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NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE PUNCH NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [17 OCTOBER, 2017].


Below are the headlines found on The Punch Online Newspaper for today, Tuesday, 17 October, 2017.

Tue, 17 Oct 2017
Everest Amaefule, Abuja The World Bank has disagreed with the Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, on the need for the Federal Government to borrow more in order to develop the nation's infrastructure and stimulate the economy. The World Bank spoke through its Senior Economist, Gloria Joseph-Raji, on Monday in Abuja, saying that the cost [] 

Tue, 17 Oct 2017
Oyetunji Abioye, Washington DC, United States The Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde; a former Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, and key global experts have advised Nigeria, Argentina and other top countries battling corruption to use tools that can help reduce procurement costs by about 60 per cent. They urged the [] 

Tue, 17 Oct 2017
Friday Olokor and Olalekan Adetayo Over 27 persons have been killed while asleep in Nkiedonwhro community, Bassa Local Government Area of Plateau State by unknown gunmen suspected to be Fulani militants. The killings happened barely 48 hours after the imposition of a dusk-to-dawn curfew by Governor Simon Lalong in the LGA. The latest attack was [] 


Tue, 17 Oct 2017
Mudiaga Affe, Calabar No fewer than two persons were feared killed while six sustained gunshot injuries as Cameroonian gendarmes from Bodam community allegedly invaded their neighbouring Danare community in the Boki Local Government Area of Cross River State. It was learnt on Monday that the latest crisis, which started on Friday, was as a result [] 

Tue, 17 Oct 2017
Olaleye Aluko, Abuja The Nigerian Army said on Monday that its troops arrested 106 suspected armed robbers, kidnappers and cult members during the just concluded Operation Python Dance in the five South-East states. The Army, who noted that the suspects had been handed over to the state police commands, said 26 assorted guns were also [] 

Tue, 17 Oct 2017
Tony Okafor, Awka The banned Indigenous People of Biafra on Monday threatened to take up arms against the Federal Government of President Muhammadu Buhari if it failed to produce its leader, Nnamdi Kanu, dead or alive, on Tuesday (today) in court. Kanu is facing treason charges. He was granted bail in April, with an order [] 

Tue, 17 Oct 2017
Eniola Akinkuotu and Simon Utebor One of the patients of the viral disease, monkeypox, at the quarantine centre in Bayelsa State has committed suicide, the state government said on Monday. The unnamed patient allegedly took his own life on Monday at an isolation centre at the Niger Delta University Teaching Hospital, Okolobiri, in Yenagoa Local [] 

Tue, 17 Oct 2017
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The trial of the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, Mr. Nnamdi Kanu, is scheduled to resume before the Federal High Court in Abuja on Tuesday (today). But his lead defence lawyer, Mr. Ifeanyi Ejiofor, told our correspondent on Sunday that his client remained missing. He said the matter would [] 

Tue, 17 Oct 2017
Anna Okon The Nigerian Ports Authority says it has consulted the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, for advice concerning the contract bid by Dredging International (Cyprus), a firm indicted by a Swiss court in a $20m bribery scandal involving top ex-officials of the NPA. The Managing Director, NPA, Hadiza [] 

Tue, 17 Oct 2017
Oladimeji Ramon The National Industrial Court, Lagos Division has ordered Lagos Travel Inn to pay N10.3m to one Mr. Emmanuel Abah, who sustained an ankle injury after being trapped by the hotels elevator sometime in 2013. The court, in a judgment by Justice J.D. Peters, said the order must be complied with within 30 days [] 

Tue, 17 Oct 2017
Samuel Awoyinfa, Abeokuta The Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, has described the appointment of the National Coordinator of the Oodua Peoples Congress, Gani Adams, as the 15th Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland by the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, as well deserved. This was contained in a statement signed by the state Commissioner for [] 

