The Imo State Government has banned all masquerade activities in Ideato North Local Government Area of the state. The directive was communicated through a letter dated December 1, 2023, addressed by the Chairman of the Imo State Council of Traditional Rulers, Eze Emmanuel Okeke, and addressed to Eze K.N. Kanu, the Chairman of Ideato North Local Government Traditional Council.
In the letter, Eze Okeke, who also serves as the chairman of the community policing council in the state, explained that the decision aims to prevent a potential breakdown of law and order in the area. The letter, titled ‘Security directive from the Chairman, Imo State Council of Traditional Institution and Community Policing,’ emphasized the suspension of all forms of masquerade displays in the communities of Ideato North LGA until further notice.
Eze Okeke cautioned that any traditional ruler or masquerade group in Ideato North LGA failing to comply with the directive would face serious sanctions from the state government. The letter urged Eze Kanu to ensure that all traditional rulers in Ideato North local government area enforced compliance with the directive.
The security situation in Ideato North LGA has raised concerns, with recent incidents of insecurity, including the kidnapping and beheading of the then-sole administrator of the council, Hon Chris Ohizu, in January 2023.
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