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


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

Tue, 19 Sep 2017
TORRID tales of massive looting perpetrated through the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation and the stupendous wealth allegedly accumulated by Diezani Alison-Madueke have gripped a global audience. Investigations into the murky deals that enriched the former petroleum resources minister and a clutch of wheeler-dealers while draining billions of dollars from the treasury are ongoing in three [] 

Tue, 19 Sep 2017
Ovie Okpare, Warri The ruling All Progressives Congress has begun tour of states in the South-South geopolitical zone to mobilise support for President Muhammadu Buhari-led government and the party ahead of the 2019 general elections. In a statement issued by the Zonal Publicity Secretary of the APC, Mr. Martins Mukoro, the party said the tour [] 

Tue, 19 Sep 2017
Ihuoma Chiedozie, Enugu The Enugu and Ebonyi state chapters of the All Progressives Congress at a public hearing on 'true federalism' on Monday demanded the creation of an additional state in the South-East geopolitical zone. The APC chapters in the two states made the demand in separate presentations during a public consultation held by the [] 

Tue, 19 Sep 2017
John Alechenu, Abuja The All Progressives Congress has cleared the winner of the August 26, 2017 Anambra State APC primary, Tony Nwoye, as the party's standard bearer in the state governorship election. This was sequel to the dismissal of an appeal filed by one of the aspirants, Senator Andy Uba. It was gathered that the [] 

Tue, 19 Sep 2017
The Independent National Electoral Commission says it will conduct verification for the recall of Sen. Dino Melaye, on Oct. 14. Melaye is representing Kogi West Senatorial District in the National Assembly. The commission disclosed this in its amended timetable and schedule of activities issued by its Secretary, Mrs Augusta Ogakwu, in Abuja on Monday. Ogakwu [] 

Tue, 19 Sep 2017
Everest Amaefule, 'Femi Asu, Ozioma Ubabukoh and Olaleye Aluko The nationwide strike called by the United Labour Congress of Nigeria commenced on Monday and led to the shutdown of fuel depots in Apapa, Lagos and other parts of the country, threatening the supply of petroleum products to filling stations. One of our correspondents gathered that [] 

Tue, 19 Sep 2017
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority on Monday announced the certification of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, in accordance with the provisions of the International Civil Aviation Organisation. The NCAA said the certification of an aerodrome entailed making sure that everything was current, working and checked on regular basis, and touched on all [] 

Tue, 19 Sep 2017
Everest Amaefule, Abuja The Manufacturers Association of Nigeria and other key consumers of electricity have rejected a proposal by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission to review power charges on a monthly basis. Speaking at a stakeholders' forum organised by NERC in Abuja on Monday, the consumers insisted on the status quo, which implies possible review [] 

Tue, 19 Sep 2017
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja The Federal Government on Monday inaugurated a finance sectoral consultative committee for the effective coordination of statistical data in the Ministry of Finance and its agencies. The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance, Dr. Mahmoud Isa-Dutse, inaugurated the committee at the headquarters of the ministry in Abuja. The membership of the committee is [] 

Tue, 19 Sep 2017
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja The Minister of Budget and National Planning, Senator Udo Udoma, has called on the Nigerian Institute for Social and Economic Research to consistently generate credible knowledge through quality research, specialised training and consultancy services to aid national development. Udoma gave the charge at a retreat organised by the institute in Ogere, Ogun [] 

Tue, 19 Sep 2017
Stanley Opara Union Bank Plc says the subscription for its N50bn rights issue will commence on Wednesday, September 20 and close on October 30, 2017. The lender plans to offer 12.1 billion ordinary shares of 50 kobo each, which will be available at N4.10 per share, on the basis of five new shares for every [] 

Tue, 19 Sep 2017
The President of the Association of Bureaux De Change Operators of Nigeria, Alhaji Aminu Gwadabe, says consistent evacuation of dollars illegally from Nigeria to Dubai is a threat to stability of the naira. Gwadabe made the observation in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos on Monday. He said that currency speculators [] 

Tue, 19 Sep 2017
The Ecobank Group has upgraded its mobile app to offer a new service called Xpress Cash, among others. According to the lender, the Xpress Cash service allows customers access to cash from Ecobank Automated Teller Machines using e-tokens generated from their mobile app. In a statement, the lender said, 'The Xpress Cash e-token gives the [] 

Tue, 19 Sep 2017
Oyetunji Abioye The naira has weakened further to 369 per United States dollar on the back of waning supply of the greenback in the foreign exchange market. Although the external reserves have reportedly hit $33bn, the Central Bank of Nigeria appears to be reducing its intervention, both in frequency and amount, in the foreign exchange [] 

Tue, 19 Sep 2017
Akinpelu Dada The Central Bank of Nigeria on Monday threatened to sanction any Deposit Money Bank found in breach of its earlier directive of March 3, 2017 instructing them to, among other things, open teller points for retail forex transactions and to have electronic display boards in all their branches, showing rates of all trading [] 

