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Tight Security Around Awolowo’s Ikenne Home

Posted: Sep 21, 2015 at 11:47 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Security has been beefed up around the Ikenne country home of the Awolowos following the death of the wife of the late sage, Chief (Mrs.) HID Awolowo.

Detachments of armed policemen were sighted at the entrance to Ikenne town where they mounted a road block, just few metres away from a statue of the husband of the deceased, Chief Obafemi Awolowo.

Also, another detachment of policemen from the Ikenne Division of the state Police Command and operatives of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps manned another road block, while some other civil defence men patrolled the area on foot.

Similarly, at the entrance to HID Awolowo Road where the family country home is located, scores of armed policemen from the Sagamu Division of the state Police Command and Civil Defence operatives blocked the stretch of road, restricting vehicular movement around home of the Awolowos.

A detachment of armed Mobile Policemen also blocked the same stretch of road from another end with their van.

Also, armed mobile policemen and soldiers manned the main gates to the Awolowos home, restricting entrance into the premises.

Security was also being manned inside the palatial mansion of the Awolowos by armed policemen, soldiers and operatives of the Civil Defence stationed in strategic parts of the premises.

Plain clothes security operatives, including men of the Department of State Services were also on surveillance inside and around the country home of the Awolowos.

The Ogun State Commissioner, Abdulmajid Ali and General Officer Commanding 81 Division of the Nigerian Army were present to monitor the security situation.

But sympathisers from all walks of life have continued to throng the home of the Awolowos on Sunday to condole with the family.

The streaming sympathisers were entertained with the fried bean cakes, popularly known as “Akara”, the snack traditionally offered visitors to a bereaved family in Yorubaland, especially in a situation where the deceased died at very ripe old age.

Soulful tunes wafted intermittently from the trumpets of three musketeers of horns-men, with the sounds giving a sombre mood to the atmosphere around the home of the Awolowos.
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