Some hoodlums have blocked Bolajoko junction of Oke-Aro, along Idanre road in Akure, the Ondo State capital, and looted a bus loaded with foodstuff and other household materials.
The hoodlums also seized the sales representative’s three year-old daughter and handset after deflating the bus tyres.
The Sales Rep named Festus said he was taking his daughter to school when they blocked him at Bolajoko junction and empty his bus loaded with his company’s household products.
He said he was not selling today as a mark of respect for the Akure festival that forbids opening of shops, markets, buying & selling.
After two hours, some good spirited people around the area followed the boys and retrieved the ‘kidnapped’ daughter.
When contacted over the incident, the Deji of Akure spokesman, Michael Adeyeye said the palace was not aware of the incident.
He promised that proper investigation would be done to unmask the perpetrator for necessary traditional actions.
The Palace of the Deji of Akure had on wednesday notified the residents of Akure and its environ that all markets and shops in Akure will be shut today, Thursday 19th August, 2021 and Saturday 4th September, 2021.
This was contained in a statement made available to Niger Delta Connect by the Chief Press Secretary to the Deji of Akure Kingdom, Micheal Adeyeye.
According to the Monarch, the closure becomes necessary as part of the requirement to observe the age long tradition of the annual Aheregbe and Amole Festival while advising residents, market women and shop owners to comply with this directive.
He however, said the festival will not in any way restrict both human and vehicular movement.