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Passage: 245 cannons, 30 maids for David Dafinone burial


As part of burial rites for late Senator David Dafinone, 245 cannons would be fired, and 30 maids would be allowed to observe traditional rites of dances.

TheNewsGuru (TNG) reports the 30 maids would be allowed to observe traditional rites of dances round the late renowned accountant remains in batches on Wednesday 31st October till dawn.

According to a statement by the Dafinone family, 21 cannons would be fired at Koko junction, the point of entry for Dafinone’s corpse before the journey continues to Amukpe roundabout where another 21 cannons would be expended.

The “journey continues to Okirigwre by Total-New Ogorode road-Adeola- Adeola by Okpe Hall for traditional rites to be observed by Sapele Okpe community elders with 21 cannons to be carried out in a 7×3 pattern within Okpe hall Olympia proximity.

“After about 15 minutes, the journey continues through Reclamation-Macpherson-Boyo road-market and finally at 7 Dafinone way where another round of 21 cannons would be ignited.

“Egbotor Ogwa [maids] of about 30 in number will be allowed to observe the traditional rites of dances round Dads remains in batches till dawn,” the statement read.

According to the statement, “all commercial activities will be suspended” in Sapele on 31st of October.

“1st of November, 21 canons will be ignited. Egbotor Ogwa are expected to still observe a vigil with Dads remains till dawn for the second day in a row.

“2nd November, upon the arrival of Ekakuros 21 cannons is expected to be ignited while they get set to accompany Dad remains to Bethel Baptist Church.

“After the interment, another 21 cannons will be ignited when the church members have departed while reception at Athletic Club will be ongoing even when interment is still on.

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“3rd November, In-laws greeting day, 14 cannons are to be ignited, 7 each at morning and evening. 4th November, Outing Service, 14 cannons; 5th, Monday, Okpe Youth Council Day, 14 cannons, 7 each in the morning and evening.

“6th November, Urhobo Progress Union (UPU) Day, 14 cannons, 7 each at morning and evening; 7th November, the grand finale, 42 cannons, 21 each at morning and evening, to be followed by the slaughtering of the native calf,” the statement further read.


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