Deltacron: Cyprus discovers combination of Delta, Omicron COVID-19 variants

Fears indicated in parts of the world that the COVID-19 pandemic may rage on are becoming real, according to the latest 

development in Cyprus.

In the Middle Eastern island country, a researcher has discovered a strain that combines delta and omicron.

The Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Cyprus, Leondios Kostrikis, named it “Deltacron.”

Kostrikis gave the reason as the variant’s omicron-like genetic similarities with the delta genomes, Bloomberg reported.

The don and his team have found 25 cases of the virus, waiting to see what happens in the months ahead.

“We will see in the future if this strain is more pathological or more contagious or if it will prevail”, Kostrikis told 

Sigma TV.

The announcement of Deltacron came weeks after another new strain, IHU, was detected in France. Cases were reported in 

areas near the South of Marseille.

The index case was a fully-vaccinated man who returned from a trip to Cameroon, Nigeria’s neighbour, in November 2021.

In late December, the World Health Organization (WHO) expressed hope that the COVID-19 global health crisis would end in 

2022. Dailypost

Kebbi govt confirms release of 30 kidnapped students, teachers of FGC

The Kebbi State Government, on Sunday, confirmed that bandits have released 30 students of the Federal Government College, 

Kebbi State.

This was contained in a statement sent to DAILY POST by Yahaya Sarki, Special Adviser, media, to the Kebbi State Governor.

He said, on Saturday, January 8, 2022, 30 students of the Federal Government College, Birnin Yauri and one teacher arrived 

Birnin Kebbi, Kebbi State capital, following their release.

According to him, the released victims would undergo medical screening and support, before being re-united with their 


Suspected bandits had kidnapped over 30 students and staff members from the Federal Government College.

The bandits released their photographs after one week and demanded for a huge sum of money.

Parents were devasted as they could not afford the money.

However, on January 8, 2022, the 30 students were released by their abductors after spending seven months.

“We thank all security agencies and those who have helped in securing their release, while congratulating Mr. President, 

Muhammadu Buhari for the success,” the statement said. Dailypost

ECOWAS shuts land, air borders with Mali

ECOWAS on Sunday agreed to close borders with Mali and impose sweeping economic sanctions in response to “unacceptable” 

delays holding promised elections after a 2020 military coup.

The decision followed a summit of leaders of the bloc called to discuss a proposal from Mali’s transitional authorities to 

hold elections in December 2025 instead of next month as originally agreed.

In a communique ECOWAS said it found the proposed timetable for a transition totally unacceptable.

This timetable “simply means that an illegitimate military transition Government will take the Malian people hostage,” it 


The 15-member bloc said it had agreed to impose additional sanctions with immediate effect, including the closure of 

members’ land and air borders with Mali, the suspension of non-essential financial transactions, and the freezing of 

Malian state assets in ECOWAS central and commercial banks.

There was no immediate response from the Malian authorities. Pmnewsnigeria

Boko Haram, ISWAP: Nigerian Army reveals Zulum’s impact in Borno

The Nigerian Army says Borno Governor, Babagana Zulum often offers logistics and other support to the Nigerian Army for the fight against Boko Haram and Islamic State’s West Africa Province (ISWAP).

Acting General Officer Commanding 7 Division, Major General A. A. Eyitayo made the revelation on Sunday.

The GOC received Zulum and government officials at the 7 Division Headquarters in Maiduguri, the state capital.

They attended a social gathering that was held in honour of Eyitayo’s promotion to the rank of a Major General.

The General is Commander, Sector 1 of the Operation Hadin Kai fighting Boko Haram and ISWAP in the North-East.

He said: “Severally without being prompted, you (Zulum) come to our aide to support us (Army), even logistics wise.

“Through your persistence and unrelenting cooperation and assistance, you have one way or the other, turned the spirit of 

the soldiers into fighting machines.”

The GOC urged the Borno helmsman to thank President Muhammadu Buhari and the Chief of Army Staff, Faruk Yahaya, for 

identifying with and promoting deserving soldiers.

