The Late 5: Buhari heads to Chad for regional meeting; We have over 1bn litres of petrol – NNPC debunks rumour of impending fuel scarcity | Other stories

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Buhari heads to Chad for regional meeting

On Saturday, President Muhammadu Buhari will depart Abuja for N’Djamena, Chad, to participate in the Extraordinary Session of the Conference of Heads of State and Government of the Community of Sahel-Saharan States (CEN-SAD). Garba Shehu, the president’s senior special assistant on media and publicity, confirmed this in a statement in Abuja on Friday.

Court strikes out communication minister’s suit challenging APC

Justice P.I. Ajoku of a Federal High Court in Ibadan, on Friday struck out a suit filed the Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu, against the All Progressives Congress for excluding his name from the list of gubernatorial aspirants in the March 9 General Elections over his inability to present his NYSC certificate.

NAN reports that Shittu who was screened out of the APC governorship primaries in Oyo State for not having the mandatory NYSC certificate, filed the suit marked FHC/IB/CS/111/2018.

Kudirat Afolabi couldn’t have escaped death as she was caught with drugs – Abike Dabiri-Erewa

The Federal Government on Friday said that illicit drug was hidden on the body of Kudirat Afolabi, who was executed in Saudi Arabia on April 1. Afolabi was among the 20 persons arrested with drugs hidden in their bodies.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Relations and the Diaspora, Mrs. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, disclosed this on Friday to News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos. She said the explanation became necessary in a bid to clarify the circumstances leading to the execution of the Nigerian woman.

Supreme Court strikes out APC suit on exclusion from Rivers Polls

The supreme court has struck out the appeals filed by Tonye Cole and the Rivers chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), challenging the exclusion of the party from fielding candidates for the 2019 elections. A Rivers state high court had nullified the candidacy of Cole and Magnus Abe, who emerged governorship candidates of different factions of the APC in Rivers. At the hearing of the appeals on Thursday, Jibrin Okutepa, counsel to the APC, argued that the court of appeal never affirmed the judgment of the state high court nullifying its primaries.
We have over 1bn litres of petrol – NNPC debunks rumour of impending fuel scarcity
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has urged Nigerians to disregard rumours of an impending scarcity of petrol in the country. In a statement issued by Ndu Ughamadu, NNPC spokesman on Thursday, the corporation said such rumours were “tales fabricated by mischief makers with intent to create undue panic in the prevailing sanity in the fuel supply and distribution matrix across the country”.

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