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

Fri, 05 Jan 2018
The Minister of State for Petroleum, Ibe Kachikwu, said yesterday that the perennial petrol scarcity and price instability would only stop when the Federal Government removes the disparity between pump price and landing cost of the product.
Making a presentation at a public hearing on the fuel crisis jointly organised by the Senate and House of Representatives, Kachikwu described as shameful government’s failure at getting oil sector businesses right.

He noted that the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) became the sole importer of petrol because of difficulties faced by oil marketing companies, a situation that greatly affected product supply.
A committee has been set up to consider issues in the industry and by the next 18 months, a measure of progress would have been achieved, Kachikwu told the lawmakers.

“We need to address the issue of pricing. If we are going to sell at N145 per litre, we are going to put mechanisms in place, so that the private sector can go back into importation. The landing cost of the product is about N170 to N171. The price at which we sell today is N145. So, there’s a disparity between N171 and N145. What this means is that those individuals who are really there, not with an obligation like NNPC which has to meet national supply, but with a commercial bend, will not bring in products or they are going to sell at a loss,” he said.

He noted: “We need to free the marketers to do their business. To do their business, we need to address the pricing issue. One model, for example, is at the time we got the approval of N145, the exchange rate was N285 to $1. Today, it is N305. So, even at the minimum, there’s a gap. One mechanism will be to work with the Central Bank of Nigeria in terms of exchange rate mechanisms.”
Fri, 05 Jan 2018
It was one of the states hit recently by killings. Many believed President Muhammadu Buhari would seize the opportunity offered by the visit to voice government’s concern and allay people’s fears. They were disappointed.
Buhari yesterday commissioned 10 coaches and two locomotives and the Kaduna Inland Dry Port.

Parts of the country witnessed bloodshed over the past week. While 21 people were killed in Rivers State, about 50 others died in attacks by herdsmen in Benue. In Kaduna, a traditional ruler, Dr. Gambo Makama, and his wife were murdered in Sanga Local Government Area. The President, however, left the state without saying a word on any of the incidents.
On Tuesday, a group, Centrum Initiative for Development and Fundamental Rights Advocacy (CEDRA), had issued a statement envisaging the outcome of the visit.

“It has come to our knowledge that Buhari will be in Kaduna on Thursday January 4, 2018 to commission a dry port and a few railway coaches. Aside from the niceties of tape-cutting at designated sites and a few remarks, President Buhari’s itinerary is quiet on his other activities while in Kaduna.

“A similar scenario unfolded on September 12, 2017 when he visited the state for the commissioning of a feeds milling plant called OLAM, along Kaduna-Abuja Road. The President left after fulfilling the righteousness of tape-cutting. We guess his Thursday January 4, 2018 visit will ply the same lane. This is not the first time President Buhari is showcasing a lackadaisical and I-don’t-care attitude to the barbaric annihilations of the people of Southern Kaduna,” said CEDRA chairman, Dr. John Danfulani.

Fri, 05 Jan 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari has described herdsmen who murdered over 50 persons in Benue communities a few days ago as criminals.

Buhari spoke yesterday through his representative and Minister of Interior, Lt. General Abdulrahman Dambazzau (rtd), during a condolence visit to Governor Samuel Ortom at Government House, Makurdi. He said he was personally pained by the heinous incident.

“We feel your pain especially our mothers who bore us in their wombs. Government will not sit down and watch people to be killed and their property destroyed. Anyone found wanting deserves maximum punishment,” he vowed.

The president cautioned Nigerians against politicizing the incident, noting that many people were cashing on the killings for their selfish political interest.

“We should exercise restraint. The Federal Government is putting heads together with the state government to find a lasting solution to the crisis. As I have said, the attacks have nothing to do with religion, it is criminality. Benue State as the food basket of the nation needs a lot of security.”

On why the Federal Government failed to act fast despite a letter written by Governor Ortom to the Inspector General of Police, the minister said he was yet to be briefed, stating that the attacks were unacceptable in a civilized society.

“This is a sad period in our nation’s history but I assure you that security agencies are doing a lot to contain the situation. We will stop at nothing in fishing out perpetrators of these act and deal with them,” he vowed.

Dambazzau disclosed that over 5,000 agro rangers were being trained by the Federal Government to handle incessant herders, farmers clash across the country.

Governor Ortom urged President Buhari to demonstrate his words with action by directing the immediate arrest of the leaders of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore whom he said were executing their earlier threat to the peace loving people of the state. 

