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NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE DAILY SUN NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [5TH JANUARY, 2018].


Below are the headlines found on The Daily Sun Online Newspaper for today, Friday, 5th January, 2018.

Fri, 05 Jan 2018
Against the backdrop of biting lingering fuel scarcity, the Federal Government is mulling a plural fuel pricing regime. Under the arrangement, the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) would sell at N145 while independent marketers would import and dispense at their own rate.

Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu who made the revelation when he appeared before the Senate Committee on Petroleum Downstream also  revealed that the current scarcity might linger till June 2019, when government-owned and private refineries would fully come on stream.

Other recommendations Kachikwu proffered as possible solution to the fuel crisis, which peaked during the Yuletide included a special foreign exchange price modulation as well as special tax consideration for independent oil marketers to reduce their financial burden.

He said if any of the three recommendations was adopted, fuel scarcity would be temporarily handled until refineries come on stream.

In addition, Kachikwu also called for a better border policing, arguing that since it was more lucrative to sell PMS in neighbouring countries, marketers will likely divert their products to those places.

“What this country needs is to ensure that the refineries work. It is shameful that after more than 50 years, we still do not have working refineries. Selling crude is like selling raw agricultural materials. Once the private refineries start working, this scarcity issue will be behind us. Before we get there, we have 18 months to manage this problem.”

Kachikwu who was accompanied by the Group Managing Director (GMD) of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mr. Maikanti Baru and other officials of his ministry, on behalf of President Muhammadu Buhari, apologised to Nigerians for the difficulties they went through  over the fuel scarcity during the festive seasons.

“Our sympathies go the Nigerian people. I will not say much,” he stated.

While still testifying before the senate committe which cut short its recess to investigate the fuel crisis, Kachikwu added: “All I can say is that there are lots of issues. The major players stopped importation because of the price difference in landing cost. Once that happened, NNPC started providing 100 per cent products to the local market.

“There are issues on ground. Some are due to non-payment. Whenever situations like this arise, other issues arise. People moved products to other countries and decided to hide the products. We had to move in and release these products.

“What this says, for me, is that the business model of oil is not where it should be. If the prices of refined products escalate internationally, we do not react when we should. When it increases internationally, it has its own effects here. Between now and 2019 when our refineries will start working, we will have to rely on importation,” he added.

Speaking on the three recommendations, he said: “During the 18 months emergency period, we need to look at pricing. We need to find a way to get marketers back to importation. Landing cost is about N170-175. We sell at N145. We need to address this problem. There are series of items. But the key item is the international selling price for sale of refined product.

“There is a gap. How do we deal with the gap? Whatever we do, we need to free the marketers to do their business. Exchange rate was N145 when price was tagged  in 2015. One model is for the CBN to create a special exchange rate for independent oil marketers to import their products. This will help.
Fri, 05 Jan 2018
The proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) will tomorrow launch a Hausa radio Nigeria service.

The group said it would not relent in the struggle to strengthen its cause.

It. therefore. advised every Hausa speaking Northerner to tune to 15110 KHz every night at 7:00p.m., from  Saturday January 6, saying the service will educate  and liberate them.

The Media and Publicity Secretary of IPOB, Emma Powerful, in a statement, said the group hopes to demonstrate, through the launch of the liberation radio station, to prove beyond every conceivable doubt, that IPOB is not a selfish movement concerned only about the well-being of Biafrans.

Powerful added the group was also genuinely concerned about the plight of all oppressed people in Nigeria as stated by its leader, Nnamdi Kanu, on countless occasions.

“Our quest for the total liberation of Biafraland is unstoppable; this, we shall demonstrate in the coming months.

“Those deluding themselves with the laughable and perverse notion that IPOB has been weakened because of the absence of our leader are in for a shock. This move, today, is the beginning of a mass revolution against our oppressors that will spread outside the borders of Biafraland. 
 