In his remark, Zulum congratulated Eyitayo and other elevated military officers. He thanked all Armed Forces personnel and 

fallen heroes for their service to Nigeria. Dailypost

Commercial bus driver stabs lover’s husband to death in Ogun

Operatives of the Ogun State Police Command have arrested a 38-year-old man, Daniel Udoh, for allegedly killing one Emaka 

Umonko, the husband of a woman with whom he was allegedly having a secret love affair.

The suspect was arrested on Friday after he allegedly committed the offence in Onipanu in the Ifo Local Government Area of 

the state.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, in a statement on Sunday, said the suspect was arrested 

following a distress call received by the Onipanu Divisional Police Officer.

He explained that the police were told that the deceased, who had been suspecting Udoh of going out with his wife, 

confronted him.

The police spokesman said the accusation led to a fight between the two men.

While the fight was on, the suspect, a commercial driver, allegedly brought out a knife and stabbed the victim several 

times in his back and chest, following which Umonko collapsed.

Oyeyemi said, “Upon the distress call, the DPO, Onipanu division, CSP Bamidele Job, quickly detailed his men to the scene, 

where the suspect was promptly arrested, and the knife recovered as an exhibit.

“The victim, a welder, was rushed to the state hospital, Ota, but was unfortunately pronounced dead by the doctor on duty.

“The remains of the victim were subsequently deposited at the Ifo General Hospital mortuary for post-mortem examination.”

The PPRO said the state Commissioner of Police, Lanre Bankole, had directed that the suspect be transferred to the 

Homicide Section of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for further investigation with a view to 

charging him to court. Punchng

Zlatan finally equals C Ronaldo’s record

AC Milan striker, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, on Sunday, finally matched a European top-five league 21st-century record, set by 

Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo last December, after scoring a goal in his side’s Serie A 3-0 win over Venezia.

The 40-year-old tucked in from close range inside two minutes at Stadio Pierluigi Penzo on Sunday.

His goal against Venezia was his eighth Serie A goal of the season and his first of 2022.

It means Zlatan has now found the net against 80 different clubs across Europe’s big five leagues (Premier League, 

Bundesliga, Serie A, LaLiga and Ligue 1).

Since 2000, the only other player to have achieved that feat is Ronaldo, who reached the milestone with a goal in Man 

United’s 3-1 win over Burnley at Old Trafford on December 30, 2021.

Zlatan has now also scored in every calendar year since 1999 when he made his debut for Malmo in Sweden.

The Swedish star has played for Inter Milan, Manchester United, Ajax, Paris Saint-Germain, LA Galaxy, Juventus and 

Barcelona in the past. Dailypost

GambiaDecides2021: Adama Barrow wins Gambia presidential election

Incumbent president of The Gambia, Adama Barrow, has won the country’s presidential election held on Saturday December 4.

Mr Barrow, who contested the election under the flagship of the National People’s Party (NPP), polled 457, 519 votes to defeat his closest rival, Ousainou Darboe, of the United Democratic Party (UDP).

Mr Darboe garnered 238, 253 votes.

“Having received 457, 519 votes in the election, I hereby declare Adama Barrow duly elected to serve as president of The Gambia,” Independent Electoral Commission 

(IEC) chairman, Alieu Momar Njai, said.

In 2016, as an independent candidate, a relatively unknown Mr Barrow contested and won the presidential election, defeating long-time dictator, Yahya Jammeh.

In the result announced on Sunday, Mr Barrow came victorious in 47 of the 53 constituencies in the country.

Mr Barrow, who defeated dictator, Yahya Jammeh, in 2016 to become the country’s third president will now govern for the next five years. Premiumtimesng

AFRIMA Awards 2021: Wizkid, Burna Boy, Diamond Platnumz bag multiple nominations

Frontline African music stars, Nigeria’s Wizkid, Burna Boy, and Tanzania’s Diamond Platnumz have bagged multiple nominations in the forthcoming African Music Magazine Awards, AFRIMA.

AFRIMA, in collaboration with YouTube black voice, is hosting the 8th edition of the annual music award show.

The 2021 event is scheduled to hold on 12th December 2021 and will be held virtually with invited singers performing live on stage.

Superstar Comedian, Bovi and screen goddess Tashara Parker will co-host the award ceremony.

According to the organisers, the theme of the event ‘Flavors of Africa’ draws inspiration from the diversity in African music and its unique flavours.

