NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE PUNCH NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [12 AUGUST, 2017].


Below are the headlines found on The Punch Online Newspaper for today, Saturday, 12 August, 2017.

Sat, 12 Aug 2017
In 2017 alone, President Muhammadu Buhari has spent over 140 days on medical vacation abroad and many Nigerians are not pleased leading to protests calling for his return or resignation, GBENRO ADEOYE writes President Muhammadu Buhari has been in London, United Kingdom for medical treatment for over 90 days with Nigerians left to guess the [] 

Sat, 12 Aug 2017
Olusola Fabiyi, Abuja There are indications that the national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party is under intense pressure to suspend some of its members believed to be working against its interest. This, it was gathered, was one of the issues discussed by members of the National Executive Committee of the party in Abuja on [] 

Sat, 12 Aug 2017
Gbenro Adeoye The Disciplinary Committee of the All Progressives Congress in Ward C, Mushin Local Government Area of Lagos State, has summoned the National Legal Adviser of the party, Dr. Muiz Banire, over alleged anti-party activities and misappropriation of campaign materials. A statement from the chapter on Friday noted that in a letter dated July [] 

Sat, 12 Aug 2017
The Peoples Democratic Party Anambra Gubernatorial Election Screening Committee on, Friday, said it had cleared six aspirants ahead of the party primary. The governorship election is scheduled to hold on November 18. The chairman of the Screening Committee, Mr. Adamu Waziri, disclosed this while presenting the clearance certificates to the screened aspirants at the partys [] 

Sat, 12 Aug 2017
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi Lafarge Africa Plc says it has concluded plans to inject about 30 mega watts of electricity into the national grid by 2018. According to the Manager of Ewekoro plant, the firm's flagship manufacturing base, Mr. Segun Soyoye, Lafarge currently produces 90 mega watts of electricity to power its operations with a target to [] 

Sat, 12 Aug 2017
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation on Friday announced that Chinese banks had made commitment to finance oil and gas projects in Nigeria. The NNPC Group Managing Director, Maikanti Baru, who disclosed this when a delegation of the Nigerian Gas Association paid him a courtesy visit in Abuja, recalled that Chinese organisations had [] 

Sat, 12 Aug 2017
Olaleye Aluko, Abuja The Federal Government has said the country needs more than 100,000 new tractors to achieve production targets in the nation's agricultural sector. The Minister of Budget and National Planning, Senator Udo Udoma, stated this while speaking at the inauguration of the Higher Institution Tractorisation Initiative in Abuja. The initiative is a joint [] 

Sat, 12 Aug 2017
Everest Amaefule, Abuja Refinancing Federal Government's maturing local debts with $3bn external borrowing will not only crash the rate of domestic borrowing but also allow some borrowing space to the private sector, the Debt Management Office has said. In a statement issued in Abuja on Friday, the DMO said borrowing from foreign sources to refinance [] 

Sat, 12 Aug 2017
Femi Asu A crowd of protesters on Friday stormed a crude oil flow station and gas plant in Rivers State, owned by Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited, demanding for jobs and infrastructure development. The SPDC-operated Joint Venture, in a statement, decried what it described as 'illegal occupation' of the facilities by some persons, [] 

Sat, 12 Aug 2017
Idris Adesina Nigeria's hope of winning a medal at the ongoing IAAF World Championships further dimmed on Friday after medal hopeful, Blessing Okagbare, failed to make the podium in the women's long jump. Three Nigerian athletes, Okagbare, Oluwatobiloba Amusan and Lindsay Lindley, on Friday competed in the women's long jump and 100m hurdles semifinals respectively. [] 

Sat, 12 Aug 2017
Idris Adesina Athletics coach Tobias Igwe and ex-athlete Deji Aliu have lamented the poor showing of Nigeria at the ongoing IAAF World Championships in London. Nigeria have yet to win any medal in the competition, which ends on Sunday. Medal hopeful, Blessing Okagbare, failed to make the 100m final while the other female athletes struggled [] 

