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NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE PUNCH NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [20 AUGUST, 2017].


Below are the headlines found on The Punch Online Newspaper for today, Sunday, 20 August, 2017.

Sun, 20 Aug 2017
NIGERIAN athletics is in tatters. To cap it all, the country's 17-man contingent to the 2017 World Athletics Championships returned home without winning any medal. Not even Blessing Okagbare could save Nigeria's blushes as the world's best gathered in London, England for the biennial event organised by the International Association of Athletics Federations. For a [] 

Sun, 20 Aug 2017
The Coordinating Secretary, Pan Niger Delta Forum, Dr. Alfred Mulade, speaks with OVIE OKPARE on the recent October 1 ultimatum given by the Coalition of Niger Delta Agitators to Yoruba and northerners living in the region, among other issues Some Niger Delta agitators in the South-South have ordered Yoruba and Hausa living in the region [] 

Sun, 20 Aug 2017
The leader of the Coalition of Niger Delta Agitators, John Duku, tells CHUKWUDI AKASIKE why his group issued a notice to quit to Yoruba and northerners in the oil-rich region, among other issues Why did the Coalition of the Niger Delta Agitators choose October 1 as the deadline for Yoruba and Hausa to leave the [] 

Sun, 20 Aug 2017
The Chairman of the Caretaker Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, speaks with TOLUWANI ENIOLA on the outcome of the party's recent convention, corruption allegations against former President Goodluck Jonathan, zoning structure of the party and the 2019 polls Why was your tenure as caretaker committee chairman extended by four extra months' [] 

Sun, 20 Aug 2017
Simon Utebor and Chidiebube Okeoma The police in Bayelsa State have identified six suspects in connection with the attack on the state Secretariat of the All Progressives Congress that led to the death of two persons and left many injured. The APC secretariat came under attack on Friday morning when some armed thugs allegedly hired [] 

Sun, 20 Aug 2017
Renowned banker and politician, Dr. Alex Otti, speaks to TOFARATI IGE, about his banking and political career Why did you leave banking for politics' There comes a time when one looks beyond one's personal comfort and interest in taking decisions. For me, that time was in 2014. I had spent over 25 years in the [] 

Sun, 20 Aug 2017
Tony Okafor One person was on Saturday confirmed dead in the primary election of the United Progressives Party in Anambra State. The police spokesperson in the state, Nkeiru Nwode, confirmed the incident in a telephone interview with our correspondent. Nwode said the man slumped and died following a fracas that ensued during the primary. She [] 

Sun, 20 Aug 2017
The new Speaker of the Edo State House of Assembly, Mr. Kabiru Adjoto, who was allegedly injured during the dramatic removal of the former Speaker, Justin Okonoboh, tells ALEXANDER OKERE why there was a change in the House leadership The impeached Speaker has described his removal as illegal. How would you react to that' I [] 

Sun, 20 Aug 2017
In this piece by IFEANYI ONUBA, stakeholders examine the possible impact of the newly announced Pioneer Incentive Scheme (which seeks to grant tax holidays to 27 industries) on the economy By every standard, Nigeria has the potential to become a major player in the global economy by virtue of its human and natural resource endowments. [] 

Sun, 20 Aug 2017
Executive Commissioner, Nigerian Communications Commission, Mr. Sunday Dare, speaks to OZIOMA UBABUKOH on the loss of 10 million active lines, call-masking fraud, among other issues What is the level of progress being made in the area of collaboration with state governments towards addressing cases of indiscriminate closure of base stations' Let me start by acknowledging [] 

Sun, 20 Aug 2017
The rapidly expanding skills gap in the Information and Communications Technology industry is becoming worrisome and it is high time we started questioning the effectiveness of various ICT trainings claimed to be offered by the government in partnership with some technology firms. It is interesting to note that the telecom industry is valued at about [] 

