Military officers in Gabon have reportedly uncovered suitcases and bags full of various currencies in the family house of ousted President, Ali Bongo, in the West African country.
Naija News learned that the bags and suitcases of money were found hours after the military took over power following Bongo’s re-election after spending 14 years in power and placed him under house arrest.
It was gathered that the monies were found in Yann Ngulu’s house, the Chief of Staff of the eldest son of the deposed President, Nourredine Bongo.
In the viral video making the rounds on X on Wednesday, the bags could be seen filled with bundles of CFA francs, dollars, and Euros.
His father, Omar Bongo, was in power for 42 years. The Bongo family have been in power for a total of 56 years which led to the coup and has since caused outrage online.
Below are some of the reactions to the development.
@VivienVivicoko wrote: “This one is too small compared to what is being stashed away by politicians in Nigeria and the public servants!”
@YaoRichard10 wrote: “WHERE ARE these useless groups AU, EU, ECOWAS, and UN? I am sure they must have watched this video by now. How can a leader of the country store such a huge amount of money in his family house while citizens are suffering from hunger?
@AOvadje wrote: “When the people of a nation have nothing else to eat, they will feast on their leaders. This is not a surprise, and it will transcend every African nation. All it requires is time.
“May God help us all to curb our greed when we emerge as leaders in positions of power. Amen.”
@2marts wrote: “It’s really difficult to support this leader, I am very much against Coup, but when you see something like this, one can’t even say anything.”
@NeoLifeNG wrote: “This is very bad for Gabon. A family ruled for 56 years 🤔 o to ge.”
@sodiq_ade4 wrote: “This is a troubling situation; it highlights the potential corruption that has occurred 🤦 Africa, which way?!”
@Jamilusalihuskk wrote: “What is he going to do with these monies, for God’s sake? He can’t even buy his own health with money now. Africa is doomed.
@oniakinola4037 wrote: “Is this money? Come to my country where the Governor, not even the president, leaves a very big room to store money and many other places like septic holes or underground apartments to store money. Be playing.”
#SaferKwara: Governor AbdulRazaq Meets Army Chief
Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq receives Commander 22 Armoured Brigade Ilorin Brigade General Adebayo Abdulrahman Babalola at Government House, Ilorin.
During the visit, the Governor explored strategies for strengthening security in the state with the Army chief.
Military personnel have made several efforts to dislodge security threats from the state.
The Army chief reiterated that the operations will be sustained to keep the state safer for peaceful and law-abiding residents.
Football is coming home! UK & Republic of Ireland set to host Euro 2028 as Turkey withdraw bid
The United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland look set to host Euro 2028 after the Turkish FA withdrew its bid to host the tournament.
The Turkish FA has officially withdrawn its bid to host Euro 2028 in order to focus on its plan to co-host the tournament with Italy in 2032. UEFA has now approved the joint proposal, which was first announced in July.
Turkey’s withdrawal from the 2028 bidding process means that the UK and Republic of Ireland’s bid will now run unopposed. Wembley Stadium hosted the semi-finals and final of the delayed 2020 European Championship, but the UK has not hosted an entire major tournament since 1996.
Both bids will require official approval at a meeting of UEFA’s executive committee on Tuesday. An official statement from UEFA read: “The presentations at that meeting will be an important part of the process which will take due consideration of the content of the bid submissions before reaching a decision.”
If approved, then Euro 2028 will be hosted in the UK and Ireland. Among the ten proposed stadiums are Wembley Stadium, Hampden Park and the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, as well as the currently unbuilt Bramley Moore Dock stadium in Liverpool and Casement Park in Belfast
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Messi’s Inter Miami contract is set to expire in 2025, at which point – according to El Nacional – he will look to return to boyhood club Newell’s Old Boys in his native Argentina. There is an option for the World Cup winner to extend his deal with Miami for an extra year, but the report states that he wants to retire in his homeland.
Messi left Barcelona in 2021 after more than two decades at the club, having joined the Spanish giants from Newell’s as a 13-year-old. He snubbed a return to Camp Nou when he left Paris Saint-Germain over the summer, and it now looks like a fairy tale return to Barca is never going to happen.
Messi scored 10 goals in his first seven games for David Beckham’s Miami franchise, but he has spent the past month injured. He will play a farewell match at Barcelona at some point, even if he does not return to play for the club
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