MANCHESTER UNITED HONOURS NIGERIANS AGAINST SWANSEA

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Tragedy struck during the Red Devils’ Europa League encounter as Anderlecht as the football fans were electrocuted at Nyagasang, Calabar.
They had gathered at the popular viewing centre when a transformer nearby exploded twice – with a high tension wire dropping on the structure built with zinc.

However, the club has announced that against the Swans, Jose Mourinho’s men will wear black armbands to pay tribute to the victims of the tragedy.

Pound gains as Naira stays firm

The Nigerian Naira on Friday, April 28 stayed firm against the American Dollar at the parallel market,. otherwise known as the black market.

According to report, the Nigerian currency closed at N390 to the Dollar and N415 against Euro as it was yesterday. However, the local currency appreciated against the Pound Sterling as it closed at N485, ten points better than the N495 rate previously.

However, traders at the market are hopeful that the Naira would bounce back as the CBN sustained liquidity boost at the BDC sub-sector.vllkyt5tbf946i1l.69dbe038

Dasuki being punished for his loyalty to Jonathan —Umar

A former Military Governor of Kaduna State, Col. Dangiwa Umar (retd.), has criticised the Federal Government for the continuing detention of Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.), the National Security Adviser during the tenure of former President Goodluck Jonathan.

Umar, who is also the Chairman, Movement for Unity and Progress, said the only reason for Dasuki’s continuing detention was that he served under the Jonathan, who he described as the most maligned President of Nigeria.

The former military governor was quoted as making the comment in a statement circulated by an Abuja-based public relations outfit, the PR Nigeria, on Sunday.

He called on Nigerians to speak against the detention of the former NSA, which he described as unjust and unfair.

Umar stated, “The only explanation one can find for Col. Dasuki’s lengthy detention without trial is that he belongs to the wrong camp. He has also the misfortune of having served as National Security Adviser to the much-vilified Nigerian President of Ijaw extraction.

“Colonel Dasuki’s fate is tied to that of his former principal, President Goodluck Jonathan, an honourable and patriotic Nigerian, who conceded defeat and congratulated the winner of the 2015 Presidential election, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, even before INEC declared the final results, when he could have held on tenaciously to power as is the norm in many Third World Countries.

“This rare act of statesmanship, which pulled the country back from the precipice, has been rewarded with utmost disrespect and derision by the All Progressives Congress Federal Government.

“Col. Dasuki is paying dearly for his loyal service to this patriot. All well-meaning Nigerians must speak out against his unfair and unlawful treatment. We cannot afford to remain neutral in the face of this monumental injustice.

Umar described the suspension and investigation of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Babachir Lawal, and the Director-General, National Intelligence Agency, Amb. Ayodele Oke, as a departure from the unlawful detention of opposition figures in the country.

MENINGITIS OUTBREAK: number of new cases declines

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According to the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC), the number of new cases of suspected meningitis being reported has begun to decline as outbreak control measures take effect. This was contained in statement made available to HealthNewsNG.com

The statement reveals that a total of 628 new cases were reported in week 16 versus 1,935 in week 15 and 2,127 in week 14. The cumulative number of suspected cases recorded in Nigeria throughout the outbreak period is now 9,646 and 839 deaths from 43 Local Government Areas in 23 states. However, only five states have at least one LGA over the outbreak threshold, down from six last week.

While the total number of suspected cases will rise with each new case, the number of new cases recorded per week is dropping in the affected States indicating that the outbreak is likely to have peaked. We expect a continued decline in the number of new cases with the intensification of control measures in the affected states.

The Cerebrospinal Meningitis (CSM) Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) says this recent assessment is indicative of the positive impact of current national and state interventions being coordinated by the EOC. According to the Incident Manager, “…these numbers are encouraging but it is too early to celebrate. We will continue to intensify the interventions in order to ensure that we effectively control this outbreak”.

The national response has identified the need to provide technical support to all affected States in the areas of case management, epidemiology and risk communication. Support teams are currently being deployed to the most affected States of Zamfara and Sokoto to further strengthen to further support the state in its response.

A large reactive vaccination campaign, which will cover over 800,000 persons aged between two and 29 years commences in Sokoto State on Thursday the 27th of April. A national support team, led by the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) will be providing support to Sokoto State in order to ensure that vaccination activities are well coordinated and efficiently delivered. Partners from the World Health Organisation (WHO), the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and others are all collaborating with NPHCDA and NCDC to provide the best possible support to Sokoto during the vaccination efforts. Teams have been mobilised to all the LGAs in Sokoto state, and people are being mobilised to turn out en masse to be vaccinated.

According to Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, the CEO of NCDC, “The lessons from this outbreak will inform our future response activities. This includes the need to strengthen awareness, improve clinical skills of health workers, strengthen laboratory capacities to confirm diagnosis of meningitis promptly as well as do the best we can to access the vaccines required to prevent future outbreaks.”

Police violence against Native Americans in Arizona

Source alleges shoplifting from a local Circle K shop.

Brandon Benallie, a Navajo member of the national council of The Red Nation, a countrywide organisation of Native and non-Native activists, teachers, students and community organisers that advocates for Native American rights was at the demonstration. He says that after Tsingine was killed in the afternoon, her body was left in the pavement until six the next morning.

“From a Native perspective, you have to take care of the memory of that person. Essentially, she’s supposed to be respectfully remembered before the sun sets,” Benallie says. “To leave her out there for over 12 hours as they waited for a coroner to arrive … it was extremely disheartening and disturbing that they allowed that to happen.”

For Benallie, Tsingine’s death, and the deaths of 23 other Native Americans at the hands of police in 2016, is “a sad affirmation that this racism and violence committed towards Native people is systemicPlaceholder Image