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NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: Today's The Punch Newspaper Headlines [25 June, 2017].



Below are the headlines found on The Punch Online Newspaper for today, Sunday, 25 June, 2017.

Sun, 25 Jun 2017
Ghanaian international defender Samuel Inkoom has been banned from all football-related activity for a year, world governing body FIFA said on Saturday. The 28-year-old, who plays for Bulgarian club FC Vereya, was punished for refusing to pay compensation due to his former agent, FIFA said in a statement. Inkoom was ordered to pay agent Andy [] 

Sun, 25 Jun 2017
Over 100 people have died and another 100 injured after an overturned oil tanker caught fire. The tragedy at the Ahmad Sharqia area of Bahawalpur in Pakistan on Sunday morning occurred as a crowd attempted to scoop fuel from the tanker. The tanker exploded. Dozens of motorbikes and cars passing by were caught in the [] 

Sun, 25 Jun 2017
Yemen is currently plagued with a severe cholera outbreak which UNICEF and the World Health Organisation has described as the worst ever outbreak in the World. With the death toll currently put at over 1,300 and over 200,000 suspected cases, the war-torn country grapples with the outbreak as many more are expected to die in [] 

Sun, 25 Jun 2017
In this interview with ANNA OKON, Chinyere Uzuh, 24, a lawyer-turned event planner and the Managing Director of Qwint Perfect Events, talks about her business Briefly tell us about your background I was born and raised in Lagos and I am the only child of my parents. I am a law graduate of the University [] 

Sun, 25 Jun 2017
Olaleye Aluko The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.Gen Tukur Buratai, has said terrorists stole weapons, uniforms and boots from the troops in the North-East and used them to perpetrate crimes. Buratai said this in an interview with Voxafrica TV, a United Kingdom-based station, on Saturday. He was reacting to allegations of abuses by the army [] 

Sun, 25 Jun 2017
Olusola Fabiyi About 500 police officers who retired earlier in the year have accused the Lagos State Police Command of refusing to pay the backlog of their one-year salary arrears. The officers said their former colleagues had decided to fix their arrears in a deposit account with a view of collecting the interest before paying [] 

Sun, 25 Jun 2017
A transportation communication specialist and senior lecturer at Covenant University, Ota, Dr. Oscar Odiboh, speaks to TOBI AWORINDE on the flaws in traffic law enforcement What do you make of the decision by the Federal Road Safety Corps to take traffic violators for psychiatric evaluation' It is a good idea, but it is not novel. [] 

Sun, 25 Jun 2017
Peter Odion, his wife, Josephine and two of their four blind children, share their travails with ALEXANDER OKERE The aura in Forest Guard Street, Uromi, a sub-urban community in Esan North-East Local Government Area of Edo State, was serene. Motorcycles, a means of transportation rarely seen in the Benin metropolis, sped down the two-lane Catholic [] 

Sun, 25 Jun 2017
Success Nwogu and Enyioha Opara The Niger State Police Command has banned all forms of rallies, processions and demonstrations in all parts of Niger State before, during and after the Muslim festival of Eid-el-Fitri. The command, on Saturday, reiterated that the law prohibiting the use of firearms is still in force. The Police Public Relations [] 

Sun, 25 Jun 2017
Our correspondents Today makes it 50 days since President Muhammadu Buhari left the country for the United Kingdom on a medical vacation, yet Nigerians still do not know the President's ailment, the treatment he travelled for and when he will be back. Some Nigerians, who spoke to SUNDAY PUNCH on Saturday, expressed dissatisfaction with the [] 

Sun, 25 Jun 2017
Toluwani Eniola The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, has said he still irons his wife's clothes. Adeboye said this on his official Twitter handle on Saturday. READ ALSO: Worst leadership is in the church, says Adeboye The renowned pastor, in a series of tweets on humility, said, 'I [] 

Sun, 25 Jun 2017
BAYO AKINLOYE The Co-Convener of the Coalition of Northern Groups and leader of Arewa Consultative Youth Forum, Shettima Yerima, has accused human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, SAN, of living in the past, following the latter's statement implying that the former should not be taken seriously. Falana had on Thursday at a news conference in Abuja [] 

