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Rumours of General Yakubu Gowon’s demise trend on social media, aide reacts

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Former Nigerian Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon, has vehemently denied widespread rumours on social media suggesting his death.

The unfounded reports had caused significant concern among Nigerians until his aide, Adeyeye E. Ajayi, and former Delta State governorship candidate, Olorogun Kenneth Gbagi, confirmed that the General was alive and in good health.

The rumours of General Gowon’s death had been trending across various social media platforms, leading to widespread speculation and anxiety among the public.

However, late Monday night, Ajayi released a brief statement reassuring the nation that General Gowon is “still around and well” and emphasised that the former Head of State is in no hurry to leave this world.

In a separate statement, Olorogun Kenneth Gbagi, who previously served as the Minister of State for Education, dispelled the rumours as the “handiwork of mischief makers.”

He disclosed that General Gowon is not only alive but also in good health and currently in London.

His words:

“I, Gbagi, just spoke with him. I hereby refute the rumour of the death of my friend, General Gowon.

“He has communicated to Nigerians that he is still very much around, hale and hearty. Gowon is alive.”

The former Chairman of the Legal Aid Council of Nigeria urged Nigerians to disregard the false reports and misinformation about General Gowon’s death, emphasising the importance of verifying information before accepting it as fact

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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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Rivers State Governor
– 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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