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Former Owner Of Harrods And Fulham Fc, Mohamed Al-Fayed, Dies At 94

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Egyptian billionaire Mohamed Al-Fayed, known for his ownership of Harrods department store, Fulham football club, and as the father of Dodi Fayed, who tragically lost his life alongside Princess Diana in a 1997 car accident, has passed away on Friday, September 1, in London.

He was 94 years old.

According to The Guardian, he was laid to rest after Friday prayers following a service at Regent’s Park Mosque in London, as reported by Al Jazeera Egypt.

Ashraf Haider, a family member, conveyed the news in Al Shorouk newspaper, saying, “My wife’s grandfather, the Egyptian businessman Mohamed Al-Fayed, has died. We belong to God and to Him we shall return.”

Born in Alexandria, Egypt, in 1929, Mohamed Al-Fayed relocated to the United Kingdom in the mid-1960s, where he went on to amass his wealth in various business ventures.

He married Samira Khashoggi in 1954, and their union bore one son, Emad, who was also known as Dodi. The couple separated in 1956.

Al-Fayed’s most prominent ownership was that of Harrods, which he acquired in 1985 and subsequently sold to Qatar in 2010 for a staggering $2.4 billion. Additionally, he possessed the Ritz Paris Hotel and Fulham Football Club.

In 2013, Al Fayed sold Fulham Football Club to American auto parts magnate Shahid Khan for a reported $300 million.

His eldest son, Dodi, shared a long-standing friendship with Princess Diana before their romantic relationship blossomed during a yacht excursion in the south of France. Tragically, their lives were cut short in a fatal car crash in Paris, preventing them from spending their futures together.

Throughout his life, Al-Fayed remained an outspoken critic of the British royal family, firmly believing that they played a role in the deaths of his son Dodi and Princess Diana in the 1997 car accident.

In an interview with 60 Minutes Australia, he expressed his conviction that the couple was intentionally killed due to societal prejudices, stating, “because they still don’t accept that Dodi, my son, an Egyptian, a Muslim, can be the stepfather of the future king.”

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FG Clarifies Renaming of Murtala Muhammed Expressway

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Minister Of Information
– FG denies renaming Murtala Muhammed Expressway after Wole Soyinka
– New road inaugurated by President Tinubu named Arterial Road N20
– Murtala Muhammed Expressway remains unchanged

The Federal Government has dispelled rumors that the Murtala Muhammed Expressway in Abuja was renamed Wole Soyinka Way.

The government clarified that the renaming of the expressway was never considered by the current administration.

Instead, a new road was inaugurated by President Bola Tinubu on June 4, 2024, which was named Arterial Road N20.

This new road connects the Outer Northern Expressway to the Northern Parkway and was named after Prof. Wole Soyinka.

The confusion arose from a proposal by the FCT Minister, Nyesom Wike, during the inauguration, which was approved by President Tinubu. ”

The government emphasized that the Murtala Muhammed Expressway remains unchanged, honoring the legacy of the former Head of State, Gen. Murtala Ramat Muhammed.

Therefore, the Arterial Road N20 is named after Prof Soyinka.

The Murtala Muhammed Expressway remains unchanged, the government stressed.

 

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Rivers State on Edge as Youths Storm LG Headquarters Amid Tenure Crisis

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– Tension rises in Rivers State as youths occupy LG headquarters
– LG chairmen refuse to vacate office despite expiration of tenure
– Police deploy security operatives to maintain peace

Tension mounted in Rivers State on Monday as youths occupied the Degema Local Government Area headquarters, demanding that the council chairmen vacate office.

The youths, who were seen singing war songs, barricaded the entrance and vowed to remain until Wednesday.

The crisis follows the expiration of the tenure of local government chairmen in the state, with the chairmen refusing to step down citing a new law passed by the state House of Assembly.

The law empowers them to extend their tenure by six months, a move opposed by Governor Siminalayi Fubara.

In a similar development, youths stormed the Asari-Toru Local Government Area headquarters, occupying the building and vowing to resist any attempt by the council chairman to remain in office.

The situation was tense but peaceful, with security operatives deployed to maintain order.

Meanwhile, the outgoing chairman of Eleme LGA, Obarilomate Ollor, warned those eager to throw him out of office not to come close to the council, threatening to unleash terror on such invaders. “Some people are ganging up, they want to use force to enter into the local government, If you go there against the law, what you will see you will not believe it.”

The police have urged everyone to maintain peace in the state, with the spokesperson, Grace Iringe-Koko, saying “Our men were on a show of strength this morning. We are still monitoring the situation.”

 

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