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Swearing-in: Tight security at Eagle Square as ceremony gets underway


There is tight security around the Eagle Square, venue of the swearing-in ceremony of the President-elect, Bola Tinubu, and his deputy, Kashim Shettima.

Early arrivals were thoroughly screened by heavily armed security men deployed around Abuja with multiple road blocks

There was also tight security around flash points with multiple checks by security operatives, drawn from various arms, including the armed forces, police, men of the Department of State Service (DSS).

The same formation has been placed around all entry points into the Central Business District (CBD), consisting of the major government buildings, including the Federal Secretariat, the National Assembly Complex and the access into the Presidential Villa. The Eagle Square is at the centre of the CBD.

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As at 7:45am, entries into the vicinities of the event have become virtually inaccessible as stern looking security operatives will not admit any person, notwithstanding social status, who does not come with the official invitation to the ceremony.

As at 9am, when this report was filed, telecommunication networks around the venue had been shut down.
As at the time of filing this reports, former President Goodluck Jonathan and his wife Patience had arrived, followed by the Service Chiefs, and later Chief of Defense Staff, Leo Irabor.

This is just as the Chief Justice of Nigeria Olukayode Ariwoola who will be performing the swearing in has also taken his seat amongst the several dignitaries.
More later.