Tue, 19 Sep 2017
Fidelity Bank Plc has introduced a new saving promo that will see new and existing customers win various cash and gift prizes within a specified period. The lender said the promo, tagged, 'Get Alert in Millions Promo Reloaded', was in line with the Central Bank of Nigeria's financial inclusion policy, which seeks to encourage Nigerians [] 

Tue, 19 Sep 2017
Stanley Opara United Capital Plc, an investment banking group in Africa, says its receipt of an 'A-' credit rating from top pan-African credit rating agency, Agusto & Co, will go a long way in boosting investor confidence. The company had received an upgrade from its 'BBB+' rating the previous year (2015). Its Group Chief Executive [] 

Tue, 19 Sep 2017
The Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria and Suru Ventures Nigeria Limited are on the warpath over moves by the bad debt manager to take over the Best Western Hotel located at 12, Allen Avenue, Ikeja, Lagos State. The hotel is one of the properties belonging to Suru Ventures. The Group Managing Director, Suru Ventures, Mr. [] 

Tue, 19 Sep 2017
Nike Popoola The Executive Secretary, Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate, Mrs. Sharon Ikeazor, has said that federal retirees who have not been earning pensions will be placed on the payroll after verification. She spoke during the verification of federal civil service pensioners under the Defined Benefit Scheme in Lagos on Monday. The PTAD boss also said [] 

Tue, 19 Sep 2017
The Central Bank of Nigeria on Monday threatened to sanction any Deposit Money Bank in breach of its earlier instructions to open teller points for retail foreign exchange transactions in all locations. The apex bank's acting Director, Corporate Communications, Mr Isaac Okorafor, in a statement on Monday in Abuja, said the bank would also penalise [] 

Tue, 19 Sep 2017
Barcelona begin a four-month stretch without injured club record signing Ousmane Dembele, but will be expected to sweep aside Eibar to continue their 100 percent start to La Liga on Tuesday. Cristiano Ronaldo returns from a five-match ban for Real Madrid 24 hours later at home to Real Betis, whilst Atletico Madrid face a daunting [] 

Tue, 19 Sep 2017
IAAF and AIMS Grade A measurer, Norrie Williamson, has said Lagos has the potential to be Africa's marathon and road races hub because of its strong economy, people's passion for sports and population. Williamson, who measured the Atlanta, Athens, Sydney and Beijing Olympic Games courses, said, 'Lagos has the advantage of numbers ' 25 million [] 

Tue, 19 Sep 2017
Olufemi Atoyebi, Ibadan The Executive Chairman of Shooting Stars, Gbolagade Busari, on Monday warned of a big shake-up in the Ibadan club following their relegation from the Nigerian top flight. In a season of poor performances, the Oyo State Government-owned Oluyole Warriors were relegated to the second-tier of Nigerian football after Wikki Tourists beat Gombe [] 

Tue, 19 Sep 2017
Umar Muhammed, Lafia Lots of controversy has surrounded the N52m released by the Nasarawa State Government to the state ministry of youths and sports as grant to Premier League club Nasarawa United and Nasarawa Amazons recently. Some of the officials of the ministry were alleged to have diverted part of the money, with the development [] 

Tue, 19 Sep 2017
Energy company Aiteo Group is allegedly considering its options following alleged poor mileage from its sponsorship deals with the Nigeria Football Federation. The NFF and Aiteo Group in April signed a N2.5bn Federation Cup sponsorship deal that will see the competition run without hitches for the next five years. The deal conferred on Aiteo Group [] 

Tue, 19 Sep 2017
Femi Atoyebi and Idris Adesina Ogun and Oyo states athletes have claimed that they were not paid their full entitlements for participating in the 2017 National Youth Games in Ilorin. The competition ended on Saturday at the University of Ilorin with Delta State emerging as overall winners. Ogun finished fifth with seven gold, six silver [] 

Tue, 19 Sep 2017
The Nigeria Women's Football League has commended the Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki for the Falconets' 3-0 victory over Tanzania in their France 2018 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup qualifier in Benin on Saturday. The state government, who hosted the encounter, also hosted both teams at Government House after the clash. The reverse fixture [] 

Tue, 19 Sep 2017
Team CBN Futures, a team of the best juniors in Nigeria, finally won a tie in the 3rd NCC Tennis League when they defeated Team Yetade of Ado Ekiti 6-1 in a match the youngsters hosted at the National Stadium in Lagos at the weekend. Team CBN Futures won the four men and one ladies' [] 

Tue, 19 Sep 2017
The Local Organising Committee for the 2018 Modern Pentathlon Union Youth Olympic Games qualifier and the Senior African Championship holding simultaneously from December 4 to 11 in Lagos have promised successful events. Chairman of the LOC, Chief Francis Ogboro, said in Lagos at the weekend the committee would not disappoint. Ogboro, who is also the [] 

