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NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE PUNCH NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [18 AUGUST, 2017].


Below are the headlines found on The Punch Online Newspaper for today, Friday, 18 August, 2017.

Fri, 18 Aug 2017
Punch Editorial Board For over a week, the police molested and tear-gassed a group of Nigerians protesting in Abuja over the continual medical vacation of President Muhammadu Buhari. Claiming that the President's medical vacation in England has crippled governance, a coalition of civil society organisations led by entertainer, Charles Oputa (aka Charly Boy), had formed [] 

Fri, 18 Aug 2017
Alexander Okere, Benin A fresh crisis may be brewing in the Edo State House of Assembly as the impeached Deputy Speaker, Mrs. Elizabeth Ativie, has held on to the cars, which the House directed her to return to new principal officers, claiming that the cars were given to her as gifts by a former governor, [] 

Fri, 18 Aug 2017
Tony Okafor, Awka A former Minister of Health, Prof. ABC Nwosu, on Thursday assumed office as the Chairman of the Caretaker Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party in Anambra State, vowing that his team would end what he called cash-and-carry politics in the state's PDP. Nwosu's appointment followed the dissolution of the state's executive committee [] 

Fri, 18 Aug 2017
Chukwudi Akasike, Port Harcourt The National Democratic Coalition has dissociated itself from the opinions of some persons, who claim to be its representatives. NADECO specifically said in a statement signed by its General Secretary, Ayo Opadokun, that the two persons, Mr. Uyi Meshack and Dr. M. Miller, linked to a story in The PUNCH titled, [] 

Fri, 18 Aug 2017
Oyetunji Abioye The naira is seen weakening against the United States dollar on the black market in the coming days as demand for the dollar increases. Stakeholders and industry analysts, however, said the local unit was expected to trade within a range on the investor and exporters forex window and official interbank market. The local [] 

Fri, 18 Aug 2017
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja The Federal Government has commenced an independent audit of remittances of its funds into the Treasury Single Account by Deposit Money Banks. The TSA is a platform used by the government to unify all its accounts by ensuring that all funds belonging to the Federal Government are kept with the Central Bank [] 

Fri, 18 Aug 2017
Femi Asu The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation on Thursday said two private Nigerian companies had been selected to build two refineries in Port Harcourt and Warri under the co-location initiative of the Federal Government. The co-location initiative, introduced by the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, seeks to ensure that new refineries [] 

Fri, 18 Aug 2017
Rasheed Bisiriyu with agency report The contractor handling the reconstruction of the Lagos-Badagry Expressway, China Civil Engineering and Construction Company, has said that two police stations and part of the Lagos State University's gate are some of the structures along the road that will give way to the new 10-lane road. It attributed the slow [] 

Fri, 18 Aug 2017
Anna Okon Manufacturing firms in the food and beverage sector have increased their demand for cassava derivates to be used as supplement for sugar. This is even as health concerns mount over the consumption of sugar and artificial sweeteners in food. The Regional Coordinator, West Africa, InitiatiefDuurzame Handel, Cyril Ugwu, who stated this at a [] 

Fri, 18 Aug 2017
Femi Asu Alternatio Navitas, a Lagos-based company with presence in the United Kingdom and China, has unveiled its off-grid solar home system in Nigeria to meet the electricity needs of households as supply from the national grid remains inadequate. The company, which provides renewable energy solutions, installation, services and advice on micro-generation projects at all [] 

Fri, 18 Aug 2017
Anna Okon The Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry has commended the Senate for coming up with the initiative tagged the National Assembly Business Roundtable. The Director-General of the chamber, Mr. Muda Yusuf, gave this commendation in a statement where the LCCI remarked on the investigative activities of the National Assembly and their implications for [] 

Fri, 18 Aug 2017
Stanley Opara Transactions on the country's stock market rose by 7.13 per cent to N220.27bn ($699.3m) in June from a month earlier, lifted by increased flows from foreign investors, stock exchange data showed on Thursday. The value of foreign transactions on the local bourse rose by 6.66 per cent to N101.53bn in the period, according [] 