Tue, 17 Oct 2017
Oladimeji Ramon A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Dr. Olisa Agbakoba, has urged the Federal High Court in Abuja to restrain President Muhammadu Buhari from continuing to hold the office of the Minister of Petroleum Resources. The SAN contends that Section 138 of the 1999 Constitution forbids the President from holding any other executive office or [] 

Tue, 17 Oct 2017
Oladimeji Ramon The Federal High Court in Lagos on Monday dismissed a no-case submission filed by a former Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, Patrick Akpobolokemi, and five others in response to the N2.6bn fraud charges pressed against them by the Federal Government. In a ruling on Monday, Justice Ibrahim Buba [] 

Tue, 17 Oct 2017
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation on Monday said it supplied 1,200 million standard cubic feet per day of gas to domestic, industrial, commercial and power sectors in the month of September 2017. The NNPCs Group Managing Director, Maikanti Baru, said the feat was an improvement over some previous months. Baru disclosed this at an event [] 

Tue, 17 Oct 2017
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The Federal Government on Monday announced that the National Trade Facilitation Road map for Nigeria was ready. According to the government, the NTFR is a living document that will guide and give direction to trade facilitation across the country, adding that it will boost the Ease of Doing Business in Nigeria campaign [] 

Tue, 17 Oct 2017
Anna Okon Intels Nigeria Limited on Monday said the Nigerian Ports Authority deliberately frustrated attempts to address issues raised by introduction of the Treasury Single Account in the execution of its pilotage agency agreement. The NPA had in a statement on Saturday said it had relied on the advice of the Attorney General of the [] 

Tue, 17 Oct 2017
Leke Baiyewu, Abuja The Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions has invited the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Maikanti Baru; and the Managing Director of Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited, Osagie Okubor, over the revocation of the licence of an oilfield, OML 13. The oilfield was allegedly [] 

Tue, 17 Oct 2017
Bukola Adebayo German pentecostal evangelist, Reinhard Bonnke, is set to return to Nigeria for his farewell crusade in November. Speaking at a press briefing organised by the Christ for All Nations in Lagos on Monday, the African Director, Reinhard Bonnke Crusade, Mr. John Darku, said more than 10 million worshipers across Africa were expected at [] 

Tue, 17 Oct 2017
Godwin Isenyo, Kaduna The Kaduna State Commissioner for Finance, Suleiman Abdu-Kwari, said on Monday that the state had since June 2015 paid more than N17bn in pensions to retirees and N4.11bn in gratuity and death benefits to 1,654 persons in the state. Abdu-Kwari stated this while explaining how the Paris Club loan refund was spent [] 

Tue, 17 Oct 2017
Chukwudi Akasike, Port Harcourt The Rivers State Government has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to prevail on the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, to transfer the Commander of the state Special Anti-Robbery Squad, Mr. Akin Fakorede, out of the state. The state Commissioner for Information and Communications, Mr. Emah Okah, who made this call [] 

Tue, 17 Oct 2017
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The Federal Capital Territory High Court in Maitama on Monday adjourned until Thursday the arraignment of the senator representing Bauchi Central Senatorial District, Isah Misau, who was charged by the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation with making injurious falsehood against the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris. The arraignment [] 

Tue, 17 Oct 2017
Gbenga Odogun, Lokoja The Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, has been praised for turning the state into a rice-producing state. The state government recently announced the establishment of a rice mill with an installed capacity to produce 50 million tonnes of rice at Omi dam in Yagba West Local Government Area. Keen watchers believed [] 

Tue, 17 Oct 2017
Sesan Olufowobi The Lagos State Government on Monday said it had empowered no fewer than 1,140 residents of the state under its agricultural value and empowerment programme to boost food production and ensure the reduction of poverty. The state Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, at the grand finale of activities to commemorate 2017 World Food Day and [] 

Tue, 17 Oct 2017
John Charles, Makurdi The management of CAD Development Limited on Monday rebuked the Benue State Government for allegedly given false information about the drainage project contracted to it in 2002. The company, on Monday, said contrary to the claim by the government, the construction of the Idye River Basin drainage was actually awarded to it [] 

