Shops and markets have been shut as business activities stand still in Akure, the Ondo State capital, following the celebration of an age-long festival.
It was observed that shops and markets across the metropolis were on Thursday shut to commemorate the ‘Aheregbe’ and ‘Amole’ festival in the town.
The Deji of Akure kingdom, Oba Ogunlade Aladetoyinbo, stated that the move was in line with the requirement that must be observed for the festival.
The monarch, in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Michael Adeyeye, stated that in respect of the festival “all markets and shops in Akure will be shut on Thursday 19th August, 2021 and Saturday 4th September, 2021.”
The Deji’s spokesperson added that “it is important to emphasize that there shall be no trading or opening of shops under any guise on these days.”
According to him the festival will not in any way restrict both human and vehicular movements.
Meanwhile, anyone who defies the order and opens shop for business will have his or her goods confiscated alongside other sanctions in line with tradition.