The Lagos State Police Command has reacted to news that the female gender are forbidden to be seen outside their homes or move around Ikorodu with effect from Tuesday.
Ikorodu is expected to hold is Oro Day, tomorrow.
In the Yoruba culture, females are not expected to be seen outside while the ‘Oro’ passss.
Spokesman of the Lagos command, SP Chike Oti, in a statement on Monday said Commissioner of Police in Lagos, Edgal Imohimi, called for a meeting over the news.
In attendance were the Ayangburen of Ikorodu, Oba Kabiru Shotobi, Palace Chiefs and the Commissioner for Local government and Chieftaincy affairs Alhaji Muslim Folami.
Oti noted: “The Oba stated during the meeting that it is unthinkable for a man with his level of exposure to do or say anything that would be seen as discriminatory against the female gender.
“He however, acknowledged that the festival is an age long tradition of Ikorodu people which had been even before he was born
“He added that the festival would hold without denying the female folks their right of freedom of movement.”
In his speech, the CP Lagos, stated that the Command will not tolerate any discriminatory tradition against the female gender.
He warned that the Command would deal ruthlessly with anybody who hides under the guise of custom or tradition to foment trouble in the state.
Imohimi further enjoined women to go about their lawful business without let or hindrance.