COVID-19 vaccine, a ploy to de-populate Africa? Here is the Truth!

  Globally recognised medical health specialist, Doctor Omotuyi Mebawondu, led the weekly e-Discourse of Platforms Africa, a frontline e-Community of intellectuals, opinion leaders and policy moulders across the continent, where he opened up on why Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, South Africa, Egypt and other nations on same sub-regions with them should be worried now on COVID-19 more than ever before. The interview session was moderated by Accra, Ghana-based veteran journalist and accomplished administrator, Mr. Francis KOKUTSE. Excerpts;   How is Africa faring during this on-going second wave of COVID-19? Worldwide, there…

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4,477 displaced Nigerian women, Children take refuge in Benin Republic

  Horribly disappointed by their country, the displaced Nigerian women, children and men have been reassured of safety and better living conditions by political and administrative authorities in Cotonou 4,477 Nigerians, displaced by communal violence in the country’s border towns, have arrived at Beninese villages in Pobè, another border community located about 100 km from Cotonou, Republic of Benin. PANA, which reported this on Saturday, quoted sources close to the authorities of the Pobe commune. They said 4,477 people made up of 2,163 men and 2,314 women have taken refuge…

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How Antonov An-124 Carried 54 Tonne Generator From Ghana To India

  The Antonov An-124 made an interesting journey this week, flying from Accra, Ghana, to Mumbai, India, and back again. The specialized freighter was carrying an oversized power generator which required urgent repairs. As demand for air cargo soars, planes like the An-124 have seen themselves flying missions globally. Urgent operation According to Stat Trade Times, the An-124 was chartered from Antonov Airlines for a special ferry mission by Rhenus Project Logistics USA. The logistics company needed the aircraft to carry a massive power generator with a unique shape, requiring more…

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Nigerian Banks borrow N15.95bn from CBN in one Month + FULL LIST

‌ Commercial Banks in Nigeria borrowed N15.95 billion from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) in the Standing Lending Facility window in November, 2020. The CBN, which confirmed this in its latest monthly economic report for November, maintained that the Deposit Money Banks have, with this, continued to reduce their borrowings due to excess liquidity in the system. Part of the report read, “Deposit Money Banks and merchant banks continued to access the standing facilities window to square liquidity positions in November 2020. “The trend at the CBN standing facilities…

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‘How Instagram Star ‘Hushpuppi’ Laundered Funds For North Korean Hackers’

  New details have emerged about the case against Instagram influencer Ramon Abbas popularly known as Hushpuppi, who wowed the internet with pictures of his clothes, cars, money and lifestyle between 2012 and 2020. In July, Abbas was charged by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles with conspiring to launder hundreds of millions of dollars from “business email compromise” (BEC) frauds and other scams. On Wednesday, the Department of Justice shed more light on one of those scams: working with North Korean hackers to launder funds stolen from a Maltese bank.…

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WIEN, REAN ink deals to Co-host 2nd International Women in Energy Symposium

  The Women in Energy Network (WIEN) has declared partnership plan with the Renewable Energy Association of Nigeria (REAN) to host the International Women in Energy Symposium. President of WIEN, Ms. Funmi Ogbue, who stated this during a virtual press conference, maintained that this is in recognition of the need to support strategies that will promote and enable equal participation of women in the energy value chain. The Virtual Symposium is sub-themed: “Light Up Africa”. It aims to bring together Women in Energy across Africa. The event will yield initiatives, to extend the…

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How Nigeria’s Top Politician, Junaid Mohammed, died in Isolation Centre

Nigeria’s popular politician and Minority Leader of the House of Representatives during the Second Republic, Dr. Junaid Mohammed, has died at an isolation centre. Mohammed, a fierce critic of President Muhammadu Buhari, died at the centre, where parients are usually quarantined for treatment in Kano on Thursday evening. One of his sons who confirmed this death, however, said that his father tested negative to COVID-19. It was learnt that his corpse would be received by the family for burial on Friday. The Soviet-trained medical doctor was elected to the National…

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Nigerian Customs’ ex-Chief, Abdullahi Dikko, dies

  The former Comptroller of the Nigerian Customs Service, Abdullahi Dikko, has died. A statement by the agency’s Public Relations Officer, Joseph Attah, read; “The family of the former Comptroller General of Customs, Abdullahi Dikko Inde just announced his passing away today. His funeral prayers ( Janaza ) will take place tomorrow, Friday 19th February, 2020 after Jumaat Prayers at National Mosque Abuja. “He was the Comptroller General of Customs from 2009 to 2015. May Allah Forgive his shortcomings and may Aljannatul Firdausi be his final abode. “May Allah give…

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NNPC raises red flag on fuel hoarding, demands sanctions for erring marketers

    Here is the real reason NNPC embargoed fuel price hike in February     The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC)on Thursday demanded stiff penalty for fuel marketers who have engaged in hoarding to create “artificial scarcity.” The corporation, which also said that it had, in spite of the rise in the price of crude oil in the international market, ruled out any increment in the ex-depot price of Premium Motor Spirit (petrol) in February, 2021, raised the red flag on hoarding by some marketers. It “called on relevant…

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COVID-19: 20 African Nations To Get Vaccines Next Week

  Here is why safety of patients infected by South African variant of COVID-19 may not be guranteed by the AstraZeneca vaccine doses. The distribution of coronavirus vaccine across the African continent is to begin next week, the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Thursday. Africa CDC chief, John Nkengasong, said doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine would be distributed to around 20 countries and that health-care workers would be prioritised in the inoculation programme. South Africa has replaced the AstraZeneca vaccine it initially purchased with a…

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