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NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE NATION NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [26 DECEMBER, 2017].


Below are the headlines found on The Nation Online Newspaper for today, Tuesday, 26 December, 2017.


Tue, 26 Dec 2017
The Vice-President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, on Monday restated that the Federal Government had no plan to increase the pump price of petrol in 2018.

Osinbajo gave the assurance during his visit to fuel depots in Lagos where he monitored the loading of trucks to ensure steady supply of petrol to designated filling stations.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Osinbajo visited some major fuel depot terminals and stakeholders in Apapa and other parts of Lagos on Christmas Day.

According to the Vice President, the fuel scarcity facing the country is as a result of shortage of supply to depots across the country.


 
“The President is very much concerned about Nigerians and how we can quickly end the fuel scarcity crisis in the country.

“The fuel crisis presently confronting the country is as a result of shortage of supply of fuel to depots across the country.

“We hope that in the next couple of days, we would be able to end the fuel queues,” Osinbajo said.

He said that any marketer who hoarded petroleum products for the purpose of making extra profit would be dealt with by the enforcement agency saddled with the responsibility of regulating the sector.

Earlier at the stakeholders interaction meeting, the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr Ibe Kachikwu, said that the long queues would be over by Wednesday.

Kachikwu, who noted that over 150 trucks were supplying fuel daily, added that there had been series of meetings and consultations with the oil marketers.

Tue, 26 Dec 2017
The Kaduna State government says it is saddened by the latest attack on Unguwan Mailafiya community which led to death of four people and about eight others injured.

Mr Samuel Aruwan, the Senior Special Assistant to the state governor on Media and Publicity made the remark while briefing newsmen in Kaduna on Monday.

He said the Military Authorities notified the State Government of the attack on the community which  occurred late last night Sunday Dec. 24, following an attack at Nimdem on the Saturday night Dec. 23

According to Aruwan,  “The state government has been working with security agencies to fortify the general area and enhance security in the area.


 
He reassured citizens of their safety, saying the Commander of Operation ‘Safe Haven’, has temporarily moved to Kafanchan to coordinate the operation,

“Negative elements must not be allowed to undo all the hard work done to restore peace and security, adding that, government commiserates with the victims and their families”.

“All our communities are enjoined to stand together, and support the security agencies to thwart what looks like a predetermined plot to create anarchy around this period, which has failed.

”We, therefore, enjoin all citizens to put hands together to deny criminals the opportunity of succeeding in their evil plans”.

Aruwan further urged people in the area to report any threat to peace, law and order within the Kaduna South Senatorial district to the officials of Operation Safe Haven, the special security task force in the area on the following mobile phone numbers for necessary action.
Tue, 26 Dec 2017
Ekiti State Governor Ayo Fayose on Monday dispensed petrol to residents of Ado-Ekiti, the state capital at government approved price of N145 per litre.

Fayose accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) led Federal Government of harbouring plan to increase the pump price to inflict more hardship on Nigerians.

Supervising the sale of fuel at Alade Filling Station along Iyin Road, Fayose said he took the decision to ease the pains of the masses in purchasing the commodity.

He said: “This is the sacrifice we have to make as a responsible government to alleviate the suffering of the people, because this is a black Christmas. They cant move.


 
“It is time for Nigerians to take me seriously that the Federal Government wants to increase the pump price. Ordinarily, the N145 is too much for the people not to talk of increasing it. Today I tell you that there is queue even at black market.

“This also why I decided not to be part of the $1 billion Boko Haram funds because our needs varies. Not until Nigeria is run like a federation, we will only be wasting our time. People must decide the way forward for Nigeria.

“I have said it before that 2019 us an opportunity for Nigerians to make a choice, either to change the change or to continue this suffering,” he said.

However, some motorists including Mr Tope Joshua, Dr Kuku and Mr. Babalola Adeleye who bought fuel from the government assisted petrol sales lauded the governor for being sensitive to the plight of the people.

