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NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE DAILY SUN NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [24 DECEMBER, 2017].


Below are the headlines found on The Daily Sun Online Newspaper for today, Sunday, 24 December, 2017.

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
from Lagos to Sokoto, Maiduguri, Calabar and all across the country the cry of Nigerians over the horrific scarcity of petrol has become so deafening as the people languish at filling stations in queues stretching several hundred outwards.

Coming at this critical period, the scarcity has marred the yuletide and thrown the Nigerian into agony and desperation.

Expectedly, transport fares have rocketed up and forced many families to cancel their plans to travel home to their villages to spend the Yuletide.

Buhari summons NNPC boss
President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday summoned the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Dr. Maikanti Baru, over the persisting fuel scarcity across the country.

The Presidency announced the meeting between Buhari and Baru in a tweet on its twitter handle, @NGRPresident.

The message read: “President @MBuhari meeting with GMD @NNPCgroup, @DrMKBaru, regarding the fuel supply situation nationwide.”

Buhari met the NNPC boss inside his official residence at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The meeting was held as fuel queues continued to increase at the few filling stations selling the product across the country.

The meeting between the President and Baru came at a time when a litre of petrol is selling at between N300 and N400 per litre as against the N145 per litre official pump price

The presidency also tweeted that efforts were ongoing to end the scarcity, saying, “The President is very concerned about the situation and all efforts are going into a speedy resolution. Update soon.”

As of the time of filing this report, there had not been any update on the meeting on the Twitter handle.

We sleep at filling stations, motorists lament

The persistent fuel scarcity in the country has degenerated to the point that motorists now spend up to 24 hours in filling stations in their efforts to get petrol. Which now sells for between N145 to N300 a litre, depending on the state and local government area.

In Abuja, hundreds of motorists were seen lamenting at various filling stations for many hours waiting for the product.

The ugly development has forced motorists to attempt to court the friendship of petrol attendants and managers who are likely to inform them when they are likely to have the product.

Some stations, Sunday gathered, allegedly hoard their products and sell at higher price only at night between the hours of 8pm and 11pm.

Investigations by Sunday Sun revealed that many filling station owned by independent marketers have defied threats by the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) to either adjust their meters upwards or sell above the approved pump price of N145/litre. Either way, motorists are at the receiving end of the scarcity nightmare.

A journalist, John Ofili, said he hunted for petrol for over two days before he was able to queue for up to fours hours at one of the NNPC mega stations in Wuse to fill his vehicle’s tank.

“This is a disturbing development. I went to a station at Biaji road around Kubwa on Friday night. Those people sell only at night. Government agencies are aware. Yet, they get away with it. This is saddening”, he said.
 
Sun, 24 Dec 2017
The proposal to withdraw $1billion from the Excess Crude Account, ECA by the Federal Government to prosecute the war against Boko Haram is one issue that has put the country on the edge not necessarily because of the controversy it has generated but due to the far-reaching implications the issue portends for the security of the nation. In this interview, Col. Gabriel Adetunji Ajayi (retd) speaks on the dangers inherent in the attempt to politicize the issue as well as reasons Nigeria remains one of the fertile grounds for the over 6000 ISIS fighters dislodged from Syria and other volatile regions in the Middle East.

He also identifies alternative route the government needs to explore in the fight to stamp out insurgency from Nigeria.

Nigeria is planning to commit a fresh $1billion into the war against insurgency. How do we justify this huge investment despite the claims by the military authority that Boko Haram had been degraded?

The amount looks so huge to many people because of the poverty situation in the country. The most expensive pre-occupation one can indulge in, in the world is fighting warfare, whether it is insurgency or counter-militancy. It is only peace that is less expensive. So, that is no money: that amount cannot even buy more than four aircraft for the air force. We don’t need to look at the money. So long there are still soldiers deployed in the battle, they will continue to fight and fight. It is a fallacy to say you have defeated the insurgents. You cannot defeat any insurgent group, you can only degrade their capacity to carry out operations and they will eventually fizzle out because one man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter. Terrorists are like fish, so long there is water they will continue to survive at any rate. The strategies of insurgents are ambushes, raids, kidnapping and suicide bombing. It is just because our environment is poverty stricken, that is why the money looks so huge. America is investing over $3billon daily in warfare around the world. If it has given three-quarter of the money it spent in Afghanistan to exit the Taliban Government in the country, Afghanistan would have been like a country in Europe today. We cannot eat our cake and have it. So long as we feel that the only way to solve the problem of insurgency is by military operation we will continue to spend money.

The reason why people continue to complain is because the government has never been transparent. I am not necessarily referring to the current government. Nigerians, due to our past experiences, do not believe the government whenever they claim they want to spend money on any project. That is the crux of the problem. It is not because the operation has gulped so much money.  The most foolish thing in the world is to fight a war, and unfortunately that is what the world has been engaging in. So our people are complaining because, abinitio, government has never been transparent. They don’t know how much a bullet cost; they don’t know the cost of an air force bomb. So when they hear that money is budgeted for security they will complain that the money is too much. For instance, that $1billion cannot even buy an X-class naval warship. It is just because of the system of government we run in Nigeria that makes people to feel concerned. The people do not believe the government is going to spend $1billion on the war against insurgency; their thinking is that they are going to share the money.
Sun, 24 Dec 2017
The Bayelsa State Police Command has commenced investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of an All Progressive Congress (APC) chieftain, Nasko Egei at the Aridolf Wellness Resort and Spa located along Isaac Boro Express road, Yenagoa.

