Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba on Tuesday said 21,000 police officers would be deployed for the 16 July Osun governorship election. Alkali Baba said this in Osogbo at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Osun 2022 Governorship Election Stakeholders’ Meeting. The IGP said the deployment was not to intimidate residents but to prevent miscreants from hijacking or disrupting the election process. He said the deployed officers would provide security, and protect the electorate, INEC personnel and materials before, during and after the election. He said the officers deployed had already been trained and made aware of the rules of engagement, adding that the police remained apolitical and were to ensure free, fair and credible elections. Also, INEC National Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, said the commission was fully ready to conduct the Osun election. According to him, the election materials have already been deployed to all the state INEC local government area offices. Yakubu said sensitive materials would be delivered to the wards 24 hours before the election and the Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) collection would still continue until 14 July. Giving the records on PVC collection in the state, Mahmood added that of the 1,955,657 registered voters in Osun, 1,479,959 have collected their PVCs as of 10 July. He also said that five INEC National Commissioners, 12 Resident Electoral Commissioners and other senior INEC officers would be in the state to support the Osun office to deliver a credible, free, fair and conclusive election.

The ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) has seen a rash of resignations as people protest its decision to settle for a Muslim-Muslim presidential ticket in 2023. A chieftain of the APC in Delta State and national caucus member, Air Vice Marshal Frank Ajobena (retd.) quit the party in protest. The retired Air Force chief described the Muslim-Muslim ticket as “the highest level of insensitivity to the Christian faith in the country.” Other high-profile resignations include former Governorship Candidate of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) in Rivers State, Prince Tonye Princewill, veteran Nigerian actor Kenneth Okonkwo, legal practitioner and politician, Daniel Bwala and Senator Ishaku Abbo representing Adamawa North senatorial district.

Nigeria’s solar companies are seeing a surge in demand for mini-grids and equipment as businesses in Africa’s biggest oil producer look for alternative power sources after the cost of diesel soared locally due to rising global oil prices. However, supply constraints could hamper the companies’ ability to capitalise on the trend as some have begun to turn away customers because they cannot meet demand. Nigeria, Africa’s largest economy with a population of more than 200 million people, has an installed electricity capacity of 12,500 megawatts but the national grid only provides 4,000 MW of peak power, leaving businesses and citizens heavily reliant on diesel-powered generators. The price of diesel, which is not subsidised like petrol, has nearly tripled to ₦800 a litre ($1.93) largely as a result of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The Energy Commission of Nigeria says the country spends $22 billion annually to fuel generators. Solar power adoption is estimated at below 2% and some businesses perceive it as unsuitable for large-scale use, industry executives said.

Malian authorities arrested nearly 50 soldiers from Côte d’Ivoire who came to Mali to work for a contracting company of the United Nations mission in Mali. The government made the announcement on Monday calling the Ivorian soldiers “mercenaries,” in a move that could raise tensions between the two West African countries. Two aircraft arrived at Mali’s international airport Sunday with the 49 soldiers “with their weapons and ammunition of war, as well as other military equipment,” said Malian government spokesman Col. Abdoulaye Maiga. They “were illegally on the national territory of Mali,” and the transitional government considers them mercenaries, he added. U.N. mission spokesman Olivier Salgado said these Ivorian soldiers “are not part of one of the MINUSMA contingents, but have been deployed for several years in Mali as part of logistical support on behalf of one of our contingents.” He said that their arrival as relief would have been communicated beforehand to the national authorities. They are working for a German company that is contracted by the U.N. mission known as the Sahelian Aviation Services. Maiga said they would put an end to the protection activity of the Sahelian Aviation Services by foreign forces and demand their departure from Malian territory. The government invited the “air company ‘Sahelian Aviation Services’ to entrust its security to Malian defence and security forces,” he said. Mali’s transitional government affirmed in June that it will not authorise the U.N. mission to investigate ongoing human rights violations in Mali, adding to further tensions as France also withdraws its forces.