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Below are the headlines found on The Guardian Online Newspaper for today, Thursday, 4th January, 2018.

Thu, 04 Jan 2018
The Senate yesterday condemned reports attributed to President Muhammadu Buhari’s Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, suggesting that the failure to pay subsidy debts owed oil marketers was due to the chamber’s refusal to approve a loan request.

In a statement, the spokesman Aliu Sabi Abdullahi stressed that as far as the Senate was concerned, the Buhari administration cancelled the payment of subsidy on petroleum products since 2016, therefore the talk about any loan could not be true.

“The attention of the Senate has been drawn to a claim said to have been made by the Chief of Staff to the President, Mallam Abba Kyari, during a meeting with stakeholders in the oil industry on the perennial fuel scarcity in the country, to the effect that the payment of debt owed oil marketers was being delayed because the National Assembly has not approved request presented to the legislature for loan meant for that purpose,” the statement notes.

The House said it wanted members of the public to know that no such request had been made.

“The Senate is aware that subsidy on petroleum has been cancelled by this administration. So, we wonder which payment we are talking about now. We call on Mallam Kyari to either prove his claim or retract it.

“Instead of resorting to false claims and shifting blame, both the executive and legislature should work together to solve this unnecessary fuel crisis which is making life more difficult for our people,” the statement reads.

A public hearing aimed at finding a solution to the scarcity is expected to take place today at the Senate.
Thu, 04 Jan 2018
A male suicide bomber blew himself up yesterday at a mosque in Gambouru, Borno State, killing 15 people, including his own father.

The suspected Boko Haram attack followed Saturday night’s assault on a military base in neighbouring Yobe State where five soldiers were allegedly killed, with 30 others missing.

The incident occurred around 5:00 a.m., as worshippers observed prayers.

The North East Zonal Coordinator of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Bashir Garga, said: “I can confirm to you that there was an attack in Gambouru Ngala, where 15 people were killed. A male suicide bomber carried out the attack. Some of our officials, the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), the military and the police assisted in the evacuation of over two dozen wounded persons to different medical formations in the town.”

Major General Rogers Nicholas, Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, however, disclosed only five fatalities. “Our ground troops have already neutralised a suicide bomber at Rann, the council headquarters of Kala/Balge in Borno State.
“Yes, but only five (were) killed and another suicide bomber neutralised in Rann,” he said.

Thu, 04 Jan 2018
The Chairman of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Northern Nigeria, Rev. Yakubu Pam, has called on the Federal Government to investigate the killings of District Head of Numana Kingdom, Dr. Gambo Makama, his wife and two others and the murder of about 50 persons in Kaduna and Benue states on New Year day.

Pam, in a press statement issued in Jos yesterday, condemned the killings of Christians in the north and urged the Federal Government to fish out the perpetrators of the brutal acts.

According to him: “The attacks on Gwantu, Headquarters of Sanga Local Government Area of Kaduna State where the chairman of the traditional council, Dr. Gambo Makama alongside his wife and two other youths were gruesomely murdered on New Year day is condemnable and worrisome.

“Also, we are worried of the attacks in Guma and Logo Local Government areas of Benue State where over 50 people were murdered in cold blood on the same New Year day.

“CAN is not only condemning in stronger terms these mayhem and carnage but is calling for the immediate arrests and prosecution of all perpetrators of these heinous crimes without let.

Thu, 04 Jan 2018
Some states in the western parts of the country may remain in darkness, as repair work is yet to commence on the damage caused by a fire on the Escravos to Lagos Pipeline (ELP), which supplies gas to six power plants in the west.

Specifically, customers in Ondo, Ogun and Lagos States are expected to be without electricity until the level of damages caused by the outbreak of fire on the ELP System around Okada in Edo State have been ascertained.

As a result, power plants in Egbin, Lagos; Olorunshogo IPP, PEL Olorunshogo, Ogun; Paras Power Plant, Ogun; and Omotosho plant, Ondo state respectively with combined generating capacity of 3,072 megawatts (MW) will remain shut down.

