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For today, Friday, January 22, 2016:

VANGUARD NEWSPAPER

$2.1bn Arms probe: EFCC slams fresh charges against Olisa Metuh

ABUJA — THE Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has arraigned the National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Olisa Metuh, on a fresh two-count-charge of destroying the evidence against him.

ARMS PROBE: I’ll open up next week, says Falae

NATIONAL Chairman of  Social Democratic Party, SDP, Chief Olu Falae, yesterday, said he has fixed next week to adequately address his alleged involvement in the ongoing arms deal scandal involving the former National Security Adviser, NSA, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd). READ MORE:

Man, 37, rapes mentally-challenged girl

LAGOS—police in Lagos State have arrested a 37-year-old man for allegedly raping a mentally-challenged girl (names withheld). It was learned that the suspect, Adesola Moses, who resides at Osenatuilo Street, Alagbado by AIT Road, reportedly raped the victim in her mother’s shop.

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THE PUNCH NEWSPAPER

Fuel subsidy removal’ll save govt N985bn – Osinbajo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has said the Federal Government, which relies on crude oil for about two-thirds of its revenue, is seeing a silver lining to the plunge in crude prices because it will no longer have to subsidise fuel. “Lower oil prices also mean there is some advantage,” Osinbajo said in a panel discussion at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on Thursday. READ MORE:

Arms probe: Metuh arraigned for destroying evidence

A Federal Capital Territory High Court in Maitama, Abuja, again on Thursday ordered the remand of the National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Olisa Metuh, over two counts of destruction of evidence and mischief preferred against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. READ MORE:

Domestic debt servicing gulped N2.95tn in five years

The Federal Government spent a total of N2.95tn to service domestic debts for a period of five years from 2010 to 2014, investigation has shown. Statistics obtained from the Debt Management Office in Abuja on Thursday showed that the actual amount spent on servicing the domestic component of the country’s total debt rose from N334.66bn in 2010 to N846.64bn by the end of December 2014. The amount spent on domestic debt in 2015 is not yet available

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THE GUARDIAN

Senate condemns fresh destruction of oil facilities in Niger Delta

THE Senate Committee on Petroleum Oil and Gas has condemned in totality the fresh blowing up of pipelines in the Niger Delta region. At a press briefing yesterday in Abuja, Chairman, Senate Committee on Petroleum (Upstream), Senator Tayo Alasoadura condemned the unpatriotic act of some vandals, who blow up pipelines at this time of national emergency when the dwindling price of oil and the insurgency in the northeast of Nigeria is confronting our nation. READ MORE:

Oil prices surge past $30 on eurozone stimulus pledge

Oil prices surged past $30 a barrel in Asia Friday after the European Central Bank (ECB) signalled further stimulus measures to help the struggling eurozone economy, but analysts expect oversupply woes to limit gains. READ MORE:

FG to build 10,000 primary healthcare centres – Minister

The Minister of State for Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, said on Thursday in Abeokuta that the Federal Government would build 10,000 functional primary healthcare centres across the country. Ehanire, who disclosed this during his familiarisation visit to the Federal Medical Centre, Abeokuta, said constructing more healthcare centres would reduce pressure on tertiary health institutions.

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THE NATION NEWSPAPER

EFCC arraigns Metuh for destroying his statement

Detained Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) spokesperson Olisa Metuh was arraigned yesterday before the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, for allegedly destroying the statement he made to Economic and Financial Crimes Commission’s (EFCC) operatives.Metuh is being held at the Kuje prison, Abuja, following his arraignment at the Federal High Court, Abuja, on a seven-count of money laundering.

PDP governors deplore spokesman’s handcuffing

Governors elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have described Tuesday’s handcuffing of the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, as a new low in the Federal Government’s profiling. Deploring the action, the governors said the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led administration was a step away from full-blown fascism. READ MORE:

Osun airport contract: ‘PDP at lowest ebb of rational thinking’

The Osun State government has said the allegation by the state’s chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that the Rauf Aregbesola administration inflated the airport project at Ido Osun by N11 billion is a confirmation that the party is suffering from “hallucination that is causing its wild imagination and delusions”.

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Business Day

FG retirees access pensions on release of N40bn bond

Federal Government retirees who left employment between February and September 2015 can now access their retirement benefits from their Pension Fund Administrators (PFAs), following government’s release of an estimated N40 billion into the ‘Retirement Benefits Bond Redemption Fund’ covering about eight months, BusinessDay learnt last night.

Nigeria loses N470m daily from Escravos pipeline attack

As security agencies intensify the search for culprits behind the recent attack on the Escravos pipeline, latest information from the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing shows that the pipeline owned by the Nigeria Gas Company and connected to Chevron’s facility at Escravos is making Nigeria lose N470 million daily. READ MORE:

Nigeria: Dangote, Bill Gates set aside N30bn to end under-nutrition

The Federal Government yesterday applauded the efforts of both Aliko Dangote foundation and Bill & Melinda Gates foundation for the eradication of Polio in the country. Describing the gallant efforts of the two foundations as rare,Issac Adewole , the Minister for Health expressed satisfaction that the country is now free of Polio, courtesy of the…

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