The Late 5: Baru challenges Kachikwu’s petition, Aisha Buhari laments over State House Clinic, and other top stories

Good evening.

Here are the top 5 stories that drove conversation today:

Let’s start with the drama in the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) ignited by the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr Ibe Kachikwu, last week when his petition against his colleague, the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Maikanti Baru, leaked online.

In response to the  $25 billion contract scam allegation Kachikwu made against him, Baru said he is “not mandated to discuss contracts with [Kachikwu].”

Here’s a full statement of what he said.

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President Muhammadu Buhari’s wife, Aisha Buhari, was in the news more often than usual today. Apparently, she had a lot to say.

First, she lamented on the condition of the State House Clinic, lending her voice to her daughter Zahra, who also cried out about the horrible clinic last week. But both their comments had one thing in common, they were both targeted at the Permanent Secretary of the State House, Jalal Arabi. See what they had to say about him.

Mrs Buhari also made out time to talk about Nnamdi Kanu and his secessionist group, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). However, the bulk of what she said was clearly an attempt to defend her husband, the president. Here’s what she said.

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Speaking of IPOB, the Attorney-General of Abia State, Umeh Kalu has donated a hundred mattresses to prisons overcrowded by members of the separatist group.

The reason he gave for his action was, however, quite controversial. Here’s what he said.

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Remember Evans? Yes, the infamous kidnapper whose pictures crowded your timeline in June. Well, according to reports, he tried to escape from prison.

We learned he had plans to bribe the guards heavily to help with his escape. See the outrageous amount of money he was going to bribe the guards with.

The Nigerian Prison Service (NPS) has reportedly started increased his security apparatus.

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In Saudi Arabia, a woman has been penalised for driving, despite the recent plans to lift the ban preventing women from driving.

According to the police, they went ahead with the arrest because the ban on female drivers has not yet been lifted – till June 2018.

Besides her arrest, she is also being made to face separate sanctions. Here are more details on this story.

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