The Ministry of Power attributed the outage to the collapse of Nigeria’s transmission grid on Tuesday night, which resulted in nationwide outage, with attendant loss of 3,072 megawatts (MW) of power.

But as at yesterday evening, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), owners of the pipeline was only able to draft firemen to the scene to contain the fire from the leak point of the pipeline.

However, the fire could not be extinguished due to the high pressure on the line, which supplies gas to power plants in the South West, in addition to feeding the West Africa Gas Pipeline System.

NNPC Group Spokesman, Ndu Ughamadu, said in a statement yesterday that the Group Managing Director, Dr. Maikanti Baru, has ordered an immediate assessment of the damage caused by a fire on the ELP, a natural gas pipeline which supplies gas from the Escravos region of the Niger Delta area to Lagos.

Thu, 04 Jan 2018
They said 'what you don't know can't kill you' well'. they lied. I had just seen my sixth result that semester, it was an A! Six A's' I was excited at first and immediately, I started getting really scared (I didn't know this was weird at that time). I was so heavily consumed with stressing [] 

Thu, 04 Jan 2018
The continuous violent attacks by suspected armed Fulani herdsmen on many communities in Nigeria and the seeming helplessness of the ruling All Progressives Congress... 

Thu, 04 Jan 2018
New studies have shown that extracts of the leaves and stem bark of African cherry could be used effectively to treat drug-resistant infections; and may hold the key to new and effective alternative antimalarial medicine. 

Thu, 04 Jan 2018
On yearly basis, key stakeholders share their knowledge on what they believe can steer the Nigerian education sector out of troubled waters, yet there seems to be little or no improvement. In this New Year, they said government should effectively act on the ten pillars of the Ministerial Strategic Plan, as well as fund the [] 

Thu, 04 Jan 2018
Nigeria may have lost about N490.11billion to various production shut-ins due to pipeline leaks and vandalism in the Niger Delta between September and October 2017. 

Thu, 04 Jan 2018
The Lagos State government yesterday sealed a filling station, an hotel and event centre belonging to a suspected Badoo cult kingpin, Alhaji Alaka Abayomi Kamal. 

Thu, 04 Jan 2018
The Ogun State Police Command has arrested a suspected Indian hemp merchant, who was reportedly caught with 114 bags of the illegal substance. 

Thu, 04 Jan 2018
A Pan African regional body, ECOWAS Youth Council (EYC) has honoured the Vice Chancellor of Federal University, Gashua, Prof. Andrew Haruna with an Award of Excellence 

Thu, 04 Jan 2018
After enjoying extraordinary success in 2017, with an unprecedented haul of five trophies, Zinedine Zidane begins his third year in charge of Real Madrid... 

Thu, 04 Jan 2018
Management of KIA Lakeside Academy, a crche, nursery, primary and secondary school in Abuja, has assured that the school will not deviate from its philosophies... 

Thu, 04 Jan 2018
Following price losses suffered by virtually all the highly capitalised stocks, trading on the floor of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), closed negative yesterday, as market capitalisation fell by N28billion. 

Thu, 04 Jan 2018
The Commissioner of Education in Katsina State, Prof Halimatu Sa'adiya has been relieved of her appointment. 

Thu, 04 Jan 2018
Chief Iduh Amaidhe has been re-elected as president-general of Isoko Development Union (IDU), to lead the union for another three years term. 

Thu, 04 Jan 2018
Last week, Chelsea U-18s celebrated the milestone passing of 1000 days without tasting defeat at home, and seven players of Nigerian descent helped the London club achieve this feat. 

Thu, 04 Jan 2018
The Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (FERMA) is to finish, in two weeks, the reconstruction of the failed portions of the Essene-Edemaya axis of the East-West Road. 

Thu, 04 Jan 2018
The connection between language and technological development is, in general terms, self-evident. Technology is invention through thought. 

Thu, 04 Jan 2018
Centre for Initiative and Development (CFID), has stressed the need for patients to monitor and seek knowledgeable information about their health conditions.