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COVID-19: Fake Vaccination Certificate Now In Nigeria, FG Warns

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The Federal Government has warned that a black market for illegal vaccination certificate procurement now exists in the country.

Chairman of the Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha on COVID-19, raised the alarm during the committee’s media briefing in Abuja, also disclosed that arrangements were in place to vaccinate 50 percent of Nigerians by the end of January 2022.

He said the Committee had reliable intelligence, which had proven that an illegal market had been created in the country, from where people who had not been properly vaccinated are now procuring vaccination certificates, meant to be issued to people who had been vaccinated.

He, however, assured that no vaccination certificate illegally procured would scale scrutiny whenever the need arises as all vaccination records have to be verified as authentic at every relevant point.

“We have received intelligence and even detected that some unscrupulous citizens are procuring vaccination cards through the black market.

“Let me assure everyone that the vaccination records/certificates will be verified and this should serve as a warning to those criminally minded persons to desist because they will be prosecuted accordingly.”

On recent developments around the COVID-19 pandemic locally and internationally, the SGF called for greater caution as the virus’ spread is getting rather more virulent in some places.

He gave assurance that the vaccination process was being accelerated as arrangements were being perfected for a mass roll-out of vaccines from Friday, November 20, with a target of achieving about 50% of the population by the end of January next year.

“The PSC has not briefed the nation for some time now, but we have been working and monitoring the trends around the world so that the national response can continue to be based on data, research, and experience. The situation is still challenging, hence, the need to continue to strictly adhere to the non-pharmaceutical intervention measures.

“We are currently seeing some surges in cases in some countries in Europe (especially eastern Europe) due to under vaccination. In other territories where massive vaccinations have occurred, the infections are rising.”

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Inside Ogun: Three Cultists Arrested For Gang Raping 15-Yrs-Old Girl

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Three cultists have been arrested in Ogun State for allegedly gang-raping a minor.

The suspects, Daniel Njoku, Damilare Ogundiran and Adebayo Olamilekan were said to be members of the Eiye confraternity.

It was gathered that the suspects were arrested after a report lodged at the Ajuwon divisional headquarters by the mother of the 15-year-old victim.

The mother had reported to the police she sent her daughter on an errand at Akute Odo area, “but she was waylaid on by Daniel Njoku, who forcefully took her to his gang where the young girl was gang-raped, beaten and forcefully initiated into their Eiye cult group,” Ogun police spokesperson, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said on Sunday.

According to Oyeyemi, the complainant explained further that the young men threatened to kill the victim if she informs anyone about the incident.

Upon the report, the DPO of the Ajuwon division, SP Andrew Akinseye, was reported to have detailed his men to go after the hoodlums, three of whom were apprehended.

“The suspects have confessed to the commission of the crime. They informed the police that they were desperately looking for more members to join their group especially female members, and that was what prompted them to do what they did,” Oyeyemi disclosed.

He added that the Commissioner of Police, CP Lanre Bankole, has ordered that the suspects be transferred to the anti-cultists section of the State CIID.

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UFC: Israel Adesanya Reacts To Boos After Cannonier Win

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Nigeria’s Israel Adesanya has admitted that Saturday wasn’t the best performance of his career so far.

At UFC 276, Adesanya (23-1 MMA, 12-1 UFC) defeated Jared Cannonier (15-6 MMA, 8-6 UFC) by unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 50-45) to successfully defend the promotion’s middleweight title for the fifth time.

Despite a largely dominant performance, the lack of action drew criticism from both booing fans in the arena and commenters online. Initially disappointed, Adesanya mentally framed the performance differently and was more comfortable with it shortly after the main event’s conclusion.

“(I feel) a lot better,” Adesanya told reporters including MMA Junkie. “I’ve said this before: On my worst day, I can kill the best man. I call that suicide, on my worst day. I had an off night tonight. (Coach) Eugene (Bareman) told me, ‘The people who know you, (your) teammates, (your) family, they know you had an off night.’ And still, I f*cked him up.”

It takes two to tango and Adesanya faulted and credited both himself and Cannonier for the lack of exchanges. Adesanya has long thought Cannonier is a top-tier fighter, a hypothesis proven in his eyes at UFC 276.

“I couldn’t find my power shots, my kicks,” Adesanya said. “The initiators – the jabs and leg kicks – were working, but I was trying to find the power shots. He was adjusting well. It wasn’t just me vs. him. … His adjustments to what I was doing, I’d go ahead, I got to his body, I got to his legs. I got to his legs and he’d adjust and get away from my power. I was able to get away from his, as well.”

As for the boos, Adesanya said he wasn’t fazed by them. He pointed out many all-time great combat sports athletes have been booed, jeered, insulted, and criticized by crowds over the spans of their careers. He’s no different.

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Inside Lagos: Police Summon Officer For Shooting Motorcyclist Over Bribe

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The Lagos State Police Command has reacted to a viral video making rounds on social media platforms showing a policeman opening fire on a motorcyclist in the Somolu area of the state.

Report has it that the policeman, who was with some of his colleagues, requested a bribe from the motorcyclist.

Vexed that his request was turned down by the okada rider who sped off, the cop shot at the tires of the motorcycle.

Reacting to the video, the Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, tweeted that he had informed the spokesperson for the Lagos Police Command, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, about the video.

“Sent to PPRO Lag. He will take it up pls,” Adejobi tweeted.

On his part, Hundeyin tweeted that the officers in the video had been identified and promised to give an update on the case.

“These officers have been identified. Rest assured that updates on the progress of their case will be provided,” he tweeted.

Hundeyin when contacted on Sunday, said the officers would be transferred to the command headquarters on Monday (today).

“I called their DPO and he admitted that they were his officers. So, I told him that he should bring them to the headquarters on Monday morning,” he said.

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