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How Awolowo’s eldest daughter died – Family source

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Eldest daughter of Obafemi Awolowo, Mrs Tola Oyediran, who died earlier on Friday, at the age of 79, went to bed the previous night hale and hearty, a family source has said.
The source said the lady died in her sleep, adding that she never exhibited any sign of illness.
”She was not sick. She went to bed without any health issue,” the source said.
Already, condolences have started pouring in from eminent Nigerians to the family and supporters of the late sage.
President Muhammadu Buhari, Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State and Speaker of House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, have commiserated with the family over her demise.
Oyediran, billed to celebrate her 80th birthday on December 1, was until her passage the chairman of the Board of Directors at the African Newspapers of Nigeria Plc, the publishers of Tribune Newspaper.
She was married to Prof Allen Oyediran, former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ibadan.
Dr Awolowo-Dosunmu is now the only surviving child of the Awolowo dynasty.
The President’s condolence message was contained in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, titled ‘President Buhari mourns Chief Obafemi Obafemi Awolowo’s daughter, Tola Oyediran.’
The statement said, “The President commiserates with friends and associates of Mrs Oyediran, particularly her only surviving sister, Mrs Tokunbo Awolowo, over the sad loss, urging the family to take solace in the investments of the deceased in making life better for others.”
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, in his message, expressed sadness over Oyediran’s death.
The speaker said the deceased lived a fulfilled life like her late father.
 Gbajabiamila described the deceased as a beacon of hope to many and worthy of emulation.
Also, the Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, said the death of Mrs Oyediran was a sad occurrence.
Abiodun, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Kunle Somorin, said, “She was a central figure during her father’s travails as a political figure and after the death of the former Premier of the defunct Western Region.

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Kelechi Iheanacho set to join Chelsea

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Leicester City striker, Kelechi Iheanacho, is set to join Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea this summer.

According to Spanish publications, Fichajes, Tuchel is very convinced in the ability of Iheanacho to improve his team’s attack next season.

Iheanacho is one name being considered by Tuchel at Stamford Bridge should the west London club miss out on signing Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland this summer transfer window.

Tuchel is impressed with the talents of the Nigerian international, who is one of the most in-form strikers in England currently.

The report added that Tuchel is not the biggest fan of Chelsea striker, Tammy Abraham, with the ex-PSG manager leaving the England international out of Chelsea’s starting XI a few times in recent weeks.

Chelsea are also open to the possibility of striker, Olivier Giroud, leaving the Blues at the end of the season.

Iheanacho has so far scored 15 goals in 31 appearances for Leicester City this season.

The 24-year-old joined Leicester City from Manchester City for £24 million in 2017.

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NURTW moves against highway crime, adopts vehicle e-tracking

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The National Union of Road Transport Workers says it will track members’ vehicles electronically as a way to address the spate of kidnapping and insecurity on expressways.

The union, during the National Executive Council meeting in Osogbo, Osun State capital, said it was imperative for them to use electronic tracking device in curbing the menace of kidnapping and insecurity on expressways in the country.

President of the union, Alhaji Tajudeen Baruwa, said the NURTW had lost many members to banditry while many were kidnapped.

He said, “We have resolved to use tracking to monitor our members’ vehicles. This will help us to alert our members of impending dangers.

“We admonish our members to be security conscious; the issue of insecurity in the country is worrisome. Many times our members are been kidnapped across the country, we have lost many members as a result of insecurity and there is no compensation from the government. So we really need to be careful and vigilant when we are on the steering. E-tracking will help passengers and our members after we put it to use”.

Baruwa thanked members for their support and confidence in his administration.

He said the administration was faced with serious financial challenges and the emergence of the COVID19 affected their revenue, adding that it was a miracle to have survived the devastating effects of the lockdown.

 

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EFCC arrests, grills ex-Imo governor, Okorocha

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has arrested former Imo State governor, Rochas Okorocha.

He was arrested in Abuja and was later questioned by the EFCC over issues bothering on alleged corruption.

Okorocha, currently representing Imo West at the Senate, was grilled at the EFCC Abuja office on Tuesday.

EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, confirmed the development but did not give further details.

 “It is true, he was arrested today in Abuja but we are not giving details,” he said.

Okorocha had been accused by the Imo government of looting the state’s treasury through various malpractices.

He was in February arrested by police from the Imo State Command for allegedly unsealing Spring Palm Estate linked to his wife, Nkechi.

Okorocha was later released but about 14 of his loyalists are being tried.

The Imo State Government had sealed the Spring Palm Estate and other properties claimed to have been “diverted” by Okorocha and his family members.

But the Senator said the properties were legitimately by him and his family members.

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