Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has ordered the arrest of Sunday Adeyemo, a youth leader better known as Sunday Igboho, over the quit notice he issued to herdsmen. BBC Hausa quoted Garba Shehu, presidential spokesman, as confirming the arrest order during its programme on Friday. Mr Shehu said the IGP informed him of his directive to Ngozi Onadeko, the Oyo police commissioner to arrest Mr Igboho and transfer him to Abuja. Mr Igboho had asked herdsmen in Igangan, Ibarapa North Local Government Area of Oyo to leave within seven days following reports of the killing of some residents, which he blamed on herders and Fulanis. He had also accused Saliu Kadri, the Seriki Fulani of Oyo State of being behind the rising insecurity in the area. The quit notice generated tension in parts of the state, prompting Governor Seyi Makinde to ask the IGP to arrest those fomenting trouble under the guise of protecting the interest of Yoruba people. “For people stoking ethnic tension, they are criminals and once you get them, they should be arrested and treated like common criminals,” the governor had told the police commissioner. Governor Makinde, the IGP Adamu and traditional rulers in the state visited Igangan on Sunday to open dialogue in an effort to restore peace to the area. The Presidency has brokered a meeting between the South-West governors and the leadership of the Miyetti Allah organisation which represents for 25 January in Akure, Ondo.
The Chairman of Ardo-Kola Local Government Area of Taraba state, Salihu Dovo, has been killed by gunmen who kidnapped him early Sunday morning. Residents said the kidnappers called a local government official to inform them of the murder and where to recover Mr Dovo’s corpse. Some community members suspect his abductors were hired assassins. “They called an official of the Council to inform him of the killing, telling them to go and search for his corpse in the bush. Members of the community went into the bush and started looking for his body and it was found not long ago. The body is being taken to town now,” an unnamed source told Premium Times. The gunmen had entered Mr Dovo’s residence in Sabon Gari, Jalingo at about 1 a.m and took him away. The state police spokesperson, David Misal confirmed the incident, saying a suspect had been arrested. In Edo, the state spokesperson of the Nigerian Immigration Service, Mrs Bridget Esene was kidnapped by gunmen on her way to church on Sunday morning. According to the Vanguard, the gunmen trailed her while she was going to church around the Iqueniro area, off Agbor Road, accosted her and took her out of her car. As of Monday morning, no ransom demand had been made. The Edo police command could not immediately confirm the incident. On Saturday, gunmen invaded Rachael’s Orphanage Home opposite the UBE Junior Secondary School in Naharati, Abaji Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory and abducted seven orphans and a security guard. The Daily Trust reported that three more persons, including two housewives, who reside behind the orphanage home were also abducted. The council chairman, Alhaji Abdulrahman Ajiya, confirmed the incident, saying he had alerted the relevant security agents about the incident. Local police confirmed the incident, saying only six persons were kidnapped while one person has been rescued. Meanwhile, pirates off Nigeria’s coast kidnapped 15 sailors from a Turkish container ship in the Gulf of Guinea on Saturday in a brazen and violent attack that was farther from shore than usual. The Mozart, which was headed from Lagos to Cape Town, was boarded 160km from Sao Tome. An Azerbaijani sailor was killed, while most of the kidnapped sailors are from Turkey. Three sailors remain on the Mozart, which by Sunday evening was receiving assistance in Gabonese waters.
The country’s power grid collapsed 27 times in the last three years, the latest data from the Nigerian Electricity System Operator have shown. The number of times the national grid suffered a collapse fell to four in 2020 from 10 in 2019 and 13 in 2018, according to the data. The grid recorded 25 total collapses in the period under review while two were partial. NESO defines a total system collapse as a nationwide blackout, while a partial system collapse is a failure of a section of the grid. The grid has continued to suffer system collapses over the years due to the lack of spinning reserves that are meant to forestall such occurrences. A spinning reserve refers to the generation capacity that is online but unloaded and used; it can respond within 10 minutes to compensate for any generation or transmission outages. Although five power stations – Egbin, Delta, Olorunsogo NIPP, Geregu NIPP and Omotosho NIPP – are meant to provide spinning reserves, in a number of cases, none had actual reserves. Total power generation in the country stood at 4,547.70 megawatts as of 6am on Thursday 21 January, according to NESO data. The system operator put the nation’s installed generation capacity at 12,954.40MW, available capacity at 7,652.60MW, transmission wheeling capacity at 7,300MW and the peak generation ever attained at 5520.4MW.
Four Zimbabwean Cabinet ministers have died of COVID-19, three within the past two weeks, highlighting a resurgence of the disease that is sweeping through the country. President Emmerson Mnangagwa said the coronavirus is reaping a “grim harvest” in the country. “The pandemic has been indiscriminate. There are no spectators, adjudicators, no holier than thou. No supermen or superwomen. We are all exposed,” Mnangagwa said in a nationally televised address. Mnangagwa presided at the burial of one Cabinet minister last week, shortly after the death of the foreign minister was announced. This was followed by the death of the transport minister. Several other high-profile politicians and prominent Zimbabweans have also died recently. The opposition accuses the government of using COVID-19 as a weapon by detaining members of parliament, officials and other critics in overcrowded jails where the disease is easily transmitted. Critics also accuse the government of neglecting the public hospitals, where many ill with COVID-19 cannot get the oxygen needed to survive. The government says it is doing its best, and that despite the wide political and economic differences, fighting the virus is everyone’s war. Zimbabwe, like many other African countries, initially recorded low numbers of COVID-19 but has recently experienced a spike in cases. There are fears that a new, more infectious variant of the virus came to the country when thousands of Zimbabweans living in South Africa returned home for the holiday season.