The Consumer Price Index (CPI), which measures the rate of change in prices of goods and services, surged to 19.64 percent in July 2022, up from 18.60 percent in the previous month. This is the highest rate recorded since September 2005. The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said this on Monday in its CPI report for July 2022. The figure is also 2.27 percent points higher when compared to the rate recorded in July 2021, which was 17.38 percent. According to the report, increases were recorded in all classifications of individual consumption according to purpose (COICOP) divisions that yielded the headline index. The report added that food inflation, caused by increases in prices of bread and cereals, food products, potatoes, yam and other tubers, meat, fish, oil, and fat, rose to 22.02 percent in July, an uptick compared June’s 20.60 percent. In analysing price movements, the report said Akwa Ibom, Ebonyi and Kogi witnessed the highest prices. Jigawa, Kano and Borno recorded the slowest inflation rise.

Hamisu Bala, the suspected kidnap kingpin better known as Wadume, has been sentenced to seven years imprisonment. Wadume was charged alongside Aliyu Dadje – a police inspector, Auwalu Bala, Uba Bala, Bashir Waziri, Zubairu Abdullahi and Rayyanu Abdul. They were prosecuted by the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation on a 13-count charge. Binta Nyako, the presiding judge, delivered the judgment on 22 July — but it was made available to the media on Sunday. The judge convicted Wadume on two counts — escaping from lawful custody and unlawfully dealing in prohibited firearms. Uba Bala and Abdullahi were also sentenced to seven years imprisonment each. Dadje, a police inspector, was sentenced to three years imprisonment for tampering with police records to conceal a crime. He was the station officer at the Ibi divisional police headquarters, Ibi LGA, Taraba at the time of the crime. According to court records, Dadje was said to have tampered with entries made by Felix Adolije, leader of the IGP IRT team in August 2019, by tearing off the entry page to cover up for Tijani Balarabe, an army captain, and his team who released Wadume and killed some of the officers who arrested him. The court discharged and acquitted the third and fifth defendants, Auwal Bala and Bashir Waziri, for lack of evidence.

Equatorial Guinea’s navy arrested an oil supertanker, MV Heroic Idun, that evaded arrest in Nigeria after it was seen around the Akpo oil field on 7 August. The vessel with International Maritime Organisation (IMO) number 9858058, was arrested on Friday with the help of intelligence supplied by the Nigerian Navy. The NNS Gongola had interrogated the ship, which has the capacity to lift about three million barrels of crude oil, when it was first seen around the Akpo deep offshore oil field operated by a multinational firm at midnight on 7 August. Upon interrogation, it was discovered that the ship, alleged to have come into the country’s waters to load products neither had the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation Limited’s (NNPC) loading permit, nor valid documents to be in the country’s waters. Having established that the said vessel was up to no good in the area it was located, the Marshal Islands-flagged ship with 26 crew comprising 16 Indians, eight Sri Lankans, a Pole and one Filipino was asked to proceed to Bonny Fairway in Rivers for further interrogation and Vessel Boarding Search and Seizure (VBSS), but it increased its speed and changed its direction facing Sao Tome and Principe. It is unclear if the ship has been returned to Nigerian authorities for further investigation.

Deputy President William Ruto has been declared the winner of Kenya’s presidential election amid dramatic scenes. He narrowly beat his rival, Raila Odinga, taking 50.5% of the vote, according to the official results. The announcement was delayed amid scuffles and allegations of vote-rigging by Mr Odinga’s campaign team. Four of the seven members of the electoral commission refused to endorse the result, saying it was “opaque”. Juliana Cherera, the vice-chairperson of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) said, “We are going to give a comprehensive statement… and again we urge Kenyans to keep calm.” Mr Odinga’s party agent earlier alleged that there were “irregularities” and “mismanagement” in the election. Electoral commission chairman Wafula Chebukati said he had done his duty despite receiving threats. In his speech, President-elect Ruto said he wanted to be a president of all, and for the country to focus on the future. Supporters of Mr Odinga have staged protests in the western city of Kisumu and some parts of Nairobi.