Markets Remain Shut in Ikeja

Markets located in Ikeja, Lagos state capital, remain shutdown, two days after the demise of Oba Rauf Matemi, Amore 1, former Olu of Ikeja. Based on tradition, the council of chiefs issued an order prohibiting sales of goods in all markets in the local government including the ever-busy Computer village in order to perform some traditional rites and honour the dead.

While the suspension that is expected to last for some days, several traditional rites were held at the palace. Earlier today, Oriyomi street, the road that leads to the palace, was blocked by palace guards to prevent free entry and exit. Also, one of the chiefs, who was in white traditional attire, was seen adjacent the palace with a female goat and a cutlass performing some rites.

Matemi died in his palace after a brief illness on July 1, 2014.

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