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Cameroon military acknowledges soldiers arrested in Togo

Cameroon’s military says three of five men recently arrested by Togolese police and portrayed by Togolese media as notorious criminals who committed serious offenses against Togolese citizens are Cameroonian soldiers, while the other two are former convicts. The three military men stole weapons from the military headquarters in Yaoundé and went to Togo’s capital, Lomé, where they used the weapons to harass Togolese, according to Togolese police.

Cameroonian military spokesperson Atonfack Guemo says investigations by the military indicate that Ntanga Clement Didier Mogo, Oumarou Abdou Fadil and Ewoundjo Elle Serge Hubert, who were arrested in Lomé for robbery and harassment of civilians, are notorious, dangerous and dishonest members of the Cameroon military.

He says Cameroon has started disciplinary and administrative proceedings against the men as provided for by military regulations and that Togo should punish them as its law provides. He says Cameroon’s Defense Ministry denies responsibility for their crimes and atrocities because the men in question have broken off links with Cameroon’s military.

Guemo said the other two men arrested in Lomé are civilians with criminal records and were wanted. He said the five arrested in Togo were helped by another military officer, Essimbi Francis, who has been arrested for his role in other crimes and is being held in Yaoundé.

Togo media reported May 20 that the five Cameroonians had been arrested in Lomé after using weapons to rob a Togolese businessman of his car and money.

Cameroonian media reported that Yendoube Douti, head of the Lomé research and criminal investigation unit of the Togolese police, said the five men confessed they were using weapons they obtained from the Cameroon defense headquarters in Yaoundé.

He says investigations carried out by Togolese police indicate that the brain behind the group of robbers is Ntanga Clement Didier Mogo, known as Tony, a member of the Cameroon military. He says Tony convinced his colleague, Oumarou Abo Fadil, who was in charge of weapons at Cameroon’s defense headquarters in Yaoundé, to steal automatic pistols and go with him to Togo, where they could make a better living stealing and selling vehicles.

Mogo, speaking on the state broadcaster Television Togolese said he and his group traveled to Lomé to buy cars for a senior military official he refused to name, but that they were tempted to steal when their stay was extended by COVID-19 travel restrictions.

He says that he did not plan to steal when he left Yaoundé for Lomé but that he asked his colleagues who control weapons at the defense headquarters to accompany him with pistols for security against possible attacks by highway robbers. He says after they got to Lomé, both Cameroon and Togo sealed their borders and they could not return.

Mogo acknowledged that Togolese police arrested them after they stole money and a car from a rich Togolese businessman and were trying to escape. He said it was the only act of robbery they committed.

Cameroon’s military says whenever they return after facing justice in Togo, they will answer charges for the crimes committed in Cameroon and for damaging Cameroon’s image in a foreign country and that for now, they are no longer members of the Cameroonian military.

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Israeli defense minister apologizes over Palestinian’s death

Israeli centrist party leader Benny Gantz said he has accepted an invitation to meet United States President Donald Trump in Washington on Monday to discuss a peace plan for the Middle East.

Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz apologized on Sunday for Israeli police’s shooting to death an unarmed, autistic Palestinian man in East Jerusalem on Saturday.

Gantz, who is also the leader of the centrist Blue and White party and Israel’s “alternate” prime minister under a unity government deal, made the remark during the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem.

Video footage showed him seating alongside Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who made no remarks related to the deadly shooting.

“We are really sorry about the incident in which Iyad Halak was shot dead and we share in the family’s grief,” Gantz said, adding that “this matter will be investigated quickly and conclusions will be reached.”

The incident took place near the Lions’ Gate in East Jerusalem‘s Old City.

The police issued a statement, saying that Halak carried “a suspicious object that looked like a pistol.” Police officers on patrol “called upon him to stop and begun to chase after him on foot, during which they also opened fire at him.”

The object was Halak’s mobile phone, according to the Hebrew-language Ha’aretz newspaper.

Halak, 32, lived in the neighborhood of Wadi al-Joz in East Jerusalem. His family said that Halak, diagnosed with autism, was on his way to an institution for people with special needs when the incident happened.

His funeral is scheduled to take place later on Sunday.

Following the shooting, police officers involved were questioned by the Department of Internal Police Investigation.

Police Spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said in a statement that a gag order has been issued on the incident, banning the publishing of information on the identity of the policemen involved and further details of the case.

Palestinian and Israeli human rights groups condemned the shooting. On Saturday night, dozens of Israelis and Palestinians rallied in Jerusalem in a joint call against police violence.

