The Late 5: Buhari holds meeting with Bakare, Police describes Fayose as over dramatic, debunks governor’s claims and other stories

These are the stories that drove the conversation today:

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday met behind closed doors with fiery preacher and Senior Pastor of Latter Rain Assembly, Pastor Tunde Bakare, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Pastor Bakare was reported to have arrived the villa at about 2.30p.m and proceeded to the President’s office.

The Nigeria Police on Friday debunked allegations by Ekiti Governor, Ayo Fayose that he was slapped and kicked by a Police officer on Wednesday.

As reported by the Nation, Force Spokesman, Ag. DCP Jimoh Moshood who was speaking on a televised programme said the police investigated the matter by inviting the Aide-de-camp (ADC) and the Chief Security Officer (CSO) to the Governor, adding that the governor was just being over dramatic.

“The Executive Governor of the state was not manhandled. Nobody slapped him because we saw allegation that the Governor was slapped. What were the ADCs doing, what were the CSOs doing and other security agencies personnel that were with him doing at that point in time?” Moshood added.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared its readiness for Saturday’s governorship election in Ekiti.

Ekiti Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Prof. Abdulganiy Raji, while speaking to journalists on Friday in Ado-Ekiti, said all materials were already at the 16 local government areas of the state and the commission’s staff and security agents were set to commence the exercise.

The REC added that 35 political parties were participating in the election as against the initial 40 that had initially signalled intent to field candidates.

The Federal Government has on Friday pledged that there would be no censorship or coercion of any media organization in its fight against fake news and hate speech.

Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, who disclosed this while speaking on a breakfast programme aired on the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), said the existing law would be strengthened and enforced to stem the tide of fake news and hate speech, adding that the law would be allowed to take its course.

Two groups within the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kaduna loyal to Senators Shehu Sani and Othman Hunkuyi have announced their exit from the party.

A leader of one of the groups, Tom Maiyashi, who spoke to journalists in Kaduna on Friday said that the group decided to leave the APC because the party has failed to meet up with the expectations of Nigerians who voted them into power, they however did not state the political party they will be joining.

And stories from around the world:

President Donald Trump said on Friday the United States and Britain could secure a “great” post-Brexit trade deal, lavishing praise on Prime Minister Theresa May and contradicting his own withering assessment of her strategy publicized hours earlier. (Reuters)

The United Nations Security Council has imposed an arms embargo on South Sudan, almost five years after a ruinous civil war in the country started.

US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said the adoption of the resolution was necessary “to stop the violence, we need to stop the flow of weapons that armed groups are using to fight each other and to terrorise the people.” (Aljazeera)

Twelve Russian military intelligence officers were indicted by a US grand jury on Friday — just three days before President Donald Trump’s meeting with Russia’s Vladimir Putin — for interfering in the 2016 presidential election. (AFP)

Cameroon’s President Paul Biya has announced that he will be a candidate in the 7 October presidential election that would, if he wins, extend his 35-year-rule.

Biya who tweeted in French and in English: “I am willing to respond positively to your overwhelming calls. I will stand as your candidate in the upcoming presidential election.” (BBC)

Pakistan’s former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam have been arrested after flying back to the country to face lengthy prison sentences, in a high-stakes gamble to galvanise their party ahead of an election on 25 July. (The Guardian, UK)

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