for the late Oba is expected to hold, The News Agency of Nigeria reports (NAN) reports.
Oba Layi Adereti, the traditional ruler of Iwara-Ife and the head of the Oro cult gave the stern warning on Monday, August 10.
Oba Adereti explained that the restriction was to carry out the exclusive Oro rites which marks the final rite of passage of the late Oba Okunade Sijuwade. He warned that both males and females were expected to heed to the warning by staying in-door. He added that after the final rite of passage, other necessary rites would follow.
“The proclamation of the demise of Ooni will be made public during the Oro festival, being the final rites on the demise of Ooni of Ife.
“The residents of the ancient town are therefore urged to keep away from the streets between the hours of 9am. and 4pm. during which the Oro deity will be out.
“With the announcement, people are advised to stay indoors for the period when the Oro will be out,”
Earlier, members of a fraternity reportedly entered into Oduduwa shrine and other sacred forests , to perform further rites On the demise of the Ooni.