By Adekola Afolabi
The Palace of the Deji of Akure has announced that all markets and shops in Akure, the Ondo state capital and its environs should remain closed today Monday, to enable the Deji of Akure, Oba Aladelusi Aladetoyinbo observe the annual Aheregbe festival.
According to a statement signed by the Deji’s Chief Press Secretary, Adeyeye Michael, the closure became necessary as part of the age long tradition in Akure.
The statement warned the residents against any form of trading or opening of shops under any guise during the period.
The statement enjoined all residents, market women and shop owners to comply with the directive.
“The Palace wishes to notify the residents of Akure and its environ that all Markets and Shops in Akure should remain closed on Monday 27th August, 2018.
“The closure becomes necessary as part of the age long tradition in observing the annual Aheregbe Festival.
” The Palace wishes to inform residents that no trading or opening of shops under any guise will be allowed.
” Residents, Market Women and shop owners are kindly enjoined to comply with this directive.
” However, the festival will not in anyway restrict both human and vehicular movement,” the statement reads.