UPDATE: French Election 2022 – Live: Polls Show Macron Pulling Away From Le Pen


The ruling president “Emmanuel Macron” is pulling away from running mate “Marine Le Pen” and is on course for victory with 55 per cent of the vote, latest polls show.

Polls have also shown that 61 per cent of registered voters are “completely sure” to vote in the second round of France’s presidential election this weekend.

It comes as Macron said Marine Le Pen, his far-right challenger, is capitalising on anger he has failed to quell among the French people as their election campaigns entered their final days.

Both candidates spoke to the media on Friday morning as they attempted to sweep up voters and support ahead of Sunday’s vote.

The current president said the far-right lived on “fears and resentment” and accepted his opponent was able to draw on his own failures in her bid to replace him.

In her interview this morning, Ms Le Pen accused Mr Macron of “not liking the French”.

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Security Threat: Pro-chancellors, VCs Request For deployment Of special squad across universities

Pro-Chancellors and Vice-Chancellors of Universities in Nigeria have expressed their sadness over the rising cases of kidnapping in universities across the country, and urges the Federal Government to ensure that “Special Squads” are been deployed to all the universities for safety of students and academic staff.


The above mentioned leaders had also called on respective owners of tertiary institutions in Nigeria to provide adequate funds for the institutions to construct perimeter fencing, in order to address the current state of insecurity, while emphasizing that provision of adequate security in schools across the country must be of topmost priority.


In a joint statement, the Committee of Pro-Chancellors of Nigerian Federal Universities (CPCNFU), along with the Committee of Pro-Chancellors of State Universities (COPSUN) and the Committee of Vice-Chancellors of Nigerian Universities (CVCNU), reacted and condemned the recent attack and kidnapping of six staff and children from University of Abuja, which took place on Tuesday, last week.


The statement was made available to newsmen, on Sunday, in Abuja. The statement which was signed by the Emeritus Professor “Nimi Briggs”, the Chairman, Committee of Pro-Chancellors of Nigerian Federal Universities. “Yusuf Ali”, Chairman, Committee of Pro-Chancellors of State Universities and Professor “Samuel Edoumiekumo”, Chairman, Committee of vice-chancellors of Nigerian universities.


Both bodies appreciated the Federal Government; and all Security Agencies for their efforts and tactical response in ensuring the release of the kidnapped victims of the University of Abuja from the captivity of the kidnappers.


Part of the statementt: “We, however; request that severe measures be put in place to curb future occurrences.


“We sympathize with the families of the victims and the Management of the University of Abuja over this unfortunate incident. Our prayers are with them at this time.


“We note with serious concern that similar incidents had occurred in the past at the University of Maiduguri, Greenfield University, Kaduna, Joseph S. Tarka University of Agriculture, Makurdi, and numerous secondary and primary schools across the country.


“Sadly, a number of staff and students have lost their lives while the traumatic experiences of some others in the kidnappers’ then could only be best Imagined, it’s tragic.


“It is obvious that our educational institutions have become soft and primary targets for then illegal activities of these bandits. It is in view of this development that we hereby urge the Federal Government to as a matter of urgency.

Moving forward, to deploying of special squad for university Campuses to work hand in hand with campus security personne to enhance security.


“Provide jointly manned roadblocks on inter-city highways adjacent to our institutions of higher learning Provide our institutions with adequate funds to construct perimeter fencing to address the challenges of insecurity.


Provide institutions with adequate funds to purchase necessary security equipments that will improve the security architecture of the campuses.


“We urge and reiterate that the sanctity and serenity of the campuses of our educational institutions across the nation, where our future generations are being nurtured must be accorded topmost priority,” says the bodies.


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