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Chad’s President Idriss Déby Dies After Soldier Clash With Rebels

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Idriss Déby, who ruled with an iron fist for three decades and had just secured his sixth term in office, was considered by the West a linchpin in the fight against Islamist extremism in central Africa.

President Idriss Déby of Chad died of wounds sustained in clashes between insurgents and government soldiers, the country’s armed forces said on Tuesday, one day after he had claimed victory in his re-election campaign.

According to the New York Times, It was reported that a spokesman appeared on state television to inform the nation that Mr. Déby, who became feared by his own people over three decades of iron-fisted rule in Chad, was dead.

Mr. Déby had enjoyed the support of France and the United States because his military forces were seen as key to battling Islamist extremism in the central Sahel region. His contribution to the fight against groups like Boko Haram in neighboring Nigeria was viewed as critical in the broader effort to combat terrorism. He, therefore, received robust Western support despite accusations of human rights violations and crackdowns on the opposition during his rule.

There were many questions surrounding Mr. Déby’s death, including how exactly he was killed and what he was doing visiting an area where conflict was raging, if indeed he was.

The late president’s son, Mahamat Idriss Déby, will take over as the head of a new transitional military council that will rule for 18 months before new elections are held, the spokesman said. The government and national assembly were suspended, borders closed and a two-week mourning period announced.

The news was relayed to the country by a man who was identified as a spokesman for a transitional military council, Gen. Azem Bermandoa.

“​The president of the republic, head of state, supreme chief of the army, Idriss Déby Itno, just drew his last breath while defending the nation’s integrity on the battlefield,” the spokesman, surrounded by soldiers and wearing a red beret and army fatigues, said in the broadcast.

On the same day as the presidential election, April 11, rebels crossed the northern border from Libya. Mr. Déby, 68, had been on the front lines in the north of the central African country, directing the fight against the rebel incursion, according to his campaign director, Mahamat Zen Bada.

Those rebels, from a group called the Front for Change and Concord in Chad, moved southward in several columns and claimed to have “liberated” a province of the country last week.

They reportedly beat a retreat to the north on Monday night, after reports of heavy losses on both rebel and government sides. But for the roughly 1.5 million residents of Ndjamena, the capital, solid information was hard to come by, with rumors spreading furiously.

Late into the night, gunshots rang out across the capital, though it was unclear why. Some residents theorized that the military had been celebrating victory after the rebels had fallen back.

Mr. Déby had been scheduled to give a victory speech on Monday to celebrate winning his sixth term in office, but his campaign director said that he had instead visited Chadian soldiers battling insurgents advancing on Ndjamena.

“The candidate would have liked to have been here to celebrate,” Mr. Zen Bada, the campaign director, had said, according to local news reports. “But right now, he is alongside our valiant defense and security forces to fight the terrorists threatening our territory.”

Over the three decades, since Mr. Déby seized power, he faced a number of challenges to his rule. Rebels reached the capital in 2006 and 2008. The president’s forces fought them off, with the “discreet” support of France, according to academics focused on Chad.

But in 2019, when Chad asked the French force in the Sahel for help in dealing with another incursion, Paris was less discreet about the support and obliged by launching a series of airstrikes on the rebels.

Jean-Yves Le Drian, the French foreign minister, told Parliament at the time, “France intervened militarily to prevent a coup d’état.”

Mr. Déby was re-elected largely on the promise of restoring peace and security to a country gripped by years of violence instigated by insurgent groups. Tensions rose in the days before the latest elections, but officials had urged calm.

On Monday, security forces and armored vehicles were posted to Ndjamena’s streets, prompting residents of the capital to fill up their tanks with gas, pick up their children early from school and hunker down at home. Chad’s communications minister had called for calm and wrote on Twitter on Monday that the presence of the security personnel had been “misinterpreted.”

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Ministry of Primary Education of the Republic of Cameroon Will Receive 1 mln Licenses of Russian MyOffice Software

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The Russian developer of office software for joint work on documents and communications announced that a memorandum has been signed with the Ministry of Primary Education of the Republic of Cameroon for the supply of 1 million licenses of MyOffice software to all schools around the country over a period of 10 years.

The signing ceremony took place in Yaoundé, the capital of Cameroon, with the direct support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia, represented by Mr. Anatoliy Gennadyevich Bashkin, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation in the Republic of Cameroon.

The memorandum was signed by Mr. Laurent Serge Etoundi Ngoa, Minister of Primary Education of the Republic of Cameroon, and Mr. Jafar Hilali, founder and managing partner of Carousel Finance SA, a master partner for distribution of MyOffice in African countries. The signed memorandum provides for collaboration in the form of a public-private partnership, under which Carousel Finance SA is to supply 1 million MyOffice licences to primary and secondary schools in the Republic of Cameroon over a period of 10 years, and the educational institutions will receive MyOffice software free of charge.

