The Late 5: Ibe Kachikwu’s leaked petition sparks fresh controversy; AGF says Diezani will not be repatriated to Nigeria; and other top stories

Good evening.

Here are the top 5 stories that drove conversation today.

“VERY SOON, NIGERIA WILL DRINK HER CRUDE OIL”

That’s the warning former minister of education, Oby Ezekwesili, has for the federal government if it continues to depend on oil for Nigeria’s revenue.

Nigeria has remained “adamant” on its dependence on the commodity, she said, harping on the need for diversification.

Okechukwu Eluogu has some ideas of what the government can do to begin the process of diversification. Here’s what he suggested.

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Meanwhile, the Minister of Petroleum, Ibe Kachikwu, made some pretty strong allegations against the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Maikanti Baru.

The allegations revealed in a leaked petition, which was meant only for the eyes of the president, written by Kachikwu accused Baru of insubordination, and gradually destroying all his reforms while he was GMD of NNPC (Read the petition here).

This development has caused the Senate to begin an investigation into Kachikwu’s allegation. Here’s what the Senate had to say.

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The federal government has a lot on its plate, especially with the return of about 138 Nigerians from Libya, out of which 4 were critically ill.

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), the government agency responsible for cases like this received the returnees with the promise of a better Nigeria.

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Remember, on Tuesday ex-petroleum minister Diezani Alison-Madueke said she wants to return to Nigeria to defend the corruption charges against her. Well, the chances of that happening are pretty slim as the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami has said she will not be repatriated to Nigeria.

According to the AGF, an attempt to bring Diezani back to the country will ” jeopardise what the UK government is doing.”

Apparently, there’s some sort of agreement between Nigeria and the UK on issues of corruption and litigation. He explains better, here.

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A suspected member of the insurgent group, Boko Haram, Mohammed Bashir was caught planning to carry out attacks in Ondo.

While Basir, who claimed to be an officer in Boko Haram was paraded by the Police, he made some really shocking revelations, especially on the reason why Boko Haram kills people.

Here’s what he said.

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