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file: a West African masquerade
file: a West African masquerade

Masquerades could be seen roaming the streets begging or ‘toasting’ passers-by for money in Yaba, Lagos State, but it’s a serious business being a masquerade in the ancient city of Ibadan is such a big deal, and people ordinarily are expected to fear masquerades, but Ibadan residents got tired of tradition and the excesses of masquerades when the dreaded Oloolu was masquerade was attacked with machete last year.

Barely a year after the attack at Popoyemoja area of Ibadan, supporters of the masquerade and residents of the area again clashed, Wednesday, with at least 16 vehicles vandalised.

Three persons have been arrested by the Oyo State Police Command in connection with the fracas.

According to a source, the incident happened in the evening when the masquerade visited two chiefs in the area.

The supporters who wore vests with inscription ‘Odun Esan’, meaning “year of revenge,” unleashed terror on their perceived enemies. Dangerous weapons were said to have been freely used.

One of the attackers was quoted as saying it was to revenge what happened to the masquerade during last year’s festival and hopefully bring people to fear Oloolu once again.

Oyo State Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Deputy Superintendent of Police, DSP Olabisi Ilobanafor, who confirmed the incident, said some hoodlums attempted to attack the masquerade with dangerous weapons.

She confirmed that vehicles were vandalised but said the owners were yet to be identified. The PPRO also added that three persons, Ibrahim Isiaka, Yakubu Isiaka and Fatai Bakare had been arrested.

The vehicles vandalized include Volkswagen Jeta car with registration number AG 483 SHK, AA 893 SHK, Toyota with registration number AB 470 AAB (Ogun), MUS 952 BE, Mercedes Benz marked EJ 161 ABC (Abuja), Merzedez with number MS 194 AAA (Lagos), AA 768 TUN (Ekiti), Ford car with number AJ 191 YNF (Oyo) and AA 102 RRU (Edo), Honda car with number EPE 452 BH (Lagos), AM 59 KSF (Lagos), and AR 19 NRK(Oyo) among others.

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