By Banji Aluko

Ekiti State Police Command has asked the people of Ijere Ekiti to cancel this year’s Ogun festival in which has been scheduled to hold on Thursday.

The command in a statement by its Public Relations Officer Sunday Abutu said the ban was in line with government directive on the prohibition of festivals amidst the covid-19 pandemic.

Four persons were reportedly killed few days ago following a crisis that greeted the Ogun festival Olin Ire Ekiti.

The statement reads “The attention of the Nigeria Police Force, Ekiti State Command, has been drawn to the proposed plan of the people of Ijero-Ekiti Community to celebrate their Ogun Festival scheduled for Thursday 13th August, 2020 amidst the ravaging COVID-19 pandemic.

“The Command wishes to remind the good people of Ekiti State, particularly the people of Ijero-Ekiti Community that the Federal Government as well as the State Government’s directive that all gatherings are prohibited as a measure to curb the spread of COVID-19 is still in force.

” In view of this, the Ekiti State Police Command hereby declare the proposed festival slated for Thursday 13th August, 2020 in Ijero-Ekiti as illegal and should be cancelled till further notice.

“The Commissioner of Police, Ekiti state Command, CP Tunde Mobayo therefore, implores all Stakeholders, Elders, Parents and Guardians to warn their wards to boycott the proposed festival and allow peace a chance to reign in the state for the benefit of all and our Society.

The Commissioner hereby assures the good people of Ekiti State that the security and safety of lives and properties of the citizens remains his top priority.