Tukur Mamu, the media aide to Kaduna-based Islamic cleric, Ahmad Gumi, has said he shared intelligence with the authorities about the Kuje prison attack but they failed to act. He also blamed Tuesday’s deadly attack on Ansaru terrorists, who were said to have attacked and abducted passengers of the Abuja-Kaduna bound train on March 28. The Islamic State of West African Province (ISWAP) has since claimed responsibility for the attack. However, in a statement issued on Thursday, Gumi’s aide said he shared intelligence with security agencies and a committee that was constituted by the nation’s Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Lucky Irabor. Mamu stated that the terror group requested the release of 51 of their members, adding that he was able to scale the request to 10 and communicated the same with audio evidence to the relevant authorities. He noted that there was an unnecessary delay from the government, giving the terrorists another chance to successfully carry out another attack.
The federal government on Thursday launched its reviewed $2.3 trillion National Integrated Infrastructure Master Plan (NIIMP)(2020–2043). Prince Clem Agba, Minister of State for Budget and National Planning launched the document in Abuja. He explained that the NIIMP was developed to guide Nigeria’s infrastructure investment by adopting a coordinated approach to infrastructure development across all sectors which will add value to the national economy and enhance private sector participation in infrastructure development. The reviewed NIIMP launched by the federal government projects that Nigeria requires a total infrastructure investment of $2.3 trillion over the next 21 years, which is about $150 billion annually to finance infrastructure investment and close the country’s infrastructural gap. Agba explained that the federal government’s unwavering commitment to addressing the problem of huge infrastructure gap in Nigeria led it to develop the NIIMP as a government blueprint for building world-class infrastructure required to grow the economy, enhance the citizenry’s quality of life, create jobs and improve the nation’s global competitiveness. He pointed out that the reviewed NIIMP and the newly approved National Development Plan (2021-2025) also estimated the country’s current infrastructure stock to be between 30-35 percent of the GDP in 2020, far from the estimated target of 70 percent envisaged in 2043.
The Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) has lamented that the subsidy on petroleum products, especially petrol, has placed a huge financial burden on the states. The NGF said this in a memo it forwarded to the House of Representatives. The memo is a response to the call for memoranda made by the The House’s Ad Hoc Committee on the Volume of Fuel Consumed Daily in Nigeria, which is investigating the actual amount of petrol the country consumes daily. The memo was signed by the Head, Legislative Liaison, Peace and Security, NGF, Fatima Usman Katsina, for the Chairman of the Forum and addressed to the committee’s Chairman, Abdulkadir Abdullahi.. The memo titled, ‘Findings on the Volume of Fuel Consumed Daily in Nigeria,’ dated July 1, 2022, partly read that, “Rising prices are pushing millions of Nigerians into poverty. Rising inflation between 2020 and 2021 is expected to have pushed an additional 5-6 million Nigerians into poverty. Food insecurity is increasing in both poor and non-poor households, with some adults skipping meals. Because inflation is high, even if it remains stable, it will continue to push many more Nigerians into poverty. “35 out of 36 states are likely to see transfers from the federation fall (in nominal terms) between 2021 and 2022, with the average decline projected to be about 11 percent. Most states are already experiencing fiscal stress, with 30 out of 36 states recording fiscal deficits in 2020, including Lagos and every oil-producing state except Akwa Ibom.” The NGF stated that greater accountability and transparency around oil and gas revenues “are the only immediate options for easing the pressure on government finances and maximising socially responsible profit gain”.
The Guinean police said on Wednesday that 17 police officers sustained various degrees of injuries following spontaneous violent demonstrations in Conakry on Tuesday and Wednesday that followed the brutal arrest of three leaders of a collective,. Clashes between police and youth groups broke out in suburban areas of the capital to protest against the arrest of members of the National Front for the Defence of the Constitution (FNDC), a coalition that had orchestrated months of mobilisation from 2019 to 2021 against former President Alpha Condé (2010-2021), who was overthrown in September 2021 by a junta led by Colonel Mamady Doumbouya. The demonstrators burned tyres, erected barricades, overturned bins and pelted the police, who tried to disperse them with tear gas. AFP reported that a precarious calm had returned to the capital on Thursday.