Huge crowd welcomes Suntai to Jalingo

Suntai arrived yesterday to a tumultuous reception in Jalingo, the state capital. The plane marked 5N-12Y, in which he travelled in landed at the Jalingo Airport at about 3:40p.m.

Before then, two aircraft, marked N224BA and 5NBMR, had landed at 2:58pm and 3:37pm. Security was extremely tight.

Many people came around to welcome back the governor. They waited for hours before the arrival of the plane.

When the plane landed, Suntai’s wife was the first to enter the plane – apparently to greet her husband.

Suntai’s deputy, who has been the acting governors since Suntai was flown abroad 10 months ago, Alhaji Garba Umar, also went inside the plane.

Suntai then alighted, assisted by his wife and some aides into an unregistered red Range Rover Sports HSC.

He waved at the people briefly. His body looked healthy but weak and tired.

The governor was clad in a navy black suit with a blue strip shirt. He did not wear a tie.

Suntai did not speak to the crowd. He did not speak also to reporters.

His natural fair complexion was radiant –unlike when he was pictured some months ago in a Hanover, Germany hospital.

The governor was driven straight to the Government House.

In the vehicle, he sat with his wife at the back.

The glasses were wound down and he waved at the large crowd along the road. People who saw him were shouting “Ya dawo”, meaning he has come.

Others said “shi ne”, meaning he is the one.

But many did not catch a glimpse of him due to the heavy security presence.

Security personnel were escorting the governor’s car on foot.

A truckload of security men –policemen and soldiers – guarded the car conveying the governor.

The deputy governor’s car and a few other vehicles followed.

From the airport, they drove through the Road Block, enroute Hammaruwa Way via Barde Way into the Government House.

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