Students of the Tai Solarin College of Education (TASCE), in Omu-Ijebu, in Odogbolu Local Government Area of Ogun State; have complained about the activities of ‘Oro’ adherents in the community.
The students claimed that freedom of movements were been tampered with by the traditionalists, who impose a curfew on the student community.
During a meeting with the Special Assistant to Governor Abiodun on Students Matters, Azeez Adeyemi; the institution’s Students Union President, Tobiloba Adefesobi, spoke that the ‘Oro’ rites mostly come up during the period they are preparing for exams.
He further said,
The Oro rites always start by 9 pm when our students are still moving around and getting set for their examination. Any lady that put on shorts or trouser that moment will be pursued and if caught, they (adherents) will make sure that whatever the lady is putting on is torn into pieces by them.
We are not convenient, we cannot move freely around the community of the school, we are being disturbed by the Oro adherents, they are infringing on our rights. We are calling on our amiable Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun to come to our aid and stop the imposition of curfews by the Oro adherents in Omu Ijebu.
Omobosola Tijani, another student, said the activities of the Oro adherents had been banned, but later started again.
We are fed up about this imposition of curfews by the Oro adherents all in the name of their tradition. We cannot read when it is 9 pm because they will ask us not to put on the light, and it always examination period which many of us will not be able to read and this most times lead to failure.
Adeyemi responded,and gave assurance that the government would promptly address the issue.