Ekiti State Police Command has beefed up security in the state as the body of the Late Deputy Governor, Mrs. Funmilayo Olayinka, is expected to arrive in the state on Wednesday (today).
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Mr. Victor Babayemi, said in an interview with journalists in Ado Ekiti on Tuesday, that the police were aware that some criminals might want to use the opportunity of the influx of visitors to sneak in to the state.
This, he added, had informed the new security arrangement.
He said, “The command is quite aware of the fact that there would be influx of people into the state and we are taking precautionary measures to ensure that we have a hitch-free funeral for the deputy governor.
“Our men have been ordered to commence massive stop-and-search of vehicles entering the state to prevent hoodlums from cashing in on the opportunity to foment trouble.”
The Sector Commander of Federal Road Safety Commission in Ekiti State Mr. Rindom Kumven, in a related development, advised road users to follow the directive of the officials deployed to ensure free flow of traffic.
He said the road from Fajuyi-Okesa-Ojumose Junction to Stadium Road, would be dedicated specially for dignitaries that would attend the burial of the late deputy governor.
Also, the state government is constructing a Hero’s Park not far from Fajuyi Park where the late Olayinka would be buried.
The fence of the park was nearing completion on Tuesday as artisans continued to work all day to ensure the park was completed before Friday.
Meanwhile, a specially dedicated website for Olayinka has been hoisted.
The hoisting of the website, www.funmiolayinka.com, according to a statement by the planning committee for the burial is part of the activities for the state burial for Olayinka.
The website contains speeches and photographs of the late deputy governor as well as her biographies and her activities as deputy governor of the state between October 15, 2010 till she breath her last on April 6, 2013.
The website also contains tributes written by friends, colleagues and well wishers of the deceased.
The committee called on interested members of the public to visit the website and contribute their tributes to the tribute section of the site ahead of the lying-in-state and special tributes session holding on Thursday.