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#FuelPriceHike: Social media slices Africa’s oil giant, Nigeria, as scarcity bites harder 

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Nigerians have been reacting to the continued scarcity of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), popularly known as petrol that has lingered for about one month.

The essential commodity became scarce in the first week of February 2022 when the Nigerian government says it found an unsafe quantity of methanol in petrol imported into the country, and cited that as the reason for fuel shortage that has led to hard times for many Nigerians.

Long queues are seen in the few filling stations that have the product, thus causing road blockage traffic congestion that has only added “petrol into fire” of the current plight of Nigerians.

The shortage, which was first witnessed in Abuja – Nigeria’s capital city and Lagos has spread across states in the federation with many filling stations selling above the approved 165.00 per litre.

Nigerians are left with little option than to buy given the epileptic nature of electricity in Nigeria, many small businesses and homes need petrol as fuel for their stop-gap electricity through generator sets. The scarcity has also caused a spike in the cost of transport in the West African country.

Many Nigerians therefore took to micro blogging platform –Twitter under #FuelPriceHike to express their discomforts to the current situation. See some reactions below:

It should be noted President Buhari named himself Minister of Petroleum since he came into office in 20215 while Ibe Kachikwu (Delta State) was named Minister of State (Petroleum) in his first term and retained the office in his current second term while Mr. Timipre Sylva is the current Minister of State (Petroleum).

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Nearly €20 million in contention as Chad arrests top oil sector, banking officials

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An investigation into embezzlement at the national oil company in Chad has led to the arrest of a group of senior officials from Chad’s oil and banking sectors.

According to the government, the arrest has been on over the past 10 days.

The Minister of Communication and government spokesman, Abderaman Koulamallah on Sunday said the embezzlement of 13 billion CFA francs (nearly 20 million euros) within the Chadian oil company (SHT) and the National Security Agency (ANS), the internal and external intelligence services, is conducting the investigation.

Among those arrested is the former private secretary of General Mahamat Déby, Idriss Youssouf Boy. Michel Boayam and Tahir Issa Ali Souleymane were also questioned in the framework of the investigation.

“Many people have been arrested and some have been released as part of the investigation into financial misappropriations of 13 billion CFA francs at the SHT.

“The case is currently being handled by the judiciary” and some of the defendants will eventually be presented to a judge at the end of the preliminary investigation, the spokesman added, without giving any details of the charges.” Koulamallah told journalists.

Chad is a modest oil producer, with 47 million barrels in 2021, The central African country joined the circle of African oil producing and exporting countries in the early 2000s and its economy is now very dependent on it.

It is not uncommon to identify corrupt trend in oil sector in Africa. Report says the 2005–2014 oil boom raised incentives for corruption across the oil industry’s value chain. A highly diverse set of private sector actors engaged in corrupt behavior.

Chad’s neighbour, Nigeria, who is also Africa’s largest oil producer, is perhaps the biggest reference to corruption in oil sector in the continent. Efforts from the Nigerian government to investigate and curtail the ill can be traced to the 1950s during the Olusegun Obasanjo military regime. A panel of enquiry was set up to investigate a Two Billion, Eight Hundred Thousand Naira fraud which could not be accounted for by the NNPC.

The cases of corruption in the sector once again raises question if the liquid tressure has been a blessing or curse to the “black continent.”

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326 Mozambican Police officers dismissed for involvement in crimes since 2020

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The Mozambican Police Force (PRM), has dismissed 326 officers from the force since 2020 over their involvement in different crimes which include extortion, bribery, use of excessive force and violence against citizens.

The dismissal of the police officers was as a result of a 2020/2021 report on human rights abuse in the country put together by the Mozambican Bar Association (OAM), which was released last week in Maputo.

According to the 2020 report, many arbitrary detentions persisted including situations of people being locked up for more than 48 hours in cells and detainees driven to prisons without any magistrate validating their detention.

“Among various abuses, the violence practiced by the police also includes physical assault, arbitrary detention and sometimes even murders.

“For instance, four police officers were sentenced to the maximum penalty of 23 and 24 years in prison, for their involvement, on 7 October 2019, in the murder of the executive director of the Forum of Non-Governmental Organizations of Gaza (FONGA), Anastácio Matavel,” the report stated.

The OAM also recommended exemplary disciplinary, administrative and criminal accountability of those police officers involved in violence against citizens, as well as modification of the requirements for admission of candidates for a police career, ensuring that only persons who show a commitment to the cause of law and order and public security are admitted.

The OAM also called for the dissemination of information on crimes of violence committed by the police, including the names of the officers involved and the disciplinary measures taken.

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