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NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE PUNCH NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [17 AUGUST, 2017].


Below are the headlines found on The Punch Online Newspaper for today, Thursday, 17 August, 2017.

Thu, 17 Aug 2017
Punch Editorial Board Nigeria is a cruel place to live in, a minefield for both adults and minors. Some minors, who were released from the Badagry Prisons, Lagos, on August 1, have discovered this bitter truth. Many of them were locked up for years on flimsy grounds before they were mercifully set free by Olufunmilayo [] 

Thu, 17 Aug 2017
Tony Okafor, Awka A member of the Anambra State House of Assembly, Mr. Francis Mmegbuaneze, is dead. He died barely 12 hours after participating in the primary of the All Progressives Grand Alliance on Tuesday, which produced the incumbent Governor of the state, Willie Obiano, as the party's governorship candidate for the November 18 poll. [] 

Thu, 17 Aug 2017
Oladimeji Ramon and Ogbonnaya Ikokwu A chieftain of the All Progressives Grand Alliance in Abia State, Dr. Alex Otti, has expressed concern about the $200m African Development Bank loan approved by the National Assembly for Abia State. Otti, a former Group Managing Director of Diamond Bank Plc, expressed the fear that the foreign loan would [] 

Thu, 17 Aug 2017
Fidelis Soriwei The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Mahmud Yakubu, on Wednesday swore in nine more Resident Electoral Commissioners ahead of the 2019 general elections. The commission had earlier sworn in 14 RECs on July 8, 2017 thereby bringing the total number of those sworn in by the commission to 23. President [] 

Thu, 17 Aug 2017
Kamarudeen Ogundele, Ado Ekiti The Peoples Democratic Party has agreed to raise caretaker committee in Lagos, Ogun, Oyo and Osun states. The Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, disclosed this on Wednesday at the opening of the South-West PDP Reconciliation Committee meeting in Ado Ekiti. He said the PDP was pursuing its policy of reconciling [] 

Thu, 17 Aug 2017
Olusola Fabiyi, Abuja There was confusion at the national secretariat of the All Progressives Congress in Abuja on Wednesday as the party failed to hold its monthly meeting with the governors elected on the platform of the ruling party. Some party members said the meeting could not hold due to the short notice to the [] 

Thu, 17 Aug 2017
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja A total of N400bn was received in bribes by public officials within a period of one year, the National Bureau of Statistics said on Wednesday. The NBS stated this in its National Corruption Report, adding that 32.3 per cent of Nigerian adults who had contact with public officials between June 2015 and [] 

Thu, 17 Aug 2017
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation on Wednesday said it had driven down the cost of crude oil production from $78 per barrel as of August 2015 to $23 per barrel, representing a 70.5 per cent fall. The Group General Manager, National Petroleum Investment Management Services, a unit of the NNPC, Dafe Sejebor, [] 

Thu, 17 Aug 2017
Stanley Opara The Securities and Exchange Commission has resumed talks with MTN Nigeria over the telco's planned listing on the floor of the Nigerian Stock Exchange. The Director-General, SEC, Mr. Mounir Gwarzo, told journalists in Lagos on Wednesday that the conversation had taken a new turn as the telecoms company was looking at listing on [] 

Thu, 17 Aug 2017
Femi Asu After many years of lack of investment in private refineries in Nigeria, several local and foreign investors are keen to establish modular refineries in a bid to ramp up the nation's crude oil refining capacity. The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu, said last week that 33 refinery licences had been [] 

Thu, 17 Aug 2017
Femi Asu The Eko Electricity Distribution Company on Wednesday said the Yaba Magistrate Court in Lagos had sentenced a 32-year-old man, Ismaila Mabodu, to six-month imprisonment for theft of 10 metres of armoured copper cable at a substation around the Nigerian Railway Corporation premises, Yaba. The power firm quoted the police prosecutor in charge of [] 

Thu, 17 Aug 2017
Anna Okon A former Governor of Ogun State and director at the Africa Circle Pollution Management Company Limited, Chief Segun Osoba, has said that refuse dumped indiscriminately in the drainage and canals ultimately find their way into the waterways and cause damage to water life and the environment. Osoba said this while fielding questions from [] 

