Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, on Thursday shut out all journalists from venue of his daughter, Damilola, and Seun Bakare, son of oil mogul Bola Shagaya, a close associate of immediate past first lady, Mrs. Patience Jonathan.
Shagaya and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, are in court over allegation that she laundered N3.3bn for Mrs. Jonathan. She is challenging a court order obtained by EFCC to freeze her accounts with Unity Bank after she allegedly refused to honour several invitations extended to her by the anti-graft agency for questioning.
About three weeks ago, Justice Oluremi Oguntoyinbo, who is presiding over the case adjourned it till May 17.
Damilola and Seun’s intimacy had been hushed and dogged by rumour of the groom being a Muslim, a claim the Vice President’s media aide, Laolu Akande, denied.
It is understood that Seun other siblings from another father, Alhaji Ganiyu Shagaya, are all Muslims likewise the mum.
The controversies surrounding his son-in-law’s family may have informed the decision of Osinbajo to bar journalists from covering the wedding reception yesterday.
Accredited State House journalists were barred from getting close to the venue of the reception at the Conference Centre (old Banquet Hall) as they were told that the Osinbajos and the groom’s family opted for a low-key event.
It was gathered that the security personnel assigned to guard venues of the ceremonies were warned not to take photographs with their phones or other electronic devices.
The ceremony, according to multiple reports, started with the traditional wedding at the Vice-President’s Akinola Aguda official residence in the presidential villa.
The vice president, had also, via his Twitter handle, confirmed the engagement of Damilola and Oluseun, and thanked God for the union.