Nigerian Star boy, Wizkid, Burna Boy, Diamond Platnumz and South African sensation, Focalistic all earned multiple nominations.

Some of the award categories include:

Best Newcomer -Yawtog, Black Sherif, Kamo Mphela, Marioo, Ayra Starr, Busta 929, Ruger, and Nviiri the Storyteller.

Artist of The Year: Wizkid, El Grande Toto, Dadju, Diamond Platnumz, Fally Ipupa, Tay C, Burna Boy, Andaya Nakamura.

Crossing Boundaries With Music: Burna Boy, Aya Nakamura, Dave,Wizkid, Headie One, S. PRI NOIR, Tems and Dadju.

AFRIMA Video of The Year: Flavour ft. Diamond Platnumz X Fally Ipupa – Berna, Tag C -LA Temps, Teni – Hustle, Mzvee -Baddest Boss, Zuchu-Sukari, Rayvanny X INNO’S B -

Kelebe, Rema – Bouncs and Wizkid Ft. Tems – Essence.

The voting for the award is still ongoing. Dailypost

EPL: We got punished against Man Utd – Crystal Palace coach, Patrick Vieira

Crystal Palace manager, Patrick Vieira, has said his side paid the price for Jordan Ayew’s miss against Manchester United on Sunday.

Fred scored from a Mason Greenwood lay-off shortly after Ayew squandered a great chance to give the visitors the lead.

The Ghanaian forward saw his shot go wide of David de Gea’s post when it looked easy to score.

“It wasn’t our best performance. We defended well as a team but in possession, we weren’t brave enough. I strongly believe there was space for us to play better.

“I thought the game would end as a draw; both teams didn’t create many chances. When we had the opportunity to score through Jordan [Ayew], we didn’t take it and we 

got punished straight away. This is the higher level, we need to learn, we need to learn fast.

“When you look at the number of chances they created, I think a draw would have been a fair result. I’m disappointed with the result, but we have to keep working,” 

Vieira said. Dailypost

Wizkid Grabs Best African Music Act Win at MOBO Awards 2021

Nigerian superstar, Wizkid has been named the winner of the Best African Music Act award at the 2021 MOBO Awards held just now in the United Kingdom.

At the just concluded MOBO Awards 2021 show, Wizkid was named as the winner of the Best African Music Act category which also included heavyweight names like Davido 

and Burna Boy. The show was held on Sunday, the 5th of December 2021.

The MOBO Awards is an annual British awards ceremony that celebrates achievements in "music of black origin". The show honors the best of the best in Hip-Hop, Grime, 

R&B, Soul, Reggae, Jazz, Gospel, and African Music. The 2021 edition of the MOBO Awards was held at Coventry's CBS Arena on Sunday, the 5th of December 2021.

Wizkid was announced as the Best African Music Act of the year at the MOBO Awards 2021 from a category that also included the likes of Davido and Burna Boy. Other 

nominees for the same category include CKay, Tiwa Savage, Rema, Tems, NSG, King Promise, and Ayra Starr. The show also saw Tiwa Savage present an award while Tems also 

performed on stage. Notjustok

EPL: Ralf Rangnick reveals only thing missing in Man United’s squad after win over C/Palace

Manchester United manager, Ralf Rangnick, has revealed that the only thing missing in his squad was ‘missing scoring one, two and three goals’.

Rangnick stated this following Man United’s Premier League 1-0 win over Crystal Palace on Sunday.

A second-half goal from Fred ensured Man United defeated Crystal Palace at Old Trafford.

The result moved Man United to sixth position on the Premier League table with 24 points from 15 games.

“The first half-hour was amazing, I thought, with high speed, high intensity, high tempo,” Rangnick was quoted by Man United’s official website as saying after the 


“We were always on the front foot during the game and the only thing missing in that part of the game was missing scoring one, two or even three goals.

“Then from the 30th to the 45th minute, the tempo was a bit lower, but we still had control and at half-time, I just told them to keep the tempo high, keep the 

intensity high, keep them in our half, keep them away from our own half and our own box.”

He added, “In the end, we scored a beautiful goal by Fred with his strong right foot (smiles). No, everything’s fine. In the last three minutes, obviously, they took 

all the risks with a few corner kicks and free kicks, but we defended everything well.”

