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Below are the headlines found on The Guardian Online Newspaper for today, Saturday, 30 December, 2017.

Sat, 30 Dec 2017
The Group Managing Director (GMD) of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Maikanti Baru, yesterday said the corporation was subsidising fuel because government was not favourably disposed to having the pump price exceed the N145 per litre. 
Fielding questions from State House Correspondents after a Juma’at prayer session at the Aso Villa Mosque, Baru said President Muhammadu Buhari has directed that all parameters be maintained to ensure that the pump price does not go beyond the approved N145 per litre. 

On the controversial issue of payment of subsidy, Baru retorted: “Do you want me to remove subsidy? What I am saying is that the landing cost, as should be sold in the pump without under-recovery, should be N171.40. 

“However, Mr. President has directed that we should maintain all the parameters to ensure that it is sold at N145 per litre. And that is why we are selling at depot at N133.28.”

He explained that government’s effort has normalised the product’s supply in the country, just as he noted that the corporation had already tamed the scarcity monster, attributing the scarcity experienced by Nigerians to the activities of marketers who, he said, wanted to inflict harm and pains on fellow citizens by hoarding products, diverting them and in some cases even smuggling products out of the country.
Sat, 30 Dec 2017
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has vowed not to organise any protests against the current fuel crisis in the country until Nigerians are prepared to offer tangible support.
Deputy President of the Congress, Peters Adeyemi, made this known yesterday in an exclusive interview with The Guardian.

Meanwhile, there is still no respite for motorists in Abuja, Lagos and other major cities and towns across the country, as the elusive petrol appears to be even becoming more difficult to get, with prices skyrocketing to between N200 and N250, especially in the suburbs.

This comes as the Group Managing Director (GMD) of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr. Maikanti Baru, shifted his promise of end to the queues within two days to the weekend, ostensibly as the queues persist in filling stations with product to dispense, while many owned by independent marketers remained closed due to non-availability of petrol or hoarding, only to sell at night, in some cases.
Sat, 30 Dec 2017
Anderlecht have quickly dismissed claims attributed to Henry Onyekuru in which the Nigerian international stated that he does not need an operation and will return to the pitch in the first week of February.
The Everton loanee tore the internal ligament of his right knee in the second half of Anderlecht’s 1-0 win over his former club Eupen exactly a week ago after clashing with the goalkeeper.

‘’Last weekend, Henry Onyekuru had directly passed the necessary exams. Our medical staff and the attending physician were of the opinion that an operation was inevitable,’’ Anderlecht wrote on their * official website on Friday, December 29.‪

‘’After these recent statements, they maintain their original point of view.

‘’Given the severity of this injury, the quick winger will in any case be sidelined for several months to recover optimally. The details will be discussed internally with Everton FC, the club that lends us Henry Onyekuru.’’

Anderlecht manager Hein Vanhaezebrouck says Onyekuru will be out of action for six months, which effectively rules him out of the 2018 World Cup.

Meanwhile, Nigeria Football Federation President Amaju Pinnick has claimed that the Super Eagles will face a country that has qualified for the 2018 World Cup in a friendly in London on March 27, 2018.

Sat, 30 Dec 2017
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, was one of the eminent personalities that honoured Lagos society lady, Hajia Biola Okesanjo, better known as Montai, at her 50th birthday bash. The superlative shindig that remains the Owambe to beat for the remaining of this year was held at theFederal Palace Hotel on Ahmadu [] 

Sat, 30 Dec 2017
The Youth Wing of Christians Association of Nigeria (YOWICAN) has expressed disappointment with Christian political office holders in the country over their continuous silence on mass killings of Christians across the country by in what it described as 'organised operations by Fulani herdsmen'. In a two-page communique issued yesterday in Yola after a six-hour emergency [] 

Sat, 30 Dec 2017
Manager Arsene Wenger says he cannot guarantee that striker Alexis Sanchez will remain at Arsenal long term, after the forward scored twice in the victory at Crystal Palace on Thursday night. The Chile striker can leave for free this summer when his contract expires and he has been linked with a move to league leaders [] 

Sat, 30 Dec 2017
Delta State, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has said with continuous peace, which translates to improved revenue, the fortunes of Deltans will witness a boom in the coming years. The governor who spoke yesterday at a thanksgiving service held at the Government House Chapel, Asaba, stated that God has positioned the state to witness tremendous developmental projects. [] 

Sat, 30 Dec 2017
A middle-aged man, Murtala Abdullahi, has been remanded in prison custody for stabbing his 50-year-old uncle to death in Katsina State. Abdullahi allegedly killed his uncle, Ahmed Umar, while he was fast asleep by stabbing him severally on his body. Mrs. Falila Dikko of the Katsina Senior Magistrate Court ordered his remand till February 26, [] 

Sat, 30 Dec 2017
The fight against rape and other forms of sexual abuse recorded a boost yesterday as a lay apostolate women group of the Catholic Church in Nigeria, Ladies Auxiliary Supreme Subordinate Commandery, Nigeria, Knights of St. John International (KSJI), joined in the campaign. To draw massive awareness to their cause, the group, led by a [] 

Sat, 30 Dec 2017
The management of the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH) has pledged its readiness to make staff welfare its priority. The Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the hospital, Dr. Darlington Obaseki, disclosed this yesterday when junior staff of the teaching hospital hosted him as part of activities to mark his 50th birthday at the Hospital's [] 

Sat, 30 Dec 2017
Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki, has signed the state's 2018 appropriation bill as passed by the Edo State House of Assembly, into law. At the signing ceremony yesterday, Obaseki said the speedy passage of the appropriation bill was remarkable as it shows the harmony between the state's executive and legislative arms of government. The [] 

Sat, 30 Dec 2017
Brother to the late Ken Saro-Wiwa, Elder Harry Saro- Wiwa, has described the Nigerian government as very wicked. The brother to the late Ogoni hero lamented the corruption and insincerity in the leadership of the country.He said it was corruption and wickednessthat has made the government to continue to handle the Ogoni issue with levity. [] 

Sat, 30 Dec 2017
No fewer than three persons have been feared killed in Okpanam Community near Asaba in the wake of fresh attacks orchestrated by Fulani Herdsmen. The incident, which occurred on Thursday night at farmlands of the victims, has triggered fear in the community. It was gathered that the victims were attacked by the herdsmen who were []