NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE PUNCH NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [8 AUGUST, 2017].


Below are the headlines found on The Punch Online Newspaper for today, Tuesday, 8 August, 2017.

Tue, 08 Aug 2017
The recent replacement of the ineffectual head of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission came two years late, reflecting the disarticulation of a government that won election with a clear mandate to crush corruption but often stumbles in execution. While the Muhammadu Buhari administration, by its inexplicable dithering, hobbled its own headline [] 

Tue, 08 Aug 2017
Olufemi Atoyebi, Ibadan The Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, on Monday described the senator representing Ogun East Senatorial District, Buruji Kashamu, as a blackleg in the Peoples Democratic Party, who connived with others in the Alli Modu Sheriff faction to destabilise the party for almost two years. The governor spoke at the meeting of the [] 

Tue, 08 Aug 2017
The National Working Committee of the All Progressives Congress has said that the party's Kano State chapter chairman has not been removed as is being speculated. The APC National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, made this known in a statement on Monday in Abuja. 'The attention of the NWC of the APC has been drawn [] 

Tue, 08 Aug 2017
Gibson Achonu, Owerri The crisis in the Imo State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party has worsened going by the disclosure on Monday by the faction led by Chief Charles Ezekwem that the chapter had gone bankrupt. The chapter Secretary, Nzeh Emeana, told newsmen that as a result of financial crunch, the party had to [] 

Tue, 08 Aug 2017
Olusola Fabiyi, Abuja The leaders of the All Progressives Congress from Kogi State met with the party's National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, in Abuja on Monday, and warned against dissolving the state executive committee of the party. The Kogi State stakeholders of the party under the Senator Alex Kadiri-led leadership, who are apparently against Governor [] 

Tue, 08 Aug 2017
Olufemi Atoyebi, Ibadan The South-West office of the President Muhammadu Buhari 2019 Campaign Organisation was on Monday inaugurated by some of the President's supporters from the geopolitical zone and other parts of the country. Among those who were present at the inauguration were a former Nigeria Ambassador to Qatar, Dr. Bawa Abdulahi, a member of [] 

Tue, 08 Aug 2017
The All Progressives Congress has fixed Thursday and Friday for the screening of aspirants who have collected its forms for the Nov. 18 governorship election in Anambra. This was announced in a timetable for the exercise on Monday in Abuja by the party's Assistant Director of Publicity, Mr Edegbe Odemwingie. The statement indicated that screening [] 

Tue, 08 Aug 2017
Olusola Fabiyi, Abuja The Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority, manager of the country's Sovereign Wealth Fund, has resuscitated 11 fertilizer blending plants across the country, which has brought down the price of commodity and ended its subsidy. The agency's Managing Director, Mr. Uche Orji, disclosed this in Abuja on Monday, while receiving the Minister of Information [] 

Tue, 08 Aug 2017
Oyetunji Abioye The Director-General of the Budget Office of the Federation, Mr. Ben Akabueze, says budgeting process is critical in the nation's quest to achieve sustainable economic growth. As such, he said the Federal Government had adopted an automated platform in order to enhance early preparation of the budget. Akabueze said the automated platform called [] 

Tue, 08 Aug 2017
Over the past one decade or two, holidays have become something of an afterthought for many individuals and families. Certainly, increased job and career time commitment is one factor leading to less frequent holidays. But another element of taking fewer holidays is simply not being able to afford them, according to bankingadvice.com. Fortunately, most people [] 

Tue, 08 Aug 2017
Stanley Opara AxaMansard Insurance Plc's shares led the losers' table at the close of trading on Monday, as the Nigerian Stock Exchange market capitalisation soared by N34bn. The market also recorded additional 27 losers with 23 gainers, as 254.485 million shares worth N5.797bn exchanged hands in 4,600 deals. Equities capitalisation rose to N12.933bn from N12.899tn, [] 

Tue, 08 Aug 2017
Rasheed Bisiriyu and Okechukwu Nnodim The Federal Government on Monday announced that commercial activities will begin on the Itakpe-Ajaokuta-Warri rail line in June next year. According to the government, the rail line connecting about five states has been abandoned for over 30 years. The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, told journalists during an inspection tour [] 

Tue, 08 Aug 2017
May & Baker Nigeria Plc said its profit before tax rose by 215 per cent to N139.5m in its half-year financial result of 2017, from N44.2m recorded in the corresponding period of 2016. According to a statement obtained from the firm on Monday, the firm's operating profit also rose by 57 per cent. The firm [] 

