Festival suspension: Anambra Police talks tough, vows to arrest offenders

Posted by News Express | 31 May 2020 | 380 times

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•Anambra PPRO, SP Haruna Mohammed

By PAMELA EBOH, Awka

The Anambra State Police Command has reiterated its resolve to ensure the enforcement of the suspension of cultural activities in the state, including the popular Awka town festival, ‘Egwu Imo Awka’.

Recall that the state government had recently suspended all cultural activities in the state as a way to contain the spread of Coronavirus following the increase in positive cases in the state to ten.

A statement by the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Haruna Mohammed, said that it will not hesitate to arrest and prosecute any individual or group of persons found violating the government order.

The statement reads: “The Anambra State Command wishes to inform the general Public that following the suspension of 2020 Egwu Imo Awka Cultural festival and other festivals by the Anambra State Government in order to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the State, the Command is determined to enforce the order to the letter and will therefore not hesitate to arrest and prosecute any individual or group of persons found violating this Government order which was made in the overall interest of ‘Ndi Anambra’ and other residents alike.

"In view of the foregoing, the Command once again solicits the corporation and understanding of the public by adhering strictly to these government directives in order to enhance public safety and Security which the citizens continue to enjoy in the State".

The people of Awka town has however defied the order and taken to the road to celebrate their age long festival which is mostly dominated by masquerade

display, flogging, dance displays and worship at the ancestral shrine.

When News Express went down town, a long train of police vehicles were seen blocking one side of the road along Dike Avenue while the celebrants were busy doing their thing.

An indigene who spoke on condition of anonymity faulted government for suspending an age long tradition over Coronavirus.

He said: “Imo Awka is our tradition, our way of life, our great grand fathers practiced it, grand fathers, mothers, fathers practised it and we the children will continue to uphold that culture till death. This is our land and our generation will not stop what has been handed over to us.”


Source: News Express

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