Yinka Odumakin to be buried on April 24

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The remains of late Yinka Odumakin, human rights activist and spokesman of Afenifere, will be interred on Saturday, April 24, 2020, according to a statement released on Monday by the widow and fellow activist, Dr Joe Okei-Odumakin.

Dr Okei-Odumakin said the burial activities will span a three-day period starting from Thursday, April 22 to Saturday, April 24, 2021.

The statement reads, “Thursday, April 22: Day of Tributes and Service of Songs at the Police College, Ikeja Lagos between 11 am and 4 pm while his body lies in state.

“Friday, April 23: Body departs Lagos for Moro, his country home, in Ife North LGA of Osun State.

“There will be a Christian wake keep by 5 pm at the Origbo Anglican Grammar School, Moro, to be followed by a candlelight procession on Friday.

“Saturday, April 24: Lying in State at Origbo Anglican Grammar School, Moro by 8 am, followed by a Funeral Service by 10 am, after which his remains will be committed to Mother Earth at a private interment.” the statement read.

Odumakin was an integral part of the National Democratic Coalition (NADECO) that fought the regime of General Sani Abacha after the annulment of the June 12, 1993 election.

He was also among the voices that led the campaign for the recognition of June 12 as Nigeria’s Democracy Day in honour of Chief MKO Abiola, self-acclaimed winner of the June 12 election.

There were insinuations that his death was not natural and this made a group, Concerned Advocates for Good Governance, CAGG, call on the police to investigate it.

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