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Chimamanda Adichie’s family announces burial arrangement for their father, Prof. James Nwoye Adichie

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James Nwoye Adichie, father of renowned writer, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, will be laid to rest in Abba, Njikoka LGA of Anambra State on Friday, 9th October, 2020, after a requiem mass at St. Paul’s Catholic Church, Abba.

 

Recall that Prof. Adichie, who was the first Nigerian Professor of Statistics, died on June 10, 2020 at the age of 88 after a brief illness.

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Announcing the burial in a statement on behalf of the family, Chuks Adichie, said that on Thursday, 8th October, by 6 O’clock in the evening, there will be a vigil mass at Professor Adichie’s compound, Umueri, Ezi-Abba village, Abba.

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The statement added that other funeral rites will be observed while observing COVID-19 protocols.

 

Professor Adichie received his PhD in statistics from the University of California-Berkeley, and went on to become Nigeria’s first professor of statistics in 1976, with his dedicated life’s work done at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, where he was named professor emeritus in 2016.

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Upon his retirement, he lived in his hometown, Abba, Njikoka Local Government Area, Anambra State, where he held the prestigious traditional title of “Odelu ora” Abba.

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Welder killed as fuel tanker explodes at a mechanic workshop in Anambra

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A tanker explosion has claimed the life of a welder at a mechanic workshop in Oyi Local Government Area of Anambra State.

 

Spokesperson of the State Police Command, SP Haruna Mohammed, who confirmed the incident said the explosion occurred on Saturday, November 28, about 2:30pm, at the mechanic workshop located along new road toll gate in Ogbunike.

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“The incident took place when a welder named Richard ‘m’ surname yet unknown was on top of an empty Fuel Mack Truck with REG number XA-740-CAL trying to weld the upper compartment. All of a sudden the tanker exploded and threw the welder two hundred metres away from the truck leaving him unconscious,” he said.

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The scene was visited by Police operatives attached to Ogbunike Division and the victim was rushed to Iyienu Hospital for treatment where he was confirmed dead by a doctor.

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The corpse has since been deposited at the hospital mortuary while investigation is ongoing to ascertain circumstances surrounding the incident.

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Football world in mourning after the death of Argentina legend, Diego Maradona

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The football world has been thrown into mourning following the tragic death of Diego Maradona.

 

The Argentina legend, who was the manager of Argentinian club side Gimnasia passed away aged 60 on Wednesday, November 25th, after suffering a cardiac arrest at his home country.

 

The news comes just two weeks after he left the hospital where he underwent surgery on a blot clot in his brain.

 

The Argentine FA confirmed the news in a statement on Twitter which read: “The Argentine Football Association, through its President Claudio Tapia, expresses its deepest sorrow for the death of our legend, Diego Armando Maradona.

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“You will always be in our hearts.”

 

Maradona, regarded as one of the greatest footballers of all time, was the inspiration for Argentina’s World Cup success in Mexico in 1986, winning the Golden Ball as the tournament’s best player.

 

He also led the country to the final of the 1990 tournament in Italy although his international playing career ended in shame when he failed a drug test at the 1994 World Cup in the United States.

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He played club football for Boca Juniors, Napoli, and Barcelona among others, and was adored by millions of fans for his football talent.

 

During his time with Italian side Napoli, he won the Serie A title in 1987 and 1990, along with an Italian Cup in 1987 and a Uefa Cup in 1991.

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In 1999 and 2000 he was taken to hospital suffering heart problems, the second time requiring a respirator to breathe.

 

In 2004, he was again treated in hospital for severe heart and respiratory problems linked to his drug abuse.

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He has undergone two gastric bypass operations to control his weight and received treatment for alcohol abuse.

 

In January, he had surgery to stem bleeding in his stomach, and in July he underwent a knee operation.

 

Three weeks ago he was admitted to hospital for surgery on a blood clot in his brain, before being discharged to recover at home.

 

Football clubs and countries around the world including notable figures have paid tributes to the legend.

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Family of slain Abuja newspaper vendor demands N500m compensation from Gbajabiamila

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The family of late Ifeanyi Okereke, the newspaper vendor who was killed by a stray bullet fired by a security detail attached to Speaker of the House of Assembly, Femi Gbajabiamila, are demanding N500 million compensation from the speaker.

 

DSS Officer, Abdullahi Hassan, attached to the speaker, fired a gunshot to disperse newspaper vendors who gathered around the speaker last Thursday, November 19, with one bullet hitting Ifeanyi who died instantly.

 

In a letter written by their lawyer, Mike Ozekhome (SAN) and dated today November 24, the family of late Ifeanyi asked Gbajabiamila to ensure that Hassan is fully prosecuted. Ozekhome was given the mandate to write the letter by the father of the deceased, Okorie Okereke; and the younger brother to the deceased, Destiny Okereke.

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The letter read in part

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“Our clients have instructed us to make from your good self, the following modest demands: That you use your good offices to ensure the immediate prosecution of your security aide (Abdullahi Hassan), who went on a frolic of his own, clearly acted outside the purview of his duty and responsibility by shooting to death an innocent, harmless and armless citizen.

That you adequately compensate the Okereke family with a modest sum of N500m only. This monetary demand can never adequately replace or take the place of their son, husband, brother, and breadwinner’s life. But it will at least mitigate the obvious trauma and hardship the premature demise of their irreplaceable breadwinner has placed on them.”

 

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The Okereke family gave the Speaker a seven-day ultimatum to meet their demands otherwise they would take legal action against him

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“Take note therefore that it is our clients’ firm instruction that in the event that you fail, refuse and/or neglect to accede to or proffer reasonable compensatory terms to our above modest demands within seven days from the date of this letter, we shall without any further correspondences from us, take appropriate legal steps to enforce our clients’ constitutional rights” the letter stated.

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