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East Africa:Huawei’s Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro First Smartphones With Kirin Ai Processor

As we enter the age of intelligence, AI is no longer a virtual concept but something that intertwines with our daily life. AI can enhance user experience, provide valuable services and improve product performance.

This was said by Richard Yu, CEO, Huawei Consumer Business Group in Munich Germany as he unveiled HUAWEI Mate 10 Series, a smartphone that the company says will open the door to new AI mobile applications.

The HUAWEI Mate 10, HUAWEI Mate 10 Pro, and Porsche Design HUAWEI Mate 10 are breakthrough AI devices that combine innovative hardware, the Kirin 970 chipset and EMUI 8.0.

The HUAWEI Mate 10 Series will continue its legacy of superior product performance and long-lasting battery life, while integrating New Leica Dual Camera technology.

“The HUAWEI Mate 10 Series introduces the first mobile AI-specific Neural Network Processing Unit, launching a new era of intelligent smartphones,” added Mr. Yu.

The HUAWEI Mate 10 and HUAWEI Mate 10 Pro are the first devices powered by the new Kirin 970 processor and deliver AI enhancements for a faster, more customized mobile experience.

The Kirin 970 is built using an advanced TSMC 10nm semiconductor manufacturing process, and features an octa-core ARM Cortex CPU, a first-to-market Mali-G72 12-core GPU and the first NPU designed specifically for a mobile device. The Kirin 970 also has a new dual ISP for AI-powered intelligent photography.

The specialized NPU, combined with Huawei’s innovative HiAI mobile computing platform, means the Kirin 970 delivers 25x better performance and 50x greater energy efficiency for AI-related tasks, compared to four Cortex-A73 cores.¹ The HUAWEI Mate 10 Series is also the world’s fastest smartphone supporting super-fast LTE connectivity and download speeds. The device comes with the world’s first dual 4G SIM support and dual VoLTE connections.

By combining individual and collective intelligence for on-device AI, the new HUAWEI Mate Series delivers real-time responses to users, including AI-powered Real-Time Scene and Object Recognition and an AI Accelerated Translator. Kirin 970 is an open, mobile AI computing platform for third parties to create new and imaginative AI applications and which extends Huawei’s processing capabilities to the entire value chain.

Design Qualities for New Levels of Sophistication and Comfort

With an all-new HUAWEI FullView Display, the HUAWEI Mate 10 features a stunning 5.9-inch screen with a 16:9 display, barely-there-bezel and HDR10 to support vivid colors. The 6-inch HUAWEI Mate 10 Pro features an 18:9 OLED display, high screen-to-body ratio and HDR10 for dynamic video viewing.

The iconic devices feature a 3D Glass Body, beautifully and symmetrically curved on all four sides for an ergonomic hold. The back of the devices feature a reflective band design to highlight the New Leica Dual Camera.

The HUAWEI Mate 10 Pro is also IP67 Water and Dust Resistant.

New Leica Dual Camera and AI-powered Battery Management for the Next Era of Smartphone Use

Huawei has again partnered with Leica to co-engineer the dual-lens camera for the HUAWEI Mate 10 and HUAWEI Mate 10 Pro. They combine 12-megapixel RGB + 20-megapixel monochrome sensors, Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), dual lenses with the world’s largest aperture of f/1.6, AI-powered Bokeh Effect and AI-powered Digital Zoom. New AI-powered Real-Time Scene and Object Recognition, which automatically chooses camera settings based on the object and scene, supports an advanced AI-powered Digital Zoom function with AI Motion Detection for clearer and sharper pictures.

The HUAWEI Mate 10 and HUAWEI Mate 10 Pro pack a 4000 mAh high-density battery featuring a smart battery management system that understands user behavior and intelligently allocates resources to maximize battery life. It supports 4.5V / 5A low-voltage fast charging, powering the device from 1 percent to 20 percent in 10 minutes, and from 1 percent to 58 percent in 30 minutes. Additionally, HUAWEI SuperCharge is the world’s first fast charging technology to receive TÜV Fast-Charge Safety Certification, ensuring safe end-to-end charging.