Thu, 17 Aug 2017
The Chairman, Dozzy Oil and Gas Limited, Dr. Daniel Chukwudozie, in this interview with MUDIAGA AFFE, speaks on the scarcity of kerosene and other challenges in the nation's oil and gas industry Why is kerosene, which is used by many Nigerians for cooking, scarce' The problem is that government is basically telling the people to [] 

Thu, 17 Aug 2017
Nike Popoola Getting a loan is a major hurdle facing small businesses, mainly due to strict lending standards by banks. But obtaining outside financing is often necessary to start or grow a business or cover day-to-day expenses, including payroll and inventory, according to www.nerdwallet.com. Although finding, applying for and getting approval for small business loans [] 

Thu, 17 Aug 2017
Anna Okon The Nigeria Customs Service, Tin Can Island Command has said that it generates an average of N1.2bn daily for the Federal Government. The Controller of the command, Yusuf Bashar, stated this during the launch of an operational vehicle of the Tin Can Island chapter of the International Freight Forwarders Association and swearing in [] 

Thu, 17 Aug 2017
A former Secretary-General of Commonwealth, Chief Emeka Anyaoku, says diversifying the economy from oil remains a viable option to get Nigeria out of its current challenges and put the economy on the path of sustainable recovery. According to him, there are other under-developed sectors of the economy including solid minerals, which can be tapped into [] 

Thu, 17 Aug 2017
Anna Okon Work on $3.8bn (N1.162tn) Lagos Deep Offshore Logistics base oil and gas exploration platform, the Egina project, has reached an advanced stage. The Executive Director, LADOL, Mr. Jide Jadesimi, said this when the Acting Director of the United States Trade and Development Agency, Mr. Tom Hardy, led a five-man delegation to the LADOL [] 

Thu, 17 Aug 2017
Femi Asu The Executive Director and Co-Founder, Sahara Group, Tonye Cole, has highlighted the need for policies to drive and sustain productivity in the nation's power sector. Cole stated this during a visit to Egbin Power Plc, an affiliate of Sahara Group, by 20 Harvard Kennedy School graduates. A statement on Wednesday said the graduates [] 

Thu, 17 Aug 2017
Anna Okon The Chief Executive Officer of ENL Consortium Limited, Mrs. Victoria Haastrup, has called on the government to relocate tank farms from Apapa, Lagos, to a more spacious area that will not constitute any danger to the society. She condemned the location of the tank farms in the middle of the city and residential [] 

Thu, 17 Aug 2017
Femi Asu Sirius Petroleum says it has entered into a $10m revolving pre-payment facility and commercial off-take agreement with BP Oil International, a subsidiary of BP, in respect to the sales of the crude produced from the Ororo field. The company, which is focused on oil and gas exploration and development opportunities in Nigeria, said [] 

Thu, 17 Aug 2017
Femi Asu PwC Nigeria has expressed optimism that the contribution of the solid minerals sector to the nation's Gross Domestic Product can grow from 0.5 per cent to three per cent by 2025 if the right steps are taken and the current momentum is sustained. The Advisory Partner and Mining Leader at PwC Nigeria, Mr. [] 

Thu, 17 Aug 2017
Businesses are incredibly difficult ventures to start. More than half of all businesses fail within five years of starting, according to statistics gathered in 2016. While this is far better than the traditional belief that half fail within a single year of starting, it is still clearly a challenge to start and continue running a [] 

Thu, 17 Aug 2017
Femi Asu The Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company Plc has announced the completion of the rehabilitation of the Sawmill 3x15MVA, 33/11KV and Agba Dam 2x15MVA, 33/11KV injection substations in Kwara State. The IBEDC said in a statement on Wednesday that the upgrade would serve communities such as Oko-Erin, Ita Amodu, Niger, Edun, Balogun Fulani, Ori Oko/Ago/Fagba, [] 

Thu, 17 Aug 2017
Femi Asu The Managing Director, Nigerian Petroleum Marketing Company, a subsidiary of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Mr. Umar Ajiya, has commended Nipco Plc for its role in the storage and distribution of petroleum products across the country. The NPMC, which is an offshoot of the defunct Petroleum Products Marketing Company, is charged with the [] 

