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Troops eliminate over 90 terrorists in 2 weeks

The Defence Headquarters has stated that troops of Operation Hadin Kai have eliminated more than 90 Boko Haram and Islamic States West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists in North East.

This was disclosed on Thursday by the Acting Director, Defence Media Operations, Brig.-Gen. Bernard Onyeuko when he give an update on military operations from Nov. 11 to Nov. 25 in Abuja.

Onyeuko also disclosed that unconfirmed number of terrorists were eliminated in offensive air strikes by the Air Component on Nov. 12 in Baga near the Lake Chad.

He added that the troops on Nov. 13 repelled terrorists’ attack on troops at Askira-Uba in Borno, leading to killing of over 50 terrorists and destruction of several combat equipment, such as gun trucks and other weapons in a coordinated ground and air attacks.

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According to him, their fighting vehicles as well as large caches of arms and ammunition were recovered during the encounter while the some of the gallant officers and soldiers paid the supreme price.

Onyeuko further disclosed that troops in Baga town arrested a notorious terrorist -Mr Haladu Saleh who has been on the wanted list since 2018.

He said that the troops also intercepted and impounded terrorists’ logistics supplies along Bukarti – Yusufari Road and Maima Hari Checkpoint on Biu – Damboa Road.

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According to him, the troops raided an enclave in Karawar village and recovered arms and ammunition as well as assorted drugs and arrested two drug peddlers -Mr Ezekiel Karson and Galadima Bako with large quantities of cannabis sativa.

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”In the course of these operations, no fewer than 90 terrorists were neutralised and 21 of them arrested.

“Also, 98 assorted weapons, including AK-47 rifles and 2,589 rounds of ammunition were recovered within the period.

“Additionally, seven kidnapped civilians were rescued, while a total of 996 Boko Haram elements and their families comprising 203 adult males, 302 adult females and 491 children surrendered to own troops at different locations in Borno.

“All recovered items have been handed appropriately and rescued persons reunited with their families, while arrested and surrendered terrorists have been profiled and handed over to appropriate authorities for further action,” he said.

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Taking power will be difficult if youths remain spectators, says Yahaya Bello

Governor of Kogi state, Yahaya Bello has stated that the quest of young Nigerians to take over power will remain a tall order if they remain “political spectators”.

This was stated on Thursday by Bello while speaking at the national youth summit in Abuja.

Bello said the youth do not have an excuse not to lead the country.

Represented by Jamiu Abdulkarim Asuku, his chief of staff, the governor said the young people must begin to see themselves as critical stakeholders in governance.

“Youth no longer have any excuse not to take the lead,” he said.

“We are not just youthful, we are useful and purposeful. This is the time for you to mobilise yourselves and begin an advocacy for youths involvement in governance.

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“Most of you sitting down here are above 30 years of age. At 32, General Yakubu Gowon was already head of state. He fought the civil war just for Nigeria’s survival as an indivisible and united entity.

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“General Murtala was also pretty young when he became the Head of State and he also made meaningful contributions to the development of our dear state.

“The youth must begin to see themselves as critical stakeholders whose time has come to take over the leadership of this country.

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“Achieving this will remain a tall order if the new song of ‘Youth O’clock’ ends on your lips without concerted effort and commitment to participate in politics and electioneering processes in this country.”

The governor said the youth should use 2023 to “craft the Nigeria of our dreams”.

He added: “I challenge you to deploy your considerable resources of office and influence toward crafting the Nigeria of our dream, the youth O’clock song must be heard in every nooks and cranny of this country.”

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Bandits release two abducted Zaria LGA workers

Two of the remaining employees of Kaduna State’s Zaria Local Government Area who were kidnapped along with other council employees have been released by their kidnappers.

WITHIN NIGERIA recalls that the two employees were held by their abductors, who demanded three motorcycles before their release.

On November 8, 2021, 13 local government employees were kidnapped by bandits in Kidandan, Giwa Local Government Area of the state, while on their way to pay their respects to Dogara Abdullahi, a staff member who had lost his father.

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According to a source who requested anonymity, Suleiman Zailani and Nura Mohammed were released from captivity on Thursday, December 2, following the delivery of the three motorcycles to the kidnappers.

