Justice Tanko Muhammad has resigned as the Chief Justice of Nigeria citing ill-health as the reason for his decision. The resignation by Mr Muhammad, aged 68, comes about 18 months ahead of his official retirement in December 2023, when he will clock 70. The nature of the health condition compelling him to resign is not known. Although there have been media speculations about his ill health since he came into office in 2019, he has denied a series of media reports concerning such. His abrupt exit confirming his ill health comes amid a raging crisis in the Supreme Court following allegations by his 14 colleagues on the Supreme Court bench that he is hampering the operations of the court by failing to fund judges’ welfare as well as fuel generators, among other essential services. The next most senior justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, on Monday took the judicial oath of office as the acting Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN). President Muhammadu Buhari administered the oath of office to Justice Ariwoola during a swearing-in ceremony held at the Council Chamber of the Presidential Villa in Abuja. Ariwoola, aged 62, who takes over from the outgone CJN, Justice Tanko, is expected to serve in an acting capacity till confirmation by the National Judicial Council (NJC).

Data from the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) shows that the operating costs of telecommunication companies in the country rose by ₦265.25 billion to ₦1.66 trillion in 2021. The cost was ₦1.4 trillion in 2020. According to the ‘2021 Subscriber/Network Data Annual Report’, this illustrates an increase of 18.74 percent up from the figure reported in 2020. In April this year, telecommunication providers under the aegis of the Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria (ALTON) said that the rising cost of diesel had negatively impacted their operational costs, while asking the federal government for special interventions. The President, ALTON, Gbenga Adebayo, said that the industry was worried about how the rising cost of diesel would further drive the high cost of business. Industry data estimate that mobile telecommunication operators use an average of 40 million litres of diesel per month to power telecom sites. This, therefore, means that telecom firms may spend as much as ₦720 billion in powering their services in 12 months. According to ALTON, the telecom industry is one of the largest consumers of diesel in the country accounting for about 35 percent of operators’ costs. In a recent letter to the NCC, ALTON suggested a 40 percent upward review in the cost of calls, SMS, and data. This would have increased the floor price of calls from ₦6.4 to ₦8.95 and the price cap of SMS from ₦4 to ₦5.61.

The amount spent as subsidy by the federal government on every litre of petrol consumed in Nigeria is currently above ₦600, oil sector operators said on Sunday. Also, the latest petrol evacuation data obtained from the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPC) on Sunday showed that the year-to-date daily consumption of petrol in Nigeria was 66.8 million litres. Going by the above figure from the NNPC, it implies that the federal government spends about ₦40.1 billion daily subsidising every litre of petrol consumed in Nigeria. This also means that the government spends about ₦1.243 trillion on fuel subsidy every month.

Two police officers have been killed and another wounded in a rebel attack on a police station in northwest Benin in what appears to be a spillover effect of unrest in neighbouring Burkina Faso and Niger, local media and police sources said. Fighters descended on the Dassari police station at about 2am local time (01:00 GMT) on Sunday and opened fire, killing two officers before they were pushed back, a police officer who did not wish to be named told Reuters news agency. “Our forces were able to resist. Unfortunately, there were two dead in our ranks,” the police officer said. Two “terrorists” were also killed and several others wounded, he added. The local news outlet 24 Heures reported that an officer was injured in the attack. The fighters also set ablaze impounded motorcycles at the station, 24 Heures reported. No group has so far claimed responsibility for the attack.