Deji Of Akure Announces Closure Of Markets, Shops From Today

Commercial activities in Akure the Ondo State capital and its adjoining communities will on Wednesday, August 14 and 29 be shut down.

The closure of the markets and businesses is in respect to the directive issued by the Deji of Akure Kingdom, Oba Ogunlade Aladetoyinbo, to enable the town to celebrate the ancient traditional festivals of the town known as “Aheregbe” and “Omojao”.

According to a statement issued by Michael Adeyeye, the monarch’s Chief Press, and made available to newsmen, he stated that the closure becomes necessary as part of the age-long annual traditions observed in the community.

He stated that during the festival, all shops and markets within Akure metropolis would be closed for businesses.

The statement read, “The palace wish to bring to the attention of the general public that the annual celebration of the Aheregbe which is referred to as “Dududu” and “Omojao” festival will be observed in the month of August 2019.

“The Aheregbe festival will hold on Wednesday 14 August 2019 while the Omojao festival will hold on Thursday 29, 2019.

“In line with tradition, all markets, shops and stalls in Akure will be closed on 14th and 29th August 2019 to the observance of the festival.

“All owners of shops, stalls and markets places in Akure are enjoined to comply with the directives by locking their shops, market places and stalls during these periods.”

Deji’s spokesperson, however, said that the festival will not in any way restrict both human and vehicular movement.

Meanwhile, anyone who defies the order and opens shop for business will have his or her goods confiscated alongside other sanctions in line with the tradition of the town.

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