Sun, 25 Jun 2017
NIYI ODEBODE, JOHN AMEH and LEKE BAIYEWU The crisis between the National Assembly and the Minister of Works, Power and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, SAN, over the reduction in budgetary allocations to some key projects deepened on Saturday with lawmakers lashing out at the minister. Fashola had accused the National Assembly of slashing budgetary allocations to [] 

Sun, 25 Jun 2017
The candidate of the All Progressives Congress for the Osun West Senatorial District by-election, Senator Mudasiru Hussain, tells FEMI MAKINDE that no amount of gang-up against him will stop him from defeating Ademola Adeleke You were a senator between 2011 and 2015. Why didn't you contest the 2015 National Assembly election' The reason is obvious. [] 

Sun, 25 Jun 2017
The younger brother of Senator Isiaka Adeleke, who has now emerged as the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the July 8 Osun West Senatorial District by-election, Ademola Adeleke, tells FEMI MAKINDE he will defeat Governor Rauf Aregbesola's 'anointed' candidate in the forthcoming poll You are now the Peoples Democratic Party's candidate for the [] 

Sun, 25 Jun 2017
FRIDAY OLOKOR Some church leaders in Nigeria have disagreed with the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, over his recent statement that for corruption to be completely eradicated in the country, the fight against the menace must start from churches. Those who spoke with SUNDAY PUNCH said rather than blame the church for the government's failure to [] 

Sun, 25 Jun 2017
Success Nwogu Scores of beneficiaries of the N-Power anchored programme of the Federal Government Social Intervention Programme in Kwara State, on Saturday, lamented the government's failure to pay their stipends of about five months. The Senior Special Assistant to the Kwara State Governor on Youth Empowerment, Mr. Saka Babatunde, said over 30,000 unemployed youths in [] 

Sun, 25 Jun 2017
Chukwudi Akasike Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, on Saturday, dissolved the state executive council. The dissolution of the council came barely two days after the Commissioner for Works, Bathuel Harrison, was relieved of his job. The Commissioner for Information and Communication, Dr. Austin Tam-George, had resigned on Friday. A statement by the governor's Special Assistant [] 

Sun, 25 Jun 2017
Background I am the last of my parents' four children. I was born into a Christian home and my parents ensured that we had a decent upbringing. Even though they were disciplinarians, they were not always strict. They made sure that we had a comfortable upbringing. Being a girl and the baby of the house, [] 

Sun, 25 Jun 2017
Leader of the Igbo Women Assembly and an associate of the late Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, Mrs. Maria Okwor, talks about her foray into politics with IHUOMA CHIEDOZIE Where and when were you born' I was born on October 31, 1935. I was christened Maria Theresa. I will be 82 years old on October this year. [] 

Sun, 25 Jun 2017
It never hurts to hear out the other side. Most of the time, you get enlightened if you have an open mind. Even if you are not enlightened, at least you get to know what the other side thinks. I got reinforcement on this piece of wisdom last Thursday while reading excerpts of an interview [] 

Sun, 25 Jun 2017
OLUFEMI ATOYEBI The Osi Olubadan and former Oyo State Governor, Rashidi Ladoja, on Saturday said the Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji, was not in support of the proposed Olubadan chieftaincy declaration review by Governor Abiola Ajimobi. But after a meeting with the governor, the Olubadan and Ibadan high chiefs at the state's secretariat, Senator [] 

Sun, 25 Jun 2017
FEMI MAKINDE The Academic Staff Union of Universities at Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso, has accused the Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi and Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola, of toying with the future of the institution's 30,000 students, following the inability of both governors to provide funds for running of the school. The ASUU [] 

Sun, 25 Jun 2017
Olusola Fabiyi The Independent National Electoral Commission has said it is not aware of the case instituted by Senator Dino Melaye to scuttle its plan to verify the signatures of members of his constituency asking him to leave the Senate. It said that it merely read the story in the media on Saturday, adding that [] 

Sun, 25 Jun 2017
A senior police officer, who arrested kidnap kingpin, Chukwudi Onuamadike, aka Evans, and members of his gang in 2006, shares the encounter with Gbenga Adeniji How did you meet Evans' There was a time in 2006 that a gang of robbers attacked a commercial bank in Lagos and went somewhere around the National Arts Theatre, [] 