 Egei, who hails from Amassoma community in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa State and father of two, was a former Senior Special Assistant to Governor Henry Seriake Dickson before his defection to the APC shortly before the 2015 governorship elections.

His dead body with blood flowing from his mouth and ears was said to have been discovered on Friday by the hotel management when the door to his room was forced open.

There are indications that the family might have ordered for autopsy following conflicting reports over the cause of his death.  While a report said the deceased could have died of complication of high blood pressure, another report from sources close to the deceased said he might have been poisoned by a female companion that went with him to the hotel.

A kinsman of the deceased who did not want his name in print said the death of Nasko was curious and challenged the hotel management and the Police to unravel the circumstance of his death.

According to him, a big hotel like Aridolf should have a Close Circuit Television (CCTV) to reveal the identity of the lady that was with the deceased at the time of the incident. 


 
“A hotel as big as Aridolf cannot claim not to have a CCTV. So, the hotel will do a whole lot of good to unravel what happened. Therefore, we implore the security agencies, particularly the police to swing into action to investigate this sad incident. The hotel should be made to provide the identity of the lady that went with him to the hotel. If the identity can’t be gotten, the hotel should be able to play its CCTV to know the female guest with Nasko. As kinsmen, we will not allow the matter to be swept under the carpet. We are sad about this incident”

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
By ONYEDIKA AGBEDO In spite of expectations that the 2018 Appropriation Bill will get an early passage 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
SAYS NIGERIANS SHOULD APPRECIATE PRESIDENT By Murphy Ganagana Political gladiators in the ruling 


Sun, 24 Dec 2017
By George Aluo Lionel Messi has dubbed Barcelona's comprehensive 3-0 bashing of arch rivals Real Madrid, 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
By Romanus Okoye All is set for the kickoff of the maiden edition of Nwobodo NelsonUnity Cup billed 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
Still basking in the euphoria of the historic defeat of Arsenal Beach Soccer team at the COPA Lagos Beach 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
Shadrack 'Punch To Punch' Kobero, the Tanzanian boxer billed to fight Olaide 'Fijaborn' Fijabi 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
Super Eagles midfielder Mikel Agu returned to action after spending seven weeks on the sidelines in Bursaspor's 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
Nigerian Communication Commission has promised to continue supporting the growth of sports-most especially 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
From Romanus Ugwu, Abuja The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has come under severe attacks, criticisms 


Sun, 24 Dec 2017
Former Abia State governor, Dr. Orji Kalu, has urged Nigerians to be selfless and patriotic in their 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
Indigenes of Enugu State who have returned to the state through the free transportation service provided 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
In the spirit of the yuletide season, the Lagos State governmentyesterday donated trailer-loads of 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
From Juliana Taiwo- Obalonye, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari in his Christmas message to the nation 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
El-Rufai condemns attack, sues for calm From Sola Ojo, Kaduna NO fewer than four persons were shot 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
Says, New order is to prevent crimes, criminality during Yuletide From Molly Kilete, Abuja Barely 


Sun, 24 Dec 2017
From Samuel Bello, Abuja National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) has stated that the country's unemployment 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
By HENRY OKONKWO for many, the holiday season is all about exotic foods and drinks, shopping, gifts, 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
The President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, said during the budget presentation 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
Wow! Tomorrow is Christmas, the highpoint of the Yuletide. It is a busy season where you spend so much 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
By Brady Nwosu No doubt about it, Nigeria is an illusion. It is not only a failing state, but it 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
Dear njigirl, my boyfriend broke up with me because I uploaded another guy's picture wishing him happy 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
Everyone desires to have a relationship that is filled with happiness, joy, and love. Unfortunately, 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
Merry Christmas everyone! I am sure you all are having a great time. It is an interesting time for me 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
By Bianca Iboma Mrs. Iyinlola Olatokunbo Edun is the Administrator of Grace High School Gbagada, Lagos, 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
As the year draws to an end, there are some people who will feel disappointed by their achievements in 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
Aity Dennis is one person whose warm personality flows from deep down and bursts on the surface in a 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
Etiquette deals with the considerate, convenient, and common sense way of relating with others. It also 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
This is important for you to know. Several medical studies now show pretty convincingly that people who 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
By Chidi Obineche he has defied odds, defined his persona, either in the precincts of cozy banking covens 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
A billion dollars is a huge chunk of money and it is no surprise that the cavalier manner the Nigerian 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
President Muhammadu Buhari, as a retired military General, I know you do not tolerate insubordination 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
By CHRISTY ANYANWU Antony Soares is the creative person behind the label that bears his name. He began 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
From this weekend and for the next ten days the atmosphere the world over would look like heaven on earth. 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
By Tony Ogaga Gloria Doyle, Remember her' The controversial actress and musician who hugged the headlines 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
From Joe Effiong, Uyo To mark the end of the year and usher in 2018, onDecember 26 and December 27, 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
Following his successful tour of Europe, urban high life music creator, Adekunle Gold has wrapped up 

Sun, 24 Dec 2017
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