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Ex-Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, Buried In Cairo

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Egypt’s first democratically elected president, Mohammed Morsi, has been laid to rest earlier today after collapsing yesterday during a court session.

Naija News learnt that the Islamist leader died after a dramatic collapse inside a glass cage of a Cairo courtroom.

Morsi’s family attended funeral prayers in the mosque of Cairo’s Tora prison, followed by the burial at a cemetery in the Egyptian capital’s eastern district of Nasr City, said Abdul-Moneim Abdel-Maqsoud, a member of Morsi’s defence team.

Morsi’s son Ahmed said security agencies refused to allow Morsi to be buried at the family’s cemetery in his hometown in Sharqia province, and instead had him interred at a Cairo cemetery dedicated to prominent Islamists.

Morsi, 67, hailed from Egypt’s largest Islamist group, the now outlawed Muslim Brotherhood and was elected president in 2012 in the country’s first free elections following the ouster the year before of longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak.

Morsi, also the country’s first civilian president, had appeared “animated” during a hearing in a retrial over charges of collaborating with foreign powers and militant groups, judicial and security sources said.

“The court granted him his request to speak for five minutes… He fell to the ground in the cage… and was transported immediately to the hospital. A medical report found… no pulse or breathing,” said the attorney general’s office.

“He arrived at the hospital dead at 4:50 pm exactly and there were no new, visible injuries found on the body.”
Another of Morsi’s legal defence team described the moment he received news of his death.

“We heard the banging on the glass cage from the rest of the other inmates and them screaming loudly that Morsi had died,” the lawyer, Osama El Helw, told AFP.

Since Morsi’s overthrow on July 3, 2013, his former defence minister, now President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, has waged an ongoing crackdown that has seen thousands of Muslim Brotherhood supporters jailed and hundreds facing death sentences. Morsi’s turbulent rule was marked by deep divisions in Egyptian society, a crippling economic crisis and often-deadly opposition protests.

His death comes days before Egypt hosts the Africa Cup of Nations football tournament, starting Friday.

Authorities have been on high alert, announcing on Facebook Wednesday that thousands of forces would be deployed to secure venues.

Source: Naija News

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Ghana Receives World’s First Doses Of Free COVAX Vaccines

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Ghana on Wednesday became the first country to receive vaccines from COVAX, a global scheme to procure and distribute Covid inoculations for free for poorer countries.

The 600,000 doses delivered to Ghana are the Oxford/AstraZeneca formula, made under license by the world’s largest vaccine manufacturer, the Serum Institute of India.

They are part of an initial tranche of deliveries headed to several low and middle-income countries.

An Emirates flight carrying the vaccines touched down at Accra’s Kotoka International Airport shortly after 0740 GMT, where a government delegation led by the Minister for Health Designate Kwaku Agyeman Manu received them, in images broadcast on television.

Ghana’s food and drug authority has already authorised the use of the Indian-made vaccines as well as Russia’s Sputnik V, according to local media.

The West African nation has recorded 80,759 Covid-19 cases and 582 deaths since the start of the pandemic, although the true figure is believed to be higher because of lack of testing.

Vaccinations are scheduled to start on Tuesday in Accra, Kumasi, and Obuasi.

They will begin with health workers and other frontline staff, adults over 60, and people with underlying health conditions, Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah said.

The first who will get the vaccines also include “frontline executive, legislature, judiciary, and their related staff, frontline security personnel, some religious leaders, essential workers, teachers, and other personalities,” he said.

The government said it was making “frantic efforts” to acquire enough vaccines to inoculate all of Ghana’s 30 million people and urged people to take part in the drive.

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West Africa Is In The Throes Of An Ebola Outbreak In Guinea

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Authorities in Liberia, Mali, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Ivory Coast, and Guinea-Bissau are warning of an Ebola outbreak after three people died as a result of the disease in neighboring Guinea.

Liberian President George Weah has ordered his country’s authorities to step up security.

A statement from his office said: “The government is taking all necessary steps to ensure the safety of our citizens.”

Sierra Leonean President Julius Maada Bio has instructed his country’s health ministry to “take strict measures to prevent the disease from entering the country and to take measures to protect the lives of Sierra Leoneans”.

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa between 2013 and 2016 – which first broke out in Guinea and killed at least 11,000 people.

The Democratic Republic of Congo is currently experiencing the 12th outbreak of the disease. Four cases have been reported in the east of the country so far.

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168 Lawmakers, Officials Tests Positive For COVID-19 In Ghana

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No fewer than one hundred and sixty-eight Ghanaian lawmakers have reportedly tested positive for the dreaded COVID-19 disease.

Reports reaching Naija News confirmed that the country’s parliament was shut down on Tuesday, February 9 and will remain closed for at least three weeks as a result of the discovery.

Confirming the report, the speaker of the house, Alban Bagbin, said members of the assembly and parliamentary staff were affected with the novel virus, hence the legislature will be in recess until March 2 to make way for “disinfection and sanitisation of the premises.”

The lawmaker revealed that at least 17 members of parliament and 151 supporting staff were infected with the killer virus.

“I have, in consultation with leadership, decided that sitting of the House be adjourned for three weeks,” the speaker announced.

Naija News understands that Ghana has so far recorded a total of 73,003 cases of the COVID-19 pandemic with 482 deaths and 65,000 recoveries.

Meanwhile, South African Mobile Telecommunication Company, MTN Group has reportedly supported the African Union (AU) with a donation of $25 million towards the purchase of millions of doses of COVID-19 vaccines.
Naija News learnt that the telecommunication company had doled out the huge sum since January 2021.

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