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Ooni of Ife: Oro worshippers hold final rites Aug 12, residents advised to stay indoors

11/08/2015 19:44

The Head of Oro cult in Ife, who is also the Awara of Iwara Ife, Oba Layi Adereti, has said that the formal announcement of the demise of the late Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade, will be made on Wednesday, August 12, 2015.

The announcement will be done after the conclusion of a traditional rite that would be done by Oro worshippers in the town on Wednesday.

Residents of Ile-Ife, Osun State, are urged to stay indoors so that the Oro worshippers will carry out one of the final rites for the death of the late traditional ruler.

Residents are urged to stay indoors between 9am and 4pm.

The death of the Oba will be made public on Wednesday, same day will be a procession of Oro cult members.

Residents are advised to obey the restriction of movement order, or do otherwise at their risk.

"This is an official statement from the palace of Awara of Iwara Ife, who is the head of the Oro deity - that on Wednesday, August 12, 2015, there would be an official proclamation of the demise of the Ooni of Ife.

"The proclamation will be made public during the Oro festival, being the final rite on the demise of the Ooni of Ife.

"Residents of the ancient town are, therefore, urged to keep away from the streets between the hours of 9am and 4pm during which the Oro deity would be out.

"With the announcement, the people are advised to stay indoors for the period when the Oro would be out."

The Oba died at a hospital in the United Kingdom on July 28, 2015. 

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