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Below are the headlines found on The Guardian Online Newspaper for today, Saturday, 6th January, 2018.

Sat, 06 Jan 2018
The Federal Government would prosecute any marketer that sells petrol above the recommended N145per litre, the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, has warned.
Speaking yesterday during a meeting of the committee set up by government to resolve grey areas in the supply of petrol, Kachikwu denied saying that marketers could be allowed to sell petrol above the prevailing N145 per litre.He said: “We are actually looking at those who have breached this process to see what we can do to penalise them and set stiff penalties for those who sell above N145 per litre.

“Going forward, there will be very massive enforcement, firm position and firm tracking of product within the country. Nobody deserves this up and down, in terms of product supply. “So, I want to make it very clear that there is no discussion on price increase issue. The price of petrol is N145 per litre and remains there. Nothing has changed and there is no mandate to increase that.”

The minister stated that there is no multiple price fixing environment where people can work outside of the umbrella of what has been fixed, adding: “What we approved was a modulation price within N135 and N145 per litre. There is no authorisation to sell petrol above N145per litre. No one is free to set the price above that range.”

He also hinted that plans were underway by the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) to review price template elements with a view to ensuring that marketers are allowed to participate in the process.According to him: “Obviously, the PPPRA develops price template and helps government monitor importation into the country so that we are sure of the actual volume that comes in and all that. Template has always been an issue, because as prices change in the international market, some of the items in the template have question marks.

“There are two lines over the template. There is actual cost of landing products and the second one is ancillary charges that have to do with logistics and profit margins for the operators, which are all below the line elements.

“As part of the work of this committee, we are also reviewing that template to see whether there are things we need to do, all in a bid to help us ensure that we can accommodate sales at the N145 per litre window. That is also going to be looked at. 

Sat, 06 Jan 2018
The Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Maj-Gen. Rogers Nicholas, has disclosed that the factional leader of Boko Haram, Mamman Nur, was injured in yesterday’s coordinated military bombardment of the Lake Chad region in Borno State.

He said several of Nur’s foot soldiers were also killed in the three-day military operations.Nicholas, in a statement by Col. Onyema Nwachukwu, Operation Lafiya Dole’s Deputy Director, Public Relations, stated: “Nur has been fatally injured in the coordinated bombardments, as he and sub-commanders fled from the onslaught.

“Several of his foot soldiers have also been killed by troops, while many of the insurgents who escaped are now surrendering to Republic of Niger Defence Forces, following the amnesty granted the insurgents by the government.”

Sat, 06 Jan 2018
The Minister of Interior, Gen. Abdulrahman Danbazzau, representing President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday visited Rivers State to assess the security situation in the state.
The visit followed the killing of 21 persons returning home after the crossover night service in Omoku, Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Council and other killings across the state.

The President said the visit was to commiserate with the government and people of the state over the killings and called for partnership between the Federal and Rivers State Governments to tackle security challenges in the state, which he said is important to the nation’s economy.

He promised that the federal government would partner with the government to ensure adequate security of the state, saying: “Rivers State is important to the country, particularly when it comes to the issue of the economy. It is very important that the federal government partners with the state to see how any security gaps can be closed for adequate protection of lives and property.”

Governor Nyesom Wike has alleged an orchestrated plot to create the impression that the state is unsafe through the promotion of targeted cult killings.He stated this while speaking with Danbazzau at the Government House, Port Harcourt.

Wike said the security agencies in the state know the cult kingpins terrorising flashpoints in the state, adding: “The Security agencies have the profiles of all cult kingpins in different parts of the state and they know their locations.  

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“There is no wisdom in the politicisation of security. Insecurity can affect anybody, as you can never know the next victim.”He urged the security agencies and the federal government to deploy personnel to cult flashpoints in the state to forestall repeated attacks by cultists. 
Sat, 06 Jan 2018
House of Representatives member representing Oshodi- Isolo Federal Constituency under the political platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Tony Chinedu Nwulu, yesterday declared his aspiration to contest the governorship election in Imo State come 2019. 

Sat, 06 Jan 2018
The Good Hair Space officially opened its doors to the public on December 31, in Lekki Phase 1.The one-of-its-kind mall, introduced the Premium Good Hair Salon, Nail Bar, VIP Salon Lounge, Make Up Studio by DBD Studios, Lash Spa by Beauty Bottega..... 

Sat, 06 Jan 2018
The abductors of Chief Yohanna Kukah, a brother of theCatholic Bishop of Sokoto, Bishop Matthew Hassan, have made a demand of N100 million before he could be released. 

Sat, 06 Jan 2018
THE Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, has expressed the readiness of the Nigerian Police Force (NPF) to ensure the total compliance with the Benue Anti-Open Grazing law, warning that violators would be made to face the full wrath of the law. 

Sat, 06 Jan 2018
The Heineken Lagos Fashion and Design Week (HLFDW) 2017 may have ended, but the haute couture sauces served by the designers during the event are far from getting over. 

Sat, 06 Jan 2018
It was a moment of joy, fun and excitement at the just concluded Lagos Grows Talent, an initiative of the Lagos State Government, which saw three talented individuals win the ultimate cash prizes. 

Sat, 06 Jan 2018
Kaduna state governor Nasir El-Rufai has effected a cabinet reshuffle, as commissioners and other top government officials have been relieved of their positions. 

Sat, 06 Jan 2018
Residents of Ndoro community in Ekeremor Council of Bayelsa State have fled the area following the alleged beheading of a security operative by militants. 

Sat, 06 Jan 2018
On Wednesday, December 27, the Aare Onakakanfo of Owu Kingdom, Prince Bolu Akin-Olugbade, and his adorable wife, Yeye Ladunni, marked their 37th wedding anniversary. 

Sat, 06 Jan 2018
The Kebbi State Youth Vanguard for President Buhari has made a passionate appeal to the National Assembly to investigate some job advertisements that was placed by the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) in some newspapers last year.