Sun, 20 Aug 2017
Okechukwu Nnodim A total of 82 persons including employees of electricity distribution companies, Transmission Company of Nigeria, as well as power consumers lost their lives in various accidents in Nigeria's power sector between January and July this year. According to the Nigerian Electricity Management Services Agency, 14 employees of both TCN and the Discos, and [] 

Sun, 20 Aug 2017
Anna Okon Although the Central Bank of Nigeria's preferential allocation of foreign exchange to the manufacturing sector was short-lived and fraught with controversies, a report has emerged showing that the initiative registered a huge impact and lent a boost to the manufacturing sector during the period. The initiative, which commenced in August 2016, came to [] 

Sun, 20 Aug 2017
Femi Asu The nation's power generation has been struggling to stay above the 3,000 megawatts mark more than a year after it hit a peak of 5,074.70MW, despite the reported increase in gas supply to power plants. Electricity generation in the country has continued to hover between 2,000MW and 4,000MW in recent months. The nation [] 

Sun, 20 Aug 2017
Nigeria's total exports are set to slip in October, possibly to a five-month low, according to loading programmes. Export plans for most grades were showing levels of roughly 1.72 million bpd, compared with 1.88 million bpd in September, according to a Reuters' report. While some cargoes would likely be added, the current plan stands at [] 

Sun, 20 Aug 2017
Ozioma Ubabukoh The National Identity Management Commission has said many Nigerians are denied access to credit by financial institutions because they have no national identification number. The Director-General, NIMC, Aliyu Aziz, stated this in an interview with our correspondent on Friday. He said that any Nigerian without the NIN issued by the commission would soon [] 

Sun, 20 Aug 2017
Ifeanyi Onuba The Federal Government is considering a bouquet of new measures to check the increasing rate of illegal recruitment among the ministries, departments and agencies of government. The measures to be rolled out soon, it was learnt, would put to an end the practice by the agencies of government of conducting recruitment without recourse [] 

Sun, 20 Aug 2017
Idris Adesina Goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa was the hero on Saturday as the home-based Super Eagles beat Benin 2-0 at the Sani Abacha Stadium, Kano, to qualify for next year's African Nations Championship 2-1 on aggregate. The Eagles overturned a 1-0 first leg defeat in Cotonou a week earlier. Goals from Kano Pillars forward Rabiu Ali [] 

Sun, 20 Aug 2017
Idris Adesina Nigeria's women's basketball team D'Tigress kept hopes alive for a third African title at the Mali 2017 FIBA Africa Championship for Women with a second consecutive win against DR Congo in Bamako on Saturday. The coach Sam Vincent side defeated DR Congo 84-47 after beating Mozambique 80-69 on Friday. D'Tigress won the first [] 

Sun, 20 Aug 2017
In this report, IDRIS ADESINA takes a look at the goalkeepers who could replace Carl Ikeme, the first choice who was diagnosed with acute leukaemia, as the 2018 World Cup qualifiers versus Cameroon loom Former Nigeria goalkeepers hold different opinions over the suitable choice of goalkeeper for the Super Eagles ahead of the crucial Russia [] 

Sun, 20 Aug 2017
Lobi Stars all-time scorer, Tony Okpotu, and his management team, MatchRoom Sports and Media, have turned attention to charity with a campaign tagged Score for Charity to enable him assist less-privilege children. Okpotu becomes the first Nigeria Professional Football League player to announce a charity initiative. 'Football should serve as a tool to change the [] 

Sun, 20 Aug 2017
The Nigeria`s senior female basketball team, DTigress, on Saturday defeated the Democratic Republic of Congo team, 84-47 in the ongoing 2017 Women Afrobasket tournament taking place in Mali. The Nigerian team on Friday overwhelmed Mozambique, 80-69 in their opening match. The victory over the DRC team was the second group B match. The fourth quarter [] 

