Osun Osogbo: Traditional Ruler Assures Tourists Of Adequate Security

Ataoja-of-OsogboOba Jimoh Olanipekun, the Ataoja of Osogboland, has assured visitors and tourists expected at the forthcoming Osun Osogbo annual festival of adequate security throughout the two-week cultural event.

Olanipekun gave the assurance on Monday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Osogbo.

He said that said all hands were on deck to ensure maximum security and safety of all visitors and tourists throughout the duration.
event scheduled to hold from Aug. 11 to Aug. 25 in the state capital of Osun.

He said that the organising committee, community leaders and neighbourhood watch would be working closely with security agencies to ensure a violence-free programme in the ancient city.

“All hands are on deck to ensure maximum security for tourists and visitors during and after the festival.

“There is sufficient security around the city, right from the entry points of the city, to all the arenas of the celebration,’’ Olanipekun said.

He said that personnel of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, Nigeria Police, Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) and Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) would be involved in providing security during the festival.

The traditional ruler said that these security agencies would work before the official commencement of the event because, “the safety of tourists, indigenes and visitors matters most to us.’’

Olanipekun pledged a befitting festivity for indigenes, visitors and tourists.

He further said that some of the community members had prepared some local games that could be used to entertain them.

“These are traditional games that are used in promoting the city’s culture, traditions, norms and beliefs.”

NAN reports that 11 foreign countries will be participating in the festival as against eight that participated last year.