Dignitaries Storm Benin City Ahead Of The Oba's Historic Coronation Today. Photos

Dignitaries have started arriving at the Urhokpota Hall ahead of the coronation of the Oba of Benin. The proud and ancient Kingdom of Benin and the people of Edo State will be making history Thursday, with the crowning of the 39th Oba of the Kingdom and the 70th ruler in the Ogiso dynasty.

The temporary abode of the crown prince has been erected at Urhokpota Hall called Eko-Ohae (bachelor’s camp) where Prince Eheneden is expected to stay for three days, but will climax during the coronation.

In addition, security had been beefed up in the state capital for the coronation. By yesterday, security presence on major streets and around strategic locations was evident in the city.

Security vehicles were seen on patrol blaring their sirens to ward off would-be troublemakers.

Also, personnel of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) as well as palace security guards had been stationed at the entrance of the Urhokpota at the King’s Square.

The Edo State Police Commissioner, Haliru Abubakar Gwandu, said the police deployed no fewer than 5,000 personnel in the state for the coronation.

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