NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE PUNCH NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [12 OCTOBER, 2017].


Below are the headlines found on The Punch Online Newspaper for today, Thursday, 12 October, 2017.

Thu, 12 Oct 2017
Leke Baiyewu, Abuja The Senate has indicated its readiness to continue with the investigation of the allegations levelled against the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, by Senator Isa Misau. The Chairman of the Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions, Sam Anyanwu, told our correspondent that the panel would continue with the probe [] 



Thu, 12 Oct 2017
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The Federal Government has formally notified the governments of the United States of America, the United Kingdom and other foreign countries about the proscription of the Indigenous People of Biafra, and the designation of the group as a terrorist organisation, The PUNCH has learnt. The Federal High Court in Abuja had, on [] 

Thu, 12 Oct 2017
Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has traced N2.114bn to the bank account of Magel Resort Limited, which was allegedly owned by Mrs. Patience Jonathan and her late mother, Mama Charity Oba. According to the EFCC, the total amount of money traced to Mrs. Jonathan is now N17bn. Patience, the wife of [] 

Thu, 12 Oct 2017
Adelani Adepegba, Abuja The Catholic Bishop of Abuja, Cardinal John Onaiyekan, has urged the Federal Government to ensure geo-political balance in all appointments in order to douse the cries of marginalisation and division across the country. He asked President Muhammadu Buhari and his officials to uphold the constitution by being fair to every part of [] 


Thu, 12 Oct 2017
Femi Makinde, Friday Olokor, Bukola Adebayo and Ovie Okpare The Director of African Centre of Excellence for Genomics of Infectious Diseases, at the Redeemers University in Ede, Osun State, Prof. Christian Happi, said on Wednesday that the Federal Government had commissioned the centre to carry out analysis on the monkeypox virus, which has spread to [] 

Thu, 12 Oct 2017
Olufemi Atoyebi, Ibadan Justice Olajumoke Aiki of the Oyo State High Court, sitting in Ibadan, on Thursday, picked November 6, 2017, as the date for the hearing of the application filed by Kunle Sobaloju challenging the court jurisdiction to entertain Olubadans case against Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, and others over the installation of 21 [] 

Thu, 12 Oct 2017
Oladimeji Ramon The Federal High Court in Lagos on Wednesday ordered the permanent forfeiture of 58 houses linked to a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke. Justice Abdulaziz Anka made the permanent forfeiture order in favour of the Federal Government. The judge made the order pursuant to an application filed before him by [] 

Thu, 12 Oct 2017
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja The Federal Government has started the process of enforcing the no work, no pay rule said to be captured in the Trade Disputes of the Federation. Once enforced, any worker who embarks on industrial action will lose his or her pay for that period while the period of the strike will not [] 

Thu, 12 Oct 2017
Niyi Odebode, Eniola Akinkuotu and Anna Okon The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission says it is still investigating the $20m bribery scam involving a company, Dredging International Services (Cyprus) Ltd. and some former officials of the Nigerian Ports Authority. There were reports in August that the Swiss authorities, had through the Office of The Attorney [] 

Thu, 12 Oct 2017
Leke Baiyewu, Abuja The Senate has condemned illegal recruitments by Federal Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies, warning that it is a threat to Nigerias unity. The legislative arm is now moving to criminalise secret recruitment into government agencies. This was made known at the plenary on Wednesday when the upper chamber of the National Assembly [] 

Thu, 12 Oct 2017
Gbenga Odogun, Lokoja For the second time in one month, the Kogi State Government House security men on Wednesday allegedly brutalised a journalist. The second victim is Mr. Wale Odunsi of the Daily Post. Odunsi, an editor with the online publication, was reportedly in Lokoja on the invitation of the online media team of the [] 

Thu, 12 Oct 2017
Mudiaga Affe, Calabar The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission is investigating how the two tranches of Paris Club refund paid to the Cross River State Government was utilised. The investigation, it was gathered, followed complaints signed by 100 persons alleging that most of the pensioners in the state had yet to be paid their pensions [] 

