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Photos Of The Luxury Island Villa In Otuoke Where President Jonathan Will Retire


This is Otuoke, the home town of President Goodluck Jonathan.
Otuoke is a small island community in the Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.

And there, is the estate where President Goodluck Jonathan would Retire. The estate is opposite a creek, and the rolling breeze keep coming.
It sprawls over a large expanse of land contrasting sharply with its rustic surrounding.

On the long road to the gates, soldiers and members of other security agencies, apparently on sentry duty, walked on the grounds. The overall air suggested guarded and protected serenity. No one needs the gift of clairvoyance to understand they are approaching a restricted zone.

Behind the gates, shoving their heads above the walls are no fewer than eight different structures apparently for different purposes: recreation, security posts and guard quarters. A visitor to Otuoke will not be penalized for calling the place a fortress.

Activities in this place had been at a lull until a couple of weeks ago. And it is largely believed that come May 29, after the expiration of his tenure, President Jonathan would relocate to the place.

As if the President had the premonition that he would not live in Aso Rock beyond 2015, he was reported to have begun acquiring properties adjacent his sprawling country home by late 2013.

The place was acquired on an area which runs to about seven acres of Ojuolape which was expanded to encase the mansion while new structures were erected round it.

It was gathered that adequate compensation was paid to the owners of these properties to enable them relocate elsewhere.

It was learnt that Jonathan after acquiring those buildings in 2013, engaged the services of a construction company, Jiito, to expand the estate to accommodate his new acquisition.

Today, Jonathan's mini – estate, which overlooks a creek that links Otuoke to other coastal communities of Bayelsa, is a cynosure of all eyes.

A visit to Otuoke on Thursday showed that Jonathan's mansions, which had been undergoing construction and reconstruction in the last 10 years are now ready for habitation. The area they sit on is best described as an island.

It was learnt that before now, each time the President visited Otuoke, he usually slept in his wife's (Patience) castle which is directly opposite the Federal University, Otuoke.

-Punch

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