The Federal Capital Territory Administration has said that 60 persons have died as a result of the current cholera outbreak in Nigeria’s capital. The FCT Minister of State, Dr Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, gave the update on Thursday during the continuation of community sensitisation on cholera and other severe acute diarrhoea diseases outbreaks in Pyakasa and Gwagwa respectively. The minister, who was represented by the Acting Executive Secretary of the FCT Primary Health Care Board, Dr Iwot Ndaeyo, also said suspected cases had risen from 604 to 698 within the last 72 hours, while the death toll had also climbed from 54 to 60. She noted that Abaji area council recorded three suspected cases and no death, while Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) – the council which contains much of Abuja Metro – had 281 suspected cases with 22 deaths. The Bwari Area Council recorded 134 suspected cases with 22 deaths. Others were Gwagwalada area council with 220 suspected cases and nine deaths, Kuje area council with 23 suspected cases and four deaths and Kwali area council, which recorded 37 suspected cases with three deaths. She described the Cholera outbreak in the FCT as unacceptable, adding that the administration would not fold its hands and watch residents die helplessly over preventable diseases. The minister said every necessary steps to curb further spread must be made, just as she urged FCT residents and critical stakeholders to publicise the message of cholera disease prevention, proper sanitation with practice of hand hygiene in their respective communities.

The Nigerian Air Force on Thursday took delivery of the first batch of six A-29 Super Tucano aircraft from the United States. Force spokesman Edward Gabkwet announced the development in a statement in Abuja. He said the aircraft arrived Kano at about 12.34pm. Defence Minister Bashir Magashi, Chief of Army Staff Faruk Yahaya, and Chief of Air Staff Oladayo Amao were on hand to receive the aircraft. Gabkwet had on 15 July said the aircraft had departed the US and will move through five countries before arrival in Nigeria. “The first batch of 6 A-29 Super Tucano aircraft departed the United States of America on Wednesday, 14 July 2021 en route Nigeria,” he had said. “The 6 aircraft will be leapfrogged through 5 countries, including Canada, Greenland, Iceland, Spain and Algeria before arriving at their final destination in Nigeria towards the end of July 2021. An official induction ceremony of the aircraft into the inventory of the Nigerian Air Force is already being planned at a later date in August 2021 to be announced in due course.” Amao said earlier that the air force is expecting 20 fighter aircraft before the end of 2021. He said aside from the batch which just arrived, six more A-29 Super Tucano aircraft will arrive in September, while two CH-3 and four CH-4 UCAVs will arrive in the country before the end of 2021.

Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) deal values increased in the first half of 2021 in South Africa and Nigeria, according to Baker McKenzie’s analysis of Refinitiv data, although the economic success could be threatened by unrest in South Africa. Deal values rose in Nigeria in the first half of this year, and the value of deals in South Africa rocketed, contrasted with a slight fall in deal value and volume for Kenya in the same period, according to the report. South Africa’s deal value was USD 52 billion in the first half of 2021. When compared with the same period in 2020, the volume of transactions has suffered a fall of 8%, but deal value has risen by 958% in the first half of this year. Nigeria’s deal value in the first half of this year totaled USD 1 billion, a deal value increase of 267% and volume increase of 17% compared with the same period in 2020. Most of the investments in Nigeria have come from the United States, with Nigeria’s largest inbound deal coming from Mwendo Holdings when it acquired Blue Lake Ventures (Media and Entertainment) in June 2021. Meanwhile, in Kenya, deal making dropped by 14% in the first half of 2021, and deal value fell by 96%. Kenya’s biggest inbound transaction in the first half of this year was Liberty Holdings’ acquisition of Liberty Kenya Holdings (insurance), a deal that was announced in March of this year.

Tanzania’s main opposition party said Thursday that its leader and other members could be charged with terrorism after being arrested in a sweeping midnight raid that has drawn international concern. Chadema chairman Freeman Mbowe and 10 other members were rounded up in the dead of night Wednesday in a crackdown denounced as a throwback to the oppressive rule of the country’s late leader. Police searched Mbowe’s house in Dar es Salaam and seized his laptop and other devices from family members before transferring the Chadema chairman to the city’s central prison, the party said Thursday. “We have received shocking information that Mbowe will be jointly charged with terrorism alongside the other suspects being held in prison in Dar es Salaam jail,” it said on Twitter. Mbowe and the other Chadema officials were arrested in the Lake Victoria port city of Mwanza ahead of a planned public forum to demand constitutional reform. Their detention comes four months after Tanzania’s first female President Samia Suluhu Hassan took office following the sudden death in March of John Magufuli, under whose autocratic rule such clampdowns on the opposition were frequent. In April, Hassan had reached out to the opposition and vowed to defend democracy and basic freedoms. There were high hopes Tanzania would be steered away from the heavy-handed and uncompromising leadership of her predecessor. But the roundup of key Chadema figures was condemned by rights groups and opposition activists as evidence the administration’s intolerance of dissent still prevailed.