Long Overdue! Court Declares its illegal for ‘ORO’ cult to impose curfew

The Yoruba ‘ORO’ cult, though dying as a result of civilisation still carry out their rituals, especially in the hinterlands.
Where ever this ceremony holds a few traditions are observed. For one, movement is restricted between certain periods of the day-sometimes during the day, like in Ikorodu, Lagos and other areas in South West Nigeria.
Also strangers are expected to stay indoors and women are not supposed to see them, while their traditional rites are being observed.
Some people who live within these communities have kicked against the restrictions and dangers inhabitants face when they mistakenly stumble on cult members, while they carry out these rituals. For example, in Ikorodu, people have called for the scraping of the cult.
Well, two groups in Ipokia, Ogun state, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and Muslim Ummah, have gone beyond just calling for a scrap, to filing a suit against the society.
And guess, what a High court sitting in Abeokuta, the capital of Ogun have granted the groups their petition.
The court in its verdict, outlawed the restriction of movement during the day and ordered that the Oro festival or ritual should only be celebrated between midnight and 4 a.m.
Justice Sikiru Owodunni, who delivered the judgment, also ordered that Oro worshippers have no constitutional power to impose curfew on the people.

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