Thu, 12 Oct 2017
Godwin Isenyo, Kaduna Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State on Wednesday inaugurated the end violence against children campaign, declaring that children must be protected for a healthy generation. Speaking at the unveiling of the states plan to address all forms of violence against children, el-Rufai, who was represented by his deputy, Mr. Bala Bantex, said [] 

Thu, 12 Oct 2017
John Ameh, Abuja The House of Representatives, on Wednesday, resolved to probe the Port Harcourt International Airport remodelling contract. The project was among the remodelling contracts for major airports awarded by the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan in 2011. On Wednesday, lawmakers observed that despite the billions of naira that was released for the [] 

Thu, 12 Oct 2017
Olaleye Aluko, Abuja The Federal Government has approved the sum of N1.86bn to construct the branches of the National Library of Nigeria in five states. The N1,862,162,086, is expected to be expended on 22 projects across the country. The projects are the construction of the National Library branches in Taraba, Gombe, Katsina, Osun and Oyo [] 

Thu, 12 Oct 2017
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja The Federal Government on Wednesday said it might stop medical doctors in public sector from engaging in private practice. It also said 33 suspected cases of monkeypox had so far been recorded in seven states across the country. The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, who disclosed this to State House correspondents [] 

Thu, 12 Oct 2017
Oladimeji Ramon A former Vice-Chancellor of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Prof. Wale Omole, has blamed the nations poor industrialisation in Nigeria on the curriculum bequeathed to the country by the British. He argued that except the curriculum was overhauled, Nigeria would never know true industrialisation. Omole said this on Wednesday at the Muson Centre [] 

Thu, 12 Oct 2017
Afeez Hanafi The police in Lagos have arrested three soldiers and a dismissed Air Force officer, Oludayo Odufoye, for allegedly stealing solar panels and inverter solar batteries installed in some public schools in the state. The soldiers were identified as Sunday Olalekan, Suleiman Usman and Olajide Busayo. Other suspects are Samuel Ani, Michael Omoregbe, Efosa [] 

Thu, 12 Oct 2017
Sesan Olufowobi The Lagos State Government says it plans to construct multilayer car parks in strategic locations across the state as part of the traffic management and transport sector reforms. The Commissioner for Waterfront Infrastructure Development, Ade Akinsanya, in a statement on Wednesday said the multilayer car parks would be constructed within 12 months. The [] 

Thu, 12 Oct 2017
Sesan Olufowobi The wife of the Governor Lagos State, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode, on Wednesday said it was time that women were recognised as innovators and solution providers. Ambode, who is the chairman of the Committee of the Wives of Lagos State Officials (COWLSO), stated this at Alausa, Ikeja, during a press conference on the 2017 [] 

Thu, 12 Oct 2017
Oluwatosin Omojuyigbe The International Charitable Initiative for Girl Child and Woman Development Foundation on Wednesday asked the Lagos State Assembly to review the state childs right law to provide supportive housing for vulnerable girl-child. The President of ICI-GWODE, Helen Ibeji, stated this during the groups visit to lawmakers at the state Assembly complex. Ibeji, who [] 

Thu, 12 Oct 2017
Godwin Isenyo, Kaduna Northern leaders on Wednesday converged on Kaduna and declared that the region was not afraid of restructuring of the country as believed in some quarters. Among the leaders who made the declaration at a two-day conference on North and Future of the Nigerian Federation were the Sokoto State Governor and Chairman of [] 

Thu, 12 Oct 2017
French police investigating the fatal stabbing of two young women in the southern city of Marseille, an attack claimed by Islamic State, have arrested two men, a judicial source said Wednesday. The pair, aged 24 and 29, were arrested on Tuesday in Toulon, about 65 kilometres (40 miles) east of Marseille. Ahmed Hanachi, a 29-year-old [] 

Thu, 12 Oct 2017
The police in Lagos have arrested 11 suspects, including three soldiers and one dismissed Airforce man, for allegedly stealing solar panels worth N100m belonging to the state government. The Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, CP Imohimi Edgal, told newsmen on Wednesday that the suspects had been on the commands wanted list before they were [] 

