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Alert: Plans are ongoing by some criminal gangs to sell fake COVID19 vaccines says INTERPOL

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As the world continues to await a cure for the novel Coronavirus, the International Criminal Police Organisation INTERPOL has alleged that some criminal minds have concluded plans to sell fake COVID19 vaccines to Nigeria and other countries in search for the treatment of the viral disease.

The need for a COVID19 vaccine has become more urgent globally and nationally with Nigeria recording over 67,000 COVID-19 infections and over 1,000 associated fatalities. The World Health Organisation has identified 49 “candidate vaccines” at the stage of clinical trials in humans by mid-November, up from 11 in mid-June.

In a statement released today December 2, INTERPOL’s Secretary-General, Jurgen Stock, said some criminals have started advertising and selling fake COVID-19 and flu vaccine online. 

In the statement titled, ‘INTERPOL warns of organized crime threat to COVID-19 vaccines’, Jurgen said

“As governments are preparing to roll out vaccines, criminal organisations are planning to infiltrate or disrupt supply chains. Criminal networks will also be targeting unsuspecting members of the public via fake websites and false cures, which could pose a significant risk to their health, even their lives.

It is essential that law enforcement is as prepared as possible for what will be an onslaught of all types of criminal activity linked to the COVID-19 vaccine, which is why INTERPOL has issued this global warning.”

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FCMB demotes Adam Nuru, appoints Yemisi Edun as acting Managing Director

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The First City Monument Bank (FCMB) has announced the appointment of Yemisi Edun as its acting managing director.

Edun takes over the running of the bank from the Managing Director, Adam Nuru, who on Tuesday, January 5, proceeded on leave amid allegations of marital infidelity involving him and former staff of the bank, Moyo Thomas. There are allegations that Moyo’s estranged husband, Tunde Thomas, 45, died on December 16, 2020, from a heart attack after battling with depression upon discovering that the two children from their marriage were allegedly fathered by Mr Nuru.

A statement from the bank announcing Edun’s appointment reads in part

“In line with normal corporate practice, Mrs Yemisi Edun is acting as the managing director of FCMB in the interim period while Mr Adam Nuru is on leave, and the Board conducts its review of the allegations.

She has not been appointed as the substantive Managing Director. As and when the Board completes its review of the allegations, we will provide an update.”

Edun has hitherto been the bank’s executive director, finance.

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Teacher fakes her own kidnap in Kwara to extort N250, 000 from her father

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The police in Kwara state have arrested a 24-year-old teacher, Medinat Ibrahim,  for allegedly faking her own kidnap just to extort N250, 000 from her father.

Medinat, who was paraded alongside two other suspects identified as Amudalat Wahab (30) and Hammed Lekan (28) said she committed the crime to raise money to settle a debt which accrued from the monthly contribution at the private school where she serves as a teacher.

She alleged she was maltreated by her stepmother who also caused friction between her and her father, adding that she decided to fake her own kidnap to get money to offset debts she incurred during COVID-19 lockdown.

I teach in a private school where I was paid N15,000. We organised monthly contribution which I collected and invested in a business, but when COVID-19 broke out, our salary was stopped, I could no longer continue with the contribution.

“Those who were in the group continued to mount pressure on me to pay up my own contribution and there is nowhere that I could get the money. So I decided to go and hide in my sister’s place and I told someone to call my father on phone that I was kidnapped and demanded a ransom of N250,000 which was paid to my friend’s account.” she said

Parading her before newsmen, the state Commissioner of Police, Muhammed Bagega, said Medinat conspired with her elder sister, Amudalat Wahab, and one Hammed Lekan to arrange her kindap and they have both been arrested as well.

The CP said a bank account, belonging to one Hammed Lekan, was used to cash the N250,000.

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731 Batch B NYSC members test positive for COVID-19 – Presidential Task Force

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The Chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, says 731 members of Batch B National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) have tested positive for COVID19.

Mustapha disclosed this at the national briefing on COVID19 in Abuja on Tuesday, January 5.

According to Mustapha, the PTF had conducted the testing of batch B corps members using RDTs. Out of the 35,419 in Batch B, 731 tested positive compared to the 108 recorded in Batch A.

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“It is on record that cases were recorded from corps members from every state of the federation. There is also a rising rate of infections among healthcare workers and this calls for the escalation of surveillance.

In Africa, Nigeria has joined South Africa in reporting the highest daily infection cases.

As at date, the statistics for Nigeria shows the following: Cumulative cases: 91,351; Cumulative Tests: 958,911; Deaths: 1,318 and Week 53 recorded 57 deaths which is the highest for any single week since we started”

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