Tue, 19 Sep 2017
Idris Adesina Brazzaville 2015 All Africa Games silver medallist, Rasaq Tanimowo, on Sunday won gold at the 2017 AAU Weightlifting Championship in Las Vegas. US-based Tanimowo, who represented the West Coast weightlifting team, lifted 130kg in the clean and jerk and added 100kg in the snatch to retain the title he won last year. Tanimowo [] 

Tue, 19 Sep 2017
Spanish La Liga table after Mondays match (played, won, drawn, lost, goals for, goals against, points): Barcelona 4 4 0 0 11 1 12 Sevilla 4 3 1 0 6 1 10 Real Sociedad 4 3 0 1 11 7 9 Real Madrid 4 2 2 0 9 [] 

Tue, 19 Sep 2017
Thinking with You Niyi Akinnaso niyi.tlc@gmail.com The handling of the agitations by the Indigenous People of Biafra and the incendiary rhetoric of its leader, Nnamdi Kanu, have no doubt led some critics to conclude that President Muhammadu Buhari's celebrated leadership qualities exist more in myth than in reality. With the possible exception of the military [] 

Tue, 19 Sep 2017
Ike Ekweremadu Continued from Monday Nigeria has never been as divided as it is today. The hate rhetoric is getting worse by the day. Parting ways under such level of bitterness could be risky to the investments and lives of the South-Easterners. Realistically speaking, is it possible that all Ndigbo living in the other parts [] 

Tue, 19 Sep 2017
Tayo Oke, drtayooke@gmail.com Before delving into the substantive issue this week and the next couple of weeks, let me first of all let you, the reader, into one of the columnist's closely guarded secrets. It is that much of the ideas and inspiration generated for this weekly column derive from casual conversations with people; I [] 

Tue, 19 Sep 2017
Azuka Onwuka, azonwuka@yahoo.com 0809-8727-263 (sms only) Mr Adams had six wives. Each of the wives had a minimum of five children. Years ago, Mr Adams was wealthy. He lavished his wealth on his family. However, there was always some misunderstanding in the family, as expected in a polygamous family. To make matters worse, Mr Adams [] 

Tue, 19 Sep 2017
Samson Folarin Some policemen attached to the Osun State Police Command have allegedly dehumanised a bus passenger at the Erinmo Ijesa end of the Iwaraja-Efon Alaaye Road, Osun State. PUNCH Metro learnt that the policemen, who were in a Hilux van, mounted a checkpoint on the road and extorted money from commercial bus drivers. However, [] 

Tue, 19 Sep 2017
Samson Folarin and Femi Asu Tragedy struck on Monday at the Petroleum Wharf, Apapa, Lagos State, after an explosion at the jetty killed four people. PUNCH Metro learnt that a vessel, identified as Histria Ivory, was discharging Premium Motor Spirit (petrol) around 3am when some hoodlums besieged it to scoop fuel spilling from the vessel. [] 

Tue, 19 Sep 2017
Adelani Adepegba, Abuja An artisan, Samarola Musa, has allegedly beaten his apprentice, Ademola Adeshina, to death for his refusal to stop dating a lady in the Lugbe area of Abuja. Musa, who is facing a homicide charge at a Federal Capital Territory High Court, Gwagwalada, Abuja, is believed to have had a homosexual relationship with [] 

Tue, 19 Sep 2017
Olaide Oyelude, Katsina. A 43-year-old man alleged to be an ex-convict, Maiwada Ibrahim, of Lambun Danlawae quarters, Katsina State, has been arrested for allegedly engaging in anal sex with two 15-year-old boys. It was gathered that one of the boys told his mother how he was sodomised by the suspect, who in turn informed the [] 

Tue, 19 Sep 2017
Gbenga Odogun, Lokoja A Chinese expatriate, his driver and a policeman have been killed by suspected kidnappers along Ajaokuta-Lokoja Road in Kogi State. Another policeman and a civilian reportedly sustained injuries during an attempt by the kidnappers to abduct the Chinese. PUNCH Metro gathered that the expatriate and other victims, who had yet to be [] 

Tue, 19 Sep 2017
The Ogun State Area Command, Nigeria Customs Service, says it has intercepted and seized a truck loaded with 3,000 cartons of imported poultry products. The Controller of the command, Sani Madugu, said the truck belonged to a cement manufacturing company, while the seized products had an estimated duty payable value of N67.5m. He stated this [] 

Tue, 19 Sep 2017
Ojoma Kizito The police have arraigned a 35-year-old man, Onyemechi Nwogele, before a Lagos State Magistrate's Court sitting in Ikeja, for allegedly stealing $80,000. Nwogele, a Lagos-based driver and native of Ebonyi State, was also accused of stealing property valued at N280,000 on August 7, 2017, on Omo Egbohulu Street Ikeja, Lagos. PUNCH Metro learnt [] 
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