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NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE PUNCH NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [19 AUGUST, 2017].



Below are the headlines found on The Punch Online Newspaper for today, Saturday, 19 August, 2017.



Sat, 19 Aug 2017
Chidiebube Okeoma, Owerri The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, may reverse the no-election order he issued in Anambra State, Saturday PUNCH has learnt. Kanu, who met with the leadership of Ala Igbo Development Foundation in Owerri, the Imo State capital on Friday, over the boycott order issued by IPOB on the [] 

Sat, 19 Aug 2017
Simon Utebor, Yenagoa Two persons were on Friday confirmed dead and five others injured following an attack on the secretariat of the Bayelsa State chapter of the All Progressives Congress. The secretariat, which is located on the Yenagoa-Mbiama Road, Yenezue-Gene area of Yenagoa, was reportedly attacked at about 11am by suspected armed thugs. The assailants [] 

Sat, 19 Aug 2017
Niyi Odebode, Femi Atoyebi, Olusola Fabiyi and Eniola Akinkuotu There are strong indications that some top members of the All Progressives Congress are awaiting the decision of President Muhammadu Buhari on whether to contest the 2019 presidential election or not. Saturday PUNCH gathered on Friday that the President's decision on whether he would contest in [] 

Sat, 19 Aug 2017
Success Nwogu, Ilorin The Kwara Independent Electoral Commission has shifted the forthcoming local government election in the state from the earlier scheduled date of November 4 to November 18, 2017. KWASIEC Chairman, Dr. AbdulRahman Ajidagba, said that the shift was in response to requests from stakeholders, one of which is because the election period coincides [] 

Sat, 19 Aug 2017
Kamarudeen Ogundele, Ado Ekiti The Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, has cautioned the Federal Government over its categorisation of hate speech as an act of terrorism. The governor accused the All Progressives Congress of being the number one promoter and beneficiary of hate speeches in the country. 'When the APC was looking for power, [] 

Sat, 19 Aug 2017
Nigeria has recently witnessed an epidemic of quit notices issued by various groups asking fellow Nigerians who are of different ethnic backgrounds to leave their domains. Experts say the problem will escalate if the government fails to put a stop to it. GBENRO ADEOYE writes As October 1, 2017 gradually approaches, so does the rate [] 

Sat, 19 Aug 2017
Nigerians need to take advantage of the Federal Government's economic diversification initiative by coming up with ideas that focus on the non-oil sector, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, has said. Adeboye said instead of criticising the government, entrepreneurs should invest in economic sectors the Federal Government was [] 

Sat, 19 Aug 2017
Ife Ogunfuwa The newly appointed Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Prof. Stephen Ocheni, has assumed office and advocated for industry peace and harmony. In a statement by the ministry's Deputy Director (Press), Mr. Samuel Olowookere, Ocheni pledged to achieve a peaceful industrial environment within the country. According to him, this will ensure improved [] 

Sat, 19 Aug 2017
The fisheries output in the country currently falls short of demand for fish, the Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Development, Senator Heineken Lokpobiri, has said. 'Our fisheries requirement in this country is over two million metric tonnes, but what we produce now is just about 1.1 million metric tonnes; we still have a [] 

Sat, 19 Aug 2017
Oyetunji Abioye with agency report A global consulting firm, Mckinsey, says out of the 930 Chinese companies operating in Nigeria, only 317 are documented by the Chinese Ministry of Commerce. According to a new research report titled, 'Lions on the move II: Realising the potential of Africa's economies', there are over 10,000 operational Chinese firms [] 

Sat, 19 Aug 2017
Stanley Opara with agency report Nigerian stocks closed higher on Friday for the second consecutive day, lifted by shares in banking, cement and a consumer goods maker. But the stock market cumulatively depreciated by 3.35 per cent this week, owing majorly to profit-taking activities by investors following major gains the past weeks. Reuters reported that [] 

Sat, 19 Aug 2017
The Senate Joint Committee on Customs, Excise and Tariff and Marine Transport has directed Dana Group and 12 other companies, allegedly involved in N30tn revenue scam, to appear before it or face the full wrath of the law on Monday. The Chairman of the committee, Sen. Hope Uzodinma, who made this known in a statement [] 

Sat, 19 Aug 2017
Idris Adesina The Super Eagles face a tough task in the second leg of their 2018 African Nations Championship qualifier against the Squirrels of Benin Republic at the Sani Abacha Stadium, Kano, on Saturday. Bronze medallists at the 2014 edition of the competition, Nigeria are seeking a return to the tournament, which is exclusively for [] 

Sat, 19 Aug 2017
Liverpool have rejected a third bid from Barcelona for Philippe Coutinho, according to Sky Sports. Sky Sports News understands the latest offer was worth an initial 113m and the fee could have risen to 118m based on the Brazil international's potential appearances at the Nou Camp. Barca have failed with their two previous offers worth [] 

