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Traditional ruler assures tourists of safety during Osun festival




Visitors and tourists expected at the forthcoming Osun Osogbo annual festival have been assured of adequate security throughout the two-week cultural event scheduled to hold from Aug. 11 to Aug. 25 in Osogbo, Osun State Capital

Ataoja of Osogbo, Oba Jimoh Olanipekun who gave the assurance yesterday in an interview, said all hands were on deck to ensure maximum security and safety of all visitors and tourists throughout the duration.

He said that the organising committee, community leaders and neighbourhood watch would be working closely with government security agencies to ensure a violence-free programme in the ancient city.

“All hands are on deck to ensure maximum security for tourists and visitors during and after the festival.

“There is sufficient security around the city, right from the entry points of the city, to all the arenas of the celebration,’’ Olanipekun said.

He said that some of the government security agencies that would be on ground include: officials of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, Nigeria Police, Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) and Nigeria Customs Service (NCS).

The traditional ruler said that these security agencies would be working tirelessly before the officially commencement of the event because the “safety of tourists, indigenes and visitors matters most to us’’.

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