Ife residents warned to stay in-door over Ooni’s burial rites

Residents of Ile-Ife, Osun State have been warned to stay in-doors between the hours of 9 am and 4pm on Wednesday as the final burial rites for the late Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade holds.
A traditional ruler in Ife, the Awara of Iwara-Ife, Oba Layi Adereti who is also the head of Oro Cult in Ife gave the warning on Monday.

He said the death of the Ooni of Ife, Oba Sijuwade would be formally announced on Tuesday.
Oba Adereti said all residents of the ancient town whether male or female must remain indoors during the rites.

He said after the announcement of the death of the Ooni, certain rites would be performed. He said the restriction order was from the palace and appealed to all residents of the town to heed the warning.

According to him, “This is an official announcement from the palace of Awara of Iwara-Ife who is the head of Oro deity. On Wednesday 12th of August 2015, there would be official proclamation of the demise of Ooni of Ife.

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

“The residents of the ancient town are therefore urged to keep away from the streets between the hours of 9am and 4pm during which the deity will be out. With this announcement, people are advised to stay in-door for the period when the rites would be performed.”

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