Tue, 08 Aug 2017
Everest Amaefule, Abuja The Federal Government on Monday asked dredgers to disregard a stop work order issued to them by the Lagos State Government. In a statement issued by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Mines and Steel Development, Mr. Mohammed Abass, in Abuja, the Federal Government said federal laws were superior to state [] 

Tue, 08 Aug 2017
Ozioma Ubabukoh Uber and Visa have agreed to a multi-year strategic agreement that aims to grow digital commerce across Africa. According to the companies, the partnership leverages both technology platforms to encourage the use of electronic payments among consumers across the continent. Under the agreement, Visa will work with its financial institution partners to set [] 

Tue, 08 Aug 2017
Leke Baiyewu, Abuja The President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, has stated that the inability to access finance, inadequate power supply and the underdeveloped transport systems are major factors hindering millions of productive but unemployed and underemployed youths from starting small businesses. He said the National Assembly was working on bills that would allow movable [] 

Tue, 08 Aug 2017
Abiodun Doherty I trust that everyone who reads the title of this write up understands that its intention is not to teach you how to dislodge your landlord or landlady out of their properties but rather to encourage you to take the right steps towards becoming a property owner. Sincerely, if you do not sack [] 

Tue, 08 Aug 2017
Stanley Opara with agency report Lafarge Africa is consolidating its operations on the continent to simplify its ownership structure and activities, the Head of Strategy, Wole Adeleke, has said. He said on Monday that the decision was made three years ago after Lafarge combined its Nigerian business with its South African operations and listed the [] 

Tue, 08 Aug 2017
As part of an effort to improve digital literacy among children, Sterling Bank Plc says it has opened a summer camp in Lagos to expose kids to coding language during the summer holidays. The fun-filled summer camp, which is being organised in collaboration with Audax Code School, is aimed at improving digital literacy through coding [] 

Tue, 08 Aug 2017
Safetrust Mortgage Bank Limited has declared profit before tax of N76.8m for the financial year ended 31st December, 2016. The Chairman of the bank, Mr. Akin Opeodu, at the 2017 Annual General Meeting said it closed the year with over N1.5bn in interest earnings, N8.1bn in total assets while the capital base and shareholders fund [] 

Tue, 08 Aug 2017
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja the Nigerian Meteorological Agency has signed a memorandum of understanding with Trans-African Hydro-Meteorological Observatory of Netherlands to develop a network of automatic weather stations across the country. It said the collaboration would be for five years in the first instance, adding that it was aimed at advancing TAHMO's vision to improve sub-Saharan [] 

Tue, 08 Aug 2017
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja the Nigerian Export Promotion Council is seeking the support of Nigerians in the Diaspora to boost the country's non-oil exports. The Executive Director, NEPC, Mr. Segun Awolowo, stated this on Monday in Abuja during a meeting with members of the Nigerian Initiative Economic Development. The NIED is made up of Nigerian-Americans who [] 

Tue, 08 Aug 2017
The Central Bank of Nigeria on Monday boosted the Foreign Exchange market by $195m intervention in three segments of the market. The Acting Director, Corporate Communications Department of CBN, Mr Isaac Okorafor, in a statement on Monday said, 'In the wholesale segment of the inter-bank foreign exchange market, the bank auctioned $100m and also intervened [] 

Tue, 08 Aug 2017
Alexander Okere, Benin Ine Stars on Sunday won the 2017 Edo State League, after defeating Royal Force 1-0 at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin. A 25-minute goal gave the champions the lead when their first shot on target was converted. Although Royal Force dominated the match in the second half, they failed to level [] 

Tue, 08 Aug 2017
Roman Abramovich, the Russian oligarch and owner of Chelsea has separated from his wife of 10 years Dasha Zhukova, Telegraph.co.uk reports. The couple, who have two children, said the split was amicable. In a joint statement, they said, 'After 10 years together, the two of us have made the difficult decision to separate, but we [] 

Tue, 08 Aug 2017
Armstrong Bakam and Idris Adesina FIFA referee Bose Momoh sustained a serious injury to her eye after she was allegedly attacked with a stone by a suspected Wikki Tourist fan during Sunday's Premier League match between the Bauchi club and Rangers at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Stadium in Bauchi. The Nigeria Referees Association protested the [] 

Tue, 08 Aug 2017
Idris Adesina Nigeria's Glory Nathaniel on Monday qualified for the semifinals of the women's 400m hurdles at the 2017 World Athletics Championships in London after running a personal best of 55.30secs in the first round. Nathaniel, who is the only Nigerian in the event, finished third in heat 5 behind Switzerland's Lea Sprunger and Jamaica's [] 