“The coming of this new and revolutionary Radio Nigeria Hausa service will expose centuries old dark secrets, through education of the oppressed Hausa-Fulani youths, that IPOB and Biafra mean well for them, contrary to lies being peddled by their corrupt leadership.
Fri, 05 Jan 2018
There was celebration in Chibok community in Borno State, yesterday, when Salomi Pogu, one of 276 girls abducted by Boko Haram on April 14, 2014, was rescued by soldiers in Pulka, near Gwoza, South East of Maiduguri, the state capital.

With Salomi’s return, the community said there is hope for the rescue of the remaining girls in Boko Haram’s captivity.

Some residents of Chibok also said they were excited about Salomi’s release.

“We are glad and we are in the mood of celebration,” Maina Chibok told Daily Sun, yesterday.


 
He was quick to add that he was yet to see the Pogu family.

Salomi was rescued by the troops of Operation Lafiya Dole, counter-insurgency military forces at Pulka, in a statement by the spokesman of the operation, Colonel Onyema Nwachukwu.

Nwachukwu said Salomi was rescued with another girl identified as Jamila Adams.

“So far, preliminary investigations reveal that the young girl identified as Salomi Pogu is the same as the  Chibok girl published on serial 86 of the online list of abducted Chibok girls. 

“The girl, who was intercepted in the company of another young girl, Jamila Adams, about 14 years old, with a child, are in the safe custody of troops and are receiving medical attention,” he said yesterday. 

Meanwhile, although the Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG), an advocacy group championing the return of the girls, confirmed Salomi as one of the missing school girls, the group said she is number 15 and not 86, as claimed by the military on its list of the missing Chibok schoolgirls.


 
The BBOG, in a statement by its spokesperson, Sesugh Akume, commended the military for the rescue, but said it would continue its march to demand for the release of the remaining girls on January 23.

“Our movement is delighted to confirm this news to be true. Salomi Pogu is a daughter of Mallam Pogu Yahi from Kaumutahyahi, a village in Kuburmbula ward of Chibok Local Government Area. Both parents are currently IDPs in Rumirgo Village, in nearby Askira/Uba Local Government Area in Borno State.
Fri, 05 Jan 2018
The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr Imohimi Edgal, has said the command is in the most critical part of investigation into the activities of the Badoo killer cult group in the state. He said the force had gathered information and profiling those behind the scene.

Edgal, who paraded six suspected members of the cult group including their chief priest, said: “We have made a huge breakthrough in our war on the killer cult group. We have made some arrests and the suspects have made some useful statement that led us to the discovery of the shrine and the administrator of oath taking. We have equally demolished the shrine. But right now, we are in the most critical part of the investigation. There are things we want to unravel. We want to know who were sending the group to smash the skull of human beings. We want to unmask those behind the scene and that is the most critical aspect of our investigation.

“I want to assure Nigerians that no matter highly placed any of those that will be mentioned are, we wont spare them. They will be arrested and prosecuted. One man, Alhaji Alaka Kamal has been mentioned and he is on the run. Through a court order, he has been declared wanted. We advise him to respectfully come to the police. The Nigeria police is one. He has cases to answer. If his hands are clean, let him come out from hiding and report to the nearest police station. He has no hiding place, as we are officially following him. Those who know him should advise him, in his own interest, to come out of hiding.”
Edgal, while parading the Badoo suspects among others, said: “The peace of Lagos State was disturbed on December 30, 2017 at about 2.30am, at Alajo Close, Abule Osarun in Ibeshe Ikorodu, where a gang of three killers, addressed as Badoo by some sections of the press, invaded late Shakiru Yekini’s compound.
Fri, 05 Jan 2018

For the three lucky winners and other contestants of Lagos Grows Talent, the just concluded talent show organised by the Lagos State government was a memorable event and opportunity of a lifetime.

