NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE GUARDIAN NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [6TH DECEMBER, 2017].


Below are the headlines found on The Guardian Online Newspaper for today, Wednesday, 6th December, 2017.


Wed, 06 Dec 2017
Warnings by the United States and the United Kingdom of possible terrorist attacks in Nigeria have set off a red alert across the country.
The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, yesterday ordered Commissioners of Police in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Jigawa and Yobe states to “ensure 24-hour patrol of mosques and churches, markets, schools, motor parks, hotels, recreation centres, settlements, villages, towns and cities.”

The UK, in its travel advice, “still current” as at yesterday, warns its citizens: “The risk of terrorist attack increases around religious festivals, so will be elevated in the run up to and throughout the Christmas and New Year holiday period. Terrorist groups have threatened to conduct bombings and attacks in the Federal Capital Territory (Abuja) area during this period. You should avoid places where crowds gather, including religious gatherings and places of worship, markets, shopping malls, hotels, bars, restaurants, transport hubs and camps for displaced people.”


A statement signed by police spokesman, Jimoh Moshood, in Abuja, yesterday, notes: “Consequent on recent Boko Haram attacks on soft targets in Adamawa and Borno States, it would be recalled that the Inspector General ordered all Commissioners of Police in charge of state commands and their supervising Assistant Inspectors General and personnel nationwide to be on red alert with effect from November 21, 2017, to nip in the bud and prevent spread of further attacks in the affected states and other states of the federation.
Wed, 06 Dec 2017
Lawyers have expressed concern over the recent nomination of 27 judges for appointment into the appellate court, saying the move smacked of sectionalism and quota rather than merit.

The list of nominees, made up of mainly judges of northern extraction, sparked debate on social media, with observers questioning the modalities for filling vacancies at the court.

Although, the director of information, Nigeria Judicial Council (NJC), Mr. Soji Oye, dismissed the list as fake, some stakeholders argued that the ‘authentic’ version would not be entirely different.


Oye said: “The council wishes to dissociate itself completely from the said list, as nothing of such emanated from it. Members of the public are also advised to discountenance the said list, which is nothing but a figment of the imagination of the authors. In the days ahead, the council will speak more on the ongoing process for the appointment of judges into different cadre of the Nigerian judiciary.”

But Chief Albert Akpomudje (SAN) said “exception” should be made to the use of quota in the appointment of judges “because it is bringing the standard too low for some part of the country. It is very sad. Those who are benefiting from the status quo see it as a birthright and don’t see anything wrong with it.”
Wed, 06 Dec 2017
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has urged fuel consumers across the country to desist from panic buying, assuring that it has enough stock to meet the needs of consumers.

Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, NNPC, Ndu Ughamadu, who confirmed this in a statement yesterday, said the ex-depot price of N133.38 per litre and the pump price of N143/N145 per litre of Premium Motor Spirit (petrol) have not changed, hence there was no need for panic buying.

The Guardian’s investigations yesterday revealed that a significant number of filling stations in Lagos metropolis have no stock, while others were rationing the product.


The situation led to long queues and unethical bargaining with dealers by consumers leading to obstructing traffic thereby causing gridlock for road users and attendant pains and disappointments.

Stations monitored include Mobil at Isolo, Al-Mourof, Total (Agege), Pinnacle, Petroleum Manager, Wheel Oil among others.

Some commercial bus operators are already taking advantage of the situation to indiscriminately hike fares by as mush as 50 per cent.

Meanwhile, the Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Maikanti Kacalla Baru, made an emergency return from London yesterday in a bid to salvage the fuel supply and distribution challenges.

Baru, who was billed to receive the Forbes Oil & Gas Man of the Year Award 2017 in the British Capital on Tuesday, flew back home to attend to what he described as a “matter of urgent national importance.”
Wed, 06 Dec 2017
Nigerians woke up on Tuesday last weekto a rare spectacle of stand off in Abuja between two state armed agents of law enforcement. The scenes were the homes of the immediate past Directors-General of the State Security Service, Mr Ekpenyong Ita and the National Intelligence Agency, Mr Ayodele Oke, where armed operatives of the Economic [] 

Wed, 06 Dec 2017
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has handed a certificate of occupancy (C of O) to the promoters of Charkin Maritime Academy (CMA), Port Harcourt, to aid training of Nigerians in industry. As a way of encouraging investment in the state, Wike had during the formal unveiling of the first ever land ship in Nigeria, MV [] 

Wed, 06 Dec 2017
That a faithful implementation of the Whistleblower Policy of the Federal Government has to be challenged in court by supposed benefactors or beneficiaries barely a year after it was instituted poses a threat to the continued effectiveness and, therefore, usefulness of the policy. Even worse, the credibility of the Federal Government is put in doubt. [] 

Wed, 06 Dec 2017
The Ogun Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps (TRACE) yesterday said two persons lost their lives in an accident that happened along Atan-Idiroko Road. The Public Relations Officer (PRO) of TRACE, Mr. Babatunde Akinbiyi, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ota,that the accident happened around 9.30 a.m. Akinbiyi said that the truck with [] 


Wed, 06 Dec 2017
Scores of tricycle operators, popularly known as keke, yesterday staged a protest in different parts of Owerri metropolis against a ban placed on them by the officials of the state- owned Environmental Transformation Commission (ENTRACO). The commission ordered them not to operate within the capital city from December1. They also expressed misgivings that the state [] 

Wed, 06 Dec 2017
Super Eagles' new chief scout, Victor Agali says coach Gernot Rohr won't be considering new players in his squad for the World Cup in Russia next year. Agali made this known in a television programme in Lagos monitored by Owngoalnigeria.com, while responding to a question on if new players would make the squad to the [] 

Wed, 06 Dec 2017
SIFAX Group has been given the concession approval by the Lagos State Government to operate and maintain the Ebute-Ojo Ferry Terminal in Ojo local council area for a period of 10 years. Under the concession agreement, SIFAX Group will take charge of the ferry berthing terminal, the car park space, passenger and other services that [] 

Wed, 06 Dec 2017
The harmful effects of being overweight have been underestimated, according to a new study that analysed body mass index (BMI), health and mortality data in around 60,000 parents and their children, to establish how obesity actually influences risk of death. The University of Bristol study is published in the International Journal of Epidemiology (December 1). [] 


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