Abuja - Security was tightened in Okrika town in the Rivers State ahead of an event that will culminate in President Goodluck Jonathan being conferred with a chieftaincy title.
The installation of a chieftaincy title on President Jonathan is part of the activities lined up for the funeral rites of the late Charity Oba, the mother of the first lady.
President Goodluck Jonathan is now in the town ahead of an event scheduled for later on Friday. The presidential jet conveying Jonathan touched down at the Port Harcourt International Airport on Thursday afternoon.
Crowds of women, youths and political groups as well as a delegation of the Rivers State government led by Governor Chibuike Amaechi were at the airport to welcome the President. Shortly after arrival, the President in the company Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State and Governor Amaechi boarded a chopper to Okrika for the chieftaincy installation ceremony.
The town and its environs are teeming with soldiers, policemen, officers from the department of the secret service, civil defence corps and federal road safety commission.
Several naval war boats are patrolling the waterways.
There are also military fighter helicopters on air surveillance while an aerial camera bearing balloon is overlooking the perimeters of the area where the event will take place in Okrika.
The Rivers State police command spokesperson, Ahmed Mohammed, said policemen had been deployed to strategic locations in Port Harcourt, Eleme and Okrika.
According to him, the essence of the massive police deployment is to prevent any possible threat to public peace and order.
– CAJ News