Ooni: ‘no Human Sacrifice In Rites Of Passage

SOURCES close to the palace, have allayed fears that rites of passage for the late Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade, would involve human sacrifice.
They took exception to the view describing it as a rumour aimed at tarnishing the customs and traditions of Ile-Ife, regarded as the cradle of the Yoruba race.
There had been anxiety among residents of the town, particularly some students of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, that burial rites of the monarch might involve some form of bloodshed.

The sources urged indigenes and residents of Ife not to entertain fear or panic but go about their lawful business, and do nothing to contravene customs and traditions of the town.
The Oro festival declared by traditional rulers in the town, and which began yesterday, is still in force.