Katsina has withdrawn from a peace deal it brokered with bandits that have been terrorising residents of the state. The state governor Aminu Masari told the BBC Hausa service that the gunmen betrayed the trust his administration put in them. The state government had entered a peace agreement with the gunmen. But despite the accord, communities in Katsina are still being attacked and residents killed. Masari said the bandits have continued to carry out attacks with their accomplices from Zamfara, Kaduna and Niger Republic which have led to “indiscriminate killings” in the state. The peace agreement had made the government to ban vigilante groups and identified cattle routes and facilitated free movements of bandits to convey their livestock in the markets. The governor laments that despite choosing dialogue for peaceful coexistence in the state, the attacks continue. Despite the report that the federal government has deployed more troops with at least five fighter jets that would work between Katsina, Zamfara and Sokoto, the security agents are still complaining of the dearth of logistics to help them fight the bandits, the governor said.
Nigeria’s three tiers of government shared the sum of ₦780.93 billion received from the Federation Account Allocation Committee in the month of April 2020. The money, representing an increase of 34.3 percent against ₦581.57 billion distributed among the three tiers of government in the previous month, was from the revenue generated in March 2020. The data from the National Bureau of Statistics showed that the amount disbursed comprised of ₦478.18 billion from the Statutory Account, ₦119.50 billion from Excess Oil Revenue, ₦120.27 billion from Valued Added Tax and ₦62.98 billion from Exchange Gain Differences. The FG received a total of ₦264.33 billion from the ₦780.93 billion; states; ₦181.49 billion, while the local governments got ₦135.95 billion. The sum of ₦54.29 billion was shared among the oil-producing states as 13 percent derivation fund. The NBS also said that the sum of ₦202.94 billion was disbursed to the FGN consolidated revenue account; ₦4.70 billion shared as their share of derivation and ecology; ₦2.35 billion as stabilization fund; ₦7.89 billion for the development of natural resources; and ₦5.78 billion to the Federal Capital Territory. Revenue generating agencies; Nigeria Customs Service, Federal Inland Revenue Service, and Department of Petroleum Resources received ₦6.09 billion, ₦10.2 billion and ₦5.74 billion respectively as cost of revenue collections.
Lagos has announced the reopening of worship centres in the state. The governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu said Thursday that mosques are to reopen from June 19 while churches are to begin services from June 21. He said hotels are allowed to reopen while gyms, night clubs, and cinemas would still remain closed, adding that the decision to reopen them would be reviewed in the next two weeks. The governor said the reopening will be based on compliance seen and reviewed with the Safety Commission. One of the conditions for reopening, according to the governor, is that the congregation will be at a maximum of 40% of their capacity. Acknowledging that worship centres have different sizes, the governor said that 40% capacity is really so large, and the centres are not allowed to have beyond 500 worshippers at once. The worship centres would also be encouraged to have more than one service and ensure that they keep their premises clean, disinfect before another round of worship can take place. They will also be mandated to have only Fridays and Sunday services. All other night vigils and services will be put on hold for now until the state review the current situation. The state governor, among other things, advised that persons below the age of 15 should be excused from the places of worship and citizens that are above the age of 65 should not be allowed into these places of worship as the religious leaders are asked to ensure that worshippers wear face masks, maintain social distancing and high-level hygiene.
The Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency has removed the cap on the price of petrol, giving marketers the freedom to fix the price of the commodity and sell above the price stipulated by it. The PPPRA said Thursday that, henceforth, the price of petrol would be determined by market forces. The Executive Secretary, PPPRA, Abdulkadir Saidu said in a document he signed that it would continue to monitor trends in the crude oil market and advise the NNPC and oil marketers on the monthly guiding price for the commodity. The PPPRA said it is exercising the powers conferred on it by Sections 7 and 24 at the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (Establishment) Act. No. 8 of 2003, and all other powers enabling it in that behalf, the Petroleum Product Pricing Regulatory Agency, with the approval of the President. The agency, in the explanatory note to the regulation, disclosed that the Regulations seek to complement and enforce the provisions of the PPPRA (Establishment) Act 2003 and to notify the general public of the existence of a Market-based Pricing Regime for PMS with effect from March 2020.