The HUAWEI Mate 10 and HUAWEI Mate 10 Pro will launch with Huawei’s all-new EMUI 8.0 powered by Android 8.0. Features include an AI Engine to fully leverage the capabilities of the Kirin 970; an AI Accelerated translator to deliver faster and more accurate interactive translation for a smoother communication experience; an easy projection feature to connect the new Huawei Mate Series to a larger screen; support for a full desktop experience – either mirroring or extending the smartphone display like a PC.

Huawei also launched three HUAWEI Mate 10 accessories: the EnVizion 360 Camera, SuperCharge Power Bank, and Smart Scale.

The EnVizion 360 Camera can shoot 5K photos and 360-degree 2K videos with multiple viewing modes for users to share across their social media channels. Huawei’s SuperCharge Power Bank supports a 4.5V / 5A low-voltage fast charge and The Smart Scale can monitor and analyze health information such as body fat percentage and Body Mass Index through a mobile app.

Pricing and Availability

The new HUAWEI Mate 10 will be available starting in late October in more than 15 countries and regions including Spain, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Singapore and Australia. The HUAWEI Mate 10 Pro will be available beginning in mid-November in more than two dozen countries, including Germany, France, Italy, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand. The Porsche Design HUAWEI Mate 10 will also be available starting in mid-November.

10 will retail for 699 Euros (Ksh 84,887) while the HUAWEI Mate 10 Pro will retail for 799 Euros (Ksh 97031.80)and Porsche Design HUAWEI Mate 10 will retail for 1395 euros (Ksh 169,410.96).

Nigeria:Killer Grains – Govt, IITA Introduce Non-chemical Storage Bags

Photo: Vanguard

old grain reserve bags (file photo).

By Chris Ochayi

Abuja — The incidence of cases of food poisoning due to chemical storage of grains in Nigeria would now become a thing of the past as farmers in the country have been introduced to sophisticated nonchemical crops storage bags to preserve grains.

The technology known as Purdue Improved Crop Storage, PICS, bags has put an end to occurrence of wrong application of chemicals in storage of grains, resulting in food poising like “killer beans” and other chemical related preserving method, which have caused a lot of death and harms to many people in the country.

The Purdue Improved Crop Storage, PICS, system was developed by Larry L. Murdock, professor of entomology in the Purdue College of agriculture, and scientists in Cameroon. The research was funded by a USAID program and supported by Purdue’s International Programs in Agriculture.

The crop storage system was licensed to Kano-based Lela Agro Industries Nigeria Ltd.

In order to make good use of the technology, the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, IITA, has organised training for farmers, traders and other stakeholders in Abuja.

Speaking during the training, the Coordinator of Purdue Improved Crop Storage, PICS, project, Abdoulaye Tahirou, said effective use of technology like the PICS bags can allow farmers to earn more profits as they are able to sell when the market is favourable.