Thu, 12 Oct 2017
Kenyas electoral authorities said Wednesdaythey had not received formal notice that opposition leaderRaila Odinga had quit the presidential race re-run set for October 26, so regarded all original candidates as still on the slate. Kenyas Supreme Court last month annulled an apparent victory by incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta in August polls, citing widespread counting irregularities and [] 

Thu, 12 Oct 2017
Two experimental vaccines against the Ebola virus have shown promise in protecting against the hemorrhagic fever for at least a year, according to the results of a major clinical trial published Wednesday. The report in the New England Journal of Medicine is the first full account of a large-scale effort to test what could be [] 

Thu, 12 Oct 2017
California officials Wednesday unveiled new regulations that would allow autonomous vehicles to operate on state roads in test projects without a human operator. A revised regulation which could take effect in 2018 would eliminate a provision in an earlier draft that required physical control by a natural person sitting in the vehicles drivers seat in [] 

Thu, 12 Oct 2017
Punch Editorial Board Elected on an anti-corruption platform, President Muhammadu Buharis frequent missteps are hobbling his own pet agenda. Fresh confirmation of this came at the weekend with anguished calls for decisive action on a probe report on corruption allegations against two top officials, Babachir Lawal and Ayo Oke, submitted to him. Buhari should act [] 

Thu, 12 Oct 2017
John Alechenu, Abuja The convener of a pro-democracy group, Democracy Network, Chief Uche Wogu, has enjoined prospective voters in the forthcoming November 18 Anambra governorship election to be weary of politicians who entice them with cash and foodstuffs in exchange for votes. He said this while unveiling the 'Don't Eat Your Future Campaign' in [] 

Thu, 12 Oct 2017
Tony Okafor, Awka A former Vice-President, Dr. Alex Ekwueme, on Wednesday endorsed the candidacy of the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Mr. Oseloka Obaze, in the November 18 poll in the state. Before this new development, Ekwueme was a known supporter of Governor Willie Obiano. But on Wednesday, he said time had come [] 

Thu, 12 Oct 2017
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi Backward integration in the cement industry is saving the country up to N240bn annually, Lafarge Africa Plc has said. According to the firm, local manufacture of cement has also seen installed capacity increase from two million to 32 million metric tonnes since backward integration began in the sector in 2002. The Director of [] 

Thu, 12 Oct 2017
Oyetunji Abioye, Washington DC The International Monetary Fund has warned Nigeria and other oil-exporting countries over rising foreign debts, saying there is a need to make external borrowings sustainable. The Fund, however, commended Nigeria for the recent reforms aimed at reducing infrastructure gap in the country, adding that it was in support of the measures. [] 

Thu, 12 Oct 2017
Anna Okon Against the backdrop of the unbearable gridlock along the Apapa and Tin Can port access roads which has been made worse by the ongoing road rehabilitation work, operators in the maritime sector have urged the Federal Government to shut down the Apapa port completely and allow the road repairs to be carried out [] 

Thu, 12 Oct 2017
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The freeze on residential customers' electricity tariff in the R2 class, smoothening of tariff across the country and changes to tariff assumptions, among other issues, have led to a tariff deficit of N460bn in the Nigeria Electricity Supply Industry. According to a report released by the Association of Nigerian Electricity Distributors, the [] 

Thu, 12 Oct 2017
Femi Asu What should you do if you're denied a loan' Your strategies are going to vary, depending on what type of loan you're looking for. A mortgage' A car loan' A business loan' Still, you may want to try the following to help get your loan on track, according to money.usnews.com. Find out why [] 

Thu, 12 Oct 2017
Femi Asu Seven Energy International Limited has announced its inability to make the interest payment due on Wednesday on two notes issued by its wholly-owned subsidiary, Seven Energy Finance Limited. Seven Energy International Limited, an integrated gas company in the South-East Nigeria, has been grappling with severe liquidity challenge in recent times. The company, in [] 