The memorandum was signed during a business mission held in the country, which entailed a series of meetings at the highest state level. For example, at a meeting with Mr. Joseph Dion Ngute, Prime Minister of the Republic of Cameroon, the parties discussed the current challenges in the sphere of information security faced by leaders of the republic, and discussed proposals for developing a digitization program in the country using Russian software.

“Signing the memorandum became a logical continuation of the collaboration with MyOffice. Last year, we initiated pilot projects for implementation in 10 schools around Cameroon, which demonstrated their effectiveness as part of the school program. Our approach to teaching children involves not only the transfer of fundamental scientific knowledge, including natural sciences, but also the development of digital literacy skills among the younger generations. We are interested in using the safe Russian software MyOffice in our teaching practices, and starting from today, it will be delivered to all schools around the country,” declared Laurent Serge Etoundi Ngoa, Minister of Primary Education of the Republic of Cameroon.

“MyOffice arouses genuine interest among African countries that are taking their first steps on the road to civilization and facing new challenges in the field of IT. The Republic of Cameroon was one of the first to prioritize the development of its digital sovereignty; it recognized the need to upgrade its own proprietary infrastructure, and has already seen the first positive results of pilot projects to implement Russian software. The official agreement was a confirmation of the Government of the Republic of Cameroon’s serious interest in switching to modern and safe MyOffice products,” stated Jafar Hilali, founder and managing partner of Carousel Finance SA, a master partner for distribution of MyOffice in African countries.

“The Republic of Cameroon aims to become a leader on the African continent by providing its citizens with modern digital services and support. Today, 14% of the population have Internet connection, and the total length of high-speed communication lines exceeds 8,000 km. It is clear that implementing digitization in the country would be impossible without first providing training and developing digital literacy. Switching to the modern Russian software MyOffice in Cameroonian schols will make it possible to achieve this goal more quickly and easily,” believes Gleb Cheglakov, managing partner of Carousel Finance SA.

“We see great potential in developing the Russian-African partnership, and believe that the Republic of Cameroon is one of the most attractive countries for Russian business, since it shows stable population growth and economic prosperity. According to the World Bank, the population size has increased by 27% in the last ten years alone, and the per capita GDP has grown by 41% over the same period. The signing of the high-level memorandum highlights the mutual interest and expands new horizons for development of the private-public partnership,” pointed out Dmitry Komissarov, General Director of MyOffice.

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2021 UTME: JAMB Extends Registration Deadline, Shifts Examination Date

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Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board has announced a new date for the 2021 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination.

Registrar of JAMB, Prof Is-haq Oloyede, announced that the examination would now hold from June 19 to July 3. He also said the 2021 Mock earlier scheduled for May 20 would now hold on June 3.

He said the deadline for registration has been extended by two weeks. the registration exercise will now end on May 29, 2021.

He made the announcement at a press conference on Saturday after a two-day meeting with stakeholders in Abuja. Oloyede explained that there were challenges during the registration necessitating the extension and postponement.

“Field reports showed a huge improvement in the processes. As of today, 1,134,424 candidates have so far registered.

“Stakeholders undertook on the spot assessment of the CBT centers and discovered lapses which warranted the extension.

“The challenges among others include candidates non-compliance with registration requirements, using wrong format to generate profile code and using multiple phone numbers, among others,” he said.

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1XBET Unveils Davido as Brand Ambassador

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One of the country’s leading betting companies, 1XBET, has unveiled Nigerian hip-hop megastar David Adeleke, popularly known as Davido, as its brand ambassador.

With the ambassadorial deal, Davido would be the face of 1XBET in upcoming marketing campaigns and customer engagement platforms.

At the unveiling in Lagos, Chairman 1XBET Nigeria Limited, Femi Babalola, explained that Davido’s persona aligned with the brand’s vision to maintain its status as a renowned betting company in the world, as well as providing the best online, shop and mobile betting experience in Nigeria.

He said: “We are pleased to announce one of Nigeria’s top music superstars as our brand ambassador. Davido’s vibrant persona and worldwide appeal is something we love and this represents another positive step in the right direction for the brand.”

Davido, in his remark, said he was delighted to be part of the vision of one of the best international sports betting companies in the world.

“I am super excited to be part of 1XBET vision. I’m a massive fan of soccer. So this partnership brings me closer to the things I have passion for. I am particularly excited to be a part of this new journey and I am looking forward to working with 1XBET,” he said.

1XBET is a unique betting platform that offers punters a huge welcome bonus, great bet odds and fast payment on winnings.

The platform also provides sports lovers and bettors exciting gaming experiences on pre-match, in-play and virtual games across sporting events such as basketball, football, volleyball, Tennis, Hockey and others.

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