The Late 5: Presidency to meet tomorrow over 2018 budget, Universities will admit only 30 percent of UTME candidates this year, and other top stories

Good evening.

Here are the top 5 stories that drove conversation today:

The presidency postponed today’s Federal Executive Council meeting till tomorrow Thursday for a “special session” where the council will discuss 2018 Appropriation Bill.

This matters because the Federal Government had promised to deliver the 2018 Appropriation Bill to the National Assembly before the of the month.

In this tweet, the presidency disclosed that the budget is already being finalized.

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Commenting on the now-dubbed “Mainagate” scandal surrounding the questionable reinstatement of the estranged ex-pension boss Abdulrasheed Maina, former education minister, Oby Ezekwesili, said it is “a controversy too many” for President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.

She went on, in a series of tweets, describing the situation as a “colossal mess.”

Read the thread of scathing remarks she tweeted, here.

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The Nigerian Air Force said today that it believes Mallama Fitdasi, the wife of Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau has been killed in air strikes carried out on a hideout in Borno.

The Air Force Public Relations and Information Director Olatokunbo Adesanya confirmed the strikes.

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But, it turns out, that was just one head of a many-headed serpent, as suspected Boko Haram terrorists went on to attack Sasawa village in Yobe.

The state police confirmed the attack happened on Tuesday after a relatively long period of peace in the region.

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The Nigerian Universities Commission (NUC) made a shocking revelation today that only 30 percent of the 1.7 million Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) candidates will get admitted into the Universities, this year.

The NUC Secretary Prof. Abubakar Rasheed explained that this was due to limited spaces in the tertiary institutions.

Here, the NUC Secretary explains, deeper, the reasons for their decision.

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