On Saturday, I decided to hang out with my sister. We were to meet at Ikoyi, go to Lekki and then the mainland. On the way we (I was with my daughter and a friend) got held up in traffic. I was so sure that it was a fuel queue "go-slow" that I tuned my mind off and decided that we would get there when we get there.
We were stuck on Kingsway (In front of the British Council) for almost 20minutes when lo! and behold a siren was heard and Mobile Police officers started weaving through traffic. First one, then another, then another, then another and yet another. I wanted to see what car/entourage was vomitting all these people out but could not see that far back. Needless to say, the traffic started moving. We got to the front of the Church of assumption and saw that it was a wedding ceremony that was holding us up. For those that don't know, the church is about 2 minutes walk from the former british council office) and we spent 20 minutes doing the distance. Arrgghh! Anyways, what was more interesting was that there were about 2 large trucks for conveying mobile police men there. There was a Black Maria (I don't know how to explain this one o!) and several other vehicles that indicated a strong military presence there. My friend who is one of the shitty..em..city people readers claimed to recognise several "dignitaries" as we passed the church. Okay, so one society wedding on the island, the traffic is over. I can deal with that! or so I thought.
After meeting with my sister, we headed out. Near the shopping mall, there was traffic again. This time, just some police men and a smattering of mobile police men. Two wedding! Apparently one of them jammed to the teeth with some sorta "dignitaries". After some delay, we were allowed to move. I must not forget to mention that this particular group actually barricaded the road and refused to let anyone go through for a long time. How dumb is that?
On our way to the mainland, there was another hold-up near MUSON center. This time, there was a bomb squad complete with several K-9's -massive dogs, several trucks full of mobile policemen and of course plenty of "foot soldiers". This wedding obviously had a really really important dignitary.
My questions are: "Who were the people getting married and more importantly, who was attending?" Does any one know? Baba-Alaye?
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