President Paul Biya has announced his absence at the graduation ceremony of students of the Combined military Academy-EMIA in Yaoundé. In a press release, the Head of State has designated the Minister Delegate at the Presidency Joseph Beti Asomo to preside over activities tomorrow Friday February 26th. Paul Biya calls for a reduced number of people to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The COVID-19 pandemic has seen an unprecedented soar in the North West region of Cameroon with numerous positive cases reported in recent times. Health authorities in the Region have implored all inhabitants to ensure that they follow the preventive measures to mitigate the spread.
A student of the University of Douala was stabbed earlier today on campus by a yet-to-be-identified person. He was later rushed to a health facility. The cause of the incident remains unknown at the moment.
A network of nine kidnappers has been dismantled in Bafoussam, West region of Cameroon. The men operate in Wum in the North West region while residing in the West region. Gendemerie elements presenting them to the public today, said they constantly ask for ransoms worth million of francs cfa.
Custom officers in Ngaoundéré have confiscated tonnes of fake drugs which have been illegally imported into the country. Residents say unscrupulous traders despite the vigilance of custom officers, manage to smuggle forbidden drugs.
The U-20 Indomitable Lions have been knocked out of the African Cup of Nations by loosing 4-2 on penalty kicks to three times Champions, Ghana. The Lions bowed out from the competition after recording three victories in 4 games. The Lions faced-off a resilient Ghanaian team which resisted Cameroonian press and took the game to penalty kicks.
Two car thieves were arrested today in the economic capital Douala, and presented to the public by the members of Bonanjo Judicial Police station. They were caught after they reportedly stole a taxi in Douala and proceeded to sell it in Yaoundé. The taxi was tracked by the police after the victim filed his complaint.
A girl called Sandra died on her birthday in Douala yesterday. She was electrocuted while preparing to share her birthday cake with family members and friends at New Bell neighbourhood. Some administrative officers in Douala have visited the family while investigating more on the poor connection of electricity in the quarter.
A man by name Bertrand reportedly took away his own life today by drowning in Douala in a stream, at the Ngwele neighbourhood. Witnesses who saw the victim throw himself into the stream, say they have no idea about what might have caused the young man to take his own life through that means.
Somalia has recorded more than 1,200 cases of Covid-19 this month, compared with 70 last month, according to the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention. The number of confirmed cases now stands at 6,017 – up from 4,784 at the start of February. A UN representative for Somalia, Adam Abdelmoula, said the surge had caught many people by surprise. “Whenever we compared the numbers with Kenya, Ethiopia, Sudan, Uganda, we declared victory prematurely and now we are seeing this upsurge,” he told the BBC.
A South African court has sentenced a man to 20 years in prison for murdering his girlfriend by dousing her with petrol and setting her alight at her flat in Johannesburg in 2018. The magistrate described Mpho Thobane as a “cold-blooded killer” and a coward who fled after torching Viwe Dalingozi in a “place she thought she was safe”. “This is clearly a case of gender-based violence. The community deserves to live in a better world than this,” magistrate Hambokazi Twele was quoted by News24 as saying.
A Tanzanian court has acquitted an opposition MP who had been charged with insulting President John Magufuli. The court said it did not find any evidence to support the charge against Halima Mdee. She was charged in 2017 for reportedly saying in Swahili that “the president is talking aimlessly, he needs to be stopped”.
The South African runner, Caster Semenya, has taken her campaign against restrictions on testosterone levels in female athletes to the European Court of Human Rights. She is challenging the rules imposed by World Athletics, the sport’s governing body, which is based in Switzerland. The Olympic gold medalist says she’s fighting for the dignity, equality and human rights of all women in sport.
Kenya has denied its athletes clearance to compete at the Kilimanjaro Marathon in Tanzania over concerns about the Covid-19 pandemic. The IAAF-recognised race will be held early Sunday morning at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro, the tallest mountain in Africa. Kenyan athletes have dominated previous editions of the race. In a statement, Athletics Kenya urged “all athletes not to travel to Tanzania for the event”.
Foreign news: BBC