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Tahirou added the PICS bags technology is a simple and easy to use approach that uses special airtight plastic bags to preserve grains in storage.He explained “The essence of this training we are doing today is a gathering of agro dealers who across the country are selling the bags but we want to empower them. When people come to buy the PICS bags from them, they are not just selling them the bags but they are able to provide them with the right information on how to use these bags.”These bags have a specific way of using them that would make them effective. You have to use them in such a situation such that air does not penetrate inside that is the technique that allows the bag to work.”We also empower those agro dealers in terms of teaching them some simple marketing tools that they can use in order for them to sell more of these bags.”On the specific crops the bag should be used to store, he said, “These bags originally when they were designed, they were designed for storage of cowpeas. When we started promoting them for cowpeas, we noticed that farmers were using them for other crops and they keep asking us, can it work for maize, can it work for sorghum, we didn’t have the answer.”So we designed a second project where a research was conducted and we were able to validate through research that yes the same bags that were used to in protecting cowpeas can be used to protect maize, rice, sorghum, millet, most of the grain crops that are not full of oil can be used in these bags. In addition, a lot dry vegetables are also be stored inside these bags.He recalled that, “The use of those chemicals especially bad chemicals that are intended for protecting crops in the field they use it for storage. And when people use chemicals to store, they don’t wait for the period that they should wait before eating it and that is what causes all those problems of killer beans and so on and so forth.”And that is what are pushing for so that people should know that it is not magic; all you need to do is make sure you put your crops in that container and don’t allow nay air to come in and without air the insect cannot survive and if they cannot survive they will not eat your crop, it is as simple as that.He said response from farmers using these bags is quite encouraging. In almost all the villages where we have been or where we have done the demonstration, the first thing is surprise, it is really possible to store without using any chemicals and we tell them yes it is possible but all we want from you is that you try it and when people try it, then the response is very enthusiastic.On affordability, Tahirou said the bag is very affordable, it is cost effective. The bags are being sold in Nigeria now at different prices but I think factory rate is 450 and I don’t know what they are selling at the retail points. But I can tell you that farmers are really finding it affordable because they are buying it.”I won’t say it is cheap but it is affordable because it is effective because if you look at the benefits it gives compared to the cost you have to pay. Some farmers find it so valuable that they don’t even sell their crops with it, they just use it to store and when they are ready to sell, they put it in another container and sell it.”

Kakamega Senator Malala Charged Over Poll Boycott Call

By Shaban Makokha

Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala was on Wednesday charged with incitement.

The Senator was accused of inciting his supporters on October 13 to boycott the October 26 repeat presidential election during a political rally in Kakamega town.

He is alleged to have dared anyone to take ballot boxes to Muliro Gardens.

The charge read that the words were meant to disrupt the October 26 repeat polls in Kakamega.

Mr Malala, who was represented by Lawyer David Masake denied the charges and was released on cash bail of Sh300,000.

Mr Masake accused police of ignoring orders issued by the High Court, prohibiting his arrest.

“My client was enjoying miscellaneous application from the superior court and showed goodwill by presenting himself to police in the morning, but the police detained him for hours irrespective of the orders,” said Mr Masaka.

Present in court during the case was Lurambi MP Titus Khamala and Vihiga Woman Representative Beatrice Adagala.

The case will be heard on January 16 next year.


Election Boss Reads Riot Act to President and Opposition Leader

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Chebukati Asks Staff Adversely Mentioned in Bungled August Poll to Quit

By Jeremiah Wakaya

Nairobi — The Chairperson of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), Wafula Chebukati, now wants Secretariat staff blamed for bungling the August 8 presidential election to step aside.

Chebukati who made his first address after the resignation of Commissioner Roselyn Akombe said a seven-member project team he appointed to oversee next week’s fresh presidential election must be allowed to work without interference.

“I am convinced that without critical changes in key Secretariat staff we may not have a free, fair and credible election. I ask the staff who have been adversely mentioned to step aside and allow the project team to function without interference,” he told a press conference on Wednesday.

Chebukati noted with concern failed attempts to persuade a majority of the Commissioners to adopt critical changes before next week’s repeat presidential election, attempts he said were defeated by the majority.

“Under such conditions, it is difficult to guarantee free fair and credible elections,” Chebukati warned.

He said the project team, under the leadership of Deputy CEO Hussein Marjan, had undertaken critical preparations for next week’s election.

The IEBC Chairperson was particular that the Marjan-led team consisting of Alert Gogo (Election Technology Coordinator), Sydney Namulungu (National Tallying Centre), David Towett (Head of Operations), Tabitha Mutemi (Communication and Outreach), Salome Oyugi (Legal and Compliance) and Agatha Wahome (Finance, Procurement, and Administration) must take charge of the October 26 repeat election.

