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Below are the headlines found on The Guardian Online Newspaper for today, Tuesday, 16 January, 2018.
Tue, 16 Jan 2018
Benue leaders led by Governor Samuel Ortom yesterday declared that their state had no empty land to be designated as a cattle colony as being proposed by the Federal Government.
They made the declaration at a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari in the Presidential Villa, Abuja on the recent violent attacks on communities in Benue State by suspected Fulani gunmen.
Ortom, who addressed State House correspondents after the meeting said: “‎I do not understand what colonies mean. Today, I was privileged to meet the Minister of Agriculture, Audu Ogbeh, and he explained to me that a colony is many ranches put in one place, restricted in one place. For us in Benue State, we have no 10,000 hectares to be allowed for that kind of a thing to take place.
“Other states have the land but we in Benue State don’t have and that was what led us to enacting this law.”
The governor insisted on the arrest of the leadership of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore for the alleged inciting statement which caused the massacre of innocent residents of Guma and Logo local governments of Benue State.
“When people violate the law and they are not sanctioned it becomes a problem. These people should be arrested and investigated because there is enough evidence against them.”


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The governor said Benue State was part of President Buhari’s constituency, therefore the residents also deserved government’s protection.

“We don’t have powers over the security of this country, except the Federal Government. It is expected that the Federal Government will support us to enforce our laws and the laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”
Ortom, who noted that “even before the anti-grazing law, killings were taking place more than what we are witnessing today” said the state government had found a solution in the new law to protect all.
“We are not sending anyone away from Benue State. The herdsmen, whether you are Igbo, Fulani, Hausa, Idoma or Tiv, you are free. Just follow the law, obtain permit and then do the ranch and you are protected,” he said.
The governor denied allegations that the state was arming militia groups, describing the development as a distraction from the main issues.
He said that as far back as 2015 when he took over as governor, he organised an amnesty programme which achieved the disarmament of over 800 youths.
At the meeting, President Buhari appealed to the government and people of Benue to exercise restraint, assuring that all the perpetrators of violence in the state would be made to face the wrath of the law.
He commiserated with the victims of the attacks and promised that the government would ameliorate their suffering. He said relevant agencies had been directed to cater for their needs. 
Tue, 16 Jan 2018
No fewer than seven persons were killed and many others injured yesterday following gas explosions in Magodo and Badagry areas of Lagos.
While the first explosion occurred at a gas company, Second Coming Nigeria Limited, located on CMD Road, Magodo, the second happened a few hours later at a gas retail plant in Badagry.
Three people died and eight others sustained serious injuries in the Magodo explosion.
The Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi and Commander, Rapid Response Squad (RRS), ACP Tunji Disu, who rushed to the scene of the incident, helped to contain the arising inferno.

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The General Manager, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Adesina Tiamiyu, narrated: “The agency was alerted to a fire outbreak at a gas plant (Second Coming Nigeria Limited) located on CMD Road, Magodo, Ikosi Isheri Local Council Development Area (LCDA) around 7:26 a.m.
“On arrival at the scene, it was discovered that the gas plant was engulfed by the inferno. An eyewitness said the fire outbreak could have been as a result of gas leakage from the plant.
“Preliminary investigation by the agency revealed that three reservoir tanks for the storage of gas and one 33, 000-litre gas truck in the gas station were engulfed by fire, with a secondary explosion occurring within the station.
“Unfortunately, two burnt bodies were recovered behind the fence of the gas station, while eight casualties were also recorded with various degrees of burns and injuries.
“They were attended to by the officials of the Lagos State Ambulance Service (LASAMBUS) and the agency’s paramedics before moving two of the victims, who suffered more degrees of burns to the Trauma Centre at Toll Gate for further medical attention.
“Also, the men of the Lagos State Fire Service with four fire trucks and the Lagos Response Unit (LRU) Fire Unit with two fire trucks were able to curtail the spread to adjourning buildings in the area.
“Other emergency responders on ground include RRS, Federal Road Safety Corps, National Emergency Management Agency, Lagos Neighbourhood Safety Corps, Red Cross, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Lagos State Traffic Management Authority and the Federal Fire Service.”
He assured that an investigation would be conducted to ascertain the cause of the explosion and to prevent a recurrence.
In the second explosion in Badagry, four persons were confirmed dead with pieces of dismembered bodies littering the scene.
The explosion at a gas retail shop at Iluda Road, Ajara Vetho in Badagry, occurred at about 10:00 a.m.
Nigeria’s crude oil production, including condensate hit 2.057 million barrels per day (bpd) in the month of December 2017.

