A filmmaker has been arrested for allegedly recording a pornographic film in the sacred grove of Osun Osogbo in western Nigeria, police say.
The Sacred Forest, home to Osun, the Yoruba goddess of fertility, is a UN designated World Heritage site.
Police said the man, Tobiloba Jolaosho, popularly known as King Tblak HOC, was arrested for allegedly recording a "sex movie" in the forest.
Neither he nor his lawyer commented.
Osun Osogbo is located on the outskirts of Osogbo City, the capital of Osun State.
Mr. Jolaosho is a popular, hugely successful porn movie producer, and clips from the video, which allegedly showed him wearing the white robe of the Osun deity adherents, were posted on his website and social media accounts.
"Has violated the public peace"
It is not known when the recording was made or how it entered the forest, which can be easily accessed from many routes.
Police spokesman Opalola Yemisi told BBC Yoruba that the film's producer would appear in court following an investigation because his conduct "could have violated the peace."
A follower of the deity, Yemi Elebuibon, said Mr. Jolaosho desecrated the grove, which was a sacred land where devotees from Nigeria and beyond offer prayers and sacrifices to the goddess of Osun.
"The traditional devotees in charge of the grove will decide on the punishment to be inflicted on him, after the police have finished their investigation," Elebuibon told the BBC's Busayo James-Olufade.
Declared a World Heritage Site in 2003, the cultural organization of the United Nations, Unesco, described the sacred grove of Osun Osogbo as "one of the last vestiges of the high primary forest of southern Nigeria" and "as the home of the fertility goddess Osun, one of the Yoruba pantheon of gods.
The goddess Osun, according to Yoruba mythology, was one of the many wives of Sango, a powerful deity of Yoruba folklore.
Famous around the world
Every year, thousands of people attend the Osun Osogbo Festival, a traditional celebration that is said to be 600 years old.
The two-week festival is considered the largest annual traditional religious event for the Yoruba people and draws thousands of worshipers and spectators from Nigeria and the rest of the world.
Devotees believe that the Sacred Grove of the Grove is one of the last places where spirits, or “Orishas,” reveal themselves to bless them.
The festival is marked by daily performances of people dancing, singing, playing the drums and showing elaborate costumes to appease the goddess Osun.
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