Govt bans masquerade parade in Imo community over insecurity

The Imo State Government has issued a ban on the display of masquerade within communities in the Ideato North Local Government Area.

The directive, communicated through a statement addressed to Eze K.N Kanu, Chairman of the Ideato North LGA Council of Traditional Institute and Community Policing, was issued by Eze Emmanuel Okeke, Chairman of the State Council of the Institute.

The statement, dated December 1, was observed by journalists in Owerri, the state capital, on Monday.

The statement titled, Security directive from the chairman, Imo State Council of Traditional Institution and Community Policing read, “Considering the security situation in some parts of the state, the state government has directed that all forms of masquerade displays in all communities in your LGA should be suspended forthwith till further notice.

Furthermore, any traditional ruler, or masquerade group in Ideato North LGA that disobeys this directive will face serious sanctions from the state government.

“Endeavour to make sure every traditional ruler in your Local Government Area complies with this directive.”

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