Sat, 12 Aug 2017
Anthony Joshua has smoothed things over with Amir Khan who accused the British heavyweight champion of having an affair with his wife, Evening Standard reports. 'Apology accepted,' Joshua wrote on Twitter, bringing the bizarre row to an apparent conclusion. Joshua was responding to a tweet by Khan that said, 'Glad all is cleared up and [] 

Sat, 12 Aug 2017
Never meet your heroes, they say, or you'll only be disappointed. For Bahrain's Salwa Eid Naser, though, it was quite the opposite at the IAAF World Championships London 2017 ' the 19-year-old not just meeting, but also beating, Allyson Felix and Shaunae Miller-Uibo in Wednesday night's 400m final. Midway through the race, Naser was last [] 

Sat, 12 Aug 2017
Idris Adesina Nigeria's Aruna Quadri and other top seeds at the ongoing 2017 ITTF Challenge Series Nigeria Open on Friday gave a good account of themselves as they progressed into the round of 32 of the competition. Quadri defeated India's Anreev Yavor 4-0 to progress to the next round while Egypt's Omar Assar beat Nigeria's [] 

Sat, 12 Aug 2017
Idris Adesina Bahrain's sprints coach, John Obeya, has stated that he was left to suffer by Nigeria before he switched over to the Asian country. Obeya, who is a former Nigerian athlete and coach, left the country for Bahrain in 2010 after the World Youth Championships in Italy. He trained the 2017 World Championships women's [] 

Sat, 12 Aug 2017
Secretary-General of the Nigerian Boxing Board of Control Remi Aboderin has called on the Federal Government to encourage private sponsorship of more sports in the country other than football. Aboderin said the statement by the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, that companies supporting foreign teams would be made to put 30 per cent [] 

Sat, 12 Aug 2017
Idris Adesina Enyimba's Ikechukwu Ibenegbu's free kick, which rescued the three points for the former champions on Match Day 30, has won the VAT Wonder Goal Award ahead of Adamu Hassan of Nasarawa United and Martins Usule of Katsina United. The three had been shortlisted for the 11th in the VAT Wonder Goal award series [] 

Sat, 12 Aug 2017
English Premier League result on Friday, the opening day of the 2017-18 season: Arsenal 4 (Lacazette 2, Welbeck 45+2, Ramsey 83, Giroud 85) Leicester 3 (Okazaki 5, Vardy 29, 56) Playing Saturday (1400 GMT unless stated) Brighton v Manchester City (1630 GMT), Chelsea v Burnley, Crystal Palace v Huddersfield, Everton v Stoke, Southampton v Swansea, [] 

Sat, 12 Aug 2017
Arsenal staged a dramatic fightback to kick off the new Premier League season with a thrilling 4-3 victory against Leicester on Friday. Arsene Wengers side scored twice in the last 10 minutes as Aaron Ramsey equalised before Olivier Giroud bagged the winner at the Emirates Stadium. Alexandre Lacazette gave Arsenal an early lead before Shinji [] 

Sat, 12 Aug 2017
Mudiaga Affe, Calabar Over 100 residents of Ehom community in Biase Local Government Area of Cross River State on Friday deserted their domain for fear of impending communal crisis over land dispute. Residents of the community feared that neighbouring communities including Ekpri-Iko, Iwuru Obio-Ntan, Ayaba, Ehom-Evia and Idoma would attack them any moment them and [] 

Sat, 12 Aug 2017
Alexander Okere, Benin The Edo State Police Command said it has arrested an Osun-based herbalist, identified as one Usman Mohammed, for allegedly defrauding a woman of the sum of N6m. The victim was said to have given him the money for ritual purposes in order to increase the amount to N12m. But Usman, who was [] 

Sat, 12 Aug 2017
Alexander Okere, Benin The police in Edo State on Friday arrested four persons, including two ex-servicemen, for allegedly posing as men of the Nigerian Army. The suspects were said to have been sighted in military camouflage belonging to the Nigerian Army when they were arrested. However, they were said to have run out of luck [] 

Sat, 12 Aug 2017
Alexander Okere, Benin The Edo State council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists has announced a financial reward for anyone with useful information in connection with death of a reporter with the Nigerian Television Authority, late Lawrence Okojie. It, however, did not disclose the amount. Okojie, 33, was reportedly killed on July 8 by suspected [] 