Thu, 17 Aug 2017
Stanley Opara Jaiz Bank Plc, Access Bank Plc, FCMB Group Plc, Stanbic IBTC Holdings Plc and Dangote Cement Plc emerged the top five losers on Wednesday as the equities market shrank by N343bn in one session. The Nigerian Stock Exchange market capitalisation dropped to N12.443tn from N12.786tn recorded on Tuesday, while the All-Share Index closed [] 

Thu, 17 Aug 2017
Ife Ogunfuwa writes on proper ways to address customers' complaints Customer services are very crucial to businesses that are looking to build a strong brand or those that want to maintain their market position. According to experts, it is not just about fixing problems with products purchased or services rendered, the manner in which complaints [] 

Thu, 17 Aug 2017
Stanley Opara The indigenes of Anambra State are the highest subscribers to the electronic dividend mandate registration of the Securities and Exchange Commission, with 10 per cent participation, according to the Securities and Exchange Commission, Nigeria. The e-Dividend mandate registration update as of August 15, 2017, revealed that Imo, Ogun, Delta and Edo states followed [] 

Thu, 17 Aug 2017
The Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria says it supports a pending bill in the National Assembly that seeks the restructuring of the Nigeria Postal Service. The bill, which is being sponsored by Senator Gbenga Ashafa, representing the Lagos East constituency, contains comprehensive provisions relating to the development and regulation of postal services and related [] 

Thu, 17 Aug 2017
Real Madrid shrugged off the absence of the suspended Cristiano Ronaldo to cruise past rivals Barcelona 2-0 in the second leg of the Spanish Super Cup to cap a 5-1 aggregate win. Ronaldo was slapped with a five-game ban for pushing the referee after he was sent off in the first leg, but his replacement [] 

Thu, 17 Aug 2017
Tana Aiyejina Nigeria Football Federation president Amaju Pinnick has said politics and not incompetence is the reason why Super Eagles winger Ahmed Musa has struggled to impress at Leicester City following a 16m move from CSKA Moscow last summer. The 2013 Africa Cup of Nations winner has had contrasting fortunes with compatriot Wilfred Ndidi, who [] 

Thu, 17 Aug 2017
Tana Aiyejina and Etim Ekpimah President of the Nigeria Football Federation Amaju Pinnick says the NFF has done its part in ensuring that the Super Eagles qualify for the 2018 World Cup, adding that the national team need prayers to seal a spot at the Russia finals. The Eagles top Group B of the African [] 

Thu, 17 Aug 2017
Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo said the decision to suspend him for five games is 'persecution', Sky Sports reports. The 32-year-old failed in his appeal against the ban for the red card he received in Real Madrid's 3-1 win against Barcelona in the Super Cup. He was given a one-match ban for two yellows and [] 

Thu, 17 Aug 2017
Idris Adesina Nigeria's women national basketball team D'Tigress have said no team would stop them from winning their third title when the Mali 2017 FIBA Africa Championship for Women begins on Friday. The team, who won the title twice in 2003 and 2005, arrived Mali on Wednesday. Nigeria, who finished third in the 2015 edition, [] 

Thu, 17 Aug 2017
John Charles, Makurdi Lobi Stars' vice chairman, Mike Idoko, has attributed the poor performance of the team in recent matches to the absence of some of the key players, who travelled abroad for trials, and an accumulation of yellow cards. He frowned at the team's performance during their match against Abia Warriors at the Aper [] 

Thu, 17 Aug 2017
Simon Utebor, Yenagoa The Sports Writers Association of Nigeria, Bayelsa chapter, says it has concluded plans to hold a six-kilometre road race for journalists in the state. The state chairman of SWAN, Alambo Datonye, who spoke in Yenagoa on Wednesday, said the race was to create a pathway for journalists to engage in physical exercise. [] 

Thu, 17 Aug 2017
Tana Aiyejina Winners of the 2017 Nigeria Women Premier League Super 4 tournament will receive N3m while the second-place team will get N2m, Head, Nigeria Women' Football League, Aisha Falode, has stated. Falode disclosed this during the draw for the competition in Lagos on Wednesday. Four teams namely record champions Rivers Angels, Delta Queens, Nasarawa [] 

