President Goodluck Jonathan and former military leader, Gen. Yakubu Gowon, are among the many dignitaries in Jos on Friday for the funeral rites of Chief Solomon Lar.
The PDP Chairman, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, his Board of Trustees counterpart, Chief Tony Anenih, and the Speaker, House of Representatives, Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal, are also attending the final funeral at the Rwang Pam Stadium.
Also at the stadium to bid Lar farewell are former Senate President, Chief Ken Nnamani; Governors Gabriel Suswam of Benue, Idris Wada of Kogi, Babangida Aliyu of Niger, Rochas Okorocha of Imo and Tanko Al-makura of Nasarawa State.
Ministers in attendance include Labaran Maku (Information); Abba Moro (Interior), Bala Mohammed (FCT) while the Senate President, David Mark and the Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives, Emeka Ihedioha are also gracing the occasion.
Others include retired senior military officers like Gen. T. Y. Danjuma, Gen. Joshua Dogon-Yaro as well as Sen. Isaiah Balat, Special Adviser to the President (Special Duties).
As the funeral ceremony continues, security has been tightened around the venue and other parts of Jos metropolis.
Security personnel were deployed to strategic junctions, while vehicular movement had been diverted to other areas considered less busy.
Spokesperson of the Plateau Police Command, Mrs Felicia Anselm, while commenting on the security arrangement, declared that adequate measures were put in place to avoid any hitch.
“We have left nothing to chance; we have enough men on ground and the situation is fully under control,” she said.
Late Lar, former Plateau governor, died in the U.S. on Oct. 9 at 85.