Ikorodu Traditional Festival: Lagos Sisters in Christ Write SOS to Rights Group HURMA, Claim Christian Lawyers Abandonment – Right Monitors

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Some concerned Lagos State christian women under the name Lagos Sister in Christ have written a Save Our Soul letter to the leadership of Human Rights Monitoring Agenda (HURMA) Global Resource Initiative for protection on acclaimed threat to their lives and other female family members in Ikorodu. This is due to the recent letter of warning sent out by the king of Ikorodu village, warning all female residents in the community and others to “stay away from Ikorodu on Thursday 16 May, 2024 or be killed by the traditional practitioners” according to their letter.

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According to the letter wrongly addressed to “The Chairman of Human Rights at Labe-Ofin on Radio Nigeria” with title:
“Please Save Our Soul In Ikorodu” and sent to the Central Administrative Office of HURMA, the letter reads:

“We want to please beg you to use your good human rights organization to protect we Sisters in Christ in Ikorodu from our Oba and traditional practice people. The king write a letter to the general hospital to warn that any women should not come out on that day. Maybe they will kill us, please help us.
We think our pastors and Lawyers in Christ will protect us but they are like on the side of the traditional people maybe due to Politics and money or other benefits.

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“We need your assistance and also want you to protect our identify because of safety of our life please.”

As claimed in the letter signed by one Sister Maria on behalf of others, the women expressed disappointment in Christian Lawyers and organisations in the state and call for urgent attention of the Human Rights Monitoring Agenda for protection.

Information available to the Rights Monitors revealed that the Ayangbure of Ikorodu Kingdom, His Royal Majesty, Oba Kabiru Adewale Shotori recently asked all female residents or visitors to the ancient town to either stay indoors or avoid visiting the town on Thursday 16 May 2024 as it holds the annual Magbo (Oro) festival.

A letter addressed to the Medical Director of Ikorodu General Hospital, dated 16 April 2024 and signed by His Royal Majesty, Oba Shotori with title:

“NOTIFICATION OF MAGBO (ORO) FESTIVAL 2024” reads in parts:

“This is to notify you of the above festival which is slated for Thursday 16 May 2024, according to tradition all females are advised to remain in their respective homes and avoid moving around the town during the Oro Festival.

“Please, note that your Organization is affected by falling within the Oro traditional jurisdictions. You are hereby advised to adhere to the tradition of the Town”.

The Executive Director of Human Rights Monitoring Agenda (HURMA), Comrade Buna Olaitan Isiak has however given assurance of “Protection of Law on All” through the coordinator of Ikorodu Unit of HURMA, Comrade Orimisan

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