Fresh information has emerged that various security operatives have deployed thousands of its men to ensure safety in Osun State ahead of the inauguration of the incoming governor, Ademola Adeleke.
Naija News gathered that the Secretary of the Media Sub-committee of the Inauguration Ceremony, Rasheed Olawale disclosed that among other dignitaries to grace the event, is the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, the party’s National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu, and ten governors.
Olawale noted that diplomats and many foreign business operators would also be attending the ceremony
According to the Osun State Police Command, an adequate number of security operatives have been deployed to make sure the inauguration goes smoothly.
Ademola Adeleke is set to be inaugurated as the sixth elected governor for the state today at the Osogbo City Stadium.
Naija News gathered that information from Osogbo, the Osun state capital said the venue of the ceremony wore a new look as yesterday night when decorations were underway.
The spokesperson of the Osun State Police Command, Yemisi Opalola, told the Punch that necessary security arrangements had been made to protect lives and property before and after the ceremony.
While Opalola didn’t give a definite number of policemen deployed by the command, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) disclosed that as many as 3,700 personnel would be on duty during the ceremony.
In a statement signed by the Acting Public Relations Officer for NSCDC Osun Command, Kehinde Adeleke, the corps would have an ‘operation stop and search’ within already identified flashpoints across the state.
While urging Osun residents to remain calm, as men of the corps would be on the ground during and after the inauguration to maintain law and order, Adeleke said “The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Osun State Command, has deployed 3,700 personnel for the inauguration of Osun Governor-elect, Senator Ademola Adeleke.
“NSCDC and other sister agencies in the state embarked on a show-of-force yesterday (Friday) as a way of sending a signal to criminally minded people in the state.”
Naija News understands that the Osun State Security Network, aka Amotekun Corps, has also revealed that 250 of its men would be deployed for the inauguration too.
The Corps’ Public Relations Officer, Idowu Yusuf, told Punch at the venue of the inauguration that all entry and exit points to the state were being monitored closely.
Also, the Osun Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps ( FRSC), Paul Okpe, revealed that 350 of its personnel would be on duty for the event as well.
Oyetola To Hand Over To Most Senior Civil Servant
Meanwhile, an aide to the outgoing governor, Adegboyega Oyetola, Ismail Omipidan is reported to have said that his principal would handover to the most senior civil servant in the state because the camp of the incoming governor discontinued relations with Oyetola’s Chief of Staff, Dr. Charles Akinola.
Omipidan said, “Chief of Staff, Dr. Charles Akinola, was relating with them (PDP’s team), but they suddenly said they would no longer relate with him and our administration. So, my principal will hand over to the most senior civil servant in the state.”
However, in his reaction to the situation, Olawale alleged that Oyetola played lots of games as regards handing over to his principal Adeleke.
He also accused the outcome governor of being insecure saying “Oyetola was not sincere with submission of handover notes to the governor-elect. We were invited for the handover notes as late as 2pm on Friday at a time we were busy with the inauguration programme.”
This article was originally published on Naija News