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For today, January 4 2016:

THE GUARDIAN NEWSPAPER

Vehicles trapped at nation’s borders as import ban begins

Scores of vehicles were yesterday trapped at land borders as the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) began the full restriction of vehicle importation through those areas.

Oil hits 18-month high of $58.37 amid OPEC’s output cuts

Brent crude oil price, the closest to Nigeria’s sweet crude, hit $58.37 per barrel yesterday on the first trading day of 2017.

Nollywood defies recession as The Wedding Party breaks record in 2016

Despite a gloomy economy and an uncertain outlook, the Nigerian movie industry has just enjoyed its best year at the box-office with an amazing N1 billion from a record 50 locally-produced titles.

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VANGUARD NEWSPAPER

Lagos’ N812. 99bn Golden Jubilee Budget gets Assembly’s approval

The Lagos State House of Assembly yesterday passed the 2017 budget proposal of N812. 99 billion presented by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode into law.

FG, CAN, Catholic Church in war of words

The Federal Government, yesterday, launched a bitter but indirect rebuke on the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, as well as the Catholic Church over comments by both bodies regarding the wave of ethno-religious crisis in the Southern part of Kaduna State.

Oil prices rise above $58, bridge budget deficit

The new year looks promising for Nigeria and other oil producing countries as oil prices hit 18-month high yesterday, the first trading day of 2017, buoyed by hopes that a deal between the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries, OPEC, and non-OPEC members to cut production, which kicked in on Sunday, January 1, 2017, will drain a global supply glut.

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THE NATION NEWSPAPER

Abuja airport to be closed on March 8

The Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja will be closed on March 8 for repairs, the Ministry of Transportation said yesterday.

Governors’ visits to Wike, Udom stir anxiety in APC

There is disquiet in the All Progressives Congress (APC) over some governors’ visits to Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike and Akwa Ibom State Governor Udom Emmanuel, who are of the Peoples Democratic Party. (PDP).

Army deploys troops in Southern Kaduna

The army has deployed troops in Southern Kaduna to halt the killings in that part of the country.
Army spokesman Brig.-Gen. Sani Usman said yesterday that troops had been “fully deployed’’ in Southern Kaduna to address the security challenge in that area.

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THE PUNCH NEWSPAPER

FG to repair 50 bridges with N270bn - Fashola

The Federal Government plans to spend N270bn over the next three years on the rehabilitation of 50 bridges across the country, the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has said,

Chibok: BBOG to resume marches to Aso Villa Sunday

The #BringBackOurGirls coalition said it would resume daily marches to the Presidential Villa for one week starting from Sunday to compel the Federal Government to accelerate actions necessary to rescue the rest of the 196 Chibok girls to their "grossly disappointed parents."

N23bn Diezani bribe: 100 INEC staff face suspension

The Independent National Electoral Commission is set to suspend 100 of its officials this month over various amounts of money they allegedly collected from the N23bn bribe fund facilitated by a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, ahead of the 2015 general elections.

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