Man United’s next fixture is against Young Boys in the Champions League on Wednesday.


London-bound drug trafficker Onyeribe cracked with cannabis at Lagos Airport

Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, have arrested Okorie Godwin Onyeribe for attempting to smuggle cannabis to London, United Kingdom.

A statement issued by NDLEA’s spokesman, Femi Babafemi on Sunday said the suspected was arrested at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA, Lagos.

He said Onyeribe attempted to smuggle the drugs weighing 21.85kg concealed in foodstuff to London, UK.

“He was nabbed at the NAHCO export shed of the airport on Friday 3rd December,” Babafemi said.

Meanwhile, the NDLEA spokesman said while the duo of Praise Emmanuel and Aminu Aliyu were arrested with 228kg cannabis in Kano, operatives in Taraba stormed cannabis 

farms in Changso village, Kurmi LGA, located on the mountains between Nigeria and Cameroon, evacuated 364kg of the illicit drug and set the rest on fire.

“Equally, ThankGod Danladi who has just finished a jail term in October was arrested on Wednesday 1st December with 67kg cannabis in another raid in the state.

“In Niger state, operatives intercepted a commercial bus with 215kg cannabis concealed in a false bottom and side door of the bus, along Mokwa – Jebba road.

“Two suspects; a driver and his conductor arrested claimed they loaded the consignment in Ogere, Ogun State and were heading to Sokoto as their final destination.

“In Delta state, a lady Tina Ujene was arrested in Ibusa with 1.1kg cannabis while a follow raid on her suppliers home led to the recovery of 54.7kg of the same 

substance. Different quantities of Cannabis, Methamphetamine, Cocaine, Heroin, Diazepam and Exol-5 were seized in raids at AP- Eleme and Garki, Oil Mill areas of Port 

Harcourt, as well as Lewe and Kadiri in Gokana LGA, Rivers state on Friday 3rd Dec. In Ondo state, a 72-year-old Emmanuel Akanbi was arrested at Odofin camp, Uso, Owo LGA with 2,050kg cannabis,” Babafemi said

“Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) has commended the officers and men of the MMIA, Adamawa, Borno, Taraba, Niger, Oyo, Ondo, Kano, Rivers and Delta commands of the Agency for their recent efforts.

“He charged them along with their colleagues in other commands to constantly focus on raising the bar of their achievements until the last gram of illicit drug is taken away from every community in Nigeria,” he added. Pmnewsnigeria

EPL: ‘He’s a sunshine’ – Ralf Rangnick names Man Utd player everybody loves

Manchester United manager, Ralf Rangnick, has identified midfielder, Fred, as the Red Devils player that everybody loves.

Rangnick described Fred as a ‘sunshine’ everyone loves.

The German disclosed this following Manchester United’s Premier League 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace on Sunday.

Man United defeated Crystal Palace at Old Trafford, thanks to Fred’s second-half goal.

“I think everybody loves Fred. You have to love Fred,” Rangnick was quoted by Man United’s official website as saying after the game.

“I have only known him for only two days now, but he’s a sunshine.”

The result against Palace moved Man United to sixth position on the Premier League table with 24 points from 15 matches.

Rangnick’s men will now tackle Young Boys in the Champions League on Wednesday. Dailypost

Dowen college: No arrest made yet, Lagos CP orders probe into Sylvester’s death

No arrest has been made in connection with the gruesome death of 12-year-old Sylvester Oromoni, who was a boarding student of Dowen College, 

Lekki, Lagos, Punch has learnt. Punch had earlier reported that the father of the deceased student alleged that the Junior Secondary School 2 pupil died from the 

injuries he sustained during an assault by colleagues who wanted to initiate him into cultism but the school claimed he died after sustaining an injury during a football match.

The father of the deceased student, Sylvester Oromoni Snr, however, disagreed with the school authorities and fingered five boys whom he said were allegedly involved in the bullying of his son.

The father also said the teachers, security men, and other officials of the school must explain the death of his son, whose birthday is December 4 (Saturday).

The Lagos State Government on Friday ordered the indefinite closure of the school, pending the outcome of an investigation into the death of Sylvester.

