Wednesday, 30 December 2020

Breaking: Ayade barns Display of 'Ekpe' Masquerades, 'Tinkoriko' others on new year day




According to a press statement issued Wednesday night by members of the newly formed security outfit, in Calabar, Cross River State 'Operation Apkakwu', organisers of the yearly Ekpe Masquerade display known as "Nyoro Ekpe" have been warned not to go ahead with this year's planned edition of the Efik Cultural Heritage display.


The cultural display which attracts Ekpe tittle holders from the various Ekpe shrines and the 12 families/kindred that makes up the Efik kingdom is usually adorned with colorful display of the rich Cultural Heritage of the Ekpe Society. 

The release which explains that anyone caught will be arrested and prosecuted also named a sociocultural group, Tinkoriko, which displays  every first of January as one of the groups whose activities have been barn.

According to the release the barn is due to the rising number in Covid-19 cases across the nation. The release added that any group caught flaunting 

The statement reads in full: 

Press Release 

This is a warning to organizers of Nyoro Ekpe 2021 in Efe Ekpe Iboku Utan, opposite Duke Town Presbyterian Church that they will be arrested and prosecuted should they go ahead with the planned public masquerade display during this period. 

The state government has banned public displays of masquerades including Tin Koriko, Nnabor and any other gathering that fails the Covid-19 protocol. 

So please be warned.

Signed
Operation Akpakwu

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