He urged other IEBC officials to put aside their political persuasions for the good of the nation noting the implications another contested election could have on the stability of the country.

“As a lawyer, I cannot continue to be pushed by majority Commissioners to accept legal opinions that serve partisan interests and are not grounded in the Constitution or the law. In the least, this is intellectual dishonesty for which my professional training demands that I abhor,” Chebukati warned.

He also cautioned parties contesting the fresh election – in particular, President Uhuru Kenyatta (Jubilee Party) and National Super Alliance’s (NASA) Raila Odinga – of stern action should they continue to interfere with the work of the commission.

Chebukati vowed to viciously protect his legacy and the independence of the commission saying “I would rather bow out with my name intact and my head lifted high than to be part of a process where personal interests dwarf the interest of the nation”.

“My actions will become my legacy and the reference point not only for my life but of my family,” the head of the poll agency affirmed pledging not to sacrifice his legacy for short-term gains.

The concerns raised by Chebukati mirrored so closely reasons cited by Commissioner Akombe in her resignation statement sent from New York where she is self-exiled for among other things, the fear for her life.

“It has become increasingly difficult to continue attending plenary meetings where Commissioners come ready to vote along partisan lines and not to discuss the merit of issues before them,” Akombe stated in the statement dated October 17.

“It has become increasingly difficult to appear on television to defend positions I disagree with in the name of collective responsibility,” she argued.

Akombe also made reference to anti-IEBC protests which have made it difficult for the commission to hold training sessions for its staff in readiness for the fresh election, even as the threat to their lives became more imminent by the day.

NASA had among other things demanded the resignation of IEBC CEO Ezra Chiloba and other officials of the poll body, the failure of which led to Odinga’s withdrawal from the fresh election.

Grandpa Records Boss Refigah Gets Married, Again

By Mwende Kasujja

Grandpa Records CEO Refigah has wedded his second wife Yasmin Yussuf.

Refigah who wedded his first wife Mahandia Omar in 2014 in a lavish Sh3.5 million wedding held his second Nikkah ceremony whose video was shared online.

Refigah and Mahandia in 2016 welcomed their baby boy Sultan and during his first birthday this year, the father revealed how the pregnancy was marred by a lot of complications.

The bride Yasmin slayed in her gold themed ceremony that was attended by family and friends.

Refigah shared photos of the ceremony that was attended by among others NTV’s Rashid Abdalla on his page.


Election Boss Reads Riot Act to President and Opposition Leader

Electoral commission chief Wafula Chebukati on Wednesday cast doubts on the possibility of holding credible elections… Read more »

Kenya:Netizens Can’t Get Enough of Jimi Wanjigi’s Wife

By Naira Habib

A rare public appearance of city businessman Jimi Wanjigi’s wife, who stood by him during a press briefing at his house in Muthaiga on Wednesday morning, has stirred up social media.

The businessman on Wednesday broke his silence on the 72 hour police siege at his home pointing an accusing finger at the Jubilee government for persecuting him for his “unwavering support” for Nasa presidential candidate Raila Odinga.

He also narrated to how the police assaulted his wife, Irene Nzisa, as she attempted to record the destruction of their home.

However, what captured the eyes of netizens was the businessman’s wife who stood next to him while addressing the press.

Ms Nzisa public show of affection to her husband did not go unnoticed as she held him possessively with both hands.

Here are some of the reactions from Kenyans on Twitter:

A strong and loving wife maketh a man. #akomberesigns Baba Jimmy wanjigi

— Dunia Wiki Hii (@dunia_411) October 18, 2017

Everything about Jimmy Wanjigi is billionaire.

See how young and happy his father is.

