BY JIMITOTA ONOYUME
PORT HARCOURT— SECURITY has been beefed in Port Harcourt, Okrika, Eleme and other adjourning local government areas in Rivers State, ahead of the funeral of the foster mother of wife of President Goodluck Jonathan, Madam Charity Oba, which begins today with a service of songs.
The road leading to the Port Harcourt Polo club, venue of the service of songs was being rehabilitated, yesterday, with traffic diverted to other routes. At the Polo club, canopies were already being erected for the service of songs.
There was heavy police presence on all roads in the area. At the residence of the late Madam Oba, there were about two police patrol vehicles stationed close to the building with heavy security presence in and outside the building on King Perekule Street, GRA, Port Harcourt.
At the old GRA residence of the First Lady, Mrs Patience Jonathan, there was also heavy security presence. At press time, vehicles were allowed to drive through the road from the Port Harcourt club end.
It was a different ball game on Njemanze Road in Diobu area of Port Harcourt, one of the roads leading to the morgue, where the corpse of late Madam Oba was deposited as it was closed to traffic. Policemen were seen on the road diverting traffics to other routes in the area. One of the Police officers told Vanguard that they were deplored to the area to ensure there was no traffic congestion when the family comes for the corpse of the late Madam Oba.