We’ve no report of threats against Isese festival in Ilorin — Police

The Kwara State Police Command, on Sunday, said it is yet to get an official report on the purported ban imposed by a Muslim group, Majlisu Shabab li Ulamahu Society, on the planned Isese Festival in four local government areas of the state.

The PUNCH reports that some members of the group had stormed the residence of one Yeye Adesikemi Olokun Omolara Olatunji in Ilorin to warn her against organising the festival.

Olokun had reportedly released fliers announcing a three-day traditional event aimed at celebrating certain Yoruba deities.

According to the Muslim group, they were acting on the instruction of the Emir of Ilorin, Dr. Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari, and would not allow Olokun and others to desecrate Ilorin, which they regarded as a Muslim town.

While reacting to the report, the Kwara State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Ajayi Okasanmi Jeffrey, told our correspondent that the command is yet to be notified of the warning but will find out the crux of the matter

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He said, “Kwara Police Command has not received any official report from any citizens concerning the warning to Yeye Olokun you referred to.”

Ajayi also reiterated the command’s prompt action to forestall any face-off that could arise between the Muslim community and the Traditionalists in the state as a result of the ban.

“We are firmly on ground to forestall any security breach that could happen,” he assured.

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