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Oro cult group threatens to defy court order, imposes 3-day curfew in Ogun - CAN, Muslim clerics cry out


Ifedayo Ogunyemi

A group of Christian and Islamic clerics in the Ipokia Local Government area of Ogun State has petitioned the state governor, Ibikunle Amosun as Oro Cult group has decided to defy a court order by imposing day-time curfew on residents of the community. 

They alleged that the cult group has informed residents in the Idiroko axis that the day-time curfew will start on Friday, 10th of August and end on Sunday, 12th of August and again later in the month and September. 

According to a petition signed by their legal counsels, Samson Kayode and David Folalu of Kayode Samson & Associates,  they alleged that the cult group has the backing of the Kabiyesi of Idiroko, Oba John Olakunle Ojo.

This however is against the January 30th ruling of the Ogun State High Court sitting in Ipokia that the cult group has no constitutional powers to declare or impose day-time curfew in the area. 

They also also alleged that group threatened to attack those who participated in securing the judgement of the court during the curfew. 

The petitioners appealed to the state government to prevail on the Kabiyesi of Idiroko and the traditional authorities in order to avert religious crisis in the state. 

Honourable Justice S. M. Owodunni had ruled in the favour of the petitioners in suit no: M/8/2017 challenging the rights of the Oro cult group to declare and impose curfew on the residents of the communities.

In the ruling made available to our correspondent, the court declared that the "respondents, their agents,  privies and their cohorts lack the statutory and or constitutional power to declare and or impose a day time curfew on the applicants or nay other citizens/residents in Ipokia, Idiroko, Ihunbo, Ifoyintedo, Ogosa, Koko, Ilashe, Ibatefin, Agosasa, Oniru, Mede and Ajegunle and villages thereunder for the purpose of celebrating oro festival. 

"Imposition of day time curfew on the applicants or any other citizens/residents is unlawful and unconstitutional as same violates the rights of the applicants.

"Oro festival can only be celebrated between the hours of 12am-4am in the midnight subject to the government approval and undertaken to maintain peace. 

"The respondents are hereby restrained from declaring or imposing a day time curfew or in any manner interfering with the fundamental rights of the applicants to freedom of movement."


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