Fri, 05 Jan 2018
The head of United States (U.S) forces in Seoul warned yesterday against raising hopes over North Korea's peace overture amid a war of words between the U.S. and the reclusive North over its nuclear and missile programs. In a New Year address, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said he was open to dialogue with [] 

Fri, 05 Jan 2018
Delta State Police Command has thoroughly searched the Otor-Iyede, Isoko North Local Government Area home of human rights activist, Comrade Anthony A. Ogbalor, who it is detaining as a kidnap and robbery suspect. Isoko youths and some concerned stakeholders have cautioned the police against media trial and hasty decision on arrested activist. Ogbalor, a former [] 

Fri, 05 Jan 2018
A group, Coalition of Gombe State Indigenes, has disagreed with a Christian cleric, Fr. Mbaka, on the latter's endorsement of Governor Ibrahim Dankwambo as Nigeria's next president. It said the priest spoke out of context in his assessment of the works and worth of the state governor. Mbaka is a former enthusiast of Buhari. The [] 

Fri, 05 Jan 2018
Recently, analysts and stakeholders from various industry converged to discuss technology trends and how it affects every industry at the 2018 edition of 'Digital Coffee' an annual industry event organised by an Interactive marketing and advertising agency, Street Toolz. Chief Operating Officer, Street Toolz, Mike Earnest said, 'past editions have helped agencies understand and use [] 

Fri, 05 Jan 2018
G9, the umbrella body for all self determination groups in Nigeria, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to order immediate disarmament of all Fulani herdsmen throughout the country to stem the tide of imminent civil war. In a release personally signed by the convener of G9, Akogun Tola Adeniyi, the Group challenged the Commander-in-Chief of [] 

Fri, 05 Jan 2018
Prolific Liverpool scorer Mohamed Salah was named African Player of the Year in the Ghanaian capital Accra on Thursday, the first Egyptian to win the award since Mahmoud al-Khatib in 1983. The 25-year-old has scored 23 goals in 29 matches in all competitions this season for the Premier League outfit after moving from AS Roma [] 

Fri, 05 Jan 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari, who practically scorned the idea in his New Year message, is merely playing the ostrich: That restructuring, true federalism or devolution of powers has become an idea that must be supported and brought to fruition is an indubitable fact of the nation's life today. Many statesmen and other well-meaning Nigerians, indeed, have [] 

Fri, 05 Jan 2018
January 1st this fresh year of our Lord 2018 afforded serious minded national papers to announce the winner of their person of the preceding year and one of the best newspapers that money can buy in Nigeria known as the flagship was at its best when it named the Nigerian commoner as the winner of [] 

Fri, 05 Jan 2018
DO Nigerians know what the safety level of foods on their dining tables would be in 2018' That is a trillion Naira question. The short answer is no. We give two quick reasons for this. A reading of the body language of the permitting National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) reveals that besides approving virtually every [] 

Fri, 05 Jan 2018
Equity transactions on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) rebounded yesterday, as virtually all the blue chip companies appreciated in price, causing the All-share index to appreciate by 1.3 per cent. Yesterday, market capitalisation of listed equities rose by N174billion from N13.589trillion posted on Wednesday to N13.763trillion. Similarly, the All-share index, which measures the performance of [] 

Fri, 05 Jan 2018
Jose Mourinho has dismissed reports he may walk out on Manchester United this summer as 'garbage', saying he sees himself staying long-term at the Premier League giants. 

Fri, 05 Jan 2018
The Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, Edgal Imohimi, yesterday disclosed how three arrested Badoo suspects hypnotised and smashed their victims' head while asleep. Imohimi said this while presenting the suspects to journalists in Lagos. He gave their names as Chibuzo Igwe, Samuel Akaeze a.k.a Samito, Gift Akaeze, Omotayo Abamoyegun and Fatai Adebayo, a herbalist [] 

Fri, 05 Jan 2018
Six more persons were killed in Omoku, Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area of Rivers State, yesterday barely three days after 21 persons were killed while returning from crossover night service on new year day. Meantime, victims of the Omoku Massacre have narrated their ordeal. When The Guardian visited Kirigene and Aligwu communities in Omoku on Wednesday, [] 

Fri, 05 Jan 2018
Diego Costa has revealed that he 'feels like a footballer again' after coming off the bench to score on his second debut for Atletico Madrid on Wednesday evening. The last time the Spanish striker was on the field was in May last year after playing in the FA Cup final for Chelsea against Arsenal. Since [] 

Fri, 05 Jan 2018
Edo State Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dan Orbih, has blamed the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led government under Governor Godwin Obaseki for the poverty, hunger and neglect of youths in the state. He said the state government's failure to fulfill it campaign promise of creating 200,000 jobs for the youths was responsible for [] 

Fri, 05 Jan 2018
The Muslim Congress (TMC), Muslim Awareness International (MAI), Muslim Students' Society of Nigeria, Lagos State Area Unit, Al-Mu'minaat (The Believing Women) and The Companion (an association of Muslims in business and the professions) have called on the Nigerian Christians not to see the crisis in Jerusalem as a religious issue. The groups at different press [] 

Fri, 05 Jan 2018
Ijaw national leader, Chief Edwin Kiagbodo Clark, has faulted President Muhammadu Buhari's New Year message, especially his comment that the solution to Nigeria's problems did not lie in restructuring. He said the President shocked most Nigerians when, instead of reassuring the nation with his message, he clearly stood against restructuring, which was what almost everybody []