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Benue taskforce intercepts tanker loaded with almajiris, motorcycles

Benue State Taskforce on COVID-19 on Sunday intercepted an oil tanker laden with almajiris and 11 motorcycles.

A member of the committee Bemgba Iortyom said that the tanker was intercepted at the Agan area along Laafia-Makurdi highway.

The state COVID-19 member explained that the tanker which was not carrying any consignment of oil was found with 11 motorcycles strapped to its body while seven persons suspected to be destitutely known as almajiris were found stowed in its passenger hold.

According to Iortyom, “The driver of the tanker has claimed that he is on his way to Lagos to load oil and only picked up the suspected Almajiris as passengers in Nasarawa State to be dropped in Edo State.

“Officials of the Taskforce, however, reminded him that he was acting in violation of the federal ban on interstate travel by conveying non-essential goods as well as illegal passengers.

Iortyom said that the State chairman of the COVID-19 Committee who is also a deputy governor of the state, Benson Abounu thereafter ordered that the tanker and it’s illegal cargo be turned back to Nasarawa State where it came from.

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US: Malta seizes $1 billion in counterfeit Libyan money

Maltese authorities have seized counterfeit Libyan money worth $1.1 billion that was printed by a Russian firm and worsen the north African country’s economic problems, the US State Department said.

Maltese authorities have seized counterfeit Libyan money worth $1.1 billion that was printed by a Russian firm and worsen the north African country’s economic problems, the US State Department said.

There was no official statement on Saturday from Valletta although Malta Today newspaper had published a report about $1.1 billion in counterfeit money seized in Malta on its Facebook site that was no longer available.

“The United States commends the Government of the Republic of Malta’s announcement May 26 of its seizure of $1.1 billion of counterfeit Libyan currency printed by Joint Stock Company Goznak – a Russian state-owned company – and ordered by an illegitimate parallel entity,” the State Department said.

“The Central Bank of Libya headquartered in Tripoli is Libya’s only legitimate central bank,” the US diplomatic arm said in a statement on its website.

“ The influx of counterfeit, Russian-printed Libyan currency in recent years has exacerbated Libya’s economic challenges,” it added.

Washington vowed to continue working with the United Nations and international partners “to deter  illicit activities that undermine Libya’s sovereignty and stability,” it added.

Such actions “are inconsistent with internationally-recognized sanctions regimes,” the statement said.

“ This incident once again highlights the need for Russia to cease its malign and destabilizing actions in Libya.”

UN experts issued a report last December to the UN Security Council saying Goznak JSC had delivered between 2016 and 2018 to the parallel central bank in the east of the country the equivalent of some $7.11 billion in Libyan money.

Since Moamer Kadhafi’s regime fell in 2011, Libya has been plunged into chaos.

Two authorities dispute power in Libya: the Government of National Accord of Fayez al-Sarraj, which is recognised by the United Nations and based in Tripoli; and a parallel government in the east headed by Khalifa Haftar.

The US military has also said Russia recently sent warplanes to Libya to support mercenaries on the ground fighting beside Haftar’s forces.

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Sudan summons Ethiopia envoy over deadly cross-border attack

Sudan has summoned the Ethiopian embassy's chargé d'affaires over a border attack by suspected Ethiopian rebel fighters that killed and wounded several Sudanese army personnel and civilians, Khartoum said in a statement on Saturday.

Sudan has summoned the Ethiopian embassy’s chargé d’affaires over a border attack by suspected Ethiopian rebel fighters that killed and wounded several Sudanese army personnel and civilians, Khartoum said in a statement on Saturday.

Thursday’s attack targeted a camp in the eastern city of al-Qadarif, the official SUNA news agency said.

A Sudanese military spokesman blamed fighters “supported by Ethiopia” for the attack, according to SUNA.

There was no immediate comment from Addis Adaba.

Some Ethiopian groups have used farmland in the Sudanese al-Fashqa border region for decades. The former Sudanese government of deposed veteran leader Omar al-Bashir turned a blind eye, but the current transitional authorities in Khartoum are trying to expel the groups.

On Friday, Sudan’s army spokesman, General Amer Mohamed al-Hassan, said in a statement that one Sudanese officer had been killed and seven other soldiers injured in the attack.

“We decided to give chance for diplomacy in Khartoum and Addis Abbas to calm the situation on the border strip before it turns into an all-out war between the two countries,” said al-Hassan.

He added that the recent attacks on Sudanese territory by the Ethiopian army and armed groups violated previous agreements between the two countries.