Kicking off on December 18, 2017, the auditions for the talent show had witnessed thousands of youths trooping out to showcase their talents at five different locations within Lagos State including Victoria Island, Ikeja, Badagry, Epe and Ikorodu.

The auditions, which ended on December 21, saw amazing talents and celebrities like Toyin Abraham, Yomi Fash-Lanso, TY Mix, Sotayo Sobola, Humblesmith, Caroline Danjuma, Aisha Lawal and Alariwo judge the contestants based on creativity and talent. At the end of the day, 10 contestants were chosen from each venue of the audition to perform at different locations of One Lagos Fiesta – an annual event of riveting music and entertainment.

The 10 successful contestants included Epe-based young rapper, Ishola Idris, Dream-Catchers Dancers from Ikorodu, Cashflows Dance duo from Ikorodu, Skeleton, a contortionist from Lagos Island, Torna, a rapper from Lagos Island, DMJ, a dancer from Badagry, Korede, a rapper from Badagry, Nifemi, kid dancer from Ikeja, Ademola, drummer from Ikeja, and Babatunde, a rapper from Epe.

Out of all the contestants, Ishola Idris, Torna, Skeleton, Cashflow and Dream Catchers emerged as top five and were chosen to perform at the grand finale of One Lagos Fiesta held at Eko Atlantic, Victoria Island, Lagos. The show had On-Air-Personality, Olisa Adibua, comedian Tee-A and Nollywood actress, Toyin Abraham playing the hosts while actress Eniola Badmus hosted the Agege leg of the concert.

At the end of a tough battle between the final five contestants, 13-year-old rapper, Ishola Idris, beat four others to win the cash prize of N1.5 million. Onyekachi Alexander aka Torna also a rapper, took the second position, smiling home with a cash prize of N1 million while Goualin Vidal aka Skeleton, a contortionist, came third with a cash prize of N.5 million.

Asked how he felt winning the grand prize, Ishola said: “I am very happy that I won. I feel very good, I feel nice. It was a tough competition and I received the money. I will use the money to help my family because we are poor. My parents knew about this and they supported me. I thank Governor Akinwunmi Ambode for this opportunity. He is the best governor.”

Fri, 05 Jan 2018
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Fri, 05 Jan 2018
From Gyang Bere, Jos Former member of the House of Representatives and former speaker, Plateau State 

Fri, 05 Jan 2018
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Fri, 05 Jan 2018
From Rose Ejembi,Makurdi In this interview, Chief of Staff to Governor Samuel Ortom, Terwase Orbunde 

Fri, 05 Jan 2018
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Fri, 05 Jan 2018
Stories by Maduka Nweke, manweke@gmail.com 08034207864, 08118879331 Indications abound why the drive 

Fri, 05 Jan 2018
By Damilola Fatunmise Fast rising Urban Afro musician, Adegboyega is at it again! Following last year's release of his hit single, Fele, the Physics Engineering graduate has kicked off the New Year on a good note. He is dropping the video of Fele, a work that has been described as a 'visual pleasure'. Since its... 

Fri, 05 Jan 2018
From Abdul Hassan, Zaria Dr. Muhammad Sani Bello, Mainan Zazzau, is a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic 

Fri, 05 Jan 2018
Ortom demands arrest of Miyetti Allah leaders From Rose Ejembi, Makurdi President Muhammadu Buhari 

Fri, 05 Jan 2018
By Maduka Nweke Technology is good as it helps to bridge a long process of doing things within a twinkle 

Fri, 05 Jan 2018
We must remain united against violence 'Saraki From Ndubuisi Orji, Abuja The People's Democratic 

Fri, 05 Jan 2018
From Molly Kilete and Okwe Obi, Abuja Chief Of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant-General Tukur Buratai, 

Fri, 05 Jan 2018
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Fri, 05 Jan 2018
By Maduka Nweke Jide Orimolade is the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Law Union and 

Fri, 05 Jan 2018
Former Minister of Education, Mrs. Oby Ezekwesili, disclosed her political agenda for 2019, yesterday. 