Fri, 18 Aug 2017
Stanley Opara The Nigerian stock market, on Thursday, appreciated by N74bn with Eterna Plc, Mobil Oil Nigeria Plc, Nigerian Avation Handling Company Plc, Cement Company of Northern Nigeria Plc and Cutix Plc emerging as the top losers. The market closed on a positive note after recording huge losses this week, and the Nigerian Stock Exchange [] 

Fri, 18 Aug 2017
Babatunde Fajimi The pre-occupation of entrepreneurs is to ensure that their small businesses become visible, prominent and successful. Every business desires success Every small business wants to be better than the other. The owners will do everything in their best interest to attract and keep customers in order to make money. One sure path of [] 

Fri, 18 Aug 2017
Anna Okon Amid increased demand and high prices of grains used as feed mill for the poultry industry, operators in the sector lamented the exporting of maize and soya beans to other countries after every harvest season. The General Manager, Operations, Amo Farms, Mr. Emmanuel Oloruntoba, said this during a media briefing on the natnuPreneur [] 

Fri, 18 Aug 2017
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The indebtedness of power distribution companies to the electricity market operator, in terms of stipulated remittances to the MO, has risen to N120.7bn. It was gathered that the shortfall in remittances by the 11 Discos to the MO had been accumulating since the commencement of the Transitional Electricity Market in January 2015. [] 

Fri, 18 Aug 2017
The days of hiding your money underneath your mattress are long gone. With the craziness of today's hectic schedules, the dangers of leaving large sums of cash around unsecured and the need to maximise every penny of your investment as a nest egg for retirement, having your money resting safely in your current account, is [] 

Fri, 18 Aug 2017
IFE OGUNFUWA writes on some food-related businesses entrepreneurs can establish online Information sourcing has moved away from the bookstores and more people are using the Internet as a convenient platform to get informed. Similarly, e-commerce sites are gradually replacing the physical stores for retail businesses. This is because research has shown that online businesses are [] 

Fri, 18 Aug 2017
Nike Popoola Perhaps you think having a savings account is a nice, but unnecessary, banking option, you need to know the importance of a current and savings account and why you need both, according to http://www.bankrate.com. Current and savings accounts are basically an arrangement to lend money to a bank in the form of deposits, [] 

Fri, 18 Aug 2017
Stanley Opara with agency report Africa's richest man, Aliko Dangote, plans to invest $50bn in the United States and Europe by 2025, in renewable energy and petrochemicals. This is coming after completing almost $5bn of agricultural projects and an $11bn oil refinery in Nigeria. He confirmed the planned investment in an interview with Bloomberg Markets [] 

Fri, 18 Aug 2017
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja The Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, has inaugurated members of Project Steering Committee for the European Union Assisted Project targeted at supporting the intervention programmes in the North East. The project, which is being funded by the EU and the German Economic Cooperation and Development, has the [] 

Fri, 18 Aug 2017
A real estate firm and owners of ABC Gardens and VIP, Pertinence Nigeria Limited, has commended the Lagos State Government for its efforts towards the provision of affordable houses for residents in the state. The firm, therefore, said that it had resolved to complement the state government's effort through its housing scheme ABC Gardens [] 

Fri, 18 Aug 2017
You can often make a pretty good meal, or two or three, out of leftovers. Have you ever turned leftovers from several prior days' meals into a soup or stew' Or turned thanksgiving feast leftovers into a night of sandwiches and another night of open-faced turkey sandwiches with gravy' Presentations leave leftovers on the table, [] 

Fri, 18 Aug 2017
Mudiaga Affe, Calabar The Paramount Ruler of Yakurr, Obol Ofem Ubana Eteng, in Cross River State has disclosed that a hunter has discovered a hot-and-cold-water stream in Ugep as the newest tourist site in the state. This came as the state government said it had created three new agro-cultural festivals in each of the senatorial [] 

Fri, 18 Aug 2017
Tana Aiyejina Holder Cristiano Ronaldo and his Barcelona rival Lionel Messi have been nominated for the Best FIFA Men's Player for the second year running. However, only two Africans Super Falcons coach Florence Omagbemi (Best FIFA Women's Coach category) and Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Best FIFA Men's Player category) are on the list of [] 

