The FG on Monday withdrew an initial order mandating vice-chancellors of universities to reopen universities. In a circular issued, the National Universities Commission (NUC), had mandated vice-chancellors, pro-chancellors, and governing councils to re-open federal universities following months of closure due to the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU)’s strike. But later in the day, the NUC issued another circular, tagged NUC/ES/138/Vol.64/136, in which it withdrew the order. “I have been directed to withdraw the NUC Circular Ref: NUC/ES/138/Vol.64/135, and dated 23 September on the above subject,” the circular, signed by the Director, Finance, and Account of the NUC, Sam Onazi, read. “Consequently, the said circular stands withdrawn. All pro-chancellors and chairmen of governing councils, as well as vice-chancellors of federal universities, are to please note. “Further development and information would be communicated to all relevant stakeholders. Please, accept the assurances of the Executive Secretary’s warmest regards.” The letter was tagged “Withdrawal of circular NUC/ES/138/Vol.64/135 dated September 23, 2022”.

The Islamic State-backed faction of Boko Haram, the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), has claimed responsibility for the killing of two businessmen in Kano State. Gunmen on Saturday night killed the duo around Azubros Plaza, off France Road, Sabongari in Kano. The deceased were Ifeanyi Elechukwu, 41, who was the main target of the attack and his friend, Chibuille Emmanuel, 33, who was shot in the leg, but eventually died at a private clinic in the state capital. Elechukwu, a battery dealer, was said to have been lured to his shop by one of the gunmen, who pretended to be a customer. He was shot at close range and killed while his friend was chased and also shot. However, ISWAP has said the attack was carried out by “soldiers of the caliphate”. The terror group described Elechukwu as a Nigerian Army spy.

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) on Monday gave conditions for participating in the country’s politics. The group said it would only be interested in politics if the federal government would fix a date for a referendum to determine Biafra’s fate as a sovereign state. In a statement by its spokesman, Emma Powerful, IPOB insisted that anything short of a United Nations supervised referendum to determine Biafra, it would not be interested in national affairs. It described the statement credited to the Inspector General of Police linking its security outfit, Eastern Security Network (ESN) to their alleged planned attacks on political campaigns and elections, as laughable and disgraceful.  The statement partly reads: “We have always maintained that we are not interested in anything that has to do with Nigeria let alone taking any side in their fraudulent political process. IPOB are not zoo politicians. The only political process that IPOB will participate in is an UN-supervised Biafra Referendum that will usher in Biafra sovereignty and independence.”

A group of armed men and women in the western Libyan city of Zawiya clashed on Sunday night, killing five people and wounding 13 others, according to emergency services. According to local media, the clashes, including heavy weapons, were between two groups officially affiliated with the Ministries of Defence and Interior, in the heart of the city located about 40 km from the capital Tripoli. The Ambulance and Rescue Service reported five dead, including a 10-year-old girl, and 13 injured. According to a local security source who requested anonymity, the fighting broke out after a member of one of the two groups was killed by a supporter of the other because of a dispute over fuel trafficking, which is very common in this region near the border with Tunisia.