Tue, 17 Oct 2017
Sesan Olufowobi The Lagos State Government on Monday inaugurated the short code for reporting domestic and sexual attacks, urging residents to help government tackle perpetrators of such. Mrs. Omotilewa Ibirogba, the chairman of the Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team, the agency through which the short code was introduced, said the government had [] 

Tue, 17 Oct 2017
Ife Ogunfuwa Globacom Nigeria Limited has entered into partnership with the Lagos State Cooperative Federation to provide Closed User Group communication package for cooperative members. At the launch of the communication product in Lagos, the President of LASCOFED, Mr. Oriyomi Ayeola, stated that Globacom was chosen for the partnership after a thorough review of the [] 

Tue, 17 Oct 2017
Friday Olokor, Jos The Federal Government on Monday clarified that there was no harmful vaccination going in the country. The clarification was contained in a statement by Dr. Faisal Shuaib, the Executive Director/CEO of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, a parastatal of the Federal Ministry of Health. The statement partly read, Immunisation is [] 

Tue, 17 Oct 2017
Nigeria has won a re-election into the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva for the 2018 to 2020 term at an election held on Monday at the UN Headquarters in New York. The Ambassador/Deputy Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the UN, Amb. Samson Itegboje, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in New York [] 

Tue, 17 Oct 2017
At least 36 people have died in fires ravaging forests in northern and central Portugal over the past 24 hours, rescuers said Monday, after three people were killed in Spain in blazes sparked by arsonists and fanned by Hurricane Ophelia. The 36 deaths, which were confirmed by Portugals national civil protection agency and included a [] 

Tue, 17 Oct 2017
The Nigerian Ports Authority boats pilotage monitoring and supervision contract with INTELS Nigeria Limited remains terminated, the NPAs Chief Executive, Hadiza Usman, has said. The NPA boss told newsmen on Monday in Lagos that the contract was terminated on the advice of the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Malam Abubakar Malami. According [] 

Tue, 17 Oct 2017
THE revelation recently of a foiled Boko Haram attack in Ondo State essentially captures the resilience of the Islamist terrorists in the face of an intense military blitz. It is also an indication that no part of the country could be termed safe, yet, until the last traces of the mass murderers have been obliterated. [] 

Tue, 17 Oct 2017
Gbenro Adeoye Some South-West chieftains of the Peoples Democratic Party have begun moves to agree on a candidate for the national chairmanship position of the party for the region ahead of its national convention in December. At a meeting convened by the Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, in Lagos on Monday night, the party chieftains [] 

Tue, 17 Oct 2017
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja The Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, on Monday described the state's striking workers as political servants. Bello spoke with State House correspondents after a meeting he held with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The governor said, 'Those workers that are on strike are political civil servants; real civil servants [] 

Tue, 17 Oct 2017
John Alechenu, Abuja After several postponements, the All Progressives Congress has scheduled October 31 as the date for its National Working Committee meeting. The meeting is aimed at working out modalities for its national convention. A party source told our correspondent, in Abuja, late on Monday that after due consultations with party stakeholders, the Chief [] 

Tue, 17 Oct 2017
Tony Okafor, Awka A former Vice-President, Dr. Alex Ekwueme, on Monday asked Governor Willie Obiano of the All Progressive Grand Alliance to get ready to quit office for the Peoples Democratic Party after the Anambra State governorship election on November 18. Ekwueme spoke at the All Saints Anglican Church's field in Onitsha, Anambra State, during [] 

Tue, 17 Oct 2017
Gbenro Adeoye Some South-West chieftains of the Peoples Democratic Party have begun moves to agree on a candidate for the national chairmanship position of the party ahead of its national convention in December. At a meeting convened by Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, which was held at the Renaissance Hotel in Lagos on Monday night, [] 