When asked on Friday whether any suspect has been arrested, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Adekunle Ajisebutu, told our correspondent that he was not aware of any arrest.

“I am not aware but I am aware that the CP (Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu) has ordered immediate investigation into the incident even though it was not reported to the police,” the PPRO said.

Sylvester’s is one of the disheartening deaths resulting from bullying and molestations in boarding secondary schools of late.

Karen-Happuch Akpagher of Premiere Academy, Lugbe, Abuja, had died of sexual molestation in June 2021 while Don Davies of Deeper Life High 

School, Uyo, had also narrowly escaped death in December 2020, when his mother raised the alarm of alleged sodomy of her emaciated son. 


EPL: Stay in your lane – Evra hits back at Carragher over C Ronaldo

Manchester United legend, Patrice Evra, has hit back at Liverpool former defender, Jamie Carragher over his comments on Cristiano Ronaldo.

Ronaldo returned to Old Trafford in a sudden move from Juventus and has kept up his fine goal-scoring record despite United’s struggles this season.

The Portugal international netted twice as United overpowered Arsenal in the Premier League on Thursday, recording his 800th and 801st career goal.

Despite scoring 12 times across all competitions since rejoining United and keeping the Red Devils in the Champions League, some have criticised the 36-year-old for his work rate off the ball.

Liverpool legend Carragher is one of Ronaldo’s critics and had recently claimed that the Portuguese is a ‘passenger, ’ and would be a ‘massive problem’ should he go an extended run of games without scoring.

“Some players like Jamie Carragher, he had I think 775 games and Cristiano today scored 801 goals and those type of people talk about Cristiano,” Evra slammed Carragher while speaking on Amazon Prime.

“I think people have to stay in their lane. Some people just wake up and want to talk about Cristiano.” Dailypost

Malaria vaccine: GAVI to support Nigeria, others with $155.7m in 2022

The Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation on Friday said it was supporting countries in Sub-Saharan Africa with $155.7m for the 

procurement and delivery of malaria vaccine starting from 2022.

GAVI, in a statement in Abuja on Friday, said its board also recognised the need for the integration and strengthening of the primary health care system.

The statement partly read, “The board’s historical approval of a malaria vaccine programme and financing will provide a critical new tool for African countries in the fight against malaria.

“With an initial investment of approximately $155.7m for 2022-2025, the board noted that a successful malaria vaccine programme should 

support deliberate and intensive coordination between malaria control and immunisation programmes at global and country levels to ensure the most impactful deployment of the vaccine alongside other interventions.

“Child immunisation provides a powerful platform to reach vulnerable children, including those who are unreached with bed nets or other 

existing prevention measures, and can help advance the equity agenda. Finally, the Board noted opportunities for next generation vaccines and a need for market-shaping efforts to support the development of a healthy malaria vaccine market.

The statement quoted the CEO of GAVI, Seth Berkley, as saying the decision of the body to finance the vaccination programme would save lots of lives annually.

He said, “Today marks an important milestone in our fight against malaria. This decision by the Gavi Board to finance a new malaria 

vaccination programme for countries in Sub-Saharan Africa could save tens of thousands of lives annually in Africa.

“The vaccine is an important additional tool to control malaria in Africa, alongside other interventions, such as routine use of insecticide-treated bed nets, indoor spraying with insecticides, malaria chemoprevention and timely testing and treatment.”

He said the body looked forward to working with global malaria stakeholders to make sure countries were able to implement the additional tool in the fight against malaria.

He added, “After considerable gains in the past two decades, progress in malaria control has stalled and new tools are urgently needed to 

get back on track. More than 260,000 African children under the age of five die from malaria annually and six Gavi-eligible countries 

account for 50 per cent of global mortality.

“Africa continues to bear the heaviest malaria burden and African children are at highest risk of dying of malaria, especially at a time 

when the COVID-19 pandemic threatens disruptions to immunisation programmes.” Punchng

Ghana Marks World Aids Day in Accra

This year's World AIDS Day was yesterday celebrated in Accra with a call on Ghanaians to end the inequality fuelled by AIDS and other pandemics.

The day, commemorated every December 1, is to remember the millions of lives lost to AIDS with the first case of the disease identified in 1981.

