Presidential aspirant Peter Obi has resigned his membership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). His resignation comes barely 72 hours to the PDP presidential primaries. The letter conveying his resignation from the party was submitted to the party’s national chairman, Dr Iyorchia Ayu. “It has been a great honour to contribute to nation-building efforts through our party. Unfortunately, recent developments within our party make it practically impossible to continue participating and making such constructive contributions. Our national challenges are deep-seated and require that we each make profound sacrifices toward rescuing our country. My commitment to rescuing Nigeria remains firm, even if the route differs,” the letter read in part. Obi, a former Anambra Governor, was until his resignation one of the 15 aspirants vying for the presidential ticket of the PDP. His campaign coordinator, Dr Doyin Okupe told journalists shortly after submitting the letter that Obi will be on the ballot in the 2023 presidential race. There is speculation that Obi might have quietly joined the Labour Party (LP) where he is said to have been offered the party’s presidential ticket.

Global mining giant, Glencore earned profits of $124 million after paying bribes to Nigerian officials worth $52 million between 2007 and 2018. This was disclosed by the US Justice Department after the company agreed to pay $1.5 billion to settle US, UK and Brazilian probes. The court filing disclosed the company schemed to reach senior government officials in Nigeria within the period by using code words for bribes, including “newspapers” and “chocolates”. Citing details from emails, the report disclosed that “employees at the Glencore UK units used coded language to conceal their discussion of bribe payments,” referring to them as “newspapers”, “journals” or “pages,” The report stated that in a November 2018 email, a Glencore trader told an agent in West Africa that a $90,000 payment was needed to be made to cover newspaper reading material, which was the code for paying bribes to falsely undervalue fuel oil for the benefit of Glencore, according to the court document. The agent replied that “the newspapers will be delivered” personally. “Payments were sometimes concealed in large bundles of cash or through third-party companies, with deceptive invoices to Glencore for euphemistic costs or services such as “advance payment,” “marketing services” or “commission,” according to the CFTC filing. Glencore units agreed to plead guilty to a list of charges that range from bribery and corruption in South America and Africa, as Manhattan US Attorney Damian Williams said at a press conference: “The tone from the top was clear: whatever it takes” citing $100 million in bribes to government officials in Brazil, Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Venezuela. The company will pay $1.5 billion to settle US, UK and Brazilian probes after admitting to bribery charges.

The number of Nigerians studying in the United Kingdom (UK) has risen from 13,020 in the 2019/2020 academic session to 21,305 by the 2020/2021 session. The figure, which amounts to an almost 64 percent increase within a year, is confirmed by data from the UK’s Higher Education Statistics Agency. The UK has also witnessed a 13.08 percent increase in the international student enrolment at the postgraduate level between 2019/20 and 2020/21. The country was home to 605,130 students in the 2020/2021 session, up from 556,625 in the previous academic session. The data showed that Nigeria is the third non-EU country with the most students in the UK with 21,305 students currently enrolled in UK institutions, ahead of the United States with 19,220 students. China and India with 143,820 and 84,555 students respectively have the highest number of students in the UK. According to the data, Nigerians settled majorly in England (16,980), Scotland (2,655), Wales (935), and Northern Ireland (740).

Deadly clashes have broken out between gold miners in northern Chad, the interim government said on Wednesday, as a local rebel group’s unconfirmed report of at least 200 fatalities in the area circulated on social media. The violence broke out at an informal gold mining site in the mountainous Kouri Bougoudi district, near the border with Libya, where the army has been fighting rebel groups for over a decade. A government mission has been dispatched to assess the situation and restore calm. The government said in a statement, adding that human lives were lost and several people were injured but given no numbers. On Tuesday, Libya-based rebels known as the Front for Change and Concord in Chad (FACT) reported at least 200 people killed and 500 injured by inter-community clashes in Kouri Bougoudi, citing witnesses who fled the scene. Local media said the fighting was between members of the Tama ethnic group and an Arab community. The government said it would communicate the “reality of events” once it heard back from its mission. Deadly inter-community clashes are frequent in Chad, particularly between sedentary farmers and nomadic herders. Chad, a regional power and Western ally against Islamist militants in West Africa, has been in turmoil since longstanding ex-president Idriss Deby was killed on the frontline against rebels in the north last April.  Libya-based rebels have since set their sights on the capital N’Djamena, where Deby’s son is sitting as interim president.