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For today, Thursday, January 21, 2016:

VANGUARD NEWSPAPER

Oil Price: Senators split over 2016 budget

ABUJA—SENATORS were, yesterday, sharply divided along party lines on the feasibility of the 2016 Budget on many counts, especially the oil price benchmark of $38 per barrel as they began debate on the Appropriation Bill presented to them by President Muhammadu Buhari.

NFF CRISIS: Pinnick, Giwa in show of shame

THE meeting called yesterday by the Minister of Youth and Sports, Barr. Solomon Dalung had all the trappings of reopening the already settled leadership crisis in the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF). It took a dangerous turn when the NFF President, Amaju Pinnick and Chris Giwa who is laying claim to the same office almost engaged each other in fisticuffs.

Produce Dasuki in court Feb. 16, judge orders FG

ABUJA—Justice Ademola Adeniyi of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, yesterday, ordered the Federal Government to produce the erstwhile National Security Adviser, NSA, Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd.), before him on February 16. READ MORE:

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THE PUNCH NEWSPAPER

Two high chiefs lay claim to Olubadan throne

The age-long smooth ascension to the throne of the Olubadan of Ibadanland appears to be under threat as a two top Ibadan chiefs have laid claim to the coveted throne. While the Balogun of Ibadanland, High Chief Saliu Adetunji, as the next in rank to the late Olubadan, anticipates his installation as the next Olubadan, the Otun Seriki of Ibadan, Chief Adebayo Oyediji, says he is the ‘‘next Olubadan’’. READ MORE:

N470m lost daily to gas pipeline attacks - FG

Last weekend’s attack on the Nigeria Gas Company’s pipeline connected to Chevron Nigeria Limited’s facility at Escravos in Delta State is costing the economy a daily loss of N470m and has also resulted in the shutdown of two of the country’s refineries. READ MORE:

SIM registration: Minister warns operators of sanctions

The Federal Government has warned mobile telecommunication providers to treat Nigerians with decency and play by the rules or face sanctions. The Minister of Communications, Mr. Adebayo Shittu, gave the warning in a statement issued by his Special Assistant on Media, Mr. Victor Oluwadamilare, in Abuja on Wednesday.

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THE GUARDIAN

Two condemned to death by hanging over FUTA ex-VC's murder

CONSEQUENT upon the murder of the former Vice Chancellor (VC) of Federal University of Technology Akure (FUTA), Prof. Albert Ilemobade, seven months ago, two of his domestic workers have been sentenced to death by an Akure High Court.

Red alert on safety on herbal 'Viagras'

Recent studies suggest that there is rise in number of Nigerian men that cannot achieve or maintain erection to sexually satisfy their partners, which is pushing some into suicidal tendencies. The Guardian investigation reveals that some Nigerian men can take anything with the promise of boosting their libidos, from crude herbal preparations to medicines, without National Agency for Food and Drug Administration’s (NAFDAC) registration number.

Nigeria, China mull new communication satellite

Nigeria is negotiating with China on possible new satellites for Nigeria Communication Satellite limited (NIGCOMSAT) and support for its ground station improvement. NIGCOMSAT is the Nigerian Satellite Communication Company and Operator of NigComSat-1R Satellite under the supervision of the Ministry of Communications.

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THE NATION NEWSPAPER

EFCC chief Magu: more looters will go to prison

Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Acting Chairman Ibrahim Mustafa Magu spoke yesterday on the fight against corruption, saying it will be unsparing. Besides, the EFCC boss agreed that the rate of convictions in corruption cases may be low, but he is sure that more looters will go to jail this year.

$2.1b arms deals: Mu'azu, Dikko, Jonathan's ex-aide may be declared wanted

Security agencies may declare former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chair Adamu Muazu, former Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) Comptroller-General Abdullahi Dikko Inde  and four others wanted. The others are former PDP Kebbi State governorship candidate Gen. Bello Sarkin Yaki, a former top official in the Office of National Security Adviser, Col. Bello Fadile, former Special Assistant to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan on Domestic Affairs Waripamowei Dudafa and a former Chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team, Mr.Abdulrasheed Maina.

Olubadan died after holy communion, says priest

Ibadan, West Africa’s largest city, was yesterday coming to terms with the passing on of its revered monarch – Oba Samuel Odulana Odugade 1. The city was in a mixed mood — mourning and celebration  – sad about the departed 101-year-old monarch and excited about the expected coronation of the next in line, the Balogun Olubadan, High Chief Saliu Adetunji, as the Olubadan.

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Business Day

Airlines squeezed as dollar shortage hits operations

Airlines in Nigeria are having difficulties with their operations as biting dollar shortages and elevated black market rates leave them facing losses on their routes and struggling to acquire foreign exchange for routine and scheduled maintenance.

2016 budget not realistic

Nigerian Senators on Wednesday expressed grave concerns over the perceived near impossibility of implementing the 2016 budget in which President Buhari’s government outlined plans to spend about N6.08 trillion within this fiscal year.

Court slams Metuh with N400 bail

A Federal High Court sitting before Justice Okon Abanga has slammed the embattled National Publicity Secretary of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Olisah Metuh, with N400 million bail. The court in its ruling on the bail application filed by the counsel to Metuh, the court asked for two sureties in the sum of N200 million each, who must have property in Maitama area of Abuja with statutory registration of occupancy.

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