Fri, 18 Aug 2017
Idris Adesina Nigeria table tennis star, Funke Oshonaike, has said the Nigeria Table Tennis Federation's poor treatment of the country's players during the recently-concluded 2017 ITTF Challenge Series Nigeria Open accounted for their poor performances during the competition. The Nigeria Open was held at the Molade Okoya-Thomas Hall of the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos, from [] 

Fri, 18 Aug 2017
Tana Aiyejina The Nigeria Football Federation has named Christopher Danjuma as the new coach for the country's U-20 women's national team, the Falconets. Danjuma would be assisted by Wemimo Matthew (1st assistant coach), Mansur Abdullahi (2nd assistant coach) and Abdul-Lateef Yusuf (goalkeeper trainer). The quartet is expected in Abuja on August 23 to open camp [] 

Fri, 18 Aug 2017
Umar Muhammed, Lafia Nigeria's karate team at the just-concluded 16th Union of African Karate Federations Zone 3 Championships in Cotonou, Benin Republic, won two gold, two silver and three bronze medals. In a statement by the media aide to the president of the Karate Federation of Nigeria, Godspower Ede, on Thursday, the U-21 championship took [] 

Fri, 18 Aug 2017
Potential Arsenal buyer AlikoDangote says he would make sacking Arsene Wenger his first move if he took over the north London giants. The wealthy Nigerian businessman, estimated to be worth around $12.5bn, has held a long-standing interest in buying Arsenal, and believes Stan Kroenke could be persuaded to sell. The American is unpopular at the [] 

Fri, 18 Aug 2017
Fola Ojo It was three weeks ago that I stumbled, for the first time, on the picture of this half-stripped man on a media platform. The name did not ring a bell. But in the last few days, the social media have been flooded with his exploits. He was born and christened Charles Chukwuemeka Oputa, [] 

Fri, 18 Aug 2017
Ayo Olukotun History, we are forced to notice time and again, does not progress in majesty and unbroken speed to an accustomed and predictable destination. It proceeds in zig zags, tumbles forward one day, hurtles backward the next, taking its time to rest before the next round of forward marches. To give an example, who [] 

Fri, 18 Aug 2017
Tunji Ajibade Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State hosted Chinese citizens the other week. They were representatives of one of the provinces in China. The visit had to do with an agreement signed by both parties. In the process, it was announced that the governor gave some jobs to his visitors. Giving jobs to [] 

Fri, 18 Aug 2017
Oludayo Tade For the next few weeks or months, the already suffering public tertiary education in Nigeria will be grounded to a halt courtesy of the insensitivity of our leadership to the future of Nigeria which lies in proper investment in education. The Academic Staff Union of Universities had at an emergency National Executive Council [] 

Fri, 18 Aug 2017
Sometime ago, there was a popular Nollywood movie with a thought-provoking and telling title, 'Died Wretched but Buried in N3.2m Casket'. For somebody who does not understand the African culture, it denotes how in Nigeria we prefer to spend huge funds to celebrate the dead of somebody who could have been saved by a little [] 

Fri, 18 Aug 2017
Anthony A. Kila Last week, I saw the President Muhammadu Buhari Estate located on the outskirt of the main Abeokuta town in Ogun State and I couldn't but ask myself in Egba 'Se kosi' I translate: Is everything okay' The estate is not a new project so I apologise for my tardiness in just reacting [] 

Fri, 18 Aug 2017
Ovie Okpare, Warri The police in Delta State have launched a manhunt for one Mr. Orutebe, who allegedly impregnated his 14-year-old daughter in Ugboroke, in the Uvwie council area of the state. Orutebe, who was said to be in his mid 40s, allegedly fled his home after initially claiming responsibility for the pregnancy. It was [] 

Fri, 18 Aug 2017
Olaide Oyelude, Katsina Residents of Rafin-Makadi Village in the Rimi Local Government Area of Katsina State were in shock following the arrest of a 30-year-old man, Aliyu Inusa, who allegedly had sex with his 14-year-old daughter, on the instruction of a herbalist, who assured him that doing so would bring him good luck. The incident [] 

