This Day (Lagos)

15 January 2013

Nigeria: Artillery Salvo Stuns Obada, Min. of Defence

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An unexpected boom of artillery fire at the National Arcade venue of the 2013 edition of the Armed Forces Remembrance Day shook and nearly fell the Minister of Defence (State), Erelu Olusola Obada Tuesday.

Obada, who was flanked by other dignitaries, was apparently shocked by the volley of deafening shots, which observers say were usually preceded by an announcement to prepare the minds of participants to the event.

But such announcement was not made Tuesday before the salvos went off causing the minister to slump into the waiting arms of vigilant military aides who took her to one corner where she was resuscitated.

After about 10 minutes she was fit again. She returned to stage and subsequently performed the wreath laying ceremony without any further unforeseen incident

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