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According to the source, the “Boko Haram” motorcycles were delivered to the bandits on Wednesday, ensuring the release of the captives on Thursday.

He further explained, “The two released victims have already been reunited with their families and will be taken to the hospital for medical examination.”

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Bribe-seeking Lagos policemen shoot woman, brutalise husband for complaining

Police officers allegedly shot fashion designer, Rukayat Salami, in the stomach at a checkpoint at Lucky Fibre, in the Ikorodu area of Lagos state and battered the husband, Ibrahim for complaining about the shooting.

It was gathered that a tricycle operator had wanted to pass the checkpoint when an argument ensued between him and the cops over N100.

The matter reportedly degenerated as the policemen opened gunfire. In the ensuing melee, bullets hit 34-year-old Rukayat in the stomach.

According to PUNCH, the victim, who had been bedridden since the incident happened last Sunday, said her husband had driven past the roadblock when she was hit by bullets.

“I started shouting and alerted my husband. Immediately, he placed his hand around my stomach and observed that I was bleeding. He parked the vehicle, went to start arguing with the policemen. By the time he returned, he was bleeding in the head,” she added.

Ibrahim, a surveyor, said the policemen brutalised him for calling their attention to his wife’s condition.

He explained that the incident happened while they were returning from a visit to an in-law, adding that despite he and his wife bleeding profusely, the policemen abandoned them and drove away in a minibus.

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The father of four said, “The incident happened around 8.30pm on Sunday when we were on our way back from my in-law’s house at Agunfoye, in Adamo, Ikorodu. We approached a police checkpoint and saw policemen collecting money from commercial drivers plying the axis.

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“The tricycle operator at my front was reluctant to pay the N100 or N200 to the policemen, so what the policemen did was to pass me while they argued with the operator. The policemen were four; two monitored vehicles going toward Itokin, the other two monitored vehicles going to Ikorodu.

“As I drove past the checkpoint, we suddenly heard gunshots and my wife started screaming that she had been shot. She started shouting that she needed water, but as I stretched my hand to examine the side of her stomach, I observed that she was bleeding.

“I quickly parked my vehicle, got down and went to meet the policemen to tell them that they had shot my wife. While writhing in pain, my wife was telling me to be careful so the policemen won’t shoot me. The policemen and I engaged in a shouting match until one of them used a heavy object to hit my head and I started bleeding.”

The Kwara State indigene said he rushed his wife to the Ikorodu General Hospital, from where she was transferred to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital for surgery.

While lamenting that over N150,000 had been spent on Rukayat’s treatment, Ibrahim demanded the arrest and prosecution of the policemen involved in the incident.

He said, “When I rushed my wife to the emergency unit of the Ikorodu General Hospital, she was stabilised. The following day, my wife was referred to the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, but they rejected her because of bed space.

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“We informed officials of the Ikorodu General Hospital. But while returning there, one of the officials called and told us to go to LASUTH, where a bed space had been secured for us. She was admitted there and we did an X-ray which revealed that two bullets were in her system.

“They also said blood was in her chest; they told us to buy some medicine and other things they needed. After we got them, she underwent surgery. They removed a bullet from her body, but the second bullet was not removed as the doctors said it would be suppressed with antibiotics.

“My wife has spent five days in the hospital. I reported the case at the Sagamu Road Police Station and was told an investigation would be conducted. I want those policemen to be prosecuted.”

A picture seen by our correspondent showed that Ibrahim’s right eye was swollen after the attack.

A bullet extracted from Rukayat’s body was also sighted.

The couple said they would present the bullet to support police investigation into the incident.

When contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer, CSP Adekunle Ajisebutu, said he would get back after getting a brief on the incident.

He had yet to do so as of the time this report was filed, PUNCH reports.

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Driver loses control, dies on Lagos-Ibadan expressway

A driver has lost his live due to over speeding in a lone accident along the Lagos-Ibadan highway, before Ogun interchange.

According to DAILY POST, the crash occurred at about 02:3am, involving the male driver’s Nissan pick-up, with registration number, AAB 240 ZY.

“The suspected cause of the lone accident was excessive speed which led to loss of control and he was trapped inside the vehicle,” the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) said.

