Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, has accused the federal government of granting a security outfit in Katsina State the right to bear arms whilst the same privilege has not been granted to the Amotekun Corps. In a statement on Thursday, Akeredolu referred to a video on social media wherein the security outfit in Katsina was empowered to carry AK-47 to tackle internal security challenges. He accused the federal government of double standards, saying allowing the Katsina State security outfit to bear arms and denying the Amotekun the same rights means “we are pursuing one country, two systems.” Akeredolu, who is the chairman of the Southern Governors’ Forum, said that equity and justice are required in the federal government’s relationship with all the component units. He insisted that Ondo State would defend its people, stating that the denial of the right of Amotekun to bear arms to protect the people of the state violated the tenets of federalism.

As campaigns for 2023 general elections commence on 28 September, the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Usman Alkali Baba has ordered the Commissioners of Police to arrest operatives of quasi-security agencies such as Amotekun, Hisbah, Ebubeagu, Benue State Community Volunteer Guards (BSCVG), Civilian Joint Task Force and others established by state and local governments who involve in election campaigns. The IGP who stated this while addressing Strategic Police Managers of the Force from the rank of Commissioners of Police and above at a Conference in Abuja, on Thursday revealed that “all quasi-security outfits” established under different nomenclatures, structures, and orientations have “no legal roles under the Electoral Act 2020 and within the electoral process.” This is as he charged the commissioners of police at various commands to ensure that operatives of such outfits are “not in any way or manner utilised by any political or community actor for any role during the electioneering campaign and other electoral processes in the countdown to the 2023 general elections.” The IGP also urged them to familiarise themselves fully with the Electoral Act and the Code of Conduct and Rules of Engagement for Security Personnel on Electoral Duty and situate all their decisions and actions within them as well as their legal obligations under the Constitution, Nigeria Police Act, and other extant laws.

Multichoice Nigeria on Thursday disagreed with a proposed Senate plan on reducing tariffs being paid by viewers. Multichoice was the only broadcast service provider to oppose the proposed pay-per-view opt-in of the industry stakeholders that turned out at a one-day public hearing organised by the Senate Ad-hoc Committee on “Pay-TV Hikes And Demand for Pay-per-view Subscription Model,” headed by Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi. The broadcast service provider in its submission to the Committee defended its stand and cited challenges in the communication industry as reasons there should be a price hike, particularly the lack of power and insecurity rocking the country. In his oral submission, Multichoice Nigeria CEO John Ugbe said the pay-per-view will hurt the economy, insisting that in their 27-year operation, the model mooted by the legislators would not augur well despite Nigeria’s free market economy. He urged the parliament to allow them to determine what Nigerians pay, noting that Nigeria does not represent a conducive operative environment. The position of Multichoice was contrary to that of TSTV, which admitted that they have been using a pay-per-view model from inception after they were licensed to operate. It said the current model of subscription made viewers pay for channels they don’t watch. In a similar vein, Startimes Nigeria posited that pay-per-view was cost-saving as viewers would subscribe and pay only for the channel of their choice. The committee chairman and the Deputy Chief Whip of the Senate, Abdullahi Sabi and Senator Abba Moro respectively maintained that the Committee would weigh all presentations before deciding.

The ruling junta in Guinea has launched a violent attack on the current president of ECOWAS ahead of a summit of the organisation, denouncing Wednesday’s remarks as a “disgrace”. In the attack on Thursday, the junta accused the ECOWAS president of practising “clown diplomacy. “The crude lie and the remarks similar to intimidation are nowadays retrograde practices that do not honour its author and tarnish at the same time the brand image of ECOWAS. We cannot bear this shame,” said Colonel Amara Camara, secretary general of the transitional presidency. “We are not in a relationship of clowns or reality TV,” he added. Colonel Camara blamed the current president of the Bissau-Guinean Umaro Sissoco Embalo, for his statements to French media RFI and France 24 on Wednesday. Mr Embalo had warned that Guinea would face “heavy sanctions” if the junta, which came to power by force in September 2021, persisted in wanting to stay in power for three years. He reaffirmed that during a visit to Guinea he had obtained an agreement with the junta to hand over to elected civilians after two years, which Colonel Camara described as a “lie”.