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Below are the headlines found on The Guardian Online Newspaper for today, Friday 20 October, 2017.

Fri, 20 Oct 2017
The Federal Government needs a total of $36 billion to complete its rail projects across the country.

The Transportation Minister, Chibuike Amaechi, disclosed this yesterday at the National Assembly just as the Senate subjected him and the Finance Minister, Kemi Adeosun, to intense questioning over the Federal Government’s bid to borrow another $5.5 billion.
Amaechi said: “If you put it all together, the total cost of the entire rail projects will amount to about $36 billion. Actually we don’t have the money but it’s an ambitious plan. We really have to start something somewhere and see how far we go.”

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Fri, 20 Oct 2017
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF)’s 2018 budget of N6.38 billion was approved yesterday at its Annual General Assembly (AGA) in Jos, Plateau State capital. The budget is with a deficit of N3.32 billion.

In Lagos, a former Special Assistant on Media to ex-Sports Minister Bolaji Abdullahi, Olukayode Thomas has described as ‘big scam’ passionate plea by the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Solomon Dalung to the National Assembly to speedily appropriate funds for Super Eagles’ preparation for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. Thomas, who is the immediate past spokesman of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN), said such call by Dalung must be ignored because it is a scam, as preparation and participation of qualified countries in the World Cup are funded by FIFA.
According to the assembly’s communiqué signed by Frank Ilaboya (Chairman) and Ademola Olajire (Secretary), the Congress approved NFF’s Financial Statement for the year 2016 and the 2018 Budget as proposed.

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Fri, 20 Oct 2017
Oil giant- Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) and its Joint Venture (JV) partners contributed $29 billion to the Nigerian government between 2012 and 2016.

The company also said that it contributed $1.8 billion into the Niger Delta Development Company (NDDC) funds within the same period for the development of the oil-bearing communities in the Niger Delta region.
It however, regretted that within these periods, it had situations where their facilities were shut down and their assets blocked by people in the region, saying such disturbing situations hampered development in the region. 

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Fri, 20 Oct 2017
As many as three million people in the United States carry a loaded handgun daily, while nine million do so at least once a month, according to a US study Thursday.

Most of these gun-toting Americans are young men, live in the south and say personal protection is a top reason for walking around with a deadly weapon, said the report in the American Journal of Public Health.

The study is the first in 20 years to look at gun-carrying habits in a nation that has been repeatedly seen fatal mass shootings at schools, concerts and workplaces, researchers said.

“It was important to study handgun carrying because about 90 percent of all firearm homicides and nonfatal firearm crimes for which the type of firearm is known are committed with a handgun,” said lead author Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, an associate professor of epidemiology at the University of Washington School of Public Health.

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Fri, 20 Oct 2017
The notorious billionaire kidnapper, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, popularly known as Evans, was re-arraigned yesterday before a Lagos High Court sitting in Ikeja.

Evans was re-arraigned together with five other suspected members of his gang, which included a woman, Ogechi Uchechukwu. Others are Uche Amadi, Okwuchukwu Nwachukwu, Chilaka Ifeanyi and Victor Chukwunonso Aduba.

They were charged for alleged conspiracy and kidnapping of one Dunu Donatus. The defendants changed their guilty plea to not guilty after the amended charge was read to them. They have been in police custody since June 10, 2017.

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Fri, 20 Oct 2017
The National Assembly yesterday proposed a 10-year jail term to replace the law on examination malpractices, which stipulates a four-year jail term with an option of N100, 000 fine.
This follows its determination to check the increasing rate of examination fraud in the country.
The Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Basic Education and Services, Mohammed Zakari, disclosed this at the opening of a two-day summit organised by the international office of the West African Examination Council (WAEC) on examination malpractice.

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