On 28 November, at least 110 civilians have reportedly been killed by armed men in a village close to Maiduguri, the capital of north-eastern Borno state. The style of the attack, which was apparently carried out by a group of armed men on motorcycles, fits the established pattern of Islamist insurgent group Boko Haram.… Read the rest
- The #endSARS movement will likely retreat to social media for the foreseeable future and forfeit much of its leverage as a result.
- Past precedent suggests little of substance will emanate from the official commissions of inquiry set up to investigate the armed forces’ human rights abuses.
The shooting of peaceful protesters by security forces in Lagos in the evening of 20 October is likely to become a watershed moment for the #endSARS protests. Throughout 21 October, reports of civil unrest targeting government buildings, security installations as well as property belonging to the political elites across Lagos multiplied, despite a city-wide curfew imposed the previous day.… Read the rest
While the wave of youth protests engulfing major urban centers does not show signs of abiding, the government appears set to continue playing the waiting game, hoping for the largely peaceful protests to peter out eventually.… Read the rest
After several days of protests demanding the disbandment of a notorious police unit, the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (F-SARS), Nigeria’s chief of police announced the unit’s immediate dissolution 11 October. Nevertheless, demonstrators vowed to continue their protests unless and until the announcement was backed up by an executive order signed by President Muhammadu Buhari.… Read the rest
- On 28 September, the government forwarded the latest draft Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) to the National Assembly for consideration.
- Amid other things, the bill suggests putting the state-owned Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) on a new legal basis and stripping it of its regulatory functions.
The outcome of the 19 September gubernatorial election in the southern Edo state will have major implications for the balance of power within the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). In fact, if the APC fails to win in Edo state, this could put a premature end to south-western powerbroker Bola Tinubu’s widely suspected ambition to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari as the party’s presidential candidate in 2023.… Read the rest
Two actions taken by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) this week highlight the bank’s persistent penchant for micromanaging the exchange rate rather than heeding calls from international lenders to float the currency.… Read the rest