Jonathan and NNPCPresident Goodluck Jonathan and former head of state, Gen. Yakubu Gowon, were among the many dignitaries that attended Friday’s funeral rites of Chief Solomon Lar in Jos, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.

The Peoples Democratic Party National Chairman, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, his Board of Trustees counterpart, Chief Tony Anenih, and the Speaker, House of Representatives, Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal, are also attending the funeral at the Rwang Pam Stadium.

Also at the stadium to bid Lar farewell are – former Senate President, Chief Ken Nnamani; Governors Gabriel Suswam of Benue, Idris Wada of Kogi, Babangida Aliyu of Niger, Rochas Okorocha of Imo and Tanko Al-Makura of Nasarawa State.

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Ministers in attendance are – Labaran Maku (Information); Abba Moro (Interior), Bala Mohammed (FCT) while the Senate President, David Mark and the Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives, Emeka Ihedioha are graced the occasion.

Others were retired senior military officers like Gen. T. Y. Danjuma, Gen. Joshua Dogon-Yaro as well as Sen. Isaiah Balat, Special Adviser to the President (Special Duties).

NAN reports that as the funeral ceremony continues, security has been tightened around the venue and other parts of Jos metropolis.

Security personnel were deployed to strategic junctions, while vehicular movement had been diverted to other areas considered less busy.

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The spokesperson of the Plateau Police Command, Mrs. Felicia Anselm, while commenting on the security arrangement, declared that adequate measures were put in place to avoid any hitch.

“We have left nothing to chance; we have enough men on ground and the situation is fully under control,’’ she told NAN.


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