Nigeria: 279 kidnapped Jangebe Schoolgirls freed, COVID-19: Ivory Coast launches vaccination drive | 5 Things That Should Matter Today

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Nigeria: 279 Kidnapped Jangebe Schoolgirls Freed

A number of the 317 female students abducted from a school in Nigeria’s Zamfara State have been freed – Premium Times reports

The girls were kidnapped from a government secondary school in Jangebe, Talata Mafara Local Government Area of Zamfara last Friday, 26th February. Yusuf Idris, media aide to the Governor, Bello Matawalle of Zamfara, confirmed the release of the girls this Tuesday Morning.

COVID-19: Ivory Coast launches vaccination drive

The first shots of COVID-19 vaccines from the COVAX programme were given to people in the Ivory Coast on Monday, 1st March – Africa News reports

The shots were first given to health workers, teachers and members of the armed forces at the Treichville Sports Palace in the commercial capital, Abidjan, where about 95% of the country’s cases have been recorded, according to the health ministry.

Zimbabwe VP resigns amidst scandal Kembo Mohadi

Zimbabwe’s Vice President, resigned Monday 1st March, in the face of sexual misconduct allegations, also apologising for tasks he “failed to do well” – News Central Africa reports

The allegations became rife after viral audio recordings of phone conversations allegedly of Mohadi soliciting sex from several women, including a subordinate in his office. The 71-year-old leader, in a letter posted on the information ministry’s Twitter account, said: “I am stepping down as the Vice President of the Republic of Zimbabwe…with immediate effect”.

Libya: Political process marred by bribes – UN report

No less than three members of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum have been accused of receiving bribes to elect Abdel Hamid Dbeibah as Prime Minister, according to a report by the United Nations expert panel on Libya – Africa News reports

According to reports, one of the delegates entrusted by the UN with electing a Prime Minister reportedly caused a scene at the lobby of a hotel in Tunis upon discovering that his colleagues had been offered close to half a million dollars in bribes, compared to only 200,000 dollars he was given.

COVID-19 Updates

As of March 1st, confirmed cases of Covid-19 from 55 African countries reached 3,897,307 – All Africa reports

Reported deaths in Africa reached 103,706  and 3,469,842  people have recovered. South Africa has the most reported cases – 1,513,393  – and 49,993  people died. Other most-affected countries are Morocco ( 483,654 ), Tunisia ( 233,277 ), Egypt ( 182,424 ), Ethiopia ( 159,072 ), and Nigeria ( 155,657 ).


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