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


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


Wed, 20 Sep 2017
RECENT bloody clashes between the Nigerian military and one of the separatist groups in the South-East of the country have once again highlighted the contradictions in the Nigerian state and the need to urgently address the vexatious national question. It is becoming increasingly evident that the issue of how the myriads of diverse ethno-religious groups [] 

Wed, 20 Sep 2017
Olusola Fabiyi, Abuja The Chairman of Capital Oil, Mr. Ifeanyi Ubah, has said only the court will determine the authentic candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the November 18 governorship election in Anambra State. Ubah, at a press briefing in Abuja on Tuesday, insisted that Mr. Oseloka Obaze did not emerge through a transparent, [] 

Wed, 20 Sep 2017
Leke Baiyewu, Abuja Lawmaker representing Kaduna Central Senatorial District, Shehu Sani, has described the endorsement of Governor Nasir el-Rufai by the All Progressives Congress in Kaduna State for a second term as a charade. Sani, while condemning the endorsement in a statement on Tuesday, described el-Rufai's mobilisation of support for President Muhammadu Buhari to get [] 

Wed, 20 Sep 2017
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja The Nigeria Customs Service on Tuesday said it had impounded exotic bulletproof vehicles, which were imported into the country without payment of duties. The Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ali (retd.), stated this while addressing journalists in Abuja on the seizure of the vehicles. He said 18 suspected smuggled vehicles were seized [] 

Wed, 20 Sep 2017
Oyetunji Abioye The Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, on Tuesday said the regulator was currently looking at some cases of insider abuse by members of the board of directors of commercial banks and other financial institutions in the country. As a result, Emefiele said the CBN would go tough on [] 

Wed, 20 Sep 2017
Unity Bank Plc says it has disbursed N24bn to farmers through the Commercial Agriculture Credit Scheme introduced by the Federal Government. The lender noted that it had effectively keyed into the various intervention funds of the Central Bank of Nigeria to boost agriculture. It said it had emerged as one of the leading players in [] 

Wed, 20 Sep 2017
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja The Federal Inland Revenue Service on Tuesday said it generated a total of N2.51tn from taxes for the federation between January and August this year. The Executive Chairman, FIRS, Mr. Tunde Fowler, said this in Abuja at the 20th anniversary lecture and awards of the Finance Correspondents Association of Nigeria. Out of [] 

Wed, 20 Sep 2017
Anna Okon The 23rd edition of the Nigerian Economic Summit will address among other issues, access to capital by the Small and Medium Enterprises sector of the economy. The Minister of Budget and National Planning, Senator Udo Udoma, made this known at a media briefing on preparations for the summit in Lagos on Tuesday. He [] 

Wed, 20 Sep 2017
Adelani Adepegba and 'Femi Asu Striking workers under the aegis of the United Labour Congress of Nigeria on Tuesday disrupted the operations of some power distribution companies, as part of measures to make the industrial action effective. The strike, which commenced on Monday, has led to the shutdown of fuel depots in Apapa, Lagos and [] 

Wed, 20 Sep 2017
Stanley Opara The apex regulator of the Nigerian capital market, the Securities and Exchange Commission, has barred the Managing Director of Partnership Investment Company Plc and Partnership Securities Limited, Mr. Victor Ogiemwonyi, for life from holding directorship positions in any public company in the country following his alleged unprofessional conduct in the capital market. SEC [] 

Wed, 20 Sep 2017
Olufemi Atoyebi, Ibadan Shareholders of Oando Plc from across the South-West states on Tuesday staged a protest in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, and demanded that the company's Managing Director, Wale Tinubu, should step down because of the firm's poor financial position. Making reference to the report of the last Annual General Meeting of the [] 

Wed, 20 Sep 2017
Ifeanyi Onuba and Adelani Adepegba The Federal Government has reconstituted the Investment and Securities Tribunal as a practical step towards restoring investors' confidence in the capital market and repositioning it to contribute positively to the country's economy. The tribunal was dissolved in compliance with the Federal Government's directive on dissolution of boards of parastatals, agencies, [] 

Wed, 20 Sep 2017
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja The Federal Government said it might resort to a tax recovery funding arrangement for the execution of some major road projects in the country. The Minister of Power, Works, and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, sad this on Tuesday in Abuja during a progress report meeting with contractors handling major road projects for [] 

Wed, 20 Sep 2017
Olufemi Atoyebi, Ibadan Odu'a Investment Company Limited on Tuesday inaugurated a N500m real estate project, which was completed in nine months. The project, which is called Ace Estate, comprises of seven luxury duplex apartments with all the required facility, and is set on 440 square metres of land in the high end Jericho GRA in [] 

Wed, 20 Sep 2017
Everest Amaefule, Abuja The nation's oil production will be boosted by 200,000 barrels per day by the fourth quarter of 2018, the Deputy Managing Director of Total, a principal partner of the Egina Project, Mr. Ahmadu Musa-Kida, has said. Musa-Kida disclosed this at the celebration of the Egina manifold sail away in Port Harcourt on [] 