Sun, 20 Aug 2017
Nigerian international, Kayode Olarenwaju, made his debut at newly promoted Girona in a 2-2 draw with visitingAtletico Madrid. Olarenwaju, who signed for Manchester City this window and was immediately loaned to the La Liga side, came into the fray in the 84 minute as a substitute forCristian Portu. Atletico battled back from 2-0 down after [] 

Sun, 20 Aug 2017
Henrietta Yakubu Acting President Yemi Osinbajo in exercising presidential authority, signed three Executive Orders on May 18, 2017. The three Executive Orders are: the promotion of transparency and efficiency in the business environment designed to facilitate ease of doing business in Nigeria; support for local content in public procurement by the government and timely submission [] 

Sun, 20 Aug 2017
Olaide Oyelude Hoodlums have kidnapped Nana Mansur, daughter of a popular businessman in Katsina State, Mansur Abubakar, after their failed attempts at getting her father. Sources in the town stated that the kidnappers, numbering 20, stormed Abubakar's house at Malumfashi on Friday night. Two of the hoodlums, who were injured, were later handed over to [] 

Sun, 20 Aug 2017
Chukwudi Akasike There was panic in Eliozu axis of Port Harcourt, Rivers State, on Saturday, when the body of an eight-year-old girl, Victory Chikamso, who was abducted, was recovered with her tongue, breasts, vagina and eyes removed. The suspected ritualist, Ifeanyi Dike, was also arrested by the operatives of State Police Command attached to Okporo [] 

Sun, 20 Aug 2017
Zimbabwes first lady Grace Mugabe failed to appear Saturday at a summit in South Africa attended by her husband, an event overshadowed by her effort to obtain diplomatic immunity over assault allegations. The wife of President Robert Mugabe has not been seen since being accused of attacking a 20-year-old model with a electrical extension cord [] 

Sun, 20 Aug 2017
Six US police officers were shot in one night in the states of Florida and Pennsylvania, two fatally, prompting President Donald Trump to tweet his support for the slain officers department early Saturday. In the central Florida city of Kissimmee close to the Walt Disney World Resort and other amusement parks Officer Matthew [] 

Sun, 20 Aug 2017
A 24-year-old woman is under police investigation in Fuzhou, China, after she attempted to mail her newborn baby to an orphanage, wrapped in plastic bags. The baby is currently in a stable condition at a hospital in the southeastern city. Fuzhou police said in a statement Thursday the mother, surnamed Luo, was in custody for [] 

Sun, 20 Aug 2017
A New York City megachurch pastor, Mr. A.R. Bernard, became the first religious leader to step down from President Trumps evangelical advisory board. He also announced his resignation via the Twitter. Bernard announced on Twitter Friday that it became obvious that there was a deepening conflict in values between myself and the administration. Many of [] 

Sun, 20 Aug 2017
Singer, Damini Ogulu, aka Burna Boy, came into the scene with his 2012 hit song, Like to Party.Five years down the line, he has continued to scintillate his fans with his brand of music which he calls Afrofusion. However, the singer is also seen as someone with a brash personality and he has had spats [] 

Sun, 20 Aug 2017
Fair-complexioned actress, Monalisa Chinda has had her fair share of relationship troubles over the years. It will be recalled that she got married to record label executive, Dejo Richards, in 2004, though the union only lasted for few years. Shortly after that, she got into a publicized relationship with socialite, Lanre Nzeribe, but that relationship [] 

Sun, 20 Aug 2017
Female rapper, Eva Alordiah, needs no introduction. With some hit songs to her name, she has managed to stamp her presence on the Nigerian music scene. However, it's been a while since she had a hit song and many of her fans are getting restless. She expressed her mind in a chat with Sunday Scoop. [] 

Sun, 20 Aug 2017
Maverick producer and singer, Cobhams Asuquo, is not a small fry when it comes to making music. With several songs in his kitty, he is one of the most sought after producers in the country. However, it seems all his past works would pale into comparison going by his revelation to Sunday Scoop. He said, [] 
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