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Breaking: Kobe Bryant Among Nine Enshrined In Basketball Hall Of Fame

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Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant was inducted posthumously to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Saturday, as the class of 2020 was enshrined after months of delay due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The five-time NBA champion died last year aged 41 in a helicopter crash alongside his daughter and seven others, shocking the world of professional sport and sending his legions of fans into mourning.

Bryant’s widow Vanessa, who started dating Kobe when she was 17, offered an acceptance on his behalf as presenter Michael Jordan stood nearby.

“Dear Kobe, thank you for being the best husband and father you could possibly be,” she said. “Thank you for never giving up on us. Thank you for all of your hard work.”

The 18-time All-Star joined the NBA straight out of high school and would go on to enjoy one of the most decorated careers in the history of the sport, claiming NBA Finals MVP honors twice and earning the adoration of fans for his larger-than-life persona.

Bryant, the fourth-highest scorer in league history with 33,643 points, grew up idolizing the five-time league MVP Jordan and the two superstars’ careers overlapped by a handful of years.

“Kobe would thank all of the people who helped him get here, including the people that doubted him and the people who worked against him and told him he couldn’t attain his goals … after all, he proved you wrong,” said Bryant, prompting a grin from Jordan.

Other honorees in the 2020 class included 10-time Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) All-Star and four-time Olympic gold medalist Tamika Catchings, 15-time NBA All-Star Kevin Garnett and three-time NBA Finals MVP Tim Duncan.

The ceremony at the Mohegan Sun Resort & Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut, was postponed from August due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Breaking: EFCC Begins Probe Of APC National Leader, Bola Tinubu

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Abdulrasheed Bawa, the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has stated that former Lagos State Governor and APC National Leader Bola Tinubu is under investigation.

In an exclusive interview published by ThisDay on Sunday, Bawa said investigation does not end in a day as it could take a long time.

He said: “You asked me a question earlier about arresting people before investigation and now you are saying why didn’t we arrest Tinubu? Why didn’t you just say ‘arrest him?’

“Investigation is ongoing. When you are investigating matters like this, they don’t end in a day. Thousands of investigations are going on, on a daily basis.

“You understand? You know you are from the media. After you will say we are doing media trial.”

When Bawa was the head of the Lagos Zonal Office, he is believed to have demanded Tinubu’s assets declaration form.

In a related development, a former Managing Director of Alpha Beta LLP, Mr. Dapo Apara, has filed a suit demanding a Lagos State High Court to stop Tinubu from “controlling the finances of Alpha Beta.”

The suit was filed on Wednesday by Mr Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa (SAN) on behalf of Apara.

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Just In: #BuhariMustGo Protesters Regroup, Block Abuja Airport Road

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Angry Nigerians protesting against bad governance and insecurity on Monday morning staged a peaceful protest and blocked Abuja Airport Road.

JomgNews Nigeria reports that, the protesters, mostly youth, took their campaign to Dantata Bridge along the road which serve as a major entrance and exit to the capital city as early as 5:00am chanting #BuhariMustGo.

This online medium gathered that, the protesters barricaded the Expressway with bonfire preventing vehicular movement along the road.

The protesters, who displayed placards, were on June 12 violently dispersed by a combined team of armed security operatives at Gudu junction when they were teargassed.

They were demanding an end to insecurity, bad governance, corruption, impunity and reversal of suspension on Twitter, among others.

— Sahara Reporters (@SaharaReporters) June 21, 2021

The #BuhariMustGo campaign which many believe was started by Mr. Omoyele Sowore has drawn attention from different parts of the countries with protests calling for the resignation of President Muhammadu Buhari.

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Just In: Gunmen Murder Ex-Naija FM Presenter, Eja Nla In Ibadan

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A former presenter with Naija FM and emerging actor, Titus Badejo, popularly known as Eja Nla, has been killed by unknown gunmen in Ibadan, Oyo State.

JomogNews Nigeria gathered from a competent source that the murder was carried out in front of 407 Club, Oluyole Estate, beside Bovas Filling Station, at about 11:30 pm.

According to the source, Badejo, who had been at the club since about 9pm, was leaving with some friends when two masked men riding on a motorcycle suddenly approached him and others, barking at them to lay flat.

It was after this they reportedly pumped bullets into Badejo before leaving without taking anything.

Badejo had celebrated his birthday about a week ago, during which he also held a programme in Ogbomoso, being an indigene of the town.

The programme, tagged ‘Made in Ogbomoso,’ by Eja Nla Entertainment, was used to elaborately celebrate what was said to be his 40th birthday.

He was also said to have been sighted in a location with the popular actor, Femi Adebayo and others, which he posted on a social media platform.

 

 

 

 

 

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