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Death as 2011 'Ogun' festival turns bloody in Ondo town
Abayomi Daramola, Compass Newspaper, . Date & Time Filed on MyOndoState.Com: 2011-09-18 22:53:37
THE yearly Ogun festival in Ondo town, Ondo State, turned bloody at the weekend.
A boy was shot dead as adherents of Ogun 'the god of iron', in Yoruba culture, rolled out the drums in a colourful celebration.
It was reliably gathered that the incident, which was said to have almost resulted in a violent confrontation between two rival devotee groups before the quick intervention of the police, occurred while the father of the deceased, said to be an African traditional religious worshipper, was leading his own group round the town amid dancing and singing.
He was said to be carrying his son on his shoulders, when a gun was fired towards his direction, which hit the boy on the head and one of his knees.
It was, however, gathered that the boy, who was said to have been rushed to the hospital for urgent medical attention, was later confirmed dead on arrival.
In view of the development, heads of various security organisations in the town mobilised their members, who had been positioned in various locations, to forestall any breakdown of law and order.
Most conspicuous among the security agencies were the police force made up off regular and mobile men, who were led by the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in-charge of Enuowa Police Station in Ondo town, Alhaji Oyibo Shuaibu Suleiman.
The policemen, who were drafted from all the three police divisions in the town, including Yaba, Fagun and Enuowa, to participate in the operation were in five Hilux vans patrolling areas, such as Odotu, Odojomu, Iyalaje, Oke-Otunba and Oreretu, identified as potential trouble spots.
The activities of the police were, however, complemented by the presence of other security agencies, including the State Security Service (SSS), Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) and a para-military outfit, the Vigilance Group of Nigeria (VGN).
Besides, the presence of the operatives seems to pay off as what could also have disrupted the celebration at Odojomu area occurred following the alleged sporadic shooting of guns by members of the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC), who were said to have accompanied the Founder of the group, Dr. Fredrick Fasehun, to observe the festival.
The security agents quickly brought the situation under control.
Meanwhile, several indigenes of Ondo town at home and in the Diaspora participated in the celebration of the annual ogun festival.
The festival, which is one of the over 40 traditional celebrations usually marked with singing and dancing in the town, is held in memory of Ogun.
In several locations, as Odotu, Erinketa, Oreretu and Odojomu to mention a few, residents of the town who adorn several traditional dresses were on their seats as early as 8a.m. to catch a glimpse of the celebrants, including drivers, artisans, traditional religion worshippers, as well as farmers in various types of costumes.
Also, they painted their faces with charcoal, white and blue powders, as they danced and sang to the admiration of the spectators.
The two day-event, which began on Friday evening continued till Saturday.
First to start the celebration on Saturday was the Osemawe of Ondo, Oba Victor Adesimbo Kiladejo, who in line with the traditions and custom of his people, left his palace about 4a.m. to pay a visit to several traditional spots and shrines in the ancient town where he prayed for peace, progress and unity of the community, the state and the country in general.
Subsequently, a prominent chief in the town, the Jomu of Ondo, High Chief Ambrose Akinsade, also went round the town, offering prayers at many spots before returning to the Ojomu traditional compound where people were seen singing and dancing.
As a mark of respect for the traditions and custom of the community, none of the three markets in the area located at Odosida, Sabo and Moferere, was opened for commercial activities during the period.
However, one of the spectacular aspects of the celebration was the decoration of a traditional spot in the community called “Ogun Lei” in local parlance, where the progenitor of the Ojomu family, called Jomu Ila, was believed to have passed through to join his ancestors.
The white painted spot, which was covered with palm fronts, had an inscription: “Ogun Yee” boldly written on it.
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