See his wife, oh haleluya.👐

— Nyamwari Misati (@geomisati) October 18, 2017

All eyes are on the Mrs Wanjigi! Kumbe Jimmy Wanjigi has a beautiful wife! Hehe

— Mr waddis The Brand (@kipronoenock) October 18, 2017

If Jimmy Wanjigi want us to believe him he needs to buy Le wife a poker face

Wanjigi: my wife has not stopped crying


— 🌼 (@CherryBlo5Som) October 18, 2017

Jimmy Wanjigi’s wife though… … A perfect definition of making great choices.The man has everything.Except a country

— Ben (@antonybenard254) October 18, 2017

Someone hold me like Jimmy Wanjigi’s wife lol

— Nkiro (@Nkirdizzle) October 18, 2017


Election Boss Reads Riot Act to President and Opposition Leader

Electoral commission chief Wafula Chebukati on Wednesday cast doubts on the possibility of holding credible elections… Read more »

State Loses Court Fight to Arrest Odinga Financier

By Maureen Kakah

The High Court has granted businessman Jimi Wanjigi further reprieve in his battle against the government.

The court, which on Tuesday stopped his arrest over alleged gun find in his home, has extended its orders.


Justice Enoch Chacha Mwita on Thursday also declined to set aside the Sh50, 000 anticipatory bail granted Mr Wanjigi.

Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko had asked the court to review the bail terms.

“I see no reason to vary the bond terms since the sued parties have filed responses to this case to enable me make a ruling, orders earlier granted are hereby extended,” said Justice Mwita.

State lawyer Victor Mule told court that Mr Tobiko and Inspector-General of Police Joseph Boinnet had no objection to the granting of anticipatory bail.

But he argued that the same has to be varied considering the seriousness of the nature of the offense being investigated.


Without disclosing the offence Mr Wanjigi is being investigated for, he claimed that the bond terms should be strict in such circumstances.

The case will be coming up for hearing on December 8.

Mr Wanjigi went to the High Court after police laid siege on his Muthaiga home for over 72 hours.

They raided and broke into the house for what Government Spokesman Erick Kiraithe said was in the “interest of national security”.

Police said they found guns in Mr Wanjigi’s Muthaiga home but the businessman argued that they are all licensed.


Election Boss Reads Riot Act to President and Opposition Leader

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Mozambique:Leasing Ports to Minister’s Brother Was Improper

Renewal of leases on Quelimane and Beira ports to Cornelder was improper because of possible conflict of interest, according to the attorney-general’s office, which has demanded they be annulled.

Cornelder Mozambique is largely owned by the Dutch company Cornelder and the state railway company CFM. It has links to former President Armando Guebuza, who was earlier transport
minister. Carlos Mesquita was chair and managing director, He is a close confidante of the current president, Filipe Nyusi, who named him as transport minister. Carlos passed his role to his brother,
Adelino Mesquita, who was killed in an air crash in March 2017.

Cornelder Mozambique won the contract to manage Beira port in 1998 and the much smaller Quelimane port in 2004. The leases were renewed in 2016 and signed by Carlos Mesquita as minister, which, the attorney general argues, violated the Law on Public Probity.


Rio Tinto Charged With Fraud Over U.S.$3.7 Billion Deal

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Tanzania:Reps Enlightened On Cyber Crime Act

By Abdallah Msuya

Zanzibar — MEMBERS of the Zanzibar House of Representatives have been advised to follow proper procedures when using social media and internet, particularly avoiding emotion and offensive statements.

The advice was given by officers from the Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) during the legislators’ seminar on ‘the Cyber Crime Act 2015’, of which lawmakers were educated about the law before its application extends to the Islands.

Zanzibar lawmakers learned about the law, why it was introduced, its challenges in implementation in the Mainland, differences between types of crimes under the law, and ethical behaviour even when online or social media.

“You are expected to observe ethics, even when you are attacked, do not respond using offensive language because you may also be committing a crime,” said Dr Philip Filikunjombe, a Senior Legal Officer at Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority.

Gracing the seminar, the Speaker of the House, Mr Zubeir Ali Maulid, told legislators that they need to understand the Cyber Crime Act and communicate the message to their respective electorates to minimize offences committed when using the fast growing online and social media.