Wed, 20 Sep 2017
There may come a time when you realise that your chequebook or debit card has been stolen or lost. It is important to act quickly as soon as you make this realisation so that you will not be held liable for any money that the thief decides to spend from your account. Here are five [] 

Wed, 20 Sep 2017
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi The Managing Director of the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency, Capt. Fola Akinkuotu, has called for the input of all stakeholders to ensure safety in the aviation industry. Akinkuotu, who made the call at the inaugural International Civil Aviation Organisation Security Symposium in Canada, was quoted to have said that security and safety should [] 

Wed, 20 Sep 2017
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi Accident Investigation Bureau says it is partnering the International Civil Aviation Organisation and the National Transportation Safety Board of the United States for one-week training in accident and incident investigation, for its personnel and those of other agencies and the entire West African sub region. According to the agency, the workshop seeks to [] 

Wed, 20 Sep 2017
Rasheed Bisiriyu It has been a display of classy electric automobiles at the ongoing Frankfurt Motor Show since one of the world's most glamorous auto events commenced a few days ago in Germany. Auto industry analysts say countries like Nigeria yet to catch the EV (as electric vehicle is called) 'bug' may be missing a [] 

Wed, 20 Sep 2017
Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane believes the harsh treatment meted out to Gareth Bale by his own fans at the Santiago Bernabeu can push the Welshman to greater heights, AFP reports. Bale bounced back from jeers as Real opened their Champions League campaign with a 3-0 win over APOEL Nicosia last week by scoring just [] 

Wed, 20 Sep 2017
The new national U-18 boys and girls teams coach Christopher Okoh has admitted that his players are under pressure to perform in the 2017 FIBA Africa 33 Championship in Bamako, Mali. Okoh said this in Lagos on Monday after their training ahead of the competition holding from September 23 to 25. 'I believe every team [] 

Wed, 20 Sep 2017
Danny Welbeck will be out at least until after next month's international break with a groin injury sustained in Arsenal's match against Chelsea on Sunday, Skysports reports. Welbeck will miss Wednesday's Carabao Cup visit of Doncaster to the Emirates as well as the Premier League home games against West Brom and Brighton and the Europa [] 

Wed, 20 Sep 2017
Lionel Messi added four more goals to his soaring early season tally as a much-changed Barcelona maintained their 100 percent start to La Liga by routing Eibar 6-1 on Tuesday. Paulinho and Denis Suarez also netted for the second consecutive game as Barca stretched their lead at the top of La Liga to seven points [] 

Wed, 20 Sep 2017
Leicesters Shinji Okazaki sent Liverpool crashing out of the League Cup, while Tottenham edged past Barnsley to reach the fourth round on Tuesday. Okazaki came off the bench to fire Leicester ahead in the second half of their 2-0 win at the King Power Stadium. The Japan forward, on as a second-half replacement for Leonardo [] 

Wed, 20 Sep 2017
Polish goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny will replace skipper Gianluigi Buffon as champions Juventus look to make it five Serie A wins out of five against Fiorentina on Wednesday, according to AFP. Coach Massimiliano Allegri wants to rotate with an eye on Saturday's Turin derby and Szczesny, who signed from Arsenal in the summer after two years [] 

Wed, 20 Sep 2017
It will be a weekend of tough clashes in German Bundesliga this weekend as leaders Borussia Dortmund look to remain top of the table. Defending champions Bayern Munich face a big test as they take on Wolfsburg at the Allianz Arena on Friday. Bayern are third in the table on nine points, with in-form Dortmund, [] 

Wed, 20 Sep 2017
Aiteo has reaffirmed its commitment to its sponsorship deal with the Nigeria Football Federation. Reports in the local media on Tuesday claimed that the company was not happy with the way the NFF was treating their relationship, citing the poor visibility of the prime competition, Aiteo Cup, formerly known as Federation Cup. But the oil [] 

Wed, 20 Sep 2017
Idris Adesina The 4th National Para-Badminton Championships has received a boost from Nkechi, wife of Abia State Governor Okezie Ikpeazu, who has agreed to sponsor the competition. Over 200 players are expected to participate in the competition scheduled to take place in Umuahia, Abia State, from November 6 to 10. The Para-Badminton Federation of Nigeria [] 

Wed, 20 Sep 2017
Chukwudi Akasike The Rivers State Government is set to establish a football academy in the state that will be affiliated to Real Madrid. Governor Nyesom Wike on Monday met with officials of Interact Sports and Real Madrid Campus Experience about the academy. Briefing reporters after the meeting, Commissioner for Sports Boma Iyaye said that [] 

Wed, 20 Sep 2017
The home-based Super Eagles on Monday defeated the Black Stars of Ghana 2-0 in their last group game to progress to the semi-finals of the West Africa Football Union Cup of Nations. The Super Eagles B team bounced back to winning ways after two successive draws against Mali and Guinea, beating bitter rivals and host [] 

Wed, 20 Sep 2017
America's military-industrial complex is simply the collaboration between the US military and political infrastructure in the interest of the American merchant class. Accordingly, the business elite of the American realm provide the funds that their political collaborators re-route to the military that protects America's economic interests within and outside American borders. You could say that [] 

