The Kaduna State Government has banned the transportation of livestock from the state to other parts of the country as part of efforts aimed at tackling insecurity. The government also prohibits the transportation of livestock from other parts of the country to the state. This was contained in a statement issued on Thursday in Kaduna by the Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan. The commissioner said the decision was taken after a thorough review of the security situation in the state. Aruwan also announced the immediate suspension of the Kawo weekly market in Kaduna North Local Government Area which holds every Tuesday. The statement warned that the transportation of donkeys into the state is a criminal offence, stressing that anyone found engaging in this will be prosecuted accordingly. The commissioner said: “After wide consultations and thorough security reviews, the Kaduna State Government has banned the transportation of livestock from the state to other states in the country. “This ban also prohibits the transportation of livestock into Kaduna State from other states. Both bans take effect immediately, from today 2nd September 2021. The government also wishes to reiterate that the transportation of donkeys into the state is a criminal offence and anyone found engaging in this will be prosecuted accordingly. Furthermore, the Kawo weekly market, which usually holds every Tuesday in Kaduna North LGA, has been suspended with immediate effect.” According to Aruwan, “The previous directives suspending weekly markets and selling of petrol in Jerry cans in Birnin Gwari, Giwa, Chikun, Igabi and Kajuru LGAs, as well as banning the felling of trees for timber, firewood and charcoal and other commercial purposes in Birnin Gwari, Kachia, Kajuru, Giwa, Chikun, Igabi and Kauru LGAs, are still in force.” The statement added that the directives will be vigorously enforced by security agencies.

Nigeria’s cheap petrol is being smuggled to neighbouring West African countries where prices are much higher, the head of the state-owned energy company said. While President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration announced the elimination of fuel subsidies in March 2020, an intervention it said could save the cash-strapped state as much as ₦1 trillion ($2.4 billion) annually, it hasn’t followed through. Gasoline prices in Togo, Ghana, Chad and Cameroon are more than double those in Nigeria, according to the Major Oil Marketers Association of Nigeria, which represents the country’s largest fuel retailers. The “prevailing huge price differentials” abets illicit cross-border trade in gasoline, making it impossible to accurately calculate Nigeria’s domestic consumption, Mele Kyari, group managing director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation told lawmakers, according to a summary of his comments circulated by a company spokesman on Thursday. Requiring Nigerians to pay more for fuel is politically risky because many in Africa’s largest crude producer live in extreme poverty and regard affordable fuel as the sole benefit they derive from the country’s oil wealth. Petrol prices were allowed to rise several times in the second half of 2020, but the NNPC has kept them steady since early December, even though crude is trading about 40% higher at more than $70 a barrel. The government says it won’t phase out subsidies until it’s concluded negotiations with labour unions. That’s despite a provision in a new oil law signed by Buhari last month that fuel should be sold at market-determined prices.

The Delta State High Court in Asaba has restrained Yobe Governor Mai Mala Buni from acting as the caretaker committee chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC). Other members of his Caretaker/ Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) of the APC were also affected by the party, Vanguard reported. The judge, Onome Umukoro, also issued an interim order stopping the scheduled APC Local Government Congress in Delta State slated for 4 September 2021. He then adjourned till 7 September for further hearing. APC Deputy Chairman, Olorogun Ayomanor, leading other officials of the Delta APC had approached the court to challenge the outcome of the Ward Congresses in the state. In an ex-parte application, which was heard on Wednesday, the claimant’s lead counsel, Daubry Richard, prayed the court to grant the seven prayers sought. He submitted that going ahead with the Saturday local government congress in Delta State would cause more damage to his clients. In his ruling, Mr Umukoro granted seven days order of interim injunction restraining Governor Buni and the CECPC members from conducting the Local Government and State Congresses slated for September 4, 2021. The court also barred Mr Buni from parading himself as the chairman of the national caretaker committee of the party, pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice already filed and served. Umukoro also ordered that Mr Buni and others at the national leadership be served originating summons through any officer or staff of the APC at the party’s national secretariat in Abuja. Apart from the suit, there are other ones specifically challenging Mr Buni’s competence to lead the party as its chairman given his position as a serving state governor.

Cote D’Ivoire on Wednesday reported a “major discovery” of oil and natural gas offshore after deepwater exploration by Italian firm Eni. Energy minister Thomas Camara said the find was estimated at between 1.5 and 2 billion barrels of oil and around 1.8-2.4 trillion cubic feet (51 million cubic metres) of gas. He said the development would “greatly increase Cote D’Ivoire’s proven reserves in the coming years”. The 3,445-metre-deep well was drilled about 60 kilometres (40 miles) off the coast in 30 days, Eni said. The firm added that it would now carry out a further evaluation of the wider potential of the find. In a 2019 investment worth $185 million, Ivory Coast signed contracts with Eni and French firm Total to explore the possibility of ramping up Ivorian production. Ivory Coast to date has 51 identified oilfields with four in production, 26 in exploration and the remaining 21 still up for grabs. In 2014, Total said exploration had shown “very promising” prospects. Aside from Total and Eni, Britain’s Tullow Oil has also announced significant discoveries of Ivorian offshore oil reserves in recent years.