This year's event was held under the theme: "End Inequalities. End Aids. End Pandemic".

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, Speaking virtual at the event in Accra yesterday said, ending Aids and achieving epidemic control 

were the goals of the National HIV/AIDs strategic plan 2021 to 2025.

He said the plan could be achieved by reaching the 95-95-95 fast track testing and treatment strategy which required that by 2025, 95 per 

cent of all persons living with HIV in the country must be diagnosed, 95 per cent of the people diagnosed must be placed on antiretroviral 

treatment and 95 per cent of people on antiretroviral treatment be virally suppressed.

According to the President, 95 per cent of the people diagnosed must be placed on antiretroviral treatment.

"Eswatini and Switzerland are achieving this goal, many African counties are on track to achieve this.For Ghana to join these countries, the 

national strategic plans seeks to reduce new effects by 85% as well as eliminate mother-to-child infections. The strategy ensures that 

prevention, testing and treatment are given as a comprehensive package," he added.

The president expressed worry that adolescent girls and young women account for 28 percent of total HIV new infections in the country.

"For us to end this, we must eliminate inequalities and discrimination in every form of its manifestation such as domestic and gender-based 

violence, harmful practices like widowhood rights and child marriages. Promotion of girl child education is an integral part of reducing 

gender inequality because studies show that girls going to school reduce new HIV infections in adolescent girls and young women by 15 per 

cent," he stated.

The president stated that government was aware of the funding gap of HIV/AIDs and expressed government's commitment to increasing domestic 

funding for HIV response.

The Director General of Ghana Aids Commission (GAC), Mr Kyeremeh Atuahene, said the Number of HIV testing increased from 1,023,048 in 2016 

to 1,837,149 in 2020, representing 80 per cent increase in the uptake of HIV testing.

Similarly, he said number of HIV-positive pregnant mothers receiving antiretroviral therapy to prevent mother to child transmission 

increased by 159 per cent while that of HIV population receiving antiretroviral therapy increased by more than 100 per cent during the same 


"We have also seen 21 per cent decline in new HIV infections and 36 per cent reduction in AIDS related deaths in the last ten years", he added.

However, he noted that the increasing uptake of services and steady declines in new infections and AIDS deaths were not significant enough  to accelerate Ghana's epidemic transition.

Representatives of the various partners in a solidarity message expressed their support and commitment in the fight against HIV/AIDS in the country. Ghanian times

First Lady, Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu backs massive COVID-19 vaccination

Lagos State First Lady, Dr Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu called on people who are yet to be vaccinated against COVID-19 to do so without delay, saying 

it is better to be safe than sorry.

She stated this at the Interfaith Parley of Religious Leaders organized by the Lagos State Ministry of Home Affairs, held at 

Intercontinental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos, and during the official flag-off of Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health Week held at Ikorodu.

“There is a lot on vaccination and I need to encourage people to go and get vaccinated. It has been proven that even if you now get it, your  immunity is being boosted so that you can fight it.

“Now, not much is known about the severity of the new Omicron variant but a lot of research is going on. The bottom line is that people in our communities should get vaccinated.

“There is a lot of apprehension in our communities about vaccination but I am a Medical Doctor and I know that it is better to be safe than sorry,” she said.

In addition, she urged religious and community leaders to join the ongoing massive campaign to end violence against women and girls, 

especially rape and all forms of sexual and gender-based crimes. 

According to her, parents and guardians to be watchful and do everything necessary to protect their children and wards from sexual predators.

As the first point of call in the communities, religious and community leaders have key roles to play in stepping up the fight against rape, defilement, and associated crimes.

“There is a zero-tolerance to rape in Lagos State. We are serious about stamping out domestic violence, gender-based violence, and associated crimes in Lagos.

“We don’t pray for rape and similar crimes but they do happen and most times religious leaders and community leaders are the first points of contact.

“When you have such cases at hand, whoever has been attacked should not bathe, douche and they should not change their clothes. If the rapist used a condom, and you have it, do not destroy it but go straight to the hospital to have a test in order to preserve the evidence.

“If a child is raped and the mother quickly bathes for her, you have lost the evidence and you can’t win the case because you don’t have 

evidence. So, when you are talking to people in our communities, please mention these things,” the First Lady said.