The term cyber crime refers to a variety of crimes carried out online, using the internet through computers, laptops, tablets, internet-enabled televisions, game consoles and smart phones.

‘Tanzania’s Cyber crimes Act 2015’ makes provisions for criminalising offences related to computer systems and Information Communication Technologies; provides for investigation, collection and use of electronic evidence.

The law already being enforced in Tanzania Mainland is not fully operational in Zanzibar and the lawmakers here often push for the Act to be extended to Zanzibar so that criminals in the islands can be arrested and charged.


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Nigeria:Monkey Pox – Army Not Dispensing Vaccines – Govt

By Johnbosco Agbakwuru and Chioma Onuegbu

The Federal Government, yesterday, exonerated the military from allegations of vaccination and injection of monkey pox virus on citizens in the South-East and South-South regions of the country.

The Federal Government also announced at yesterday’s Federal Executive Council, FEC, meeting, that there were 74 suspected cases of monkey pox across 11 states of the federation, stressing that the only confirmed cases were those recorded in Bayelsa State.

Government’s statement came on a day Nigerian Army Headquarters, 2 Brigade, Akwa Ibom State and the state police command advised parents not to panic over rumour of killer vaccines, which had been making the rounds in some parts of the country, especially the South-East and South-South.

The clarifications came against the backdrop of the panic that had hit states in the South-East, South-South and Ondo State, which culminated in parents withdrawing their children and wards from schools.

Briefing State House correspondents after the FEC meeting, Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole said the military is not involved in any vaccination as being rumoured, adding that the government had embarked on an advance test at the African Centre of Excellence for Genomics and Infectious Disease to really understand the genomes of the monkey pox virus.

He said: “Council received an update on the state of public health of the nation. We informed Council about the latest development, with respect to the Monkey Pox virus outbreak. So far, there are 74 suspected cases in 11 states of the country.

“We have confirmed three in Bayelsa State, and 12 of the suspected cases in Bayelsa tested negative; four suspected cases from Lagos tested negative. We are still expecting results of the other ones.

“We are also doing advance test at the African Centre of Excellence for Genomics and Infectious Disease to really understand the genomes of this virus. Even when they are negative, the laboratory attendants should be able to tell us what exactly they are.

“We will also be able to locate and identify the origin so that we can take adequate precautions.”

Military not vaccinating against monkey pox

On allegations of vaccination by the military, he said: “It is also important to use this opportunity to dispel rumours circulating in the country that the military is vaccinating people and trying to spread monkey pox virus across the country.

“The military is not involved in any vaccination and I must also really educate the Nigeria people about how vaccination campaigns are done. The Federal Government will take the lead but we do not conduct campaigns without working with states.

“So, there is no way we will do campaigns without working with the states and it is the states that will be in front and we provide support. The rumour that the Federal Government is doing (monkey pox) vaccination campaign is not true. And as of today, we are only doing vaccination campaign in three states.

“We are doing vaccination campaign against yellow fever in Kwara and Kogi states because of yellow fever outbreak in some parts of the country. We are also doing cholera vaccination in Borno State.

“So anybody carrying the rumour, please help us educate Nigerians that it is not true, we are not vaccinating anybody, we plan to do measles campaign very soon and we will also do yellow fever before the end of the year and we will let you know.

“You will never find federal staff conducting vaccination campaign without the support and active participation of the state ministry of health. This is just to correct the misconception.

What the military is doing

“With respect to what the military is doing, I spoke about vaccination and not about military campaign. The military as part of a campaign of winning over the heart and soul of the people will get engaged in several things.

“In the past, the military was noted for even constructing roads; the military will do outreaches, measure blood pressure, talk to people, these are normal things.

“I referred only to vaccination. We had to request for the assistance of the military in Borno State to reach inaccessible areas, with respect to the polio campaign, so we have worked with the military in the past and we will continue to work with them.