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FRSC spokesperson in Ogun State, Florence Okpe, said the trapped corpse had been removed and taken to Idera Hospital morgue, Sagamu, adding that the crashed vehicle was towed off the road.

Meanwhile, the Sector Commander of FRSC in Ogun, Ahmed Umar has cautioned motorists to desist from speed violation, especially at a time when there is high vehicular movement

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Umar sympathised with the family of the victim, asking them to contact the Sagamu office of the FRSC for more information about the crash.

He advised motorists to drive cautiously and obey traffic rules and regulations.

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Germany donates 5.16m COVID-19 vaccine doses to Nigeria

Over the past seven weeks, a total of 5,164,643 doses of COVID-19 vaccines has been donated by Germany to Nigeria.

A batch containing 2,240,243 doses of Johnson&Johnson vaccines arrived Nigeria on 29 November 2021,

The German Ambassador to Nigeria, Birgitt Ory on Friday said “Nobody is safe until everybody is safe. We must continue to work together to ensure access to vaccines.

“Therefore, Germany is a strong supporter of COVAX as well as the co-founder and second-largest donor of the Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator (ACT Accelerator),” he said.

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According to him, the German Government is working to ensure the fair and efficient distribution of COVID-19 vaccines around the world.

He said Germany will pass on 100 million doses, primarily to developing countries, the majority of which will be distributed through the COVAX vaccine platform.

“The pandemic can only be overcome if it is brought under control all over the world.

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“Germany, therefore, opted at an early stage to focus on finding joint responses to the pandemic in a spirit of solidarity.

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“Germany co-founded the Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator (ACT Accelerator) last year. ACT-A promotes equitable access for all to vaccines, therapeutics, and diagnostics and aims to strengthen health systems throughout the world,” he said.

In addition to donating vaccines, Germany is the second-largest donor to the ACT Accelerator at present and has provided 2.2 billion euros to date. Most of this support is going to the international vaccine platform COVAX.

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73-year-old Kenyan man drags son to court seeking 20% of his salary for upkeep

A Kenyan man, Gideon Kisira Cherowo has moved to court seeking to have his son surrender 20 per cent of his earnings for his maintenance.

The 73-year-old man, from Biirunda in Trans Nzoia County, claims that his 48-year-old son Washington Chepkombe Cherowo abandoned him despite having contributed to his education until university level.

In the papers filed at Kitale High Court, Mzee Cherowo, stated that his son does not send him any upkeep even though he is currently working at the Kenya Airports Authority.

Among his four children, Mzee Cherowo said, Washington is the only one who is currently employed.

“I used all the resources I had to enable the defendant to be in a good position so that he can help us. Right now, my wife and I are in a horrible state yet we have a son who is working,” the plaintiff said in a civil suit at the high court.

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“I sold my land in Cheptais, Bungoma, to educate him from primary to university. I also gave him a quarter of an acre. I even went ahead to pay dowry for the defendant’s wife, which cost me four cows and some amount of money, whose sum I cannot recall.” the aggrieved father said.

“I pray that since he has a good salary, I request 20 per cent of his salary to be given to me as the father,” Cherowo pleaded with the court.

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The case could develop into a precedent-setting affair as upkeep is normally reserved for minors and there is no clear-cut directive on how children, who become adults, should take care of their parents.

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Mzee Cherowo, in the November 17 petition he filed personally, attached a testimony from one David Masyek Cherowo, another one of his sons, who also maintains that his brother should relinquish a part of his salary for his father’s upkeep.

“The defendant deserted his parents after he got a job. It is now 17 years since we saw him. He does not come or send any assistance to us. We are leading a very horrible life after the defendant consumed the very thing our father had, so as to take him to school,” Masyek said in the statement.

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Don Davis: Deeper Life School Principal and other accused persons remanded in prison custody

The principal of Deeper Life High School has been remanded in prison custody alongside 4 others over the case of a student known as Don Davis who was allegedly molested and abused.

Some months ago, Don Davis’ mother, Deborah Okezie made some allegations against the management of the school via a Facebook live video. She narrated how her son went to the boarding school as a chubby boy and allegedly returned home almost a skeleton as a result of alleged sexual abuse and other ill treatments allegedly meted on him by some of the school’s senior students and staff.

