Heavy security as Osun-Osogbo festival reaches finale
There is a heavy presence of security operatives at the Osun-Osogbo groove in Osogbo as the annual festival gradually comes to a close at the River Osun bank on Friday.
Armed police officers and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) operatives, in their patrol vehicles, were stationed at the road leading to the groove from Odi-Olowo, Osogbo.
There were also armed security personnel at the entrance of the groove.
Operatives of the police, Federal Road Safety Corps officers, State Security Service, and local vigilantes are all positioned within the groove.
Private security guards were also seen around the pavilion where dignitaries and hosts of the Osun-Osogbo festival, Oba Jimoh Olanipekun, the Ata-Oja of Osogbo, are expected to be seated.
Many devotees were spotted fetching water at the Osun River bank, while some were seen saying their traditional prayers and performing other rituals.
Police spokesperson Yemisi Opalola said adequate security was provided to ensure a successful festival.
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