Below are the headlines found on The Guardian Online Newspaper for today, Wednesday 18 October, 2017.

Wed, 18 Oct 2017
The Senate has postponed the commencement of its planned investigation into the alleged award of $25 billion worth of contracts in the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).Following the allegation of abuse of due process made by the Minister of State for Petroleum, Ibe Kachikwu, against the NNPC Group Managing Director, Dr. Maikanti Baru, the Senate resolved to investigate the matter.
The upper chamber also resolved to investigate Baru over alleged insubordination and abuse of office as contained in the leaked Kachikwu’s letter to President Muhammadu Buhari. Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, who announced the postponement during yesterday’s plenary session, said that the investigation would commence next Tuesday.

Wed, 18 Oct 2017
Suspected militants have kidnapped four missionaries in Delta State.The Police Commissioner, Mr. Zanna Ibrahim, who addressed journalists yesterday in Asaba, said an anti-kidnapping team was already on the trail of the suspects.

He explained that intelligence revealed that the kidnappers, a five-man armed gang stormed Enukorowa creek community in Burutu Local Government Area and kidnapped four foreign missionaries. They are Dr. David Donavan, Chilly Donavan, Alana (surname unknown), and Tyan (surname unknown) who were engaged in preaching, and giving free medical treatment in the area in the last three years.

The police commissioner added that the kidnap may not be unconnected with the current onslaught on militant activities embarked upon by the military in their “Operation Crocodile Smile”, saying that efforts were being made in conjunction with the Joint Taskforce (JTF) towards rescuing the victims.

Tue, 17 Oct 2017
The Nigerian electricity sector recorded the lowest generation of 1,360 megawatts (mw) on October 15, 2017, according to the daily generation report from the Transmission Company of Nigeria.

Besides, the country lost over N20 billion to reported frequency management constraint due to loss of DisCo feeders and gas constraint, data from Nigeria Electricity Supply Industry (NESI) shows.The country’s electricity generation had fluctuated between 3,500mw and 4,500mw in the last few months before the latest development.

This is a far cry from the country’s installed capacity of 11,165.40mw and national peak demand forecast of 19,100mw.According to TCN, although, the country’s current transmission capability has increased from 5,500mw to 7,000mw, peak energy generation ever attained remained 5,074mw, which was recorded in February last year.

Wed, 18 Oct 2017
The governors of the 36 states yesterday met with President Muhammadu Buhari, asking him to release the 50 per cent balance of the Paris Club refund for inclusion in their 2018 budget appropriations.

Led by chairman and chief executive of Zamfara State, Abdullaziz Yari, the governors after the two-hour closed-door meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, recalled that the Presidency disbursed N760.17 billion in two tranches on May 4 this year in partial settlement of long standing claims relating to over-deduction from their allocations from the Federation Account for external debt servicing between 1995 and 2002.

Also in the team were Governors Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State, Abdulfatah ‎Ahmed (Kwara), Rotimi Akeredolu (Ondo), Udom Emmanuel (Akwa Ibom), Mohammed Abubakar (Bauchi) and Ebonyi Deputy Governor Kelechi Igwe who represented his boss, David Umahi.

Wed, 18 Oct 2017
Rihanna is such an icon, she should have statues, national celebrations and roads dedicated after her. Baby steps though. The government of Barbados have revealed that they will be changing St. Michael Westbury New Road, the street that Rihanna grew up on, to Rihanna Drive. The Ministry of Tourism for the Caribbean country wrote in [] 

Wed, 17 Oct 2017
Opposition leader Raila Odinga said Tuesday he was suspending a protest campaign after three people were shot dead in demonstrations against Kenya's election body. 

Wed, 18 Oct 2017
A pair of stunning second-half saves from Hugo Lloris salvaged a precious point for Tottenham Hotspur as they held European champions Real Madrid 1-1 at the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday.

Both sides remain unbeaten in this season’s Champions League and well placed to progress to the last 16. They each have seven points after Cristiano Ronaldo’s penalty cancelled out Raphael Varane’s own goal in the first period.

The sides meet again with top spot in Group H on the line at Wembley on November 1.
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