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Security tight in Benin as Buhari starts 2-day visit

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday arrived Benin airport to begin a two-day working visist to Edo.

Buhari, who arrived at about 10;43a.m aboard Air Force flight 5N-FGW, was received by Gov. Adams Oshiomhole.

He inspected a guard of honour mounted by military personnel before he proceeded to the palace of the Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare N’gidigan II, on a courtesy visit.

Some of the diginatries at the airport included Chief John Oyegun, the APC National Chairman, Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi, Mr Godwin Obaseki, the state governor-elect, service commanders, lawmakers, and other party leaders.

Men and officers of Police, Army, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), have taken up strategic positions in the areas the President is expected to pass through and the project sites in the capital city.

Heavy security is also noticed in adjoining streets close to the airport, such as Ihama, Boundary and Adesuwa roads while security patrol vehicles, manned by the police and army, were seen patrolling airport road.

The presidential visit created traffic challenges in the City on Monday morning, especially Airport road and Siloko road, a road constructed by the current administration which the President is also expected to inaugurate during the visit.

Part of activities lined up for the visit, is the planned courtesy call by the President to the new Benin monarch, Oba Ewuare II, after which he is expected to inaugurate the new central hospital, Siloko road and 2nd East Circular road among others.

On Tuesday, Buhari is expected to inaugurate some projects, including the new Edo University, Iyamoh, in Edo North and Central Senatorial Districts of the state.

Oshiomhole, who was first inaugurated on Nov. 12, 2008 and won his second term in 2012, is expected to hand over to the governor-elect, Mr Godwin Obaseki, on Saturday.


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