The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mohammed Bello, has confirmed that at least four people were killed in violence at the Dei-Dei market on Wednesday. Mr Bello also ordered the indefinite closure of the Dei-Dei International Market following a clash between commercial motorcyclists and the traders. Mr Bello gave the order after inspecting the scene of the incident alongside the FCT Commissioner of Police, Sunday Babaji, Director of State Security Services, other sister security agencies and top officials of the FCT Administration. Violence spread at the market Wednesday following an accident in which a woman was killed. Trouble started in the market when a female trader yet to be identified fell off a commercial motorcycle and was crushed to death by an articulated vehicle. The minister directed the community and the market leaders to fish out the persons responsible for the crisis. “The community and market leaders must fish out hoodlums and bad eggs among them. Unfortunately, this time around, hoodlums carried arms and they shot innocent people.” The Vice-Chairman, Timber Shed Market Dei-Dei, Ifeanyi Chibata, told the minister and his team that 45 to 50 shops were burnt with 25 vehicles set ablaze worth a total of over ₦1 billion. Also, the Secretary Tomato and Onion Sellers Association Dei-Dei, Dahiru Mani, disclosed that four persons were killed during the clash in the market. He appealed to the minister to ensure the provision of a police division with adequate personnel in the market.

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) says it will re-introduce the suspended electronic valuation policy on Friday. The NCS said this in a letter dated 17 May signed by Ajibola Odusany, NCS’ deputy controller for administration. The agency said there would be a sensitisation programme for stakeholders in the clearance chain in preparation for the redeployment. Also known as the vehicle inspection number (VIN), the policy has generated controversy since its introduction this year. Maritime stakeholders and clearing agents associations had protested the deployment of the e-valuation policy and grounded activities at the ports. The freight forwarders said the e-valuation system sharply increased the duty paid on imported vehicles. The objection forced NCS to suspend the implementation of the VIN policy, following the intervention of the house of representatives. The Cable reported that the Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA) confirmed it will participate in the training. “We’re going for the training. So, we can’t say anything until we’re through with the training,” the association’s president Kayode Farinto said.

Nigerian drinking water is massively affected by microplastics, according to new research. In Nigeria, about 90 percent of the water available for drinking is sourced from boreholes or deep, narrow wells that tap into naturally occurring underground water. But the recent study in Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry found that microplastics (MPs) are abundant in the drinking water of these boreholes. These MPs — fragments of any type of plastic less than 5 mm in length — were found in borehole water and sediments at all 11 locations investigated on Lagos Island. Areas with high industrial activity had higher levels of MPs than areas with less industrial activity and lower population densities. “The rate of degradation of these polymers is exceedingly low (depending on the environmental conditions and MP type), which will result in the increased accumulation of these MPs in the borehole drinking water with time,” the authors wrote. “The risks associated with MPs are predominantly caused by the combination of these materials’ persistence and their potential accumulation in food chains,” they added.

Rwanda expects the first group of 50 asylum seekers to be transferred from Britain by the end of May, a government spokesperson said on Thursday. In April the British government announced plans to send people seeking asylum to the East African country, but earlier this month said it expected lawyers to lodge claims to prevent their removal. The British government has started to notify those who are likely to be relocated, with the first flights expected to take place in the coming months, Britain’s home office said in a statement. Pitched as an attempt to disrupt the business model of people-smuggling gangs, the plan drew concerns about Rwanda’s human rights record, which the British government itself noted last year. “According to the information we have, the first batch of migrants will arrive by the end of the month, but… it is the British government that knows how many will come and when they will come,” Rwanda’s deputy government spokesman Alain Mukurarinda said. “Once they have got their (asylum seeker) status, they will go and live with other Rwandans. They will be free. They will not be prisoners,” said Mukurarinda. Last year, more than 28,000 migrants and refugees made the crossing from mainland Europe to Britain on rickety boats. Britain has said the plan to send people to Rwanda would initially cost $158 million. Full bed and board will cost Westminster 72,000 Rwandan francs ($71) per person per day, according to the manager of the facility which will house the transferees.