Sat, 12 Aug 2017
Chidiebube Okeoma, Owerri Members of staff of Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Imo State, on Friday, disrupted academic and non academic activities to demand for their salaries from the management of the institution. The protesters who converged on the campus' roundabout, marched through various routes, clutching placards and leaves and sang songs which depicted their [] 

Sat, 12 Aug 2017
Chidiebube Okeoma, Owerri A three-man armed robbery gang that specialised in robbing tricycles in Owerri, Imo State, were on Friday paraded by the operatives of the Anti-Vice Squad in the state Police Command. The state Police Public Relations Officer, Andrew Enwerem, said that the gang was arrested on Tuesday while attempting to rob a sales [] 

Sat, 12 Aug 2017
Kunle Falayi The discovery of some suspected ritualists' dens in drainage channels under the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway in the past one week led to the lynching of another suspect on Friday, but the police said he was just a destitute believed to be mentally unstable. According to the command's Commissioner of Police, Mr. Fatai Owoseni, the [] 

Sat, 12 Aug 2017
Umar Muhammed, Lafia Gunmen have abducted a businessman, Mr. Yaro Talle, and killed his driver in Keffi Local Government Area of Nasarawa State. It was learnt that the gunmen, who stormed Talle's filling station on Wednesday night in Keffi, shot sporadically into the air as they arrived the scene. Many people who fled the scene [] 

Sat, 12 Aug 2017
Kunle Falayi and agency report Police in India have arrested a Nigerian resident of Delhi for drug peddling as an anti-narcotics team declares another Nigerian identified simply as Cheeku wanted. Authorities said Cheeku became a suspect after he was named as supplier by four Indian nationals caught with 70g of the drug. The main accused [] 

Sat, 12 Aug 2017
Enyioha Opara, Minna The Niger State Police Command has arrested suspected hoodlums terrorising different parts of Suleja Local Government Area of the state. The suspects Aliyu Usman (22), Odun Sunday (29), Danladi (22), Joel Success (19) and Samuel Eso (28) were trailed and arrested by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, the command Public Relations Officer, [] 

Sat, 12 Aug 2017
Nonye Ben-Nwankwo and Ademola Olonilua Singer, Kenny Saint Best, doesn't seem to joke with her two teenage kids, even as a single mother, she has so far, made sure she took good care of them. Her daughter is gradually growing to become a beautiful damsel and when asked what age she would allow her teenage [] 

Sat, 12 Aug 2017
Nonye Ben-Nwankwo and Ademola Olonilua A while back, it was in the news that music producer, Samklef, was bitter at Wizkid because he refused to acknowledge the part he (Samklef) played in his life. In a chat with Saturday Beats, Samklef, who is also a singer, said he is no longer bitter at Wizkid but [] 

Sat, 12 Aug 2017
Nonye Ben-Nwankwo and Ademola Olonilua Harrysong is one singer that has successfully carved a niche for himself with his style of music which is a fusion of afrobeat and highlife. In the midst of his controversial exit from his previous record label, Five Star music, to establish his own record label, Alterplate, the singer released [] 

Sat, 12 Aug 2017
Nonye Ben-Nwankwo and Ademola Olonilua Rap artiste, Ikechukwu Onunaku shot into prominence in 2006 with his hit song, 'My Name is Ikechukwu.' Fast forward till date and the rapper is not as vibrant in the Nigerian music scene as he was over a decade ago. However, it seems the rap artiste has discovered his passion [] 

Sat, 12 Aug 2017
Nonye Ben-Nwankwo and Ademola Olonilua The quiet city of Suleja in Niger State experienced maximum fun last weekend when the Globacom sponsored Mega Music Nationwide Tour landed in the city. The Tommy Hill Station Hotels where the show was held was filled to the brim with fun seekers who just wanted to catch a glimpse [] 

Sat, 12 Aug 2017
Nonye Ben-Nwankwo and Ademola Olonilua No doubt, popular actress, Doris Simeon has earned her strips in the Nigerian movie scene with various movie projects under her belt. In a recent chat with Saturday Beats she shared a tips on how to succeed in the movie industry for the benefit of the younger generation. 'When you [] 
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