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


Below are the headlines found on The Vanguard Online Newspaper for today, Tuesday, 26 December, 2017.
Tue, 26 Dec 2017
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo clarified on Monday that the NNPC and not the Federal Government pays for the fuel subsidy that has emerged with the N171 landing cost as against the official retail price of N145.
In an interview with newsmen in Apapa Lagos, he said since the NNPC buys the fuel, it bears the cost. “NNPC is trading in fuel; the Federal Government is not, at the moment, paying for any subsidy. NNPC is trading. If you are buying and selling fuel, you would have to be able to pay for it. So, it’s not a question of government provision for subsidy, the Federal Government, at the moment, isn’t paying any subsidy. And don’t forget that the way that the NNPC trades is that, in many cases, NNPC is actually giving fuel; there is 445, 000 barrels of fuel. So really what you are seeing, in many cases, is more or less an exchange for PMS. So at the moment NNPC is paying the cost”. Osinbajo spoke with journalists after visiting Oando and Total fuel depots in Apapa area, a day after he also visited stations in the Lekki-Ajah axis of the city. He reiterated that the Buhari administration was working round the clock to end the fuel crisis as soon as possible. The Vice President further said that one of the most important objectives of the Buhari administration is to ensure that the average Nigerian citizen is not again put through the pain of an increase in fuel price. The Vice President, alongside the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, also held a closed-door meeting with oil marketers in Lagos in a bid to resolve the issues involved with supply of fuel nationwide and clear up the queues at filling stations.
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 the city center when less than 500 meters away, motorists were on endless queues. Hundreds of jerry cans, 200-liter drums, and 500 liter tanks were uncovered in a sting operation by the team in the city center. According to him, the perpetrators have caused untold pain and hardship on Nigerians during a crucial season as Christmas. “In the war room (where crucial issues are discussed during fuel crises), we asked ourselves why the situation (fuel queues) persists. “We got an intelligence report of these mini depots and as you can see, these golf cars that are supposed to have 40 litres have tanks that can take 200 liters of petrol. “This other one is a mini depot. Although some of the products are diesel, the DPR says it is unauthorised. We have over 50 days supply of diesel and so there is no reason to hoard the product.’’ The Abuja Zonal Controller of DPR, Mr Mohammed Abba, told newsmen “we have arrested 20 people in connection with those who sell in jerry cans in Zone One alone and their facilities. “We are handing them over to the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps, because the DPR has no capabilities to prosecute. “We will test for forensic analysis and we will pursue the case to court’’. Mr Aminu Abdullahi, Assistant Commandant-General Operations, Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps while receiving the perpetrators confirmed receiving the 20 persons. 
Tue, 26 Dec 2017
Gunmen, armed to the teeth and dressed in military fatigue on Sunday raided the Kaduna home of the former Chairman the Presidential Task Team on Pension Reforms, Abdulrasheed Maina.

The Spokesman of the Kaduna State Police Command, ASP Aliyu Mukhtar confirmed the incident, saying that the Divisional Police Office in Kawo informed the command of the incidence. He explained: “We got a report from DPO Kawo regarding the raid on Maina’s house. But we are yet to confirm whether they are really officials of EFCC. Investigation is on going,” he told our correspondent on phone on Monday. An eyewitness told journalist that the gunmen began surveillance of the area at 5PM till at 8PM when another car (Peugeot 406 brand) with plain clothes security personnel, forced the gate open and drove into the compound. It was gathered that a security guard oñ the premises was handcuffed and asked to take them round the 4-bed room flat. The 22-year old guard, Ahmadu told journalists that the gun men kept asking him whether the house belong to Maina or whether he (Maina) was staying there. Ahmadu said the gunmen told him that they were from the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) to carry out a search on the house for alleged hidden arms and ammunitions as well as cash (money). He said, “They came in military uniforms and Hilux van with another small car after they had forced the gate open around 8.PM. “They handcuffed me and started forcing doors to the bedrooms open, they turned everything upside down. “They were communicating with somebody somewhere in Hausa, directing them to one room or the other where to find cash.
Tue, 26 Dec 2017
President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed sadness over the death of Alhaji Inuwa Dutse, former Commissioner for Agriculture in the old Kano State during the administration of the late Audu Bako.The post Buhari mourns Inuwa Dutse, condoles with govt., people of Jigawa appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Tue, 26 Dec 2017
Liberian presidential candidate George Weah's running mate Jewel Howard-Taylor began life in politics as first lady to former warlord leader Charles Taylor, but has since established a formidable political reputation in her own right.The post Liberias Howard-Taylor: the Jewel in George Weahs crown appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Tue, 26 Dec 2017
Gunmen, armed to the teeth and dressed in military fatigue on Sunday raided the Kaduna home of the former Chairman the Presidential Task Team on Pension Reforms, Abdulrasheed Maina.The post Police confirm raid on Mainas house, handcuff of security guard by gunmen appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Tue, 26 Dec 2017
The Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR in Plateau State has appealed for calm as the fuel scarcity persists in the State and assured that the commodity would be made available as Government is not resting on its oars to ensure its availability.The post Scarcity: DPR monitors fuel stations in Plateau appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Tue, 26 Dec 2017
Pope Francis in his traditional Christmas address on Monday called for peace in Jerusalem and highlighted the plight of children scarred by conflict, having earlier urged the world's Catholics not to ignore the conditions migrants face.The post Popes Christmas message seeks peace in Jerusalem appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Tue, 26 Dec 2017
The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has predicted dust haze weather conditions with horizontal visibility range of one to three kilometres over the central states of the county on Tuesday.The post Dust haze weather to prevail on Tuesday ' NiMet appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Tue, 26 Dec 2017
A foremost youth leader in Plateau State, Pius Hommen, has urged Nigerians to shun all acts of division and hate but embrace peace for the good of the country.The post Christmas: Embrace peace, Pius Hommen urges Nigerians appeared first on Vanguard News. 

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.The post NNPC, DPR uncover illegal fuel reseviours in Abuja appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Tue, 26 Dec 2017
Director General on Media and Publicity, Evangelist Kingsley Fanwo has doled out motorbikes, grinding machines and food items to the people of Takete/Ide Otafun Ward and Ayede Amuro Ward of Mopamuro Local Government Area of Kogi State. He said the gesture is aimed at empowering his people.The post DG Media to Kogi Gov fetes his people at Xmas appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Tue, 26 Dec 2017
GOVERNORS under the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, yesterday revealed that they overwhelmingly supported Prince Uche Secondus as national chairman of the party because of his strength of character.The post PDP chairmanship: Why we chose of Secondus governors appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Tue, 26 Dec 2017
Jose Mourinho aimed a Christmas Day dig at Manchester City, claiming the runaway Premier League leaders have been handed an unfair advantage by playing their next match more than a day later than his United team.The post Mourinho takes dig at Citys extra day appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Tue, 26 Dec 2017
Jose Mourinho aimed a Christmas Day dig at Manchester City, claiming the runaway Premier League leaders have been handed an unfair advantage by playing their next match more than a day later than his United team.The post Mourinho takes dig at Citys extra day appeared first on Vanguard News. 

Tue, 26 Dec 2017
FOLLOWING the crisis that erupted between two cult groups on Sunday Christmas Eve, the Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA yesterday imposed a six to six indefinite curfew on Bwari township.The post FCTA imposes six to six indefinite curfew on Bwari township appeared first on Vanguard News.