The Anambra Police Command said on Tuesday that it would ensure adequate security at the burial of the late Professor Chinua Achebe in Ogidi, headquarters of Idemili North Local Government Area.
The burial of the late literary icon has been fixed for Thursday, May 23.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Emeka Chukwuemeka, said in Onitsha that all the security arrangements for the burial had been concluded.
Mr. Chukwuemeka said that the police would be working in collaboration with other security agencies and the Nigerian Army to ensure a hitch-free burial ceremony.
“The level of preparation is very high; everything had been done to ensure that all the dignitaries that would be coming into Anambra State are safe; and protected,” he said.
“All the T’s had been crossed and all the I’s dotted, in terms of security arrangement towards the burial of Chinua Achebe.
“As long as they (dignitaries) want, they are safe; they should come around and pay their last respect to the departed professor.”
The police spokesperson said that officers assigned to take charge of strategic positions and functions during the burial rites have been adequately briefed on their duties.
The Ogidi community had also engaged the services of formidable vigilante groups within the state to complement the efforts of the security agencies. The elders of the community also held series of meetings with their local youths to join in securing the community and its visitors during the period of the funeral rites.
Chinua Achebe, the author of “Things Fall Apart” died on March 21, 2013 in Boston, United States. He was 82-years-old.
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