Fri, 05 Jan 2018
THE Rivers State Government has released funds for the payment of sign on fees owed players of Sharks, 

Fri, 05 Jan 2018
Worried by the rising spate of cervicalcancer in Nigeria and the need tocreate the needed awareness as well as to save lives, the project director ofQueen of Emerald Nigeria pageant, Ambassador Uche Okafor, has reaffirmed his commitment to raise beauty queens that will lead the campaign against cervical cancer in Nigeria. According to survey, cervical... 

Fri, 05 Jan 2018
By Isaac Anumihe The refusal of National Assembly to pass the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) budget 

Fri, 05 Jan 2018
THE Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF) will reportedly dish out bonuses of 200,000 DH (over US$21,000) 

Fri, 05 Jan 2018
From Godwin Tsa, Abuja The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), is insisting that the 

Fri, 05 Jan 2018
Human rights activist and President, Women Arise for Change Initiative, Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin, yesterday 

Fri, 05 Jan 2018
As the Super Eagles of Nigeria prepare for the upcoming World Cup in Russia; former Nigerian international 

Fri, 05 Jan 2018
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Fri, 05 Jan 2018
From Ndubuisi Orji, Abuja The People's Democratic Party (PDP) is demanding the immediate resignation 

Fri, 05 Jan 2018
Denies abandoning project From Uche Usim, Abuja The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde 

Fri, 05 Jan 2018
From George Aluo, Accra MOHAMMED Sallah has declared that Egypt would have a good outing at the Russia 

Fri, 05 Jan 2018
In what appears to have become a recurring human tragedy, several villages in farming communities of 

Fri, 05 Jan 2018
APC denies involvement in Bayelsa security breach From Femi Folaranmi, Yenagoa Bayelsa State Governor, 

Fri, 05 Jan 2018
BARCELONA have once again stepped up their pursuit of Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho by launching 

Fri, 05 Jan 2018
For the three lucky winners and other contestants of Lagos Grows Talent, the just concluded talent show organised by the Lagos State government was a memorable event and opportunity of a lifetime. Kicking off on December 18, 2017, the auditions for the talent show had witnessed thousands of youths trooping out to showcase their talents... 

Fri, 05 Jan 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday inaugurated the Kaduna Inland Dry Port and warned the Nigeria 

Fri, 05 Jan 2018
BLOOD flowed in Benue State this week, like it has become the case always, as herdsmen visited six communities with violence of monumental proportion. In the New Year attack, invading herdsmen killed no fewer than 50 persons in a heinous manner. Scores of others were injured. Indeed, the gory pictures of those killed or injured... 

Fri, 05 Jan 2018
It is no longer news that President Muhammadu Buhari is going to again contest. It had been an open secret 

Fri, 05 Jan 2018
The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) market indicators on Thursday improved by 1.28 per cent due to gains 

Fri, 05 Jan 2018
The restructuring of the country advocated by most progressive-minded Nigerian citizens is an idea whose 

Fri, 05 Jan 2018
By Tayo Ogunbiyi In Lagos State, the departed year was noteworthy in many ways. As we continue to bask 

Fri, 05 Jan 2018
By Peter Ovie Akus Rivers of blood flowed in Omoku, Rivers State, on New Year day when over 20 people 

Fri, 05 Jan 2018
From Layi Olanrewaju, Ilorin Ronke Adeyemi, a lawyer is former Vice Chairman, Nigeria Bar Association 

Fri, 05 Jan 2018
Suspect allegedly killed 4 earlier By Henry Umahi An Assistant Superintendent of police is in 

Fri, 05 Jan 2018
Commissions new locomotives, coaches, dry port in Kaduna 'FG needs $40b for railways- Amaechi From 

Fri, 05 Jan 2018
Electoral offenders may be in for a tough time as both chambers of the National Assembly are considering