Alluding to the ongoing annual 16 days of activism against SGBV as championed by the United Nations, the First Lady said a lot had been done 

in Lagos State to fight the menace, including the new law that now supports the Sex Offenders Register.

“I just came back from the meeting of the Nigeria Governors’ Wives Forum in Abuja this morning and the issue of Gender-Based Violence was heavily discussed. We are all united in the crusade against the menace.

“This is the era of speaking up loud and clear. Sexual harassment in the workplace, in the school, in the community must not be encouraged. 

These are some of the things we want our religious leaders to talk about.

“Honestly, it’s better for that child to fail than to surrender her body. There is no shame in failing. When you fail, it is an opportunity 

to do it again. We need to preach that when we are talking in our communities,” she said. Pmnewsnigeria

Dubai-bound traveller, 2 others nabbed with 1,144 ATM cards in Kano

Three persons travelling to Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Turkey have been apprehended at the Mallam Aminu Kano 

International Airport, Kano State, with 1,144 Automated Teller Machine cards.

The suspects – Abdullahi Usman, Musa Abubakar and Abdulwahid Auwalu – were arrested by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes 

Commission, Kano Zonal Command, for allegedly attempting to smuggle the ATM cards out of the country.

The spokesperson for the EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, in a statement on Friday said the suspects were arrested between November 24 and December 1, 2021.

He said, “Upon their arrest, it was discovered that Musa Abubakar who was on his way to Dubai, UAE, had concealed 714 ATM cards while 

Abdullahi Usman who was heading for Saudi Arabia had  298 ATM cards in his possession.

“Abdulwahid Auwalu, on the other hand, was arrested with 132 ATM cards while trying to board an Ethiopian Airlines flight to Istanbul, Turkey.”

He said the suspects would be charged after investigations had been concluded. Punch

Nigeria to deploy 62 military Medical Personnel to Mali on peace mission

Nigeria has completed the training of 62 Peacekeeping medical personnel ready to be deployed to Mali.

The three weeks deployment training held in Nigeria’s Centre For Peacekeeping Mission, Jaji covering four areas was scheduled according to 

UN modules, according to the Commandant of the facility, Maj. Gen. Auwal Fagge expressed satisfaction in the quality of Batch 8 Level II troops.

The four areas, Fagge explained, were; basic technical training on weapons handling, UN specifics on Peacekeeping, mission specifics and 

integrating and harnessing the theoretical lessons, which according to him would go a long way in ensuring that troops discharge their 

duties professionally in complete adherence to international regulations and rules of engagement.

He said that the Nigerian Armed forces possessed all the needed personnel and equipment to adequately train troops that could be deployed 

anywhere to serve as Peacekeeping personnel, saying the nation would not relent in her vision and mission in ensuring peace in West Africa subregion.

Special Guest at the event, Chief of military training, Maj.Gen. Abdulsalam Ibrahim who was represented by Brig. Gen . Hassan Dada 

reiterated the commitments of Nigeria armed forces to contribute its quota in ensuring lasting and sustainable peace across the sub-Sahara region and by extension, Africa.

He urged the graduands to be sensitive to the cultural and religious beliefs of their host nation which he noted would create a hospitable 

environment for the medical support troops to discharge core duties of the mandate satisfactorily.

” I caution you to avoid any ugly incident that could tarnish the corporate image of the Armed forces of Nigeria in particular and the nation in general.

” I must categorically state that you must discharge your duties in full adherence to the mission’s mandate at all times  . 

” Mali is a fellow West African country that has been facing serious political, security, socio-economic, humanitarian and human right 

challenges after a coalition of taureq and other terrorist groups attacked and captured some territories in the country since 2012.

” The situation led to the deployment of AU and French Forces which later transformed into the UN Multidimensional integrated stabilization 

mission in Mali ( MINUSMA ) with a security council mandate which includes the protection of civilians.

” The hospital provides support and healthcare services to injured peacekeepers and UN staff serving in the Timbuktu Region, ” he stated.

Highlights of activities at the ceremony were a simulation, presentation of certificate to the contingent, push-ups by senior military 

officers among others at the ceremony. Vanguardngr
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