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Below are the headlines found on The Guardian Online Newspaper for today, Friday, 27 October, 2017.

Fri, 27 Oct 2017
There was outrage at the police stopping of a meeting of the general assembly of Pan Niger Delta Elders Forum (PANDEF) in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, yesterday.PANDEF leaders said the action was dangerous because it would send a bad signal that the government does not appreciate the role the group has been playing to rein in militants and other aggrieved groups in the volatile Niger Delta region.

As early as 7:00 a.m. police operatives from the Rivers State Command barricaded Birabi Street leading to Hotel Presidential, Port Harcourt, venue of the aborted meeting, and prevented delegates, including monarchs and human rights activists from accessing the place.

The security agents said they were directed by the Police High Command to disrupt the meeting following a threat by a new militant group, Reformed Niger Delta Avengers, to blow up critical oil installations if the PANDEF meeting went ahead.The Guardian learnt from sources in the PANDEF that the primary agenda for the general assembly was to approve the group’s constitution and hold an election.

Fri, 27 Oct 2017
President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday apologised to members of the National Assembly who were denied access to the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Trouble began when the principal officers of the National Assembly who were scheduled to attend a dinner at the Presidential Banquet Hall on the invitation of President Buhari were denied access to the venue by operatives of the Department of State Service (DSS) mounting the pilot gate leading to the villa.

Apparently irked by what they considered an affront, the lawmakers, who were led in a convoy by the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara turned back in protest.

Details were not immediately made available, but sources at the gate said trouble started when the security agents insisted on profiling and subjecting them to thorough screening because they did not have clearance.It was learnt that some of the security operatives were also not courteous to the lawmakers when they arrived on a bus but without the necessary clearance.

Although Saraki and Dogara were allowed access, being presiding officers and because they already had gate passes, the other principal officers of the two ‎chambers, it was further gathered, felt humiliated and decided to turn back from the gate since they did not have gate passes.

President Buhari who later met with Saraki and Dogara as well as Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and the duo of Ita Enang and Suleiman Kawu, both advisers to the President on National Assembly matters at his residence, apologised for the embarrassment at the pilot gate.

The Guardian learnt that the dinner has been rescheduled to take place in the villa on Tuesday next week, while the president has instructed that gate passes be given to all principal officers of the National Assembly.

Fri, 27 Oct 2017
About 26 firms have indicated interest to participate in the revamping of Nigeria’s four refineries, which will require investment of about $2billion (N720billion) according to the Minister of States for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe kachikwu.

This comes as the U.S. Secretary of Energy, Rick Perry, has reiterated his country’s willingness to continue to encourage investment in Nigeria’s oil and gas sector.

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), has four refineries, two in Port Harcourt Refining Company Limited (PHRC 1&2), and one each in Kaduna Refining & Petrochemical Company (KRPC), and Warri Refining and Petrochemicals Company Limited (WRPC). The refineries have a combined installed capacity of 445,000 barrels per day (bpd).

Fri, 27 Oct 2017
Horsfall, a former security chief, said the country was disabled and, therefore, needed restructuring for renewal and survival as one indivisible nation. 

Fri, 27 Oct 2017
Just as the Nigerian Army prepares to end its 'Operation Crocodile Smile' in Bayelsa, the Central Naval Command of the Nigerian Navy yesterday launched operations 'Octopus Grip' in Bayelsa and Delta states. 

Fri, 27 Oct 2017
Barely 24 hours after alleging a vehicles' deal between Mrs. Aisha Buhari and the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Navy, Isa Missau.... 

Fri, 27 Oct 2017
FBN Holding Plc has posted a gross earnings of N439.2billion in its nine months operations, against N417.4billion achieved in the corresponding period in 2016. 

Fri, 27 Oct 2017
The Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) has charged Air Traffic Controllers in the country to come up with practical and achievable solutions to problems encountered in air traffic control services in their respective airports across the nation. 

Fri, 27 Oct 2017
People aspire for the office of president of a country for many reasons. I hear Aliko Dangote is being pressured by admirers to run for the office. If I were him, I wouldn't run, because he has a stature greater than that of a president. 

Fri, 27 Oct 2017
The office of the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) and chairman, National Judicial Commission (NJC) yesterday confirmed the resignation of Justice Ayo Salami from his appointment as chairman of the Corruption and Financial Crime Cases Trial Monitoring Committee (COTRIMCO). 

Fri, 27 Oct 2017
Birds of a feather 

Fri, 27 Oct 2017
Sports journalists in Cross River State have appealled to Governor Ben Ayade to release the approved N2 million assistance to the surviving family members of late veteran broadcaster, late Eddy Bekom. 

Fri, 27 Oct 2017
Nigeria tops the list of countries with far too many children ' 20.8 million ' still missing their first measles vaccine dose. According to a new report published yesterday by leading health organisations, more than half of 20.8 million unvaccinated children...... 

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