Fri, 18 Aug 2017
Afeez Hanafi The Lagos State Police Command has arrested a 400-level student of the University of Lagos, Akoka, Oluwaseyi Anyiam, for alleged defilement of a female student of the institution. The 22-year-old suspect in the Department of Actuarial Sciences was also accused of taking the picture of the victim, after allegedly dipping his finger into [] 

Fri, 18 Aug 2017
Oluwatosin Omojuyigbe The Lagos State Chief Judge, Justice Olufunmilayo Atilade, on Thursday released 43 underage inmates from the Ikoyi Prison. Atilade had on August 1 and 14 released a total number of 209 underage inmates from the Badagry and Kirikiri prisons based on the outcry of the head of the legal team of the Fountain [] 

Fri, 18 Aug 2017
Chidiebube Okeoma, Owerri Four persons have been arrested by the police in Imo State for allegedly attempting to burn the Alvan Ikoku Federal College of Education, Owerri, Imo State. Parading the suspects at the command's headquarters in Owerri, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Andrew Enwerem, said the suspects ' Bright Onyiriuka, 20; [] 

Fri, 18 Aug 2017
Samson Folarin The Federal Road Safety Corps has rescued 44 minors from suspected child traffickers after stopping a vehicle along the Kaduna-Zaria Road. Some officials of the agency were said to have stopped the vehicle for overloading before discovering that the minors were being transported for criminal intent. The Public Education Officer of the agency, [] 

Fri, 18 Aug 2017
Armstrong Bakam, Bauchi Not less than 1,000 houses have been destroyed by flood in Faggo, Yana and many other villages in the Shira Local Government Area of Bauchi State. The Press Secretary to the Bauchi State Governor, Abubakar Al-Sadique, disclosed this in a statement made available to newsmen in Bauchi on Thursday. He said the [] 

Fri, 18 Aug 2017
Enyioha Opara, Minna The Niger State Police Command has arrested a 40-year-old man at the Tunga Maje area of the Magama Local Government Area of the state for allegedly raping a 17-year-old girl. It was learnt that the suspect, Haruna Mohammed, dragged the victim into Maje market and forcefully had sex with her. Northern City [] 

Fri, 18 Aug 2017
Umar Muhammed, Lafia The police in Nasarawa State have confirmed the arrest of a 25-year-old woman, Mwuese Keleve, who allegedly murdered her three-day-old child in the Kadarko area of Keana Local Government Area of the state. The Police Public Relation Officer, DSP Idirisu Kennedy, who hinted this in an interview with Northern City News on [] 

Fri, 18 Aug 2017
The FCT Emergency Management Agency on Thursday confirmed the death of three people as a result of the flash flood in the Lokogoma area of the FCT, Abuja, the News Agency of Nigeria reports. The Director-General, FEMA, Alhaji Idriss Abass, said a man and two of his children died when their Toyota Highlander SUV entered [] 

Fri, 18 Aug 2017
Chux Ohai Popular Yoruba film actor and producer, Yomi Fabiyi, owes his career to a food vendor. Almost 20 years ago, when he was a young school leaver, unemployed and lived in the Shomolu area of Lagos, his favourite food vendor had opened his eyes to film acting. Fabiyi, recounting his encounter with the vendor [] 

Fri, 18 Aug 2017
Folashade Adebayo Top actors and new revelations are set to thrill TV drama lovers in a new season of wapTV's long-running Superstory. The new offering titled Life is a Teacher combines education with entertainment. The production outfit says Life is a Teacher will soon hit the screen as its production has been concluded. It notes [] 

Fri, 18 Aug 2017
Artiste and activist, Charly Boy, has criticised acclaimed musician, Innocent Idibia ' Tuface ' for not joining the protest he led against the continued overseas treatment of President Muhammadu Buhari. Charly Boy recalled that Tuface had, some months ago, wanted to lead a protest against what he saw as poor governance, but dropped the idea [] 
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