Tue, 08 Aug 2017
StarTimes hosted football fans in Lagos on Saturday to usher in the 2017/2018 Bundesliga season. The pay TV company has the competition's exclusive broadcast rights in Africa. The fans watched the Super Cup match between Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich, which ended 5-4 on penalties after a fierce 90 minutes 2-2 draw, at the Ikeja [] 

Tue, 08 Aug 2017
Idris Adesina The Handball Federation of Nigeria has appointed Michael Tangahaar as coach of the senior national men's team. Secretary-General of the federation, Haruna Maigidansanma, told our correspondent that Tangahaar would be assisted by Solomon Yola and Segun Tunji. The HFN chief said the coach had begun preparations for the 2018 African Handball Championship qualifiers. [] 

Tue, 08 Aug 2017
Enyioha Opara, Minna Niger Flickers are allegedly set to protest the inability of the Niger State Government to pay their allowances for participating in the National Hockey Super League at the National Stadium in Abuja last month. Flickers defeated Niger Police Machine 1-0 to win the competition. In appreciation of the team's efforts, Governor Sani [] 

Tue, 08 Aug 2017
The new Nigerian Rugby Football Federation president Kelechukwu Mbagwu has promised to leave a legacy with his eight-point agenda to develop rugby in the country. The CMB Managing Director was elected the NRFF boss during the national sports federation elections in Abuja on June 13. 'We want to change the governance and administration of the [] 

Tue, 08 Aug 2017
Tayo Oke In this world, wrote Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790), nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes'. Franklin, a renowned polymath, was one of the founding fathers of the United States of America. The sardonic phrase attached to his name has endured and been reaffirmed through the centuries.The idea that nothing is [] 

Tue, 08 Aug 2017
The debate on the restructuring of the Nigerian federation, which has been raging for quite some time, remains a hot button political issue, because the people's life chances are at stake. Everyone will be affected one way or the other by the outcome of the debate. At least, two Presidents since 1999 have responded to [] 

Tue, 08 Aug 2017
John, my friend, was on his way to work when he realised that he had forgotten his mobile phone at home. He wondered if he should let it be and continue his drive to the office. But he was expecting an important call that would not be in his interest to miss. So, he made [] 

Tue, 08 Aug 2017
Rosemary Egabor Gender is a social concept brought about by society which often refers to the male and female species. Gender is also a cultural concept based on traditions and beliefs of a society or community. It can be best understood when both the female and male species are being mentioned while the term itself [] 

Tue, 08 Aug 2017
Chukwudi Akasike and Friday Amobi There was panic among travellers in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, on Monday when reports filtered in that some hoodlums suspected to be kidnappers had abducted five passengers, including the driver of a bus belonging to God is Good Motors. The occupants of the vehicle were said to be [] 

Tue, 08 Aug 2017
Chidiebube Okeoma, Owerri Tragedy struck on Monday in Owerri, Imo State, when a container fell from a heavy duty truck, trapping some students of the Imo State Polytechnic, Umuagwo, and other commuters. Our correspondent was told that the truck, which was coming into the state capital, slipped off and fell on the victims who were [] 

Tue, 08 Aug 2017
Etim Ekpimah, Uyo Gunmen suspected to be cult members have killed two persons and injured the traditional ruler of Abak Obong village in the Etim Ekpo Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State. Residents said on Monday that the gunmen, numbering about 10, stormed the village on Saturday and attacked the palace of the village [] 

Tue, 08 Aug 2017
Samson Folarin The Nigerian Navy has denied detaining a former rating, Lucky Nyeke, who had been held incommuncado since March 2017 over his alleged involvement in stolen arms. In an affidavit sworn to by the lawyer for the Nigerian Navy before the Federal High Court Registry, Ikoyi, Lagos, the Navy said it had transferred the [] 

Tue, 08 Aug 2017
Bukola Adebayo The Ogun State Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Illiyasu, has said ritual killers source body parts from operators of illegal health facilities. Illayasu spoke on Monday at the Annual General Meeting and Scientific Conference of the Ogun State chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association in Abeokuta, Ogun State. The police boss, who was represented [] 

Tue, 08 Aug 2017
Afeez Hanafi The Ogun State Police Command says it is on the trail of a soldier, who allegedly stabbed a trader in Oke-Aje Market, Ijebu Ode, over a faulty television. PUNCH Metro gathered that the soldier and a plain-clothes policeman had followed a man, who bought the television, to the market to demand a refund [] 

Tue, 08 Aug 2017
The Ondo State Police Command on Monday said it had arrested four suspected Fulani herdsmen for the killing of a farmer, Omowole Orimisan, at the Hands Down area of Ore, in the Odigbo Local Government Area of Ondo State. The Public Relations Officer of the command, Mr. Femi Joseph, said the widow of the victim, [] 
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