Serving an update on the case, Deborah said the school principal, vice principal, house masters and others were remanded in prison custody by a court. She also revealed that the judge ruled that the 2 accused minors will be tried in a Juvenile family Court, while the remaining 5 accused persons will be tried in an open Court.

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She wrote;

BREAKING NEWS: DEEPER LIFE HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL, NDIDI SOLOMON AND OTHER ACCUSED PERSONS INVOLVED IN DON-DAVIS ARCHIBONG’S MOLESTATION AND ABUSED CASE REMANDED IN PRISON CUSTODY:

Today, all the suspects were arraigned afresh at the State High Court 7 Uyo and were asked to be rema nded in the prison Custody with stiff bail conditions. So, the 5 of them, the Principal Ndidi Solomon, the Vice Principal, the wicked House masters, Akpan and others apart from the 2 minors were ordered to be detained in the prison custody until they met their bail conditions. Their lawyers were running up and down and cold caught all of them when the Judge gave the ruling. Further more, after a lengthy argument that lasted for about 3hrs, the judge ruled that the 2 accused minors, Old and Shalom will be tried at the Juvenile family Court, while the other 5 accused persons will be tried in the open Court where everyone shall see them.

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#justice4othervoicelesschildren.

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Up to 60 people in Norway infected at Christmas party in ‘biggest outbreak of Omicron’

Following a Christmas party in Norway, at least 50 people has been infected with Covid that is likely to prove the world’s biggest outbreak of the new Omicron variant.

According to Oslo’s authorities, on Thursday, one of the party-goers has tested positive for the omicron variant, and more cases are expected to follow.

“We are working actively with contact tracing to limit the spread and prevent bigger outbreaks,” the city said in a statement.

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Doctors said between 50 and 60 people tested positive for coronavirus after the party last week at a restaurant in Oslo, according to the Norwegian state broadcaster NRK.

The doctors said the infections were not delta variant cases, and that there were “clear clues” and a “strong possibility” they were all the omicron variant.

Tine Ravlo, the assistant chief infection control doctor in Oslo’s Frogner district, said a preliminary screening of the cases’ samples showed it was likely it was omicron.

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One of the people at the party had reportedly been to South Africa recently.

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There have so far been at least three confirmed omicron cases in Norway.

On Friday Norway imposed a quarantine on any travellers arriving from South Africa or neighbouring countries, following a similar decision by its neighbour Denmark and many other countries around the world.

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Walk for Peace: Segalink reacts to Sanwo-Olu’s invitation

A member of the Lagos judicial panel, Segun Awosanya better known as Segalink has reacted to the invitation by governor of the state, Babajide Sanwo-Olu for a peace walk.

This was made known on Thursday by Segalink in an interview on Channels Television.

Sanwo-Olu on Tuesday called on youths, civil society organisations and other stakeholders to attend a peace walk to herald the healing of the state.

The governor specifically invited Folarin Falana, an entertainer better known as Falz; Debo Adebayo, popularly known as Mr Marcaroni; Dele Farotimi, an activist and lawyer; Temitope Majekodunmi, Segun Awosanya, Seun Kuti, among others, to join him in the “historic march for our dear Lagos”

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Falz, Mr Macaroni, Kuti, Farotimi and Majekodunmi have rejected the invitation of the governor.

Hours after the invitation of the peace walk, the government released a white paper on the recommendations of the judicial panel.

In the white paper, the Lagos government accepted 11 out of the 32 recommendations of the panel, rejected one and accepted six with modifications.

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The Lagos government also said the finding of the panel that nine persons died is “irreconcilable” with the testimony of John Obafunwa, a pathologist.

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Reacting to a question on whether he will participate0, Segalink said if he joins the governor on the peace walk, it does not mean he will stop criticising the government.

“Because I am an advocate for peace, justice, equity, and fairness, I will walk with anybody who wants peace,” he said.

“There are no absolutes. I may agree with some people on certain things does not mean I’m in alignment with them.

“So, if I walk with the governor today, it does not stop me from criticising the governor the next day.”

