The Head of Communications at the Ministry of Defence, Cyrille Serge Atomfack has once more come out in defense of the government by saying that the report published by Human Rights Watch on Ebam has been exaggerated. Cyrille Serge said that the over-35 persons who were arrested had been released. He however did not comment on the rape and torture allegations mentioned in the report.
Some elements of the 4th Police District in Douala have reportedly launched a manhunt to track down some human bones traffickers. Reports say some unidentified individuals today dropped a bag filled with human bones around the Sandaga Market, a place believed to be a hotspot where traffickers of bones and hard drugs usually meet.
The Principal of GBHS Kribi in the South Region, has expressed shock amidst a viral explicit video of his students doing the rounds on the internet. Students of the institution were filmed taking drugs, practising lesbianism and public sex. The students implicated in these acts have been arrested and detained by forces of law and order in Kribi.
Two persons today died around the Logbaba Council in a terrible car accident. They unfortunately happened to be on the track of a truck which had just lost it’s control and ran into them as it tumbled over. The two deaths add up to a pile of road accidents-related deaths that have rocked the country since the start of the year.
Archbishop Samuel Kleda of the Douala Archdiocese has assured the public that his COVID-19 cure dubbed Covid Organics, is available at all Catholic hospitals for free to all COVID-19 positive patients. He has equally warned people to avoid purchasing any medications online said to be his, saying they are scammers as he is not trading his drug on online platforms.
Many young people in the South region of Cameroon failed to listen to the speech of President Paul Biya on the 10th of February 2021 to mark the National Youth Day. To that effect, Felix Ngele Ngele; Governor of the South region is asking the heads of schools to set exams on the content of the message of the President. To him, this will urge students to understand the message of the president. Many young people in Cameroon think for close to 40 years, Paul Biya has been proclaiming empty promises through his speeches.
Some separatist leaders in the diaspora say Cameroon military forces in the North West are using old pictures of local guns to claim victory over fighters in Bui Division. In an audio message this evening by Mark Bareta, he says fighters have upgraded and no longer fight with local guns as shown by the military.
Chamberlin Ntou’ou Ndong; Senior Divisional Officer of Meme Division in the South West has called on fighters in the bushes to emulate a certain General Goddy Elangwe and lay down their arms. The SDO was speaking today in his office while receiving the repented fighter.
Antonio Conçeiçoa, head coach of the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon has called 37 players to camp ahead of two AFCON 2022 qualification matches this month against Rwanda and Cape Vert. Three home-based players; two intermediate and one under 20 have been called up. Goal keeper Andre Onana and Ambroise Oyongo Bitolo have not been invited.
The US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has urged Ethiopia to allow an international investigation into alleged atrocities in the northern region of Tigray. In a phone call with Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, Mr Blinken called for an immediate end to hostilities and the withdrawal of outside forces from Tigray, including Eritrean troops and Amhara regional security forces. Ethiopia last week criticised a US statement on the war, saying it was an internal matter.
A new study published in eBioMedicine, part of the medical journal The Lancet, has found that about 4% of people who had HIV in the Democratic Republic of Congo were naturally able to suppress the virus without taking medication. It has raised the hopes of finding better ways to control HIV, which disproportionally affects women in sub-Saharan Africa. A lead scientist, Dr Mary Rodgers, told the BBC the group was the biggest detected in one country.
The United Nations says suspected Islamists have attacked humanitarian facilities in north-eastern Nigeria. The UN said it was outraged that a hospital and the premises of several aid agencies had been set on fire or otherwise damaged. It said the attack would affect nearly 100,000 people who rely on humanitarian assistance
The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has accused the Ethiopian government of trying to intimidate journalists following the recent arrests of at least four reporters covering the conflict in the northern state of Tigray. The BBC’s Girmay Gebru was arrested on Monday and is reported to have been taken to a military camp. The CPJ said there was real concern for the safety of those being held with no access to their families or legal counsel.
Ghana has started a mass rollout of the 600,000 Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine doses it received last week.
The vaccination drive is taking place in 43 districts, mostly in southern Ghana where a high number of Covid-19 cases have been recorded. Priority is being given to frontline health workers, those with underlying health conditions and those aged over 60 years old. Pregnant women and children will not be vaccinated, as authorities say they do not yet have enough data on possible side effects for these groups.
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