Gowon Accepts Abandoned Son, 48 Years After DNA Confirmation

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Gowon finally opens his arms to his son, Musa Gowon after 48 years of paternity.

The former military Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon, retd has finally admitted to fathering a child with the late public relations expert, Princess Edith Ike Okongwu, courtesy a DNA test.

Musa Gowon and Yakubu Gowon
Musa Gowon and Yakubu Gowon

According to Vanguard Newspaper, Gowon, upon the report of a conclusive DNA test, acknowledged that he was the Father of Musa, who returned to Nigeria last year ending, after spending about 23 years in a United States prison.

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In the 60s, Gowon and Okongwu were very close friends, however, there was a legal dispute concerning the paternity of Musa which dragged all the way to the Supreme Court in which Okongwu won.

The victory was, however, short-lived following the arrest of Musa by United States law enforcement officials in Dallas on the charge of importing heroin into that country.

The young Musa was sentenced to 27 years in prison and was only released last November on compassionate ground and good behaviour.

On Wednesday, in an acknowledgment statement issued by Gen. Gowon on Musa, he said:

“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.”



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