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Ohaneze Ndigbo





Below are the headlines found on The Guardian Online Newspaper for today, Wednesday, 3rd January, 2018.

Wed, 03 Jan 2018
Suspected Fulani herdsmen have invaded five communities in Benue State, killing over 50 persons and leaving many others wounded.The attackers struck around 10:00 a.m. on New Year day and in the early hours of yesterday.The affected communities are in Logo and Guma Local Government Areas (LGA) of the state.

Sources told The Guardian that the assailants, armed with dangerous weapons, attacked a suburb of Ayilanmo and Turan in Gambe-tiev, Logo LGA, while residents were in church observing end-of-year prayers.They were said to have proceeded to Tomatar and Umenger in Guma LGA around 3:00 a.m. where they opened fire, killed some villagers and members of the state livestock guard and burnt a patrol vehicle.

The governor, Samuel Ortom, described the incident as unfortunate when he visited the victims at the Benue State University Teaching Hospital (BSUTH).
He said more than 20 persons were killed, nine of whom were personnel of the livestock guard.”We are living in a country we call our own, yet this kind of thing is happening. The security agencies are aware of what you are seeing today and this is just a tip of the iceberg. What happened, from the report I have received, is far beyond what you have seen here. So many houses have been burnt. So many people have been killed. Some are still missing,” the governor said.

“Can you imagine innocent children and women being killed and their private parts removed? People were slaughtered like animals. The Federal Government must arise to this challenge and give us protection, to show that truly we are also citizens of this country. This is not fair. This is not right, and we cannot accept it. We may continue to be law-abiding but there is a limit to how far,” Ortom added.
Wed, 03 Jan 2018
Ibrahim Umar, a 25-year-old kidnap-for-ransom kingpin, said he had not only killed over ten of his victims in recent times but also drank their blood raw.
Umar made this chilling revelation yesterday when the police paraded him along with 15 others. He added that he hunts and kills soldiers to get their arms and uniforms for operations whenever he was in need of the items.
The suspect, a vicious and notorious kidnap/armed robbery kingpin, who said he has been in the business for over two years, was arrested alongside his three gang members in the forest and towns along Abuja-Kaduna, and Abuja-Suleja-Minna highway by men of the F-SARS Special Tactical Squad attached to Operation Absolute Sanity.

The husband of two wives and father of two, who gave his nickname as “Oro”, told journalists at Sabon Wuse Divisional Office, venue of the parade, that he had made fortunes worth millions of naira from the atrocities he carried out on the highway in the past two years.

The arms and ammunition recovered from the gang included five AK47 riffles, 15 7.62 X 39mm AK47 ammunition, two swords and cutlasses, four pairs of suspected fake military uniform and mobile phones.

The Force Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood, a Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP), who paraded the suspects before newsmen, gave their names as Mohammadu Auta, a.k.a Babawuro, aged 27; Musa Usman, 25 years old and Abdullahi Abubakar, aged 28. Umar’s gang, according to Moshood, “is the most vicious and notorious syndicate of kidnap-for-ransom gang arrested by the police in the recent time. The gang was defeated and its members captured after an intense gun battle that lasted more than five hours between the F- SARS Special Tactical Squad attached to Operation Absolute Sanity.
Wed, 03 Jan 2018
At the outset of 2017, the Federal Government had raised a lot of expectations regarding the future of Nigeria’s petroleum sector, upon which the entire economy revolves.        
But as the year ended, things did not turn out quite the way they were envisioned. Indeed Nigerians celebrated the year end with acute fuel shortages, even as many of the targets set for the industry were not realised.Analysts attribute the development to disconnect in set objectives between the Ministry and its supervisory units especially the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), and other parastals and agencies under it.
Although the country recorded some progress in helping to foster peace and reduce militancy in the oil producing areas as well as the implementation of a new funding model for Joint Venture operations, however, stakeholders still await the execution of the many promises made during the last financial year.
Nation’s refineries remain idle

One of such promises that elicited high hopes among Nigerians was the Federal Government’s plan to make the four refineries in Port Harcourt, Warri, and Kaduna fully functional within three months to guarantee uninterrupted fuel supply in the country.Besides, the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, spoke about building strategic reserves for petroleum products to guarantee the self-sufficiency and boost export drives, which have not seen the light of day.
Unfortunately, the refineries are still operating below capacity. Besides, rather than ramping up, capacity utilisation in the refineries continues to slip. For the month of May 2017, the three refineries recorded a combined capacity utilisation of 23.09 per cent compared to 24.59 per cent achieved in April.
Wed, 03 Jan 2018
The price of Nigeria’s Bonny Light crude oil reached $67.10 per barrel to emerge the highest priced product among members of Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).Apart from Bonny Light crudes, other Nigeria’s oil grades such as Brass River and Qua Iboe also appreciated in value to sell at $65.32 and $61.22 per barrel respectively yesterday at the international market.

United Arab Emirate’s Murban; Algeria’s Saharan Blend and Qatar Marine also recorded impressive performance to settle at $66.83, $67.05 and $66.83 per barrel respectively.The Bonny Light is in high demand specifically by American and European refineries. It is therefore a major source of income for the oil-rich nation.

The very low sulfur content of Bonny Light crude makes it a highly desired grade for its low corrosiveness to refinery infrastructure and the lower environment impact of its byproducts in refinery effluent. At a broader level, at the New York Mercantile Exchange, United State West Texas Intermediate (WTI), crude futures traded at $60.45 a barrel during the trading hours of yesterday, recording its highest since June 2015.
ICPC appeals acquittal of Zamfara ex-governor, three others
Wed, 03 Jan 2018
The Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) has appealed against the judgement of a Zamfara State High Court in the trial of former governor, Ahmed Rufai Sani, over alleged diversion of public funds. 

Wed, 03 Jan 2018
For those who include quitting smoking in their New Year resolution, new research has shown how exercise can help you kick the habit of smoking once and for all. 

Wed, 03 Jan 2018
Jose Mourinho launched an astonishing attack on Manchester United legend Paul Scholes on Monday night.Scholes has been outspoken on the form of Paul Pogba, claiming the midfielder is unfit and 'just strolling through games'. 

Wed, 03 Jan 2018
Onome Okagbare Majaro (OAM) Foundation, in collaboration with Ada Ossai Production, has crafted a socially-conscious and campaign movie designed to change misconceptions about people living with albinism. Title Beyond the Complexion.... 

Wed, 03 Jan 2018
Like an old car parked in the garage, nobody cares about propaganda politics anymore. Its tires are now flat. Its methods are now known and its inaccuracies are now easily decipherable with the quickest click of your smartphone. 

Wed, 03 Jan 2018
Enugu State governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, has assured of full implementation of the 2018 budget when passed into law for the benefit of the people.He said year 2018 offersanother chance to sustain the tempo of peace and good governance and to build a secure and viable state. 

Wed, 03 Jan 2018
A director with the Kogi State Pensions Board, who was suspended by Governor Yahaya Bello in 2016, Alphonsus Ameh, 61, has died of heart attack.One of the deceased nieces said Ameh was among the directors and permanent secretaries who were suspended in February 2016 ..... 

Wed, 03 Jan 2018
The Partnership for Aflatoxin Control in Africa (PACA) has claimed that Nigeria loses about $155 million and 5,000 persons to liver cancer yearly, while Africa loses $670m to the scourge. 

Wed, 03 Jan 2018
Lagos State governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, on Tuesday inspected the site of the ongoing construction of the Pen Cinema flyover, assuring that the project will be delivered in the next 10 months.