Tue, 17 Oct 2017
Abiodun Doherty There are many reasons why people decide to go into real estate. One of the reasons could be purely on a personal ground of fulfilling the desire to be a property owner. Sometimes based on the value system of the person it might be to make a statement with the building. There are [] 

Tue, 17 Oct 2017
Peter Dada, Akure The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Medical Science, Ondo, Prof. Friday Okonofua, has said that lecturers at the institution might have no need to join the Academic Staff Union of Universities because of the management's open-door policy. Okonofua said the existing cordial relationship between the management and the staff of the university [] 

Tue, 17 Oct 2017
Stanley Opara The United Bank for Africa Plc has reported a 33.2 per cent growth in its profit before tax for the unaudited third quarter financial results ended September 30, 2017. The pan-African financial institution's result showed remarkable performance across key financial indicators. Its PBT appreciated to N78.3bn from N58.8bn recorded in the same period [] 

Tue, 17 Oct 2017
Femi Asu Nigeria and South Africa, which emerged from recession in the second quarter of this year, are vying for the title of Africa's biggest economy. Deciding which African economy will be the biggest at the end of this year will depend on which exchange rate used, Bloomberg showed on a chart. While the International [] 

Tue, 17 Oct 2017
Stanley Opara Fidelity Bank Plc, on October 11, 2017, priced a successful $400m five-year Eurobond with a 10.50 per cent coupon in what is the largest combined new issue and liability management offering ever by a Nigerian issuer. Citigroup Incorporated, Renaissance Capital and Standard Bank Group Limited managed the deal, which included an any-and-all cash [] 

Tue, 17 Oct 2017
Stanley Opara The Chairman of Investment and Securities Tribunal, Mr. Isaiah Idoko-Akoh, has assured investors and other stakeholders in the nation's securities market of speedy resolutions of disputes and giving priority investors' interests. This position was contained in a statement released by the IST on Monday. The IST was initially established under section 224 of [] 

Tue, 17 Oct 2017
The Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Unity Bank Plc, Mrs. Tomi Somefun, has commended the Breast Cancer Association of Nigeria for sensitising the public and increasing momentum on the multi-sector approach targeted at curbing the spread of breast cancer in the country. Somefun, who led this year's edition of BRECAN's Jog for Life charity walk in [] 

Tue, 17 Oct 2017
Femi Asu The Nigeria LNG Limited, on Monday, said it had formally issued a demand notice for $315,598,823.29 judgment debt to the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency. The NLNG said in a statement that the sum represented the payments it made under protest to the agency since 2013, as well as direct and shipping [] 

Tue, 17 Oct 2017
You have known that you should not fall for those emails that promise your share of an inheritance if only you will send over your banking information. You know that sharing too much personal information on social media is a no-no. And you've had it drilled into your head to not use 'password' as your [] 

Tue, 17 Oct 2017
Identity theft is a crime whereby criminals impersonate individuals, usually for financial gain. In today's society, you often need to reveal personal bits of information about yourself, such as your name, address, phone number, or even banking information. If a thief is able to access this personal information, he or she can use it to [] 

Tue, 17 Oct 2017
One picture stood out from the rest. It was the picture of a boy of about five years in a pink shirt and blue shorts speeding away from school. The look on his face and the way his right foot shot into the air showed his determination and desperation to get out of harms way. [] 

Tue, 17 Oct 2017
The worlds fastest-rising university is neither in Europe nor in North America. It is in Asia; but neither in China nor in India. It is in Singapore; not the National University of Singapore but the Nangyang Technological University. Since 2003, when a new President (i.e., Vice-Chancellor) took over the leadership of the university, NTU has [] 

Tue, 17 Oct 2017
Tayo Oke dr tayooke@gmail.com If you ever wondered what sort of people get involved in criminal activities, your mind would have instantly been fixated on the usual criminal gangs on our streets, the armed robbers invading peoples homes at night or even in broad daylight these days, the kidnappers, marauding herdsmen, area boys, pickpockets etc. [] 
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