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Former Head Of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon, Accepts 48-Year-Old Son After DNA Test

Nigeria’s former military head of state, General Yakubu Gowon, has confirmed his paternity of a 48-year-old man recently deported from the United States.

Mr. Gowon announced Wednesday that a DNA test had proven Musa Jack Ngodadi is his biological son.
According to Premium Times, Musa Gowon, had been in a U.S jail for 22 years before he was pardoned by President Barrack Obama in 2015, cutting short the 40-year prison term he was to serve for alleged drug related crime of which he was found guilty on November 18, 1992.

Musa, a striking lookalike of the former head of state, returned to Nigeria on January 1, 2016, after the U.S. Immigration officials deported him.

Musa was the product of a romance in the 1960s between General Gowon, then a military head of state, and one Igbo damsel, Edith Ike-Okongu, who was said to have ended her love affairs with the ex-military ruler over the Nigerian Civil War and how it was being prosecuted under Gowon’s watch.

Edith was said to have protested the manner Nigerian troops had maimed and killed her fellow Igbos, under a government of a man she was in love with.

Conflicting reports say she left Nigeria with a pregnancy or with the child their romance had produced to settle in the U.S., while the then young bachelor, Gowon, got married to his present wife, Victoria.


Edith is said to have later returned to Nigeria after decades in the U.S., leaving behind Musa Gowon who allegedly got involved with some Colombian drug dealers resulting in his arrest and jailing in 1992.

Though he strongly denied being guilty of the crime as he insisted that he was framed up, Musa was sent to a correctional facility to serve a 40-year jail term.
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Mr. Gowon’s press statement

Musa Gowon

Following years of doubts and speculation, a DNA test was recently conducted to ascertain the paternity of Musa Gowon who recently returned to the country.

The results of the tests were conclusive and they confirm his paternity.

We, the family, are working to assist in his rehabilitation following a very difficult period in his life.

As we look forward to the future with faith in God, we request that our privacy be respected.

Thank you.

General Dr Yakubu Gowon GCFR

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