Thu, 17 Aug 2017
Simon Utebor and Idris Adesina The Nigeria Wrestling Federation on Wednesday unveiled an eight-man team to the Senior World Wrestling Championship billed for Paris, France, from August 20 to 26, after fears that the country's contingent might miss the trip due to lack of funds. The team comprise six athletes and two coaches. They were [] 

Thu, 17 Aug 2017
Greg Odogwu 'There are no table egg imports from any part of the world to Nigeria' ' Onalla S. Akpa, DG, Poultry Association of Nigeria In Nigeria today, we live in precarious times. The mind could easily discern that the fear in the atmosphere is as thick as a stormy cloud. The mood of the [] 

Thu, 17 Aug 2017
Abimbola Adelakun Two Tuesdays ago, Charles Oputa (aka Charly Boy) and his #OurMumuDonDo group protested President Muhammadu Buhari's prolonged absence from office. Typical of the Nigeria Police's short-sightedness of citizens' democratic and civic rights, they took the protest as a personal affront to 'Dear Leader' and tear-gassed the protesters. The police added a sequel to [] 

Thu, 17 Aug 2017
The talk amongst the civil society community now is about the obnoxious bill at the House of Representatives seeking to regulate the operational environment for Nigerian non-profits. Civil society actors feel badly about this. And they are justified: non-profits open their doors of support to millions of families, individuals and communities often neglected by government [] 

Thu, 17 Aug 2017
Niran Adedokun In Nigeria, we have incredible appetite for the dramatic. Irrespective of how uncomplicated an issue or situation is, Nigerians will build a muddled plot around it and end up confusing themselves and as many people of the world as get interested. A mortal being, who has seen and fought many wars and is [] 

Thu, 17 Aug 2017
Mike Onwukwe The waning influence of the family or the erosion of family values should worry us to death. The rise of society's decadence was preceded by the steady decline of the family values. Family is no longer the smallest indivisible part of the society because kids and young ones do not have morals again. [] 

Thu, 17 Aug 2017
Samuel Awoyinfa, Abeokuta The Ogun State Police Command has arrested a prophet, Samuel Babatunde, and three others, in connection with the discovery of suspected human parts allegedly buried inside a church. Babatunde is the founder of Cherubim and Seraphim Church, Itedo Isinmi Ayo parish, Egan Road, in the Iyana-Iyesi area of Ota, in the Ado [] 

Thu, 17 Aug 2017
Samson Folarin Some operatives of the Department of State Services have been accused of abducting an Abia State pastor, Chisom Anaele, and carting away phones and money belonging to his brothers. PUNCH Metro learnt that the officials had forced their way into the victim's family house on Nzeocha Street, Aba, and ordered his brothers to [] 

Thu, 17 Aug 2017
Afeez Hanafi Grief was the ambience of Ogbe Close, Iwaya, Yaba, Lagos State, on Wednesday, after a four-year-old girl, Faridat Sulyman, was found dead in a shrine at the back of her parents' apartment. The victim was reportedly recovered in a pool of blood at about 8pm on Tuesday with a deep cut on her [] 

Thu, 17 Aug 2017
Afeez Hanafi The traditional ruler of Osoroko in the Ibeju-Lekki area of Lagos State, Chief Olusegun Oyiri, has been arrested by the police in connection with the killing of a police inspector, Musa Sunday, attached to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the state police command. Sunday had been declared missing on November 16, 2016, after [] 

Thu, 17 Aug 2017
Olaide Oyelude,Katsina The Katsina State Police Command has arrested an herbalist, Abubakar Saleh, for allegedly strangling a newborn baby and dumping its corpse in a latrine. Also detained was the mother of the baby, Fatima Garba, who was Saleh's concubine. The spokesman for the command, DSP Gambo Isah, said the incident happened in Gyaza village, [] 

Thu, 17 Aug 2017
Chidiebube Okeoma, Owerri The surviving member of the National Youth Service Corps, Ngozi Oformezie, who sustained injuries in the three-storeyed building which collapsed in Owerri, Imo State, is dead. Oformezie died on Wednesday, two days after her boyfriend and fellow corps member, Chinedu Isiogugu, gave up the ghost. Her death brings the casualty figure to [] 
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