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Mother’s Family Unaware Of Achebe’s Death

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More than a week after the death of Africa’s foremost novelist, Chinua Achebe, his mother’s family said they were not aware of his passing.

Chief Ifeanyi Iloegbunam, a spokesman of the Ilewu family in Umuike Village in Awka, where Achebe’s mother was married from, told Saturday PUNCH on the telephone that though the family was aware of the news of the death of the writer, the formal transmission of the news to the family from Ogidi, Achebe’s hometown, had not been done.

Iloegbunam, who said he was out of town, promised to speak more when he returns to Awka.

A paternal niece of Achebe, Mrs. Jane Umeanor, also told Saturday PUNCH that she was not aware if the Achebe family in Ogidi had gone to Awka to inform his mother’s people about the passing of the professor.

The President General of Ogidi Union, Dr. Eric Obiako, had told Saturday PUNCH that he would not speak yet on the death until the formal briefing from the family had been done.

It was gathered that because Achebe was a title holder in Ogidi, his children would have to first inform the town about the death before any announcement could be made to other people.

His children will also need to go to his mother’s family to formally inform them of the death of their father before they would be involved in the burial arrangements.

In the meantime, the immediate family of the deceased were still in the United States as at Thursday when Saturday PUNCH visited Ogidi.

The head of the Achebe family was said to be resident in Enugu, and had not come home to receive visitors. Both Achebe’s country home and the family home had yet to be opened to mourners.

In fact, Chinua Achebe’s house was securely locked and there was no sign of anyone in it.

Achebe had once said that it was a twist of fate that he had the accident that paralysed him for the rest of his life at Awka, the hometown of his mother.

Meanwhile, the delay by the immediate family of Achebe in formally relaying his death to the appropriate traditional authorities in his hometown, Ogidi is hampering arrangements for his burial.

Saturday PUNCH confirmed from the leadership of the Ogidi Development Union and the Anambra State Government on Friday that the immediate family of Achebe, which is still in the United States where he died, has yet to formally transmit his death to the town union and the state government so that they could begin to make arrangements for his burial.

The President General of the Ogidi Development Union, Dr. Eric Obiako, told Saturday PUNCH that there was no burial arrangement on the ground.

“There is nothing being done yet. The family is yet to brief us, so we cannot go ahead to make any arrangements,” he said.

The Anambra State Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Chief Joemartins Uzodike, told Saturday PUNCH that as soon as the family notifies the state government about the burial plans, the government would take over from there and publish it. [Punch]

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“Oke Wasn’t Killed By Stray Bullet, He Was Stabbed By Thugs” – Brother Claims

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“Oke Wasn’t Killed By Stray Bullet, He Was Stabbed By Thugs” - Brother Claims
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Information Nigeria recalls a graphics designer identified as Oke, was killed hours after tweeting “Nigeria will not kill me” on Wednesday.

It was reported that the young man had passed away after he was hit by a stray bullet.

The deceased’s younger brother, Daniel has come out to clear the air regarding the circumstances leading to his death.

Daniel revealed his brother was stabbed on the neck by thugs who infiltrated and ransacked their home.

In his words;

Good day, My name is Obi-Enadhuze Daniel younger brother of the now deceased Okechukwu Obi-Enadhuze @O_Okee . I, my brother and mother lived at makinde police barracks, mafoluku, Oshodi, Lagos State.

Today at about 11 o’clock in the morning the police station at makinde was attacked by thugs who wanted to destroy the station, I my mom and brother were holed up in our house.

 The attack went on for hours before the thugs eventually breached the police and proceeded to set the station on fire, after accomplishing this they set their sights to the barracks and began the assault, they proceeded to destroy every car in the barracks, my mom’s 2 cars where destroyed and set on fire and then they infiltrated our house by breaking the door they then proceeded to ransack the house and carted away with everything we own. 

 my brother on trying to get them to take everything but spare us was pushed to my mom’s room and stabbed on the neck, the attacker then proceeded to attack me but missed my neck but got my chin instead, after this my mom and I carried my brothers body to the entrance of the station soliciting for help from the thugs still ravaging the barracks, we were finally able to put him in a wheelbarrow and took him to a hospital where he was rejected because “he was already dead” unfazed we moved him to another hospital where he met the same treatment this was where he bled his last drops of blood and died, his body has now been moved to a morgue

we have lost every single thing we own, as our house was completely ransacked and set on fire the only thing left is my brothers phone and at about 8 o’clock this evening the barracks was still on fire but Okechukwu has paid with the ultimate price

I and my mother are homeless with nothing now but we’re safe for now, we thank everyone that has been able to reach out to us, and were able to share consoling words with us in these trying times, God bless you

While we were holed up in the house the three of us said these words together and we say it again ” THREE OF US ARE HERE, THREE OF US ARE TOGETHER, THREE OF US ARE SAFE”

Let it be known that my brother @O_Okee  was NOT killed by a police bullet but died a hero protecting my mother and I.

If you see this please retweet, let the world know how Okechukwu died. He was NOT killed by a police bullet but thugs in his home!”

Read Also: RIP Oke: Barely 3hours After Tweeting “Nigeria Will Not End Me” #EndSARS Protester Dies From Gunshot

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Youths Burn Down Sanwo-Olu’s Mother’s House In Lagos (VIDEO)

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Youths Burn Down Gov Sanwo-Olu’s Mother’s House In Lagos (VIDEO)Lagos youths have set the family house of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on fire.

This was after the Governor said that no nobody was killed during the shooting by soldiers at Lekki Toll Gate on Tuesday night.

Sanwo-Olu had debunked claims that the soldiers opened fire and killed some peaceful protesters.

Recall that men of the Nigerian Army reportedly opened fire on protesters following the declaration of 24 hours curfew by the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwolu.

Bullets fired by security operatives hit some persons and at least two persons have been confirmed killed by the police and many injured

Voices in viral footage blamed the shootings on soldiers.

However, the angry youth attacked several important places such as Nigeria Port Authority, TVC News, and the family house of the Governor where his mother resides.

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#LekkiMassacre: Hoodlums Storm TVC Station In Lagos; Set Properties On Fire (Video)

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Properties in the conpound on fire

Properties in the compound on fire

Hoodlums have reportedly invaded the headquarters of popular news station, TVC, believed to be owned by National Leader of APC, Bola Tinubu.

According to reports, the staff of the news station are being trapped in the building located in Lagos.

Videos circulating online shows that properties in the compound have also been set ablaze.

The news station is currently off air and this comes hours after Nigerians accused the Lagos politician of having a hand in the #LekkiMassacre.

Information Nigeria recalls security agents had opened fire at peaceful #EndSARS protesters at Lekki Tollgate on Tuesday.

In a video circulating online, the anchors of one of the shows, ‘Your View’ were heard saying that there were hoodlums at their gate trying to break into the premises.

Read Also: #EndSARS: Nigerian Army Denies Shooting At Protesters In Lekki

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