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Cholera: We recorded 54 deaths, 604 cases – Minister



The minister of state for FCT, Hajiya Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, has said the six area councils have recorded 604 suspected cases of cholera with 54 deaths.

She said this when she flagged off community sensitization on cholera and other diseases’ outbreaks in the territory.

Aliyu, who performed the flag-off ceremony at the palace of Agora of Zuba, His Royal Highness (HRH) Alhaji Mohammed Bello Umar, on Saturday, expressed concern over the increasing number of suspected cases of cholera disease.

She revealed that since May 2021, the FCT has recorded a total of 604 suspected cases of cholera across the six area councils with 54 deaths and 9 positive cases for cholera on the rapid diagnostic tests.

According to her, over 120 communities are involved across the six area councils with AMAC having the highest cases followed by Gwagwalada and Bwari area councils respectively.

She, therefore, called for good personal hygiene as well as proper disposal of sewage and refuse, good hand washing practices and consumption of safe water, which she said is a means of curbing further spread of the disease in the territory.

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BREAKING: Another Nigerian military aircraft crashes




A Nigerian military aircraft has reportedly gone down.

The location was given as “somewhere in Kaduna State”.

A source told GOGISTONLINE that the crashed plane is an Alpha jet.

“The fighter jet left Yola, the Adamawa capital, this morning to go clear bandits”, the informant added.

Nigerian Air Force spokesman, Air Commodore Edward Gabwet, could not be reached as at press time.

Mohammad Abdulkadri, Special Assistant to the Defence Minister did not take calls.

The military has recorded a number of crashes in 2021 alone.

In May, an air mishap claimed the lives of serving Army Chief, Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru and other officers.

On February 21, a Minna-bound military jet crashed, killing all 7 people on board.

On April 2, another Alpha jet crashed in Borno during an operation.

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13 Dead As Petrol Tanker Explodes In Kenya




Thirteen people were killed and others seriously burned when a “huge fireball” engulfed a crowd in Kenya as they siphoned fuel from an overturned petrol truck that ignited without warning.

Police said Sunday the death toll could rise, with investigators trying to account for the missing, and charred bones found among the twisted wreckage of the fuel tanker.

The truck collided with another vehicle and turned over late Saturday near Malanga, some 315 kilometers (195 miles) northwest of Nairobi, on the busy highway between Kisumu and the border with Uganda.

Onlookers rushed to the crash site with jerrycans to collect the leaking fuel but shortly after the truck exploded, consuming the crowd in a terrible inferno.

“We were woken up by a very loud blast. When I rushed out, I saw a huge fireball and people were screaming,” said nearby resident Jack Odhiambo.

Those on the scene first managed to get away safely with some fuel, said witness Magdalene Adhiambo.

But others went back for a second round, and the crowd grew larger as more and more people arrived hoping to get lucky.

“That’s when the fire started,” she said.

Wycliffe Otieno said he had just started filling his jerrycan when the slick around him ignited.

“I was able to run to safety… I just don’t know how lucky I was, because I have been told the people we were with did not survive,” Otieno said from his hospital bed.

Investigators were still combing the charred wreckage and fear the death toll could climb.

“The death toll we have as of now is still 13. These are bodies at the mortuary,” Chacha said.

“However, we have people who are unaccounted for. We will require a proper examination to determine if there were people burnt completely at the scene, where bones were found.”

Fire crews arrived on the scene two hours later to douse the inferno. The cause of the explosion is not yet known.

Four motorbikes were found smouldering not far from the tanker. Witnesses said motorcycle drivers had rushed to the site with jerrycans and were close to the tanker when it exploded.

“Some were burned with their motorbikes,” said Otieno.

Images broadcast by Kenyan media showed the blazing tanker lighting up the night sky and in the morning following, crowds gaping at the disfigured, smouldering wreckage.

Deadly accidents involving fuel trucks negotiating perilous roads are not uncommon in Kenya and the wider East Africa region.

In 2009, more than 100 people were killed when a petrol tanker overturned northwest of Nairobi and an explosion consumed those gathering to collect leaking fuel.

More recently, at least 100 people were killed when a tanker exploded in Tanzania in 2019 while in 2015 more than 200 perished in a similar accident in South Sudan.

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COVID-19: Nigerian govt bans durbar activities, increases airport surveillance




The federal government has banned durbar activities during the 2021 Eid-el-Kabir celebrations as the COVID-19 third wave hits more states.

Airport surveillance has also been heightened to forestall the spread of the Delta variant of coronavirus.

A statement on Sunday by the chairman of the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, made the announcement.

Durbar activities take place in Northern cities and communities with colourful parades of the emirs and their entourage on horses.

The government explained that the suspension became necessary because the large numbers of participants/attendees would be difficult to control.

The PSC said the nation’s border posts, especially airports, will witness increased observance of existing quarantine protocols and restrictions.

The committee promised to minimise the risk of importation of variants into Nigeria.

Additionally, special attention will be given to travelers from Brazil, India, South Africa and Turkey.

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