The Ghanaian government on Friday held a funeral service in honour of George Floyd, the unarmed African-American man who died after a white police officer knelt on his neck during an arrest in Minneapolis last week.
The funeral service which was organized by the country’s Ministry of Tourism Arts and Culture, The Ghana Tourism Authority, Office of Diaspora Affairs (Office of the President), and the Diaspora African Forum took place at the Dubois Centre on Friday morning.
The event was attended by several government officials including a former president, Jerry John Rawlings, who took to the stage to deliver a touching tribute to George Floyd.
Gokada founder’s murder financially motivated – Police
Fresh facts have emerged that the gruesome killing of Gokada founder and Chief Executive Officer, Fahim Saleh, was “financially motivated.”
The 33-year-old was found dismembered inside a luxury apartment in New York’s Lower East Side on Tuesday afternoon.
Saleh’s body was cut with a power saw, which authorities found at the scene plugged into an electrical outlet.
One of the homicide officials from the New York Police Department investigating the murder said on Wednesday that the motive of Saleh’s killer appeared to be financial in nature, adding that the murder appeared to be the result of a bad business deal, according to WNBC.
Sources said the killing may have been a targeted hit, as investigators look into the victim’s business affairs for any possible motives or suspects.
“I think it was an overseas situation where they hired a hitman to do this and maybe the person is on a plane out of here,” a friend of Saleh told NBC New York. Detectives are said to be looking into that possibility.
Police said surveillance footage showed the faceless killer bolting via a staircase after Saleh’s sister buzzed up to the apartment and got into the elevator.
The police said;
“He was dressed like a ninja, full out, so you can’t even see his face.
“He clearly knew what he was doing. We think his intent was to get rid of the body parts and go back and clean it up and make it look like nothing happened. He left before he finished the job,” The SUN UK reports.
Following his death, Saleh’s former Co-Founder at Gokada, Deji Oduntan, tweeted;
“I am utterly shocked and deeply saddened by the news of Fahim’s death.
“Fahim was passionate about building our Ecosystem and left an indelible mark in it.”
According to his LinkedIn profile, Oduntan was the Co-Found and CEO until March 2019.
Gokada raised $5.3million in funding in May 2019 but in February of this year, the company laid off 75 per cent of its workforce following a ban on tricycles and bikes on major routes in Lagos State.
In a statement on Wednesday, the Gokada team said:
“It is with deep sadness and regret that we have to inform you about the sudden and tragic passing of our founder and CEO, Fahim Saleh.
“Fahim was a great leader, an inspiration and a positive light for all of us at Gokada, and we are completely heartbroken by the sad news.
“Our hearts go out to his family, friends, and all those who are currently feeling the same pain that we feel right now.
“Fahim’s vision and belief in us will always be with us, a reminder that we can achieve whatever we set our minds to.
“Thank you for understanding as we go through this, we will share any updates and changes on [sic] the future as it unfolds.
“Forever in our hearts.”
NAF reveals Arotile was hit by ex-classmate’s car
More details have emerged about the demise of Nigeria’s first female combat pilot, Flying Officer Tolulope Arotile, who died at the Nigerian Air Force Base in Kaduna State on Tuesday.
The 24-year-old was said to have been hit by a car driven by a former classmate who wanted to greet her.
The unnamed ex-classmate was reportedly reversing the car when it hit Arotile who fell and hit her head on the tarmac.
She subsequently died while receiving treatment at the hospital where she was taken to.
NAF Director of Public Relations and Information Air Com. Ibikunle Daramola revealed this in a statement in Abuja on Wednesday.
“Flying Officer Arotile died on July 14, 2020 at the age of 24, when she was inadvertently hit by the reversing vehicle of an excited former Air Force Secondary School classmate while trying to greet her.
“Before her untimely death, Flying Officer Arotile made significant and outstanding contributions to the war against terrorism, armed banditry and other forms of criminality in the country, flying several combat missions.”
Daramola explained that Arotile joined the Nigerian Air Force out of passion for the job.
Born on December 13, 1995, to the family of Mr and Mrs Akintunde Arotile in Kaduna, Arotile hailed from Ijumu Local Government Area of Kogi State.
She attended Air Force Primary School, Kaduna from 2000 – 2005 and Air Force Secondary School, Kaduna from 2006 – 2011 before she later gained admission into the Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna as a member of 64 Regular Course on September 22, 2012.
Arotile was commissioned into the Nigerian Air Force as a Pilot Officer on September 16, 2017, and held a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from the Nigerian Defence Academy.
She was winged as the first-ever female combat helicopter pilot in the Nigerian Air Force on October 15, 2019, after completing her training in South Africa.
She possessed a commercial pilot license and also underwent tactical flying training on the Agusta 109 Power Attack Helicopter in Italy.
“Incidentally, she introduced the newly acquired Agusta 109 Power Attack Helicopter to the President, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari, during the induction ceremony at Eagle Square in Abuja on February 6, 2020,” the statement noted.
The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, while condoling with her family and Nigeria, said Arotile would be missed.
Chief of Air Staff mourns late Flying Officer, Arotile
The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, has extolled the virtues of the late Flying Officer Tolulope Arotile who died in a car accident on Tuesday.
The CAS said he was heartbroken by the incident which occurred in Kaduna State.
Abubakar described the first female combat helicopter pilot in the history of the Nigerian Air Force as “one of our shining young stars”.
In a statement on Wednesday, Abubakar said Arotile was;
“A very intelligent, disciplined, confident and courageous young officer who added value wherever she served.”
“As a squadron pilot in Operation GAMA AIKI in Minna, Niger State, she flew her quota of anti-banditry combat missions to ensure a safer, more secured Nigeria.
“I recall meeting her at the Minna Airport, while on operational visit, after one of such missions and seeing her eagerness to contribute towards the restoration of lasting peace to the affected areas. Her death is a huge loss to the Nigerian Air Force family and indeed the entire Nation.
“On behalf officers, airmen, airwomen and civilian staff of the Nigerian Air Force, I once more condole with the family of late Flying Officer Arotile over this irreparable loss and sincerely pray that the Almighty God grants her soul eternal rest.”
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