Sun, 25 Jun 2017
OLALEKAN ADETAYO President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday urged Nigerians to live in peace and avoid making reckless statements. A statement by the President's Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, explained that Buhari's appeal was contained in his Eid-el-Fitr message to Nigerians which he sent from London, United Kingdom, where he is currently [] 

Sun, 25 Jun 2017
BEST Get Out: Kudos to Jordan Peele on a record-breaking directorial debut, as well as to leading man Daniel Kaluuya and the rest of the cast and crew for this thought-provoking, mostly entertaining commentary on race. Wonder Woman: All eyes were on this project, right from the green light. But who could have guessed the [] 

Sun, 25 Jun 2017
A group, the Consumer Advocacy Foundation of Nigeria, has launched a campaign encouraging bank customers in Nigeria to close at least one million non-essential accounts they are operating with the various banks, before the end of the year. Tagged #Close One Million Bank Accounts In 2017, CAFON, in a statement by its Communication and Publicity [] 

Sun, 25 Jun 2017
Prominent Nigerians have congratulated Muslim faithful on the successful completion of Ramadan. In their goodwill messages on Saturday, the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, and his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu, urged Nigerians to imbibe the spirit of tolerance, peace, patriotism and love for one another. This, according to them, will help to build a strong and [] 

Sun, 25 Jun 2017
The Senate on Saturday warned Minister of Works, Housing and Power, Mr Babatunde Fashola, to desist from spreading falsehood on the 2017 Budget with regards to projects under his ministry. It said that in passing the Appropriation Bill, the legislators worked and applied equity in the provision for new and outstanding projects across the country. [] 

Sun, 25 Jun 2017
Osun State's Progress Comprehensive High School on Friday defeated Owerri City College, Imo State, to win the 2017 Copa Coca-Cola tournament at the national final match played at the Onikan Stadium, Lagos Island. Both teams put up a strong fight for the trophy, prize money and the Education Trust Fund, but in the end, the [] 

Sun, 25 Jun 2017
Ifeanyi Onuba The limited inflow of revenue into the Federation Account as well as the ongoing reconciliation of states' claims by the Federal Government has been identified as a major reason for the delay in releasing the second tranche of Paris Club refund to state governments. Findings by our correspondent at the Federal Ministry of [] 

Sun, 25 Jun 2017
Government Secondary School, Minna, emerged winners of the Milo Secondary School Basketball Championship in Lagos, thanks to an 85-year-old Irish priest, who established a basketball culture in the school, reports 'TANA AIYEJINA 'This must be Goliath,' Kunle Adewale, sports correspondent, ThisDay, said when the six-foot-nine-inches 14-year-old Selim Ibrahim was called out by the announcer to [] 

Sun, 25 Jun 2017
Nike Popoola Operators in the insurance industry are seeking to insure the N350bn capital projects that the Federal Government plans to undertake in the 2017 budget. The President, Nigerian Council of Registered Insurance Brokers, Mr. Kayode Okunoren, who said this, noted that with the signing of the budget by Acting President Yemi Osinbajo and the [] 

Sun, 25 Jun 2017
Official front-of-shirt sponsor of Rivers United, Eunisell Limited, has applauded the Port-Harcourt side for their 2-1 victory over Uganda's Kampala City Council Authority in the CAF Confederation Cup Group A match in Port-Harcourt last Tuesday. Eunisell, a leading global chemical and specialty fluid management company supplying key products and solutions to a wide base of [] 

Sun, 25 Jun 2017
JOHN ALECHENU, JOHN AMEH and LEKE BAIYEWU Members of the National Assembly have ruled out the possibility of recommending compulsory medical evaluation for future presidential aspirants. Some Nigerians had urged the federal lawmakers to seize the opportunity of the ongoing constitution review process to insist that all presidential aspirants should undergo medical tests to ascertain [] 

Sun, 25 Jun 2017
A former Chief of Army Staff and prominent member of the defunct National Democratic Coalition, Gen. Alani Akinrinade (retd.), in this interview with BAYO AKINLOYE, talks about restructuring Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari's protracted illhealth and agitation for an independent state of Biafra Can the country succeed without restructuring' I do not see us going far [] 

