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Burial Of Odumakin: Sanwo-Olu, Falana, Others Donate

Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has donated N5 million for the funeral of the late Afenifere spokesman Yinka Odumakin who died on April 3.

The civil society and pro-democracy movement memorial committee for the burial of Odumakin announced this in a statement on Wednesday.

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

Mr Awa said that the memorial was organised by the civil society and pro-democracy movement for the burial.

The remains of the late activist would be buried on Saturday at his country home, Moro in Osun State.

“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 success of the Solidarity Memorial initiated by comrades and associates of Yinka Odumakin,” Awa said.

He also said that lawyer Mike Ozekhome (SAN) donated N150, 000, Femi Falana donated N100, 000, Gbenga Hashim donated N150,000, while John Nwodo donated N100,000.

Others who donated include president, Arewa Youth Consultative Forum, Shettima Yerima (N50,000), Afenifere Renewal Group (N125, 000), chairperson, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) Lagos State Agnes Sessi (N30,000) among others.

Awa said that there would be lying-in-state at the Police College, Ikeja between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., while the service of songs and tributes would hold from 1p.m. to 4 p.m., same venue.

According to him, tributes’ session for the late activist will also hold on Friday at Oduduwa Hall, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife in Osun between 1 p.m. and 5 p,m.

Awa said that there would also be a candle light procession at 6 p.m. on Friday at Moro, Osun, adding that the procession would begin from Moro to Ife Grand Resorts, near Oduduwa University.

The rights activist said that the fraternal solidarity, night musical gyration and tributes would also hold at Ife Grand Resorts, near Oduduwa University, Ile-Ife from 8p.m. same day.

According to him, there will also be a lying-in-state at Origbo Anglican Grammar School, Moro at 8 a.m. on Saturday followed by private interment at the deceased’s country home, Moro, at 10 a.m.

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