Wed, 20 Sep 2017
Anthony Akinola Agitation for a return to regions seems to have a somewhat tribal assumption, the assumption that once a people of shared identities have constituted themselves into one region they would be able to confront the larger society as a united front. The history of regionalism in Nigeria, especially that of the defunct Western [] 

Wed, 20 Sep 2017
Since 2007, the United Nations has set aside September 15 of every year as the International Day of Democracy. This year's IDD was celebrated across the world last Friday. In Nigeria, save for some media houses which hosted discussions around the issues raised in this year's theme, which is, 'Democracy and Conflict Prevention', nothing much [] 

Wed, 20 Sep 2017
Oludayo Tade It is no longer news that the Academic Staff Union of Universities' 'conditionally suspended' its five-week-old strike embarked upon to force the Federal Government to implement the 2009 agreement and the Memorandum of Understanding of 2013. Since the MoU was not honoured and only ASUU, not the Federal Government, was showing understanding before [] 

Wed, 20 Sep 2017
At a time global commodity price fluctuations have widened trade deficits and contributed to foreign exchange shortages, import substitution industrialisation finds a lot of appeal for economies seeking to conserve foreign exchange and protect domestic industry from unfair practices such as dumping. Since the first National Development Plan (1962-68), Nigeria has adopted a number of [] 

Wed, 20 Sep 2017
Etim Ekpimah, Uyo Suspected cult members have shot Mr. Stanley Mbanefo, a final year student of the Department of Geography, University of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State. The incident was said to have taken place at the university community of Idak Okpo, Uyo, around 10.47pm on Monday. Our correspondent learnt that the hoodlums, about five in [] 

Wed, 20 Sep 2017
Oluwatosin Omojuyigbe Justice Kudirat Jose of a Lagos State High Court, Ikeja, on Tuesday sentenced a barman, Marvelous Chibueze, and his friend, David Oladimeji, to 25 years' imprisonment for killing one Peter Madueke. It was learnt that Madueke was stabbed with a broken bottle in the neck. The incident was said to have happened on [] 

Wed, 20 Sep 2017
Godwin Udoh, Asaba THE wife of a private security firm owner, Gladys Kelikuma, has accused the police of being behind the murder of her husband, Ernest Kelikuma. Sixty-year-old Kelikuma, a father of 10 children and a native of Ewechi-Onicha-Ukwuani in Ndokwa West Local Government Area of Delta State, was allegedly murdered after he received a [] 

Wed, 20 Sep 2017
An Ado Ekiti Chief Magistrate's Court on Tuesday ordered the remand of a 55-year-old man, Adeyanju Basiri, in custody for allegedly defiling his daughter. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the police prosecutor, Sergeant Monica Ikebulo, had told the court that the defendant committed the offence on September 11 on Irona Street, Ado-Ekiti. She [] 

Wed, 20 Sep 2017
Sesan Olufowobi and Samson Folarin Tension continued on Tuesday on the Lagos Island, Lagos State, as youths belonging to rival gangs made fresh moves to attack one another despite police presence. PUNCH Metro gathered that two rival gangs, Okepopo boys and Onola boys, had declared war on each other as a supremacy clash that started [] 

Wed, 20 Sep 2017
Samson Folarin Two workers of a Chinese factory, WEMPCO, Magboro, Ogun State, have accused the company of not compensating them after factory accidents which led to permanent disability. The workers, Augustine Okolocha and Goddey Lucky, said they were both working in the nail unit of the factory when their fingers were chopped off by the [] 

Wed, 20 Sep 2017
Samson Folarin The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi, on Tuesday received a report of the committee set up to investigate allegations of unethical conducts and sexual harassment against some policemen attached to the Anti-kidnapping and Anti-Cultism Squad of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department. Imohimi promised to study the report and implement [] 

Wed, 20 Sep 2017
Olaide Oyelude, Katsina A toddler, who suffered third-degree burns, has died at the Katsina General Hospital after doctors tried unsuccessfully to save his life. It was learnt that the two-year-old boy identified only as Ahmed gave up the ghost around 6am last Friday, throwing his family into mourning. The state police command said Ahmed was [] 

Wed, 20 Sep 2017
Samson Folarin The Lagos State Police Command said on Tuesday that it had arrested the mastermind of the murder of a former winner of the Gulder Ultimate Search, Hector Jobarteh. The police said the suspect, Ismaila Adeyemi, who was nabbed at Gas Line, in the Ijoko area of Ogun State, confessed to the crime. The [] 

Wed, 20 Sep 2017
As afro and R&B singer, Imanse (Omowumi Fosudo), prepares for her show holding in Lagos on Friday, she speaks with AKEEM LASISI on her experience as an artiste Apart from seizing every breath of inspiration that comes her way to compose songs, Imanse has been unusually busy in the past few weeks. The artiste who [] 

Wed, 20 Sep 2017
Chux Ohai News of a fresh rift between the members of the PSquare, one of Nigeria's foremost musical groups, has rippled through the entertainment circles again and it is igniting mixed reactions from fans and critics across the country. This time, it is alleged that the two prominent members of the group, Paul and his [] 
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