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Carrick reveals next move after leaving Manchester United

Michael Carrick, the outgoing Manchester United interim manager, has stated that he will take some time off to spend with his family after retiring from coaching.

Following his final game in the role against Arsenal, Carrick announced his surprise decision to leave Old Trafford.

The 40-year-old went unbeaten in three games, winning against Villarreal and Arsenal and drawing 1-1 with Chelsea.
He told Amazon Prime: “It’s not been an easy decision to make, to be honest, but I feel it’s the right one and I feel quite happy.

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“I’ve meant to take some time off after I finished playing and I promised the family that we would have some time together and it’s never happened.

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“It feels like the right time to step away. I’ll be back around the place. I’m not disappearing. But it’s just the right time and what a way to finish. It’s a perfect night really.”

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20 things Borno Governor; Zulum plans to accomplish in 2022

Professor Babagana Umara Zulum, Governor of Borno, has identified and listed the top 20 goals he hopes to achieve in the coming year, 2022.

Zulum listed them all while presenting the Borno State House of Assembly with the 2022 budget.

Zulum said:

“We aim to achieve the following 20 key deliverables from the 2022 budget;

1. We plan to complete and commission the Borno State University Teaching Hospital, insha’Allah.

2. We plan to recruit 1,000 health workers in the year 2022.

3. We plan to implement N30,000 minimum wage for qualified primary school teachers.

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4. We plan to recruit 3,000 qualified teachers in the year 2022.

5. We plan to set up effective Monitoring and Evaluation Teams starting with Healthcare, Water and Schools (HWS).

6. We plan to introduce Borno School Defense Volunteers under the coordination of the Special Adviser on Security.

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7. We plan to launch BORNO HEROES’ SUPPORT PROGRAMME for scholarship to children of CJTF, hunters and volunteers who died fighting insurgents; and to support widows of fallen volunteers.

8. We plan to re-establish all closed-down secondary schools in all safe and resettled communities, starting with Dikwa, Monguno, and some others.

9. We plan to establish six Centres of Excellence from existing secondary schools, two in each Senatorial zone.

10. We plan to rehabilitate the College of Education, Waka, Biu.

11. We plan to establish an all-women Vocational Training Institute.

12. We plan to establish more Higher Islamic Colleges in Gamboru-Ngala, Malam-Fatori, Damboa, and Kwayakusar.

13. We plan to rebuild and resettle Malam-Fatori and Gudumbali and undertake major infrastructural works in Kala-Balge.

14. We plan to systematically address generational scourge of political thuggery by awarding scholarships to 150 children of political youths in ECOMOG who sign bonds to stop thuggery.

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15. We plan to start implementing reforms of the Sangaya/Almajiri system by establishing a regulatory agency.

16. We plan to engage 1,000 youths from Biu and 1,000 youths from Gwoza, Monguno, and Bama into an empowerment programme.

17. We plan to dualize the post office road.

18. We also plan that we will be able to open and rehabilitate Maiduguri-Damboa road.

19. We plan to introduce a new mass transit and bring in 500 Keke NAPEP.

20. We plan to continue our city expansion policy.

Governor Zulum had on Tuesday presented a budget of N268 billion to the House of Assembly for the 2022 fiscal year.

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JUST IN: Former Edo State Governor, Igbinedion loses mother

A former governor of Edo State, Mr Lucky Igbinedion, has lost his mother, Mrs Maria Oredola Igbinedion.

According to a statement by the former governor, she was 85 years old and she is survived by children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

The statement reads, “With gratitude to God for a fruitful and eventful life, we announce the transition to glory of our mother, grandmother and great grandmother, Madam Maria Oredola Igbinedion who joined the Saints in the early hours of December 2, 2021, at the age of 85. She is survived by children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.”

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According to the former governor, the burial arrangement of the late octogenarian would be announced later.

She was a descendant of the popular Ogbebor family of Usen, in Ovia North-East Local Government Area of the State.

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73 die of COVID-19 in Plateau

Since May 2020, when the state recorded the first death caused by the pandemic, a total of 73 people have died of COVID-19 in Plateau State.

On Thursday, the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Nimkong Lar, provided an update on the status of Covid 19 in Plateau.