Tue, 26 Dec 2017
Over 4,739 needy residents of Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, thronged the Treasure House of God on Christmas Day for the churchs annual Jesus Feast, meant to cater for them. The church located on Quarry road, beside Agbeloba area of the town,distributed liberally, raw beef and rice to each of the 4,739 less privilegedRead MoreThe post Christmas : Church feeds 4,739 needy people in Ogun appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 
Tue, 26 Dec 2017
The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has imposed a 6 p.m.to 6 a.m. curfew on Bwari township. The Minister of FCTA, Malam Muhammad Bello, after a closed-door meeting with stakeholders in the Area Council, declared the curfew while assessing the damages caused by a crisis that erupted in the town on Monday. He told newsmenRead MoreThe post Bello confirms three deaths, impose curfew on Abuja town appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 
Tue, 26 Dec 2017
Ekiti State Governor Ayo Fayose on Monday dispensed petrol to residents of Ado-Ekiti, the state capital at government approved price of N145 per litre. Fayose accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) led Federal Government of harbouring plan to increase the pump price to inflict more hardship on Nigerians. Supervising the sale of fuel at AladeRead MoreThe post Fayose sells fuel to Ekiti residents at N145 per litre appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 
Tue, 26 Dec 2017
Gov. Aminu Masari of Katsina State has described the recent defection of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar as an exercise in futility. Masari made the statement in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria NAN in Maiadua, Katsina State on Monday. He said the defection of the vice president would not in anyway affectRead MoreThe post Defection of former VP Atiku to PDP in futility ' Masari appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 
Tue, 26 Dec 2017
The Vice-President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, on Monday restated that the Federal Government had no plan to increase the pump price of petrol in 2018. Osinbajo gave the assurance during his visit to fuel depots in Lagos where he monitored the loading of trucks to ensure steady supply of petrol to designated filling stations. The NewsRead MoreThe post Again, FG says no plan to hike fuel price appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 
Tue, 26 Dec 2017
A combined team of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) and security agents on Sunday uncovered illegal reservoirs of fuel in Abuja. Speaking at the site of the mini depot, the Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Dr Maikanti Baru, said it was saddening to make such discoveries in theRead MoreThe post NNPC, DPR uncover illegal fuel reseviours in Abuja appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 
Tue, 26 Dec 2017
President Muhammadu Buhari has said that 2017 had been a very tough year for Nigeria, but expressed optimism that 2018 will be a more prosperous one. The president stated this when he received a delegation of Federal Capital Territory (FCT) residents who paid him Christmas homage in the Presidential Villa, Abuja. He, however, noted withRead MoreThe post President Buhari says 2017 most difficult year for Nigeria appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 
Tue, 26 Dec 2017
The Kaduna State government says it is saddened bythe latest attack on Unguwan Mailafiya community which led to death of four people and about eight others injured. Mr Samuel Aruwan, the Senior Special Assistant to the state governor on Media and Publicity made the remark while briefing newsmen in Kaduna on Monday. He said theRead MoreThe post Fresh attack: More troops deployed to Southern Kaduna appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 
Tue, 26 Dec 2017
Most Abuja motorists celebrated Christmas on long queues at filling station as the scarcity of petrol continue in the territory. It wasobserved long queue in most fuel stations visited on Monday, which included NNPC, Oando and Total filling stations. Mr Chris Abiti, in an interview with NAN, said he and his family have been atRead MoreThe post Abuja residents spend Christmas in petrol queues appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 
Tue, 26 Dec 2017
The police in Kaduna State on Monday said they have arrested a drug dealer with over 250,000 packets of suspected fake capsules. The police spokesperson in tthe state, ASP Muktar Aliyu, made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kaduna. Aliyu said that the suspect was arrested on theRead MoreThe post Police nab dealer with fake drugs in Kaduna appeared first on The Nation Nigeria. 
Tue, 26 Dec 2017
Benson Idahosa University (BIU), Benin-Edo state has emerged champions again at the just concluded seventh edition of the Nigeria Private Universities Games Association (NPUGA), after topping the overall medals table with 38 gold medals, 9 silver medals and 6 bronze medals. BIU, the defending champion defeated 25 other private Universities which included, Afe Babalola University,Read MoreThe post Idahosa varsity wins 7th Private University Games appeared first on The Nation Nigeria.