Suspected terrorists have murdered Reverend Father John Cheitnum, a Catholic priest in Kaduna who until his abduction and killing was the Director of Communications at the Catholic Diocese of Kafanchan, as well as the Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) In Jema’a LGA of the state. Reverend Father Cheitnum and his colleague, Reverend Father Donatus Cleopas, were kidnapped by bandits on 16 July while they were on pastoral work at the rectory of Christ the King Catholic Church, Yadin Garu in Lere LGA. According to a statement by the Chancellor of Kafanchan Catholic Diocese, Reverend Father Emmanuel Okolo, the decomposing body of the priest was discovered on Tuesday. Reverend Father Cleopas, on his part, was said to have been released by the bandits after an undisclosed amount of money was paid to them as ransom. In recent times, Kaduna has witnessed kidnapping incidents involving the targeting of religious leaders. In the past year alone, the Catholic Church in Kaduna has lost three of its priests to banditry, while four others were kidnapped and only regained their freedom after ransoms were paid to their abductors.
The Senate on Wednesday passed the Electricity Bill 2022. Committee chairman, Sen. Gabriel Suswam, in his presentation, said the bill sought to, among others, provide an ideal legal and institutional framework to leverage the modest gains of the privatisation phase of the power sector in Nigeria. He said that when signed into law, the bill would improve the utilisation of generated power through increased investments in new technologies to enhance transmission and distribution of generated power to minimise aggregate value chain losses. This came on the same day that Nigeria’s electricity grid collapsed again, causing a blackout and affecting businesses and livelihoods across the country. In a message to customers, major electricity distribution companies (DisCos) said the grid collapsed at about 11 am. The incident comes 38 days after the national grid suffered a system failure on 13 June. The discos did not state the cause of the fresh system collapse. The national grid has collapsed seven times in 2022. It collapsed on two occasions each in March and April 2022.
The Central Bank of Nigeria has threatened to arrest and prosecute Nigerians using naira to buy dollars. “For those taking money from banks to buy dollars, it is illegal to do so. If the security agencies hold you, you will know the implication of that,” Governor Godwin Emefiele said on Tuesday at the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meeting in Lagos. Reading the riot act to bank customers, Mr Emefiele urged Nigerians who are “illegally” exchanging naira for dollar to stop, adding that the regulatory bank would conduct investigations and bar those found culpable from conducting transactions in Nigerian banks. Mr Emefiele disclosed the regulatory bank’s monitoring of customers and banks, warning that the CBN would sanction banks caught in illegal transactions. The warning followed the central bank’s efforts to prevent further deterioration of the naira’s value and the country’s economy.
The former ruling coalition in Sudan, the Freedom and Change Declaration Forces (FNDF) have announced that they will form a broad front against the tribal clashes that have led to the death and injury of dozens of people in the country and the hate speech behind them. The leader of the group announced that they will organise demonstrations on 24 July in Khartoum and many cities under the name of “One Homeland Sudan” to protest the violence between tribes. The announcement comes shortly after a massive protest in Khartoum when police fired tear gas grenades at hundreds of demonstrators who were holding up banners saying “No to the killing of Hausas”. The death toll from tribal clashes triggered by land disputes in southeastern Sudan’s Blue Nile State has risen to at least 64, medical sources said earlier in the week, with the long festering tensions spreading into some other states. A curfew was imposed in two major towns of Blue Nile State and security forces were deployed following fighting between the Hausa and Funj tribes that began last week.