Al-Hassan called on Ethiopia to abide by its agreements with Sudan on their mutual boundaries, along with deployments of official forces on either side of the border.

Sudan and Ethiopia have been engaged in continuous talks over the demarcation of the borders between the two countries.

According to Sudan’s foreign ministry, the attack happened while Khartoum was preparing for a meeting of a high-level joint committee on border issues.

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Olusegun Obasanjo’s library sacks many workers

The Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, Abeokuta, Ogun State has sacked lots of workers following downturn caused by the deadly Coronavirus in the country.

The Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, Abeokuta, Ogun State has sacked lots of workers following downturn caused by the deadly Coronavirus in the country.

The library is owned by former President Olusegun Obasanjo.

Head of Human Resources, Administration and Procurement, Olanike Ogunleye, in a letter to affected workers, said the development was due to the overwhelming adverse impacts of coronavirus on the organisation.

According to the letter, the current COVID-19 pandemic has had a toll on all business significantly, which had resulted to making some difficult business decisions.

“Due to this situation, we regret to inform you that your employment will be put on hold till further notice.

“You are to hand over all company properties in your possession to the human resource department, who shall do a confirmation of the exit clearance process before your final entitlements (if any) would be paid.”

The letter dated May 25 was handed over to affected workers on Friday.

Newsmen report that the organisation owed several months of salaries before the layoff.

One of the affected workers confided: “They have been owing salaries since last year. They will pay one and it’s going to be after 3-4 months that they will pay another one.

“This year, they have paid just January salary and half of April salary which was paid on 20th of April.

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Forbes removes Kylie Jenner from billionaires list

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Kylie Jenner has been removed from the list of billionaires by Forbes on Friday.

The Reality Tv star, Make-up business mogul, and influencer has been accused by Forbes of inflating the size of her business and success.

Forbes on its website has reported that Kylie has been lying about company figures and forging tax returns’ to reach the billionaire status.

They accused the family of creating a ‘web of lies’.

Kylie Cosmetics is “significantly smaller, and less profitable than the family has spent years leading the cosmetics industry and media outlets to believe,” Forbes has reported after seeing filings released by publicly traded Coty over the past six months.

The Make-up mogul in November 2019 sold 51 per cent of her Kylie Cosmetics to beauty giant Coty in a deal valued at $1.2 billion in January.

Kylie only pocketed $340million, contrary to reports that she pocketed $1.2billion.

Forbes now thinks that Kylie Jenner, even after pocketing an estimated $340 million after-tax from the sale, is not a billionaire.

“It’s fair to say that everything the Kardashian-Jenner family does is oversized,” says Stephanie Wissink, an equity analyst covering consumer products at Jefferies. “To stay on-brand, it needs to be bigger than it is.”

Forbes in March 2019, has declared Kylie Jenner as the youngest self-made billionaire, a claim which generated controversy around the world.

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NMA: President Buhari should issue order for unfettered access into Kogi

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Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has sent a “Save Our Soul” message to President Muhammadu Buhari to rescue the people of Kogi state from pending major health crisis that may be possibly caused by undetected COVID-19 pandemic.

NMA, which is the umbrella body of medical doctors in Nigeria, suggested that the President immediately issue an order granting unfettered access and protection to officials of the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) into Kogi State to enable them conduct COVID-19 testing and other related activities in the state.

NMA President, Dr. Francis Faduyile, in a statement released in Abuja, on Friday, said the suggestion became necessary following strong resistance of Kogi state government to allow NCDC officials carry out COVID-19 testing and other related activities in the state amid signs of the disease in the state.

Dr. Faduyile was, however, unhappy that Kogi State government has hardened its heart and ensured that Kogi people remain in the dark, uninformed and untested against COVID-19.

He added: “The people are therefore undiagnosed and untreated even though COVID-19 epidemiologic pattern has 80 percent of cases that present with none or very mild symptoms yet shedding the virus in their airway and innocently infecting others who may become sicker and die. The identification of these cases is through testing, according to standardised protocols.”

He strongly suggested that testing facilities be set up in the Army Barracks or any other secured location free from the encumbrances posed by the State government.

The NMA President, however, registered the discontent of the Association with statement credited to the state commissioner for information in which he allegedly described the diagnosis process as fraudulent

He said: “His use of profane words is capable of demoralising the exemplary gold-winning health workers and the untiring NCDC, which possibly can lead to a national catastrophe. We insist that on no account should healthcare professionals at any health facility in Kogi state or elsewhere be harassed or intimidated on account of rendering avowed services as it relates to appropriate management of COVID-19 patients.

