The presidential primary of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) is still ongoing. A total of seven presidential hopefuls have stepped down from contesting and backed Bola Tinubu, a former governor of Lagos State. Ibikunle Amosun, a former Ogun State governor, and Kayode Fayemi, the current Ekiti governor, stepped down for Mr Tinubu. Also stepping down for Tinubu are Dimeji Bankole, former speaker of the house of representatives; Muhammad Badaru, current Jigawa governor; and Ajayi Boroffice, the Senator representing Ondo North, and Uju Ohanenye, the only female APC presidential aspirant. They all announced their decisions one after the other during their speeches at the APC special convention to elect the presidential candidate of the ruling party. But it was a former governor of Akwa Ibom State, and erstwhile Niger Delta minister, Godswill Akpabio, who kicked off the series of withdrawals when he mounted the podium, withdrew from the race and endorsed Tinubu. Only Felix Nicholas, who came third in the 2019 elections, withdrew in favour of Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo. Voting was still ongoing as of 0600 hours this morning.
The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) says Nigeria saw a ₦1.2 trillion trade surplus in the first three months of 2022. In its foreign trade in goods report, the statistics agency said Nigeria’s total trade stood at ₦13 trillion in the first quarter of 2022. This was higher than the value recorded in the fourth quarter of 2021 (₦11.7 trillion) as well as in the corresponding period of 2021, which stood at ₦7.86 trillion. According to the report, the improvement in Nigeria’s merchandise trade was due to increases in crude oil export in the quarter under review which stood at ₦5.62 trillion, an increase of 31.66 percent compared to ₦4.27 trillion recorded in Q4, 2021. A breakdown of the report shows that the majority of imported goods in Q1 2022 originated from China with a value of ₦1.51 trillion, followed by the Netherlands with ₦618.72 billion, Belgium (₦563.25 billion), India with ₦415.57 billion, and the United States (₦337.33 billion). Most goods were exported to India (₦1.18 trillion), Spain (₦677.69 billion), the Netherlands (₦660.59 billion), Indonesia (₦474.41 billion), and the United States (₦372.73 billion).
The Nigeria Data Protection Bureau (NDPB) says it is investigating Wema Bank and KC Gaming Networks, which trades as BetNaija, for alleged breaches of customers’ data privacy. The bank is accused of opening accounts for customers without their request or authorisation, while KC Gaming is being probed over external attacks on its data servers. “At this stage, the objectives of these investigations as directed by the National Commissioner of the Bureau, Vincent Olatunji, are to determine the impact of the breaches on the affected data subjects and the remedial actions taken by the concerned data controllers,” the NDPB said in a statement signed by the Legal, Enforcement & Regulations Lead, Bolu Bamigboye, said. The Bureau assured members of the general public that it will ensure proper accountability of the data controllers in the ongoing investigations. “This data processing, according to the complaints against the Bank, involves using their personal data to open accounts. The Bureau is also investigating a report of a breach of data privacy at KC Gaming Networks. The breach, in this case, involved an alleged external attack on the KC Gaming Networks,” it said. The investigation follows complaints from people who received messages indicating accounts had been opened for them at Wema Bank without their permission. The bank denies the reports and says it is investigating.
Cameroon’s government said on Tuesday that a group of soldiers killed nine villagers, including an 18-month-old girl, in a “manifestly disproportionate” and “hasty” response to a confrontation in the Northwest region last week. The four soldiers were searching for a missing comrade in the village of Missong when they came across a group of angry villagers at night, the Defence Ministry said in a statement. “In an inappropriate reaction, unsuited to the circumstances and manifestly disproportionate to the hostile villagers’ refusal to cooperate … the soldiers, in a hasty reaction of self-protection … used their weapons,” the statement said. The victims were four men, four women and the infant, it said. A one-year-old child was lightly injured and taken to hospital. The statement was an unusual admission of blame by the army, which civilians and rights groups have accused of numerous killings and abuses during an ongoing separatist conflict. Cameroon’s Northwest Region is one of two English-speaking regions where secessionist fighters protesting about perceived marginalisation by the French-speaking majority have been battling government troops since 2017. Last year a mob lynched a military police officer after he killed a five-year-old girl when he fired on a car at a checkpoint. A month later, a policeman killed an eight-year-old girl in similar circumstances. The conflict has killed more than 3,000 people and displaced nearly 1 million since it started. The ministry said the four soldiers have been arrested and an investigation opened and offered its condolences to the families of the victims.