Amole festival paralyzes economic and social activities in Akure
Economic and social activities in Akure, the capital of Ondo state, were blocked on Thursday as shops and stores were closed for the annual traditional Amole festival in the town.
The traditional leader of Akure, Deji of Akure, Oba Aladetoyinbo Aladelusi, had ordered the closure of all shops and markets in Akure metropolis and its surroundings.
Nigerian Tribune observed that only banks, government offices and gas stations opened while most of the streets in the state capital were deserted.
While there was movement around the city, most traditional markets, such as Oja Oba,
Erekesan, Odo Ikoyi, Isolo, Isikan, Oba ile and Arakale were abandoned in accordance with the directive of the traditional ruler.
Meanwhile, some thugs who moved around the city took advantage of the closure to attack some traders who flouted the directive.
In the Bolajoko neighborhood of Oke-Aro, along Idanre Road, thugs blocked the road and looted a bus loaded with food and other household items.
An eyewitness in the area said all the goods were taken away by the thugs who caused confusion in the area as some locals ran in disorder.
According to eyewitnesses, in addition to looting the bus, the thugs abducted the sales representative’s three-year-old daughter and the thug deflated her car’s tires.
The salesman explained that he was taking his daughter to school when the incident happened and the thugs blocked him and dumped all the goods in the vehicle.
He said he was not selling today as a sign of respect for the holiday which prohibits the opening of shops, markets, buying and selling.
After two hours, good-natured people from the neighborhood followed the boys and were able to unite the little girl with her father.
Contacted about the incident, Akure’s Deji spokesperson, Mr Michael Adeyeye, said the palace was unaware of the incident.
He promised that a proper investigation would be carried out to unmask the perpetrator of the necessary traditional actions.
Akure’s Deji Palace had told residents on Wednesday that all markets, shops and stores in Akure would be closed today.
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