“We call on our colleagues and other health workers to continue to perform their functions, and strongly advice them to protect themselves first before treating and saving others.”

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Tammy Abraham opens up on rebuilding confidence after Super Cup penalty miss

Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham has hit back at speculation he’s demanded in excess of £180,000-a-week to sign a new deal at Stamford Bridge.

Tammy Abraham has opened his heart about the racist abuse that pushed him to his lowest point in football.

Vicious Twitter trolls piled on the Chelsea youngster after he missed the decisive penalty in their Super Cup Final shoot-out loss to Liverpool in Istanbul last August.

Abraham has since gone on to become the club’s top scorer this season with 15 goals – but admits the abuse he received almost broke him.

England star Abraham said: “In my head I was wondering if it was worth all the stress because I was getting abused on Twitter, a lot of racist comments, people saying I wasn’t good enough to be playing for Chelsea.

“It was the biggest down in anything I’ve done in football.”

Still just 22, Abraham was desperate to impress after returning from a successful loan with Aston Villa, where he scored 26 goals in the Championship.

But he admits he retreated into his shell after his final heartbreak, saying: “I wanted everyone to leave me alone, I was in tears. I lost a lot of confidence after that.

“I was doing well on my loans but when I came back to Chelsea, it just wasn’t working. I couldn’t get my first goal, I couldn’t do anything.

“As a striker, you need to have that confidence. Being Chelsea’s No 9, you’ve got big boots to fill.

“I remember walking up and the pressure got to me. I had what I wanted to do in my head but I changed my mind in the run-up.

“Afterwards in the changing room, everyone came round me saying: ‘Don’t worry, it happens to the best players,’ but at the time I just didn’t want to hear it.”

Abraham claims he first learned how to toughen up on loan at Swansea in 2017/18 when he was still a teenager.

He scored only five times as his team got relegated, but has gone from strength to strength ever since.

He said: “At Swansea, I had very few chances. If I didn’t take them I knew that was it. That’s my only chance and I didn’t take it. It was hard to take.

“I lost a lot of confidence, I was beating myself up a lot. It was my first Premier League experience and it was tough.138208672551

“That was something I had to learn about really quick because it was so different from playing for the Chelsea youth teams.

“I know my abilities and what I’m capable of doing. Thankfully, I went to a good club like Villa, I could build that confidence back and do my thing there.

“I need to believe that I’m the man, that I can score and do well for the team. You need that feeling going into every game.”

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PTF decries continued refusal by hospitals to treat patients for fear of coronavirus

The Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19 (PTF) has decried the continued refusal by medical institutions including federal tertiary institutions to receive and treat patients for fear COVID-19.

The Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19 (PTF) has decried the continued refusal by medical institutions including federal tertiary institutions to receive and treat patients for fear COVID-19.

PTF lamented that this development has resulted in several unfortunate and avoidable fatalities.

Meanwhile, the PTF will conclude its assessment on the impact of the measures put in place and further recommendations would be submitted to the President for a decision within the next seventy hours.

Chairman of PTF and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, who disclosed this at the daily Press Briefing in Abuja, noted that Nigeria is having more deaths from non-attendance to other diseases than even COVID 19 adding that the reason for the greater emphasis on COVID 19 is because it is a pandemic and if not curtailed has a capacity of wiping out large segments our population.

The SGF urged all the Chief Medical Directors and private health service providers to attend to other health challenges, which continue to confront our people on a daily basis stressing that the guidelines for dealing with patients presenting COVID 19 like symptoms are available and if these are applied by our medical service providers, there would be lesser risks of exposure to the virus

He said, “Statistics has shown that there is a drastic drop in the percentage of attention being paid to other ailments not related to COVID-19. This situation is made worse by the fact that federal tertiary institutions have been mentioned among those rejecting patients for fear of COVID. This not acceptable. We are saddened by this development. The Minister of Health has reached at to all Medical Directors directing them to continue providing regular medical services so that we do not end up with avoidable deaths. Truth be told, we are having more deaths from non-attendance to other diseases than even COVID 19. The reason for the greater emphasis on COVID 19 is because it is a pandemic and if not curtailed has a capacity of wiping out large segments our population”.

Boss Mustapha observed that go is sparing no effort in coordinating the National response, collaborating with all necessary stakeholders and supporting sub-national entities in their individual state responses, which we always maintain should be in synergy with the National Response.