Sun, 25 Jun 2017
Stanley Opara The market capitalisation for the Small and Medium Enterprises quoted on the floor of the Nigerian Stock Exchange stood at N11.464bn ($37.4m) as of the first quarter of 2017, findings by our correspondent have shown. The SMEs are classified under the Alternative Securities Market segment of the bourse, which is the Exchange's specialised [] 

Sun, 25 Jun 2017
FIBA Africa Zone 3 president and member of the newly-elected board of the Nigeria Basketball Federation, Col. Sam Ahmedu (retd.), talks about the NBBF's plans for basketball in the next four years, in this interview with 'TANA AIYEJINA How will you describe the election of the new NBBF in Abuja, where you emerged as a [] 

Sun, 25 Jun 2017
Anna Okon The European Union has denied reports that it rejected 24 Nigerian products. A report credited to the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control two weeks ago had indicated that the EU rejected 24 Nigerian exported food products in 2016 for failing to meet the required standards. The union said that [] 

Sun, 25 Jun 2017
Chukwudi Akasike A former Deputy Speaker of Rivers State House of Assembly, Leyii Kwanee, has said that there is no rift between Rotimi Amaechi and the lawmaker representing Rivers South East, Senator Magnus Abe. Kwanee, who spoke with journalists on Saturday, explained that Amaechi and Abe had been friends for a long time, adding that [] 

Sun, 25 Jun 2017
The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, has appealed to the leadership of the ruling All Progressives Congress at both the state and national levels to ensure that the governorship ambition of Chief Adeniyi Akintola, SAN, received their blessings. Adeyemi made the appeal on Saturday when the legal luminary paid him a courtesy visit in [] 

Sun, 25 Jun 2017
Portugal beat New Zealand 4-0 to advance to the semi-finals. Mexico also made the knockouts after beating hosts Russia 2-1. European champions Portugal comfortably dispatched New Zealand 4-0 to reach the Confederations Cup semi-finals on Saturday after Cristiano Ronaldo set them on their way with a penalty. Portugal's all-time leading scorer swept the ball home [] 

Sun, 25 Jun 2017
Electricity consumers are worried by the spate of electrocution and persistent instability in Nigeria's power sector since it was privatised more than three years ago, OKECHUKWU NNODIM reports The Federal Government officially privatised most of the utility firms carved out from the defunct Power Holding Company of Nigeria on November 1, 2013, and handed over [] 

Sun, 25 Jun 2017
I am one of those who firmly believe that small business enterprises whether technology related or not remain the sure way of creating millions of new jobs that the economy so badly needs. A few weeks ago, I wrote a piece titled Transformational Attributes of Steve Jobs. It was well received and in case you [] 

Sun, 25 Jun 2017
TANA AIYEJINA Aggrieved contestants at the controversial June 13 National Sports Federations elections will know their fate on Thursday, the Appeals Committee of the elections has said. Petitions flooded the Abdulrazak Salau-headed Appeals Committee a day after the highly disputed polls, which had 177 candidates out of the 396 earlier cleared to contest positions on [] 

Sun, 25 Jun 2017
In this interview with NIKE POPOOLA, the Managing Director, Scib Insurance Brokers, Mr. Shola Tinubu, who is also the Chairman, Planning Committee of the National Insurance Conference, speaks on how the different arms in the insurance sector are collaborating to make insurance more relevant. Since the Insurance Industry Consultative Council was set up, has it [] 

Sun, 25 Jun 2017
Femi Asu The losses recorded by many stocks listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange in the last three days of trading have wiped out a total of N780bn in investor wealth. The NSE All-Share Index fell by 2.45 per cent to close at 32,233.80 basis points on Friday, while the market capitalisation of listed equities [] 

Sun, 25 Jun 2017
The World Blood Donor Day, marked on June 14, has come and gone; but the lessons it evokes for Nigeria are not pleasant: that the country is not getting it right in blood donor practices, contrary to the World Health Organisation guidelines from where our National Blood Policy sprang up. Blood transfusion is a saving [] 
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