Christian Chukwu, former coach of the Super Eagles and one of Nigeria’s greatest footballers ever, will travel to the UK for further treatment in the first week of May following the footing of his medical bills by Femi Otedola, the billionaire businessman.
TheCable had broken the news of Otedola’s offer to foot the bill of the former captain of the national team following reports that he was battling with prostate cancer.
The $50,000 cheque was presented to Chukwu on Wednesday morning in Enugu by Philip Akinola, the COO of Zenon Petroleum and Gas Ltd, one of Otedola’s companies.
Also present were Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, the governor of Enugu state, Amaju Pinnick, the chairman of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and Onochie Anibeze, the renowned sports journalist.
Otedola confirmed the development to TheCable.
“The governor just called to thank me immensely and I spoke with Christian Chukwu too. He will be flown abroad next week. I told him he will be fine and I will make sure he is provided with the best health services,” Otedola told TheCable on phone.
Chukwu, with support from the Enugu state government, has already done an initial surgery in Nigeria and has been recuperating.
Aside captaining Nigeria to its first Africa Cup of Nations success in 1980, Chukwu also led the Enugu Rangers FC team that won the Africa Cup Winners Cup in 1977.
He was nicknamed ‘Chairman’ for his authority on the field as a central defender.
Chukwu also served as assistant coach of the first team to win a FIFA World Cup trophy for Nigeria – the Golden Eaglets that triumphed at the FIFA U16 World Cup in China in 1985.
He was also assistant coach of the team tagged the Golden Generation – the 1994 class of Super Eagles that qualified Nigeria for its first FIFA World Cup finals.
As assistant coach, he helped Nigeria win the Africa Cup of Nations title and reached the round of 16 at the FIFA World Cup in the US.
Between 2002 and 2005, Chukwu was head coach of the Super Eagles, leading the team to bronze medal at the 2004 Africa Cup of Nations in Tunisia.
Ignatius Odunukwe: Why We Killed Owner Of Firman Generator — Suspects Confess
The kingpin of a four-man gang that killed Mr. Ignatius Odunukwe on Tuesday, Bob Ibeaji, said that the lust for money led him to commit the murder.
The late Odunukwe was a renowned billionaire from Anambra, who was into property development and the owner of Firman Generators.
Ibeaji, 42, who claimed to be a medical doctor, during the parade of suspects at the Zone 2 Command, Onikan, in Lagos State, told NAN that “Unnecessary lust for money and my greed for immaterial things clouded my judgement and made me commit the crime,” he said.
The suspect said that in 2019, he saw an advert for the sale of a property at Katampe, Abuja.
He added that he approached the security who linked him up with the deceased through his cellphone number.
“I told him I was interested in the property and I think he (the deceased) had a function in Abuja at that time so we were able to meet once in the city.
“We later met again at Artican Beach Resort , Ajah in Lagos State, on Dec. 1,2019 where we discussed after which I murdered him with the help of two of my gang members,” he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Ibeaji was the leader of a four man gang that include: Solomon Cletus, 30, Arinze Igwe, 26, and Israel Obigaremu, 35.
Ibeaji said that he met Cletus when he was remanded at Kuje Prison, Abuja and discussed the dealings with him which he promised to help out with.
“I lured Odunukwe into my hotel room through a N900million business deal I was pretending to go along with.
“With the help of Igwe and Cletus, I was able to distract him and hit him on the head using the butt of an axe.
“After then, I injected him twice with shots from a lethal injection. His body was later cut into pieces and dumped somewhere at Ogunbo Forest, in Ajah,” he said.
Cletus whom he met at the prison said that he was lured into the act with the promise of a N2 million loan to be given to him if he would participate in the evil plan.
Ibeaji said that Igwe, who was a staff member of the resort, was the one responsible for navigating the culprits successful exit from the hotel because of his knowledge of its layout.
However, Israel Obigaremu, the Uber driver, said that he knew nothing about the evil plan and was unfortunately involved because he allowed Arinze to park the deceased car in his compound.
He said that Arinze usually called him for jobs of transporting his clients that lodged in the hotel and that was how he met with Ibeaji whom he drove around town.
“Arinze brought the victim’s car to my compound and told me that the car belonged to his boss who had travelled and he promised to come pick it up the next day.
“I do not know anything about the killing. I was home sleeping when Arinze brought the vehicle to be parked in my compound,” Obigaremu said.
The Assistant Inspector General of Police, AIG Ahmed Iliyasu of Zone 2 Command, Onikan, told journalists during the parade that two similar incidents had been established against Ibeaji in the past.
“The first was that of a civil commissioner in Bayelsa State, where one Depologa was murdered and his remains found where it dumped along the Abuja Expressway.
“The second is the case of Jude Efulue, a property developer in Abuja, whom he held captive in an apartment and forced him to sign a document transferring the ownership of the victim’s property to him.
“He almost killed Efulue but the intervention of Efulue’s neighbour led to Ibeaji’s apprehension by the police which landed him in Kuje Prison,” the AIG said.
Iliyasu advised the public to be careful about what they post online and desist from revealing too much information about themselves on the social media.
See The 4 Men Who Murdered Billionaire Businessman Ignatius Odunukwe, Owner Of Firman Generator
In an attempt to acquire quick wealth, four men have killed the Billionaire businessman man and owner of Firman Generator, Chief Ignatius Odunukwe.
Ignatius, a well known and successful business man from Anambra state was said to have been kidnapped in December last year by prospective real Estate agents who later turned to be kidnappers.
The kidnappers who disguised as property buyers negotiated to purchase one of his properties in Abuja which is valued at N900 miilion.
The four men whose names are Arinze, Solomon, Cletus and Daniel Ibeaju killed the billionaire, collected the property documents, cut him into pieces and carried him in a sac and dumped him along the Lekki-Ajah forest.
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VIDEO: Moment PDP Protesters Had A Car Accident In Abuja
Some members of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) were involved in an accident yesterday January 20, during a protest in Abuja against the sack of Emeka Ihedioha as the Governor of Imo State by the Supreme Court.
A video from the scene of the incident showed one of the trucks conveying some of the protesting members of the political party, moving recklessly before colliding with another truck.
Though it is not clear if anyone died, eyewitnesses however alleged that some of the protesters sustained injuries.
See the video below:
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