He noted that this point is further underscored by the statistics coming from other parts of the world as a look at the global numbers showed that the world has recorded 5,778,551 cases and 356,722 deaths reporting from 251 countries.

The SGF said that particular note is the fact that a major nation reached the landmark of crossing beyond the 100,000 deaths in a system where the health care system is regarded as advanced adding that the shift in the epi-center from Europe and the United States of America to South America, particularly, Brazil.

“The significance of the Brazil case resides in the similarities between the Africa and South America which calls for caution. The PTF, therefore, wishes to underscore the need to press further in the development of our infrastructure, intensify our non-pharmaceutical response, the need for our citizens to comply more and for our communities to get more involved. We say again, we cannot afford to be complacent, continue as if we are not under threat, doubt the virulent nature of COVID-19 and continue to allow the virus to ravage our communities because we are fully in the community phase of the spread”.

​Boss Mustapha stated that the PTF has expanded the scope of collaboration and experience sharing to the ECOWAS in line with the role of Mr President as the ECOWAS COVID 19 Champion.

He said that the interface thorough the West Africa Health Organisation (WAHO), will be deepened as part of the short, medium and long-term objectives for controlling the pandemic, noting that the essence of this regional effort is underscored by the huge population of Nigeria and the trade activities across the borders.

The SGF appealed to Nigerians to take the fight against COVID-19 with utmost diligence for self, family and the whole community.

Also speaking, Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire said that Nigeria presently has over 112 treatment and isolation centres in the 35 states and FCT with over 5,000 beds, but not all states have made it up to at least 300 beds prescribed for isolation and treatment.

Ehanire said there is need to continue increasing bed capacity to match the probable number of patients so that we do not experience horrific scenes of bed space shortages seen in some European hospitals.

He observed that in event of overflow, we can require hotels and school dormitories to be prepared for level 1 (Quarantine) and level 2 Isolation (of COVID-19 positive with zero or mild symptoms), to free hospital beds to be dedicated to level 3, (moderate to severe cases) and level 4, (high dependency and Intensive care unit) and called on philanthropists to work with State governments in concerted steps to scale up non-pharmaceutical measures and beef up infrastructural assets for isolation and treatment in their states.

The minister noted that though the country is the community transmission phase of the response, easing social restrictions is desirable, but only if we can meet up with expectations that will not allow a spike in infection rates. “This is what has led certain countries to reintroduce lockdowns. We are reviewing the health sector-specific advisories on re-opening the economy”.

Ehanire observed that global efforts to find a cure for COVID-19, in which Nigeria is participating in the WHO solidarity trial, will be reviewed by our panel of experts, as WHO suspended the trial, due to alarm raised by a Medical journal, on the safety of some drugs being tried, like hydroxychloroquine, chloroquine and their combinations.

He explained that Proposals for the trial of local remedies for the disease have been sent to the relevant research and testing agencies for scientific evaluations and that the Madagascar herbs have been received at the Ministry of Health, and were found to consist of two varieties; one labelled to be for prevention and the other for treatment.

According to him, samples of the Madagascar cure have been given to 3 Agencies of the Min. of Health which includes the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research and the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Research and Development as well as the Ministry of Science & Technology.

“These are normal processes for new preparations to be approved for use in Nigeria and include toxicological and efficacy tests and clinical trials. The government will investigate all genuine efforts to find homegrown solutions to the pandemic”, .

“Preliminary reports from the ministerial scoping missions to Kano, Katsina, Bornu, Sokoto, Cross River, Gombe allow cautious optimism, especially with regard to Kano and Bornu and also suggest that the support of experienced Federal teams has a strong stabilizing effect on State efforts. Final reports are due soon. Such an operational team will depart to Cross River State as soon as details are worked out, while a mission to Kogi will follow suit next week, as discussed with H.E. the Governor”, he added.

In his remarks, Director General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu Samples being transported to the lab were badly packaged and licking that it made the whole efforts useless. COVIC has invested 47million on sample transportation.

He sId there is no dilemma in the two Covid-19 cases in Kogi state, stressing that laboratory test for one of the patients at the National Hospital was done following standard practice while the patient tested positive. Contacts tracing will be carried out.

Ihekweazu noted that the NCDC will publish the 11 high incidence local governments areas in the country that are responsible for 50 percent of the Covid-19 cases in the country and that will guide the actions of the government in the coming days

Director-General of the West African Health Organization (WAHO) said that the organization has not endorsed the Madagascar Herbal Cure but is working with the World Health Organization (WHO) to evaluate the various claims of cure for the coronavirus disease.

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