Sat, 19 Aug 2017
TANA AIYEJINA recounts his experience with top NBA stars, Thierry Henry, Lucas Radebe and more during the activities that led to the just-concluded NBA Africa Game 2017 in Johannesburg I met 'Naughty', the driver assigned to pick me up, on arrival at the OR Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg, at about 5.15am on August 2, after [] 

Sat, 19 Aug 2017
World heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua says Wladimir Klitschko's decision to retire and decline a rematch was a 'massive' disappointment, BBC Sport reports. Briton Joshua, 27, knocked out Klitschko at Wembley Stadium in April and had hoped they would fight again in Las Vegas on November 11. However, the Ukrainian, 41, announced his retirement earlier this [] 

Sat, 19 Aug 2017
Robert Lewandowski converted a second-half penalty as Bayern Munich opened the 2017/18 Bundesliga season with a 3-1 home win over Bayer Leverkusen on Friday. The Polish hot-shot put Bayern 3-0 up after new signings Niklas Suele and Corentin Tolisso scored with first-half headers. Admir Mehmedi hit Leverkusens consolation goal. 

Sat, 19 Aug 2017
French Ligue 1 result on Friday: Metz 0 Monaco 1 (Falcao 78) Playing Saturday Lyon v Bordeaux (1500 GMT), Montpellier v Strasbourg, Nice v Guingamp, Rennes v Dijon, Saint-Etienne v Amiens, Troyes v Nantes (all 1800 GMT) Sunday Lille v Caen (1300 GMT), Marseille v Angers (1500 GMT), Paris Saint-Germain v Toulouse (1900 GMT) AFP 

Sat, 19 Aug 2017
Once and future number one Rafael Nadal and top-ranked Karolina Pliskova were doing double duty Friday at the WTA and ATP Cincinnati Masters, preparing for quarter-final matches after afternoon victories. Spains Nadal, assured of being atop the rankings come Monday for the first time since July 2014, defeated compatriot Albert Ramos-Vinolas 7-6 (7/1), 6-2 to [] 

Sat, 19 Aug 2017
Spanish La Liga results on Friday, the opening weekend of the 2017/2018 season (times in GMT): Leganes 1 (Gabriel 24) Alaves 0 Playing later Valencia v Las Palmas (2015) Saturday Celta Vigo v Real Sociedad (1615), Girona v Atletico Madrid (1815), Sevilla v Espanyol (2015) Sunday Athletic Bilbao v Getafe (1615), Barcelona v Real Betis [] 

Sat, 19 Aug 2017
Femi Adesina Not a few tongues had wagged over the fact that President Muhammadu Buhari was outside the country on medical vacation for weeks on end, and no member of his media team was with him. Many times, we had been confronted by journalists on why we were sitting pretty in Nigeria, while our principal [] 

Sat, 19 Aug 2017
Kunle Falayi A 61-year-old traditional ruler, Baale of Osoroko, Ibeju-Lekki, Lagos has been charged to court and remanded in prison custody for allegedly burying a police inspector alive. Saturday PUNCH had reported that the victim, 45-year-old Inspector Sunday Musa, was declared missing in November 2016 after embarking on an official assignment and never came home. [] 

Sat, 19 Aug 2017
TWO ex-naval officers and a civilian have been arrested by men of the Abia State Police Command for their involvement in the stealing of a Lexus Sport Utility Vehicle. The suspects were paraded on Friday by the Abia State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Adeleye Oyebade at the State Police Command in Umuahia. Oyebade disclosed that [] 

Sat, 19 Aug 2017
Simon Utebor, Yenagoa The families of three men allegedly arrested by soldiers at Ibelebiri community in Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa State have called on the relevant authorities to make known their whereabouts. They lamented that 15 months after the men were picked up; they had yet to hear anything from them. The names [] 

Sat, 19 Aug 2017
Chukwudi Akasike, Port Harcourt POLICE operatives on Friday dispersed members of the Indigenous People of Biafra who had converged on First Artillery axis of Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital. It was gathered that the IPOB members, who were waving flags had gathered in the area to carry out a protest. Though no reason was [] 

Sat, 19 Aug 2017
Kunle Falayi For more than one month, Jennifer, a 12-year-old girl, whose parents shared the same compound with a dry cleaner and his wife in Shasha area of Akowonjo, Lagos, allegedly endured consistent sexual harassment in the hands of the man she called Uncle Paul. Paul Onobluduakpo, 40, is a Delta State indigene, who allegedly [] 

Sat, 19 Aug 2017
Kunle Falayi and agency report A woman and 11 other suspects have been dragged before an Ebute Metta Chief Magistrates' Court, Lagos in connection with a kidnappers' den discovered at the Ile-ZikBus Stop along the Lagos-Abeokuta road, Lagos. The suspects were later remanded at the Ikoyi Prisons on the orders of Chief Magistrate Tajudeen Elias [] 