Thu, 12 Oct 2017
For the second successive year, Nigeria has won the Ideas for Action initiative, a youth competition on financing for development, which is organised by the World Bank Group in collaboration with the Zicklin Center for Business Ethics Research. Nigeria's winning proposal, 'Kitovu,' came out tops from among 743 proposals from 118 countries, while Uganda's proposal [] 

Thu, 12 Oct 2017
Anna Okon The Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority, Hadiza Usman, has said that the maritime and port activities in the sub-region are beset by many challenges, ranging from decay in infrastructure to low capacity utilisation, corruption, insecurity and other inefficiencies that impeded the growth of the sector. Usman said this in a keynote address delivered [] 

Thu, 12 Oct 2017
Akinpelu Dada The management of INTELS Nigeria Limited has kicked against the termination of its Pilotage Agency Agreement by the Nigerian Ports Authority. INTELS said the termination of the agreement was 'clearly preposterous and the consequences highly injurious' to the interests of the country. It said in a letter signed by its Director, Silvano Bellinato,and [] 

Thu, 12 Oct 2017
Femi Asu Ikeja Electric Plc has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Mojec International Limited for the supply of distribution transformer meters. The Acting Chief Executive Officer, Anthony Youdeowei, Ikeja Electric, said at the signing ceremony of the MoU on Wednesday that energy accountability had been the bane of the nation's energy sector. He said, [] 

Thu, 12 Oct 2017
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Dr. Maikanti Baru, on Wednesday said he had engaged investors to establish a refinery in Akwa Ibom State. According to him, Akwa Ibom State is well-positioned geographically to have a refinery. 'The investors have been coming to us and I have seen one that [] 

Thu, 12 Oct 2017
Anna Okon The Nigeria Customs Service has released names of 247 officers and men of the service who committed various offences and have either been dismissed, demoted, cautioned or forcibly retired. This is the first time the service would release all the names of its affected officers in one fell swoop. The list was contained [] 

Thu, 12 Oct 2017
Femi Asu The Nigerian Petroleum Development Company, a subsidiary of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, has said its relationship with Accrete Petroleum will help in achieving its goal of increasing oil production and reserves. The Managing Director, NPDC, Mr. Yusuf Matashi, said the company was looking to increase its oil reserves from three billion barrels [] 

Thu, 12 Oct 2017
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi Several intending passengers were stranded at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos on Tuesday and Wednesday due to the scarcity of the International Certificate for Vaccination also known as yellow card. The yellow card is issued as evidence of vaccination against yellow fever and is a major requirement at the entry point of [] 

Thu, 12 Oct 2017
Stanley Opara Profit-taking on equities that had gained over time pressured Nigerian stocks to plummet on Wednesday, shedding approximately N43bn. The performance of the equities market was dragged by a declining All-Share Index, which lost 34 basis points to close at 36,652.82 basis points; while the year-to-date gain moderated to 36.4 per cent. A total [] 

Thu, 12 Oct 2017
Femi Asu Nigeria failed to supply its crude oil production figure for last month to the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries, the group's latest monthly report released on Wednesday showed. Nigeria regained the Africa's top oil producer status in May after it lost it to Angola in January as it recorded the biggest increase in [] 

Thu, 12 Oct 2017
Anna Okon The Federal Government has approved a transaction advisor for the Bakassi Deep Seaport project in the state. This was disclosed by the Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade, during the state executive council meeting in Calabar. The announcement made during a presentation by Siemens, which is planning to invest in the state, was [] 

Thu, 12 Oct 2017
Oyetunji Abioye, Washington DC The World Bank has cut its growth forecast for the sub-Saharan Africa region this year from 2.6 per cent to 2.4 per cent. The World Bank had in April stated that the region would grow by 2.6 per cent. According to the new Africa's Pulse, a bi-annual analysis of the state [] 

Thu, 12 Oct 2017
Anna Okon The Customs Area Controller, Port Harcourt Area One Command, Onne, Bashir Abubakar, has advised port users about compliance, warning rebellious users of dire consequences while assuring the compliant ones of smooth processing of their imports and exports. He said this during a media briefing about the activities of the command for the third [] 
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