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

Wed, 27 Dec 2017
Nigerians could face more days of fuel scarcity due to the inability of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to supply products to private depots.

Many depot owners who spoke with The Guardian yesterday complained they were not getting allocations from the NNPC, making it difficult for them to release products to retail stations.

The owners, who used to import 65 per cent of products before the NNPC assumed the role of sole importer, said they would only bring in supplies if the Federal Government resumed the payment of subsidy.

The Depot and Petroleum Products Marketers Association (DAPMA) members noted that the landing cost of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) in Nigeria, based on the current exchange rate of N306, is about N170 per litre, stressing they must resort to subsidy, a policy already jettisoned by the Federal Government.

The Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division of NNPC, Ndu Ughamadu, however, insisted the corporation has imported more than enough products to meet national demand.

He said: “The depot owners are not importing products and they now depend on NNPC. The truth is that the corporation would have to give priority to its depots all over the country before considering private depots. You are aware that we also have our retail stations to supply.”

He assured the nation of NNPC’s commitment to importation, adding: “NNPC is on top of the situation and we believe that queues will be over in the next few days.”

Wed, 27 Dec 2017
Suspected gunmen have killed five persons and injured five others at Utonkon community in Ado Local Council of Benue State.
The Guardian learnt that apart from the five deaths, many others have also been declared missing as a result of the attack which took place when the council chairman was distributing Christmas gift items to politicians and other stakeholders in the area on Christmas Eve.

The Benue State Police Public Relations Officer of the command, Moses Yamu, who confirmed the attack, said three persons died and five others were seriously injured.

Yamu said the attack was carried out by yet-to-be-identified two gunmen who stormed the village on motorbikes, adding that an investigation into the matter had commenced and more policemen had been drafted to the area.

The Chairman of the council, Mrs. Blessing Unogwu, who condemned the incident, stated that the local government protocol officer and four other members of staff ran into them but escaped unhurt.

“The incident occurred at a time my protocol officer and four other persons were in the community with some goats sent to me by His Excellency, Governor Samuel Ortom, to distribute to stakeholders in the area. They were distributing the items when the armed men came on bikes and began to shoot sporadically,” he said.

Similarly, four people were killed and hundreds of houses razed by suspected Fulani herdsmen during Christmas celebrations in Kamale, Michika Local Council of Adamawa State.

The Adamawa State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Uthman Abubakar, said: “I learnt that something like that happened in Kamale town but I am still waiting for Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in Michika Local Council to give me the details. When he gives me the details, I will contact you.”
Wed, 27 Dec 2017
You can put your security paranoia to rest now. An app that monitors and captures who is invading your personal space has been launched. Edward Snowden, former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) employee, and developer of the app,Haven, explained that the app takes a record of everything using sensors and is triggered by sound, light, motion, [] 

Wed, 27 Dec 2017
Instagram is one of the strongest social media channels for any business, brand or average individual to utilise today. Everyone is looking to get engagement from their posts and gain more visibility. There are different ways to get your posts to go viral on Instagram. So, here are three key ways to help amplify your [] 

Wed, 27 Dec 2017
The Nigerian judiciary came to the fore recently when the National Judicial Council (NJC) recommended two judges ' Justice Adeniyi Ademola and Justice O.O. Tokode - for compulsory retirement on account of proven cases of misconduct. NJC also recommended other judges for various forms of punishment over actions that impugned the integrity of the nation's [] 

Wed, 27 Dec 2017
Governor Ibrahim Dankwambo of Gombe State has explained that the sum of N104.9b estimate contained in the 2018 budget of the state is aimed at securing the future social wellbeing of Gombe people. The governor noted that while N52, 934, 870, 132.00 is earmarked for capital expenditure, N51, 987, 602, 173.00 is for recurrent expenditure, [] 

Wed, 27 Dec 2017
The Adebayo Dayo-led executives of the Ogun State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has dragged the national executive of the political grouping to the Federal High Court, Abuja, challenging its powers to dissolve the committee. The suit, instituted by Chief Dayo and Semiu Sodipo on behalf of themselves and the Ogun State Executive [] 

Wed, 27 Dec 2017
On the 14th December 2017, it was reported in the major newspapers that the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs Pastor Usani Usani stated that the East - West Road Reconstruction Project awarded in 2006 by the Obasanjo Administration 'was designed to fail'. Not only is this statement patently false, but it is most uncharitable. What [] 

Wed, 27 Dec 2017
Members of the Federal House of Representatives have begun working with stakeholders in Power, Construction and Information Communication Technology sectors towards extending the Nigerian Content Act to the power and construction sectors. The collaboration was firmed up at the recent workshop organized by the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) for members of the [] 

Wed, 27 Dec 2017
The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) and Microsoft Nigeria have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Innovation and adoption in the country. The partnership will see both NITDA and Microsoft collaborate in ICT development, particularly in the areas of cloud policies, data protection and privacy laws and [] 

Wed, 27 Dec 2017
Notwithstanding the high hope garnered at the beginning of the year 2017 due to a million promises by this administration, the operators in the maritime sector are bidding the year goodbye with disappointment and agony. For the operators, who spoke with bitterness in a chart with The Guardian, the like of year 2017 should not [] 

Wed, 27 Dec 2017
The Primate of All Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Most Rev. Nicholas Okoh, has urged the Federal Government to prioritise electricity, health and education in the country. Okoh, who made the appeal in Abuja, lamented that the graduates from the country's universities are deficient in learning. He said the education they acquired has not impacted on the [] 

Wed, 27 Dec 2017
The Nigerian Institute of Building (NIOB) has awarded its acclaimed professional Certificate of Merit to the Board and Executive Management of Julius Berger Nigeria Plc. The ceremony which held in Abuja recently, was attended by the President of the NIOB, Bldr. Kenneth Nduka, who presented the award to the respected and reliable engineering construction company. [] 

Wed, 27 Dec 2017
With four days left for 2017 to go, it has been a tough year for Nigeria's telecommunications sector. Admitting this, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) is hoping for a more robust and rewarding 2018. Speaking in Lagos, at a post-event interview, the Director of Public Affairs, NCC, Tony Ojobo, admitted that 2017 has been full [] 

Wed, 27 Dec 2017
As 2019 draws nearer and the nation feels the effect of the preparations for elections, contenders for the top seat in Katsina State are girding their loins for the internal competitions within their platforms and the ultimate contest in the governorship election. The next general elections is more than a year away, but the fact [] 

Wed, 27 Dec 2017
Our future degeneration 

Wed, 27 Dec 2017
Nigeria is the only country in the world that puts democracy before development. All countries look at their level of development and then adopt the quantum of freedom that will drive development. -Chief Tony Momoh, former Minister of Information and Culture. SIR: Across the nation, institutions of higher learning are in different levels of shut []