The police and army have refused to carry out joint patrols with Operation Amotekun, the security outfit that governors of south-west states put together to tackle crime in the region. A lack of proper training was one of the reasons the security agencies cited for the unwillingness to move along with the outfit comprising members of the Oodua Peoples Congress, vigilante, hunters and local guards. Amotekun, initiated by the six governors in South West Nigeria, who were worried by the high rate of banditry and kidnapping, is meant to commence operations on Thursday. In September last year, the governors in the six states got the nod to establish the regional security outfit following an approval given by the office of the National Security Adviser for the region to establish a joint task force. This was a response to address the security challenges in the region particularly kidnapping and armed robbery. The governors had risen from a security summit in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital in July last year, where they decided to defend their domain. Sources say that unconventional security personnel, including local hunters and members of the Oodua People’s Congress and other related personnel, will be part of the security outfit.
UBA has laid off several of its employees in a move described as corporate right-sizing. However, the bank says that it employed 4,000 new staff and promoted more than 5000 at the start of the new year. It also said it upgraded its staff salary with immediate effect this January, but did not mention any mass sack or retrenchment. Some employees of UBA told the business-focused website, Nairametrics, that they are yet to receive official letters despite announcing the promotions, while others who spoke to various news-focused websites said that the new employees are casual staff employed to replace the terminated workers as a cost-cutting measure.
The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, NERC, has announced an increase in the electricity tariffs from April. In its December 2019 Minor Review of Multi-Year Tariff Order 2015 and Minimum Remittance Order for the Year 2020, NERC said the rise is to reflect the impact of changes in the minor review variables in the determination of cost-reflective tariffs and relevant tariff and market shortfalls for 2019 and 2020. The reviews for all categories of consumers, except those consumers classified as residential, ranged from 59.7 percent for consumers in Ikeja to 77.6 percent in Enugu. The review order jointly signed by the Chairman of the Commission, Joseph Momoh, and the Commissioner for Legal, License & Compliance, Dafe Akpeneye, was issued to the 11 electricity distribution companies on 31 December 2019. Electricity consumers in Ikeja who used to pay about ₦13.34 per kWh since under the 2015 MYTO when the last review was carried out will from January 1 this year pay ₦21.80 per kWh under the new order. The same is applicable to their R2 counterparts. Their counterparts in Enugu who used to pay about ₦17.42 per kWh will, under the new order, pay about ₦30.93 kWh from January 1. Their residential R2 and R3 counterparts who paid about ₦19.31 and ₦27.11 per kWh since 2015, will now be paying ₦34.28 and ₦48.12 per kWh. R2 and R3 consumers in Ikeja, who have been paying ₦13.34 and ₦26.5 per kWh since 2015, will now be paying ₦21.30 and ₦21.80 per kWh. Residential consumers are those categorised as those using singe phase and three-phase meters and electricity consumption of about 50 kWh in premises with flats exclusively for residential purposes. Among others, the R3 consumers who use maximum demand low voltage who have been paying ₦26.5 per kWh in Ikeja will now pay ₦36.49 per kWh, compared to their counterparts in Abuja who have been ₦27.20 per kWh since 2015, who will now be paying ₦47.09 per kWh, same as their R4 consumers. The review also affected the tariffs for other categories of consumers, namely commercial, industrial and special.
Chad has ended a months-long mission fighting Boko Haram in Nigeria and withdrawn its 1,200-strong force across the border. Chad’s military spokesman Colonel Azem Bermandoa told the AFP that their troops have finished their mission, which was helping Nigerian soldiers in the fight against the insurgency. He added that none of their soldiers remained in Nigeria. Bermandoa did not specify whether they might be replaced following the pullout. However, Chad’s general chief of staff, General Tahir Erda Tahiro, said that if countries in the region which have contributed to a multinational anti-jihadist force were in agreement, more troops will likely be sent in. A Boko Haram faction aligning with Islamic State West Africa Province jihadists has been highly active around Lake Chad where the group has training bases on the Niger border. The group regularly carries out raids on military bases and regional security forces, which last month alone saw 14 people killed with 13 more listed as missing after an attack on a fishing village in western Chad. Countries in the region have banded together to fight Boko Haram and ISWAP with support from civilian defence committees leading to Chad contributing 1,200 troops.