Sat, 19 Aug 2017
Alexander Okere, Benin The Edo State Command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency said it has destroyed at least 37 hectares of cannabis farms worth N1.7bn. It said that the farms located in Owan East, Owan West, Uhunmwonde and Ovia North-East Local Government areas of the state, were destroyed between July and August, 2017. [] 

Sat, 19 Aug 2017
Kunle Falayi and agency report On June 30, 2017, a 22-year-old commercial sex worker, Blessing Udoh, allegedly handed over her three-month-old baby to a couple, Mr. and Mrs. Philip James, at Oko Oba, Abule-Egba, Lagos. In return, she collected N50,000. Soon after the transaction, Saturday PUNCH learnt that the police were alerted that she might [] 

Sat, 19 Aug 2017
Ted Odogwu, Kano A 22-year-old security guard of a private residence in Kano, Naziru Ahmad, was on Wednesday shot dead by armed robbers, who attempted to break into an automated teller machine at the ground floor of Tower Hotel. Reports say he was trying to foil the robbery operation when he was killed. The victim [] 

Sat, 19 Aug 2017
Samuel Awoyinfa, Abeokuta The Ogun State Police Command says it has arrested one Olatunde Akapo(32) for using a dangerous charm to hit his neighbour, Augustine Ode(42), which led to his death. Police report indicated that the suspect was arrested after the brother of the deceased went to the Ibogun Divisional headquarters and lodged a [] 

Sat, 19 Aug 2017
An Australian woman caught up in the Barcelona attack has revealed how it was the third time she has cheated death in a terror incident this year. Twenty-six-year-old Julia Monaco, from Melbourne, was in a shopping centre with pals when the van ploughed through a crowd on Las Ramblas on Thursday. But she has now [] 

Sat, 19 Aug 2017
Even as Quilox night club is one of the popular clubs in Lagos, it has also been trailed with one or two controversies especially as some celebs have reportedly been engaged in squabbles and fights at the club. Most popular of the fights was the one between popular singer, Oritsefemi and a bouncer at the [] 

Sat, 19 Aug 2017
Although the cinema culture is finding its way back into the minds of Nigerians, its journey is quite crippled due to the low number of cinema houses across the country. In a chat with Saturday Beats, the Group Executive Director of Filmhouse Cinemas and Filmone Distribution and Production, Moses Babatope, said that Nigeria can only [] 

Sat, 19 Aug 2017
Fast-rising gospel artiste, Iseoluwa Abidemi, has said that faithfulness to God and dedication to academics have been the secret of her success in music so far. The talented 12-year-old, who recently released a new single and video titled 'Iseoluwa', revealed that beyond what fans actually know of her, she spends a lot of time daily [] 

Sat, 19 Aug 2017
Singer, Sound Sultan, has been married to his sweetheart, Chichi Morah, since October 1, 2009, and their marriage has been waxing stronger ever since. At a time when some celebrities' marriage lasts for a couple of months, the Bushmeat singer has been able to maintain a peaceful marriage and he shared some of his secrets [] 

Sat, 19 Aug 2017
After her brief hiatus, Nollywood actress cum producer, Adaslim has come up with a new flick titled Kenny's Divas, where she paired veteran actor, Pete Edochie with Ghanaian actress, Juliet Ibrahim. Other stars featured in the movie include Bryan Okwara, Oby Somina Okafor and Ruby Dabbour. Giving a short synopsis of the movie, the filmmaker [] 

Sat, 19 Aug 2017
Pop star, Dammy Krane, can finally heave a sigh of relief as the allegation of credit card fraud levelled against him by a private jet service company in the US, TapJets, has been struck out. A US court struck out the nine charges of credit card forgery, armed conspiracy and grand theft filed against the [] 

Sat, 19 Aug 2017
Ever since the Nigerian senate reduced the age which makes a person eligible to run for some certain political offices in the country, some entertainers have seized the opportunity to show interest in some political posts. For instance, entertainers like Yul Edochie, Kcee, Terry G, and Samklef, have shown interest in contesting for the governorship [] 

Sat, 19 Aug 2017
Not just a few feel that comedy shows in Nigeria have become boring. Days are long gone when people who attend some of these comedy shows get the value for their money. In a chat with Saturday Beats, popular comedian Lafup agreed with the fact that comedy shows have become boring but he gave reasons [] 

Sat, 19 Aug 2017
Popular actress turned singer, Seyi Ariyo fondly referred to as Shebaby was away from the limelight for some years and this made her fans ask questions. Many believed that she had quit her acting career to face some other business but in a chat with Saturday Beats she explained that she took time off to [] 
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