Lar noted that Plateau State is ranked fifth in the list of states most affected by the pandemic, following Lagos, the Federal Capital Territory, Rivers, and Kaduna.

He went on to say that Plateau State has tested 91,963 people so far and that 305 people were tested yesterday, with 43 confirmed cases.

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Lar said: “Cumulatively, Plateau has 9443 confirmed cases of Covid 19 while 53 are currently being managed with Covid 19.”

He added that 9852 people have been discharged.

Lar also disclosed that Plateau State is on the second phase of the Covid 19 vaccination and at the moment Plateau State has received 100,250 AstraZeneca and 50,004 Modena vaccines.

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He said: “Since the beginning of vaccination in Plateau State, 221,502 citizens have been fully vaccinated and Plateau State is poised to vaccinate a total number of 2 million by the end of January 2022.”

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He warned against refusal to be vaccinated and calls on citizens to reach out to primary health care centers in the Local Government Areas for the vaccines.

He called on citizens to make it a point of duty to get vaccinated as the vaccines are available and free and to also note that the new variant of Covid-19 doesn’t come with the usual signs of cough but only comes with pains that leads to death.

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Zulum reveals why he does not sack officials

Governor of Borno state, Babagana Zulum has revealed that the suspension of erring government officials does not make him happy as they create political enemies for him.

However, Zulum insisted that discipline must be enforced in public service.

This revelation was made by the governor while speaking at the House of Assembly in Maiduguri.

The governor said he will never sack any official or ban political thuggery, if he is obsessed with political popularity.

He said: “In the over two years of having the privilege to lead Borno State, I have had occasions to take some tough and unpopular decisions. I have had to fire or suspend some people from their jobs. Firing people is not a pleasant thing to do and it did not give me any joy. I was once the Rector at Ramat Polytechnic and I would love to do things there that make me popular. My suspension of the Polytechnic’s management was not a pleasant decision and some people will bear personal grudges against me. I could be more popular if I allow officials to continue to do as they wish. I can also gain a lot of cheap popularity if I encourage ECOMOG (political thugs) to continue to operate, brandish my posters and keep say Sai Zulum’ (rather than banning them).

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Zulum added: “For us politicians, whether career or accidental, popularity is sweet. But then, Mr. Speaker, on May 29, 2019, I took an oth to serve the people of Borno State with the fear of Allah. I am human and I make mistakes. But to consider the fear of Allah and the highest interest of Borno State and its people before I take any decision. In my two and a half years as Governor of Borno State, I live, wake up and go to sleep every day remembering that I can die at any time.

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“If and when that happens, I will surely account before the Almighty God for the decisions I make. I beseech all of us to remember at every turn that Borno State is not its usual self. Things are different. Our society has suffered and our people are suffering. We all have obligations to give our best of the best to move Borno State forward” the Governor urged.

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What Ronaldo did in dressing room after being dropped from Man Utd XI – Carrick

Michael Carrick, the outgoing Manchester United caretaker coach, has detailed how Cristiano Ronaldo reacted after being replaced for their 1-1 draw with Chelsea on Sunday.

Carrick, shockingly, sat the 36-year-old goal machine on the bench for the team’s journey to London.

Man United took the lead via Jadon Sancho, but Jorginho equalized for the hosts from the penalty spot.

Meanwhile, Ronaldo came in in the 64th minute but had little impact on the game.

Ronaldo’s reaction to being dropped, according to Carrick, was “brilliant.”

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“[Dropping Ronaldo] seems like it was a big decision but really, between us and [for] me personally, it wasn’t. You can ask Cristiano. The way he responded was perfection really.

“Around the dressing room he was incredible, he supported the players. I went in to do my half-time team talk and he was warming up 10 minutes in advance ready to come on in the second half.

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“I think a lot can be made of it and spinning it in a negative way but behind the scenes the reality is very different,” he told Amazon Prime.

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Manchester United went on to defeat Arsenal 3-2 on Thursday with Cristiano Ronaldo scoring a brace and taking his competitive career goals to 801.

Meanwhile, Manchester United announced on Thursday that Michael Carrick has left his position as the club first team coach after serving as the Caretaker manager for three successful matches.

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