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The Ogun State Government has revealed that it has plans to honour new world heavyweight champion, Anthony Joshua.

Joshua defeated veteran Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley in London on Saturday, knocking out the Ukrainian in the 11th round. The bout was watched by 90,000 fans inside the stadium.

The London 2012 Olympic Games gold medallist was born in England to a Nigerian mother and father, who comes from Sagamu in Ogun State.

Ogun State Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Afolabi Afuape, told our correspondent on the telephone on Monday that the plans to honour Joshua, who spent some of his early years in Nigeria before returning to England, had not been finalised.

Afuape said, “Anthony Joshua has made us proud as our son. A decision will be taken on how the state will honour him.

Meanwhile, Majority Leader of the Ogun State House of Assembly Yinka Mafe says he will move a motion to have the Sagamu Stadium renamed Anthony Joshua Stadium, and the popular Cinema Street in Sagamu renamed Anthony Joshua Street, according to ESPN.

Of the two, the street is the most significant, as his family owns almost half the land and property on one side of the street.

The cinema, from which the road takes its name, was built by his great grandfather Daniel Adebambo Joshua in the 50s, and is one of the oldest of such facilities in the country.

Mafe joined hundreds of Sagamu youths to watch the fight in an open air viewing event organised by the Sagamu Youth Congress, and was thrilled by both the turnout and the outcome.

“We are proud of what he has achieved as a son of Sagamu, and we will be happy to do our own little bit to show our appreciation and support for him,” Mafe said.

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REVEALED: Why Kaduna Speaker Resigned

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Reasons why Kaduna Speaker, Hon. Aminu Abdullahi Shagali resigned his position have started emerging.

The ex-Speaker, who represents Sabon-Gari Constituency in the Assembly, officially submitted his resignation letter to the clerk of the House Tuesday morning.

According to the Nation Newspaper, members of the House had started collecting signatures to impeach him before he eventually bowed to pressure and resigned.

Chairman, House Committee on information, Tanimu Musa, confirmed he submitted his resignation letter on Tuesday.

However, Shagali’s offense warranting the alleged plan impeachment was yet to be unraveled as the time of filing this report.

The 40-year-old Shagali became Speaker on the coming of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to power in 2015.

He was re-elected to preside over the House in 2019 on the strong recommendation of Governor Nasir Ahmed El-Rufa’i.

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BREAKING: Kaduna Assembly Speaker Resigns

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Speaker of Kaduna Assembly, Hon. Aminu Abdullahi Shagali, has resigned from his position.

Sources from the Assembly said Shagali tendered his resignation before the commencement of Plenary session on Tuesday morning

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JUST IN: Court Finds Olisa Metuh, Firm Guilty Of First Count In N400m Fraud Trial

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The Federal High Court in Abuja, on Tuesday, convicted a former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Olisah Metuh, and his firm, Destra Investments Limited, of the first of the seven counts instituted against them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

Ruling on the first count in his judgement, Justice Okon Abang ruled that a former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, unlawfully transferred the sum of N400 million to the defendants in November 2014.

The judge ruled that Metuh and his firm reasonably ought to have known that the sum of N400 million paid to them formed part of the proceeds of the unlawful activity of the ex-NSA because they had no form of a contractual relationship with the ONSA.

According to the judge, Dasuki transferred the money to the defendants “in breach of public trust”.

He dismissed the contention of the defence who argued that the defendants could not be convicted for the money laundering offence because Dasuki, who is currently being prosecuted, had yet to be convicted for the predicate offence of breach of trust and corruption.

The judge said, contrary to the argument, “the predicate offence and the money laundering offence are intertwined”.

“The success or failure of the predicate offence does not determine the success or failures of the money laundering offence,” the judge added.

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