“There are doctors in the military, there are nurses and when you go abroad, some of the best institutions abroad are those managed by the military. So we cannot disown the military. But what I want to put across is that the military is not involved in any vaccination.”

Illegal cartel of kidney traffickers

The Health Minister also advised Nigerians to seek medical advice from only accredited institutions so as not to fall victim of harvest of organs.

He said his ministry receives advice periodically from the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation and the National Security Adviser about goings on around the world, “one of which is the harvest of organs illegally and it is our duty to alert Nigerians that this is ongoing. They should be careful, they should seek advice, they should patronize only accredited institutions.

“As we rebuild our health infrastructure, there will be less need for anybody to travel out and so we spare Nigerians the agony of falling victims of some of these illegal practices”, he said.

Commenting on growing drug abuse among the youth, Professor Adewole said the Federal Government is aware of the ugly trend and that it is taking several steps, including on abuse of substances smuggled into the country in higher doses than normal.

He said: “For example, we have metadol and tramadol and even Viagra being smuggled into the country. Look at the dosage, the Viagra dosage is three times normal and when you look at tramadol it is three to four times normal and once NAFDAC officials come in contact, they are impounded and destroyed.

“We are also working with the Pharmaceutical Council of Nigeria to educate people about the abuses. We are aware of the abuse of cough mixtures because of the content and we are working hard in respect of this.”

No killer vaccines in Akwa Ibom –Army, Police

Meanwhile, Headquarters of Nigerian Army, 2 Brigade, Akwa Ibom State, and the state police command have advised parents not to panic over rumours of killer vaccines, saying there is no truth in the rumour making the round that the Army was injecting pupils with Monkey pox virus.

There was pandemonium, yesterday, in primary schools in Oron Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State, that some military officers had arrived some schools in the state with a motive to depopulate the region through injecting people with Monkey pox virus.

Parents who had earlier dropped their wards in schools, particularly in Oron, Eket and Uyo metropolis, rushed back to withdraw them as a result of the rumour.

But speaking in a telephone interview, yesterday, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Bala Elkana, said when policemen visited the schools including those along Oron Road, Uyo, the head teachers explained that they were surprised to see parents coming to pick their wards.

According to Elkana the head teachers also said no pupil was vaccinated in their schools.

Also in a press statement by the Public Relations Officer of Headquarters, 2 Brigade Nigerian Army, Uyo, Major Umar Shuaib, the Army corroborated police statement that the Army is not vaccinating school children as rumoured.

The statement read: “The attention of Headquarters 2 Brigade Nigerian Army has been drawn to some rumours making the rounds that some Nigerian Army personnel are going round schools in Akwa Ibom State dressed in military camouflage uniforms with the intention to forcibly vaccinate students with an unknown substance.

“The callous and unpatriotic rumours spread by these enemies of state are, to say the least, despicable, deplorable and highly condemnable as they are intended to cause pandemonium among the general public.”

“The authorities of 2 Brigade, Nigerian Army, wishes to inform the general public that the Brigade is currently involved in Operation CROCODILE SMILE II, which is yielding tremendous successes, especially in curbing the excesses and activities of criminals, cultists and other miscreants in Akwa Ibom State which is being applauded by the affected communities.

“For emphasis, therefore, the 2 Brigade Nigerian Army does not and will never carry out its medical outreaches or vaccination for that matter in schools. We, therefore, wish to inform the public that the ongoing rumours about Nigerian Army personnel in military camouflage going round schools in any part of Akwa Ibom State to forcibly immunize school children is false and should, therefore, be disregarded.

“Additionally, members of the public are please requested to call the following GSM numbers 07032032944 and 08034245894 to report any case of imposter(s) that may be seen actually trying to commit such atrocity.”

However, the state Commissioner of Education, Mr. Paul Udofia, who responded on phone confirmed the withdrawal of children from schools by parents even as he dismissed the rumour as “discouraging and calculated to cause confusion in the state.”

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