This is higher than the 1.93 million bpd including condensate recorded at the end of the third quarter in September.

The Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources made this disclosure in its facts and figures for the oil industry released at the weekend.

The Ministry added that the country trucked out 36.97 million litres in December; 7.61 million litres of Automated Gas Oil; 1.55 million litres of Dual Purpose Kerosene; 1.82 million litres of Aviation Turbine Kerosene; and 0.20 million litres of Low Pour Fuel Oil (LPFO).

Nigeria’s crude oil production has been fluctuating in the last six months due to pipeline obstructions, which resulted to a number of force majeure arising from circumstances beyond the operators’ control.

For example, a total of 57.92 million barrels of crude oil and condensate was produced in September 2017, representing an average daily production of 1.93 million barrels.

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This represents a decrease of 6.31 per cent compared to August levels. Of the September production, Joint Ventures (JVs), and Production Sharing Contracts (PSC), contributed about 29.43 per cent and 43.26 per cent respectively.

Speaking on the progress made so far in the country’s oil production and export, Group General Manager, Crude Oil Marketing Division of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mele Kyari, said the Corporation has achieved 98 per cent automation of all transactions. These include the supply, marketing and sale of the various grades and blends of Nigeria’s crude oil across the world.

He said the automation exercise, which would be concluded in 2018, had enabled NNPC achieve an end-to-end monitoring of every barrel of crude oil sold in the country.

“Today, at a click of a button, we can tell you how much crude oil is sold, at what price, who bought it, and where it has gone to etc,’’ he said.

He said the projection is to operate a completely paperless crude oil data management regime in line with the ongoing transformation of the processes, which have witnessed sweeping reforms since 2015.

He listed the reforms to include the open bid process of customer selection for lifting and purchasing of Nigeria’s crude oil grades, emplacement of efficient crude for product import processes, leading to savings of $1billion in one year as well as the introduction of improved pricing system, which has evolved into a robust and auditable pricing mechanism.
Tue, 16 Jan 2018
Rwanda’s Amavubi yesterday held the nation’s CHAN Eagles to a goalless draw in the first game of the CAF Group C African Nations Championship (CHAN) holding in Morocco. 

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
The Kogi state Commissioner for agriculture Mr. Kehinde Oloruntoba has disclosed that the State Government will empower over 100,000 persons through engagement… 

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
The Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) has urged the Federal government to emulate countries that have banned… 

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
Akinola Olawore is a Chartered Surveyor and Valuer of repute with over 30 years experience in all aspects of Estate Surveying and valuation. 

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
The Federal Government is expecting considerable tax revenues this year through the implementation of the Voluntary Assets and Income Declaration Scheme (VAIDS). 

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated industrialist and Chairman of the Eleganza Group of companies, Chief Rasaq Akanni Okoya on his 78th birthday anniversary. 

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Tue, 16 Jan 2018
Expectations are high that the redevelopment of the Onikan stadium, Lagos would be completed by December 2018 as the contractor has fully mobilised to site to intensify the rebuilding process. 

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
Justice John Tsoho of the Federal High Court, Abuja, yesterday ordered the Nigerian Police to immediately unseal the head office of Peace Corps of Nigeria situated within Jabi area of Abuja. 

Tue, 16 Jan 2018
Cristiano Ronaldo ‘feels cheated’ by Real Madrid and wants to rejoin Manchester United, according to reports in Spain. 

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