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Sanwo-Olu donates N5m for Odumakin’s burial

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State has donated the sum of N5 million towards the burial of late Afenifere spokesman, Yinka Odumakin.

The governor’s donation comes as the late icon’s wife – Dr Joe Okei-Odumakin, on behalf of the family, announced the official funeral arrangements for the deceased on Wednesday.

According to her, the lying-in-state, tributes and service of songs would hold on Thursday at Police College, Ikeja from 11 a.m.

She added that “On Friday the body departs Lagos for his Moro country home in Ife North LGA in Osun.

“In Moro, there will be candlelight procession at Origbo Anglican Grammar School o Friday, take-off time is 6 p.m.

“There will be lying-in-state at 8 a.m. on Saturday at Origbo Anglican Grammar School, Moro, followed by funeral service at 10 a.m. after which his remains will be interred at a private ceremony,” Okei-Odumakin said.

She however urged all to disregard any programme or arrangements for Yinka’s funeral other than that of the family, adding that “we wish that nothing is done by anyone or group to tarnish his image.”

Meanwhile, the Civil Society and Pro-Democracy Movement Memorial Committee for the burial of Odumakin announced Sanwo-Olu’s donation on Wednesday.

Mr Bamiji Awa, the Secretary of the Planning Committee, said the governor also donated three buses and an ambulance to the Odumakin solidarity memorial.

“The Lagos State Government has said they have specifically donated a sum of N5 million, three coaster buses, and one ambulance with heavy security back up toward ensuring the success of the Solidarity Memorial initiated by comrades and associates of Yinka Odumakin,” he said.

Mr Awa added that Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN) donated N150, 000, Femi Falana, N100, 000, Gbenga Hashim, N150,000, and Chief John Nwodo, N100,000.

Others were Alhaji Shettima Yerima, President, Arewa Youth Consultative Forum, N50,000, the Afenifere Renewal Group, N125, 000), Agnes Sessi, Chairperson, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) Lagos State, N30,000 and others

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