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



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

Thu, 19 Oct 2017
Olusola Fabiyi, Abuja The Peoples Democratic Party has said that it will not force former President Olusegun Obasanjo to return as its member. It said it would respect the decision of the former President, but added that whether he returned or not, it (the party) would not die. Obasanjo had on Tuesday vowed never to [] 


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Thu, 19 Oct 2017
Leke Baiyewu, Abuja The Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions on Wednesday asked Stanbic IBTC Bank and Zenith Bank to unfreeze two accounts linked to the wife of former President Goodluck Jonathan, Patience. Members of the panel took turns to condemn the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for the continued freezing of the [] 

Thu, 19 Oct 2017
Olalekan Adetayo, Eniola Akinkuotu,Success Nwogu and Bukola Adebayo The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, on Wednesday said the country had so far recorded 74 suspected cases of monkeypox in 11 states. Adewole stated this while briefing State House correspondents at the end of the meeting of the Federal Executive Council presided over by President [] 


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Thu, 19 Oct 2017
For disobeying a court order, Aminu, the son of a former Vice-President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, was on Wednesday remanded in the transit cell of Tinubu Chief Magistrates Court, Lagos. Aminu was alleged to have disobeyed an order made by the presiding Chief Magistrate, Kikelomo Ayeye, on October 11 over the custody of six-year-old Amir Abubakar, [] 

Thu, 19 Oct 2017
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday presided over a meeting attended by the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu and the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Dr. Maikanti Baru, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Both Kachikwu and Baru were in the limelight lately over a letter [] 


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Thu, 19 Oct 2017
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The Federal High Court in Abuja on Wednesday ordered an interim forfeiture of 14 properties in choice areas of Abuja which were allegedly traced to the immediate past Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Mr. Bala Mohammed, and his son, Shamsuddeen. Justice Nnamdi Dimgba granted the interim forfeiture order upon an ex [] 

Thu, 19 Oct 2017
Friday Olokor, Jos with agency report The military has denied the allegation of complicity in the reported killing of 29 persons, including women and children, in the Nkiedonwhro community of Plateau State. Rather, it said it was overwhelmed by the numerical strength and tactics of the attackers. The spokesperson of Operation Safe Haven, Capt. Umar [] 


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Thu, 19 Oct 2017
Olufemi Atoyebi and Kamarudeen Ogundele The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, on Wednesday said the National Coordinator of the Oodua Peoples Congress, Gani Adams, was chosen as the new Are Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland after considering his antecedents as a Yorubaman who had exhibited passion for defending his people, their culture and tradition. The [] 

Thu, 19 Oct 2017
Akinpelu Dada, Beijing Nigeria and other developing and least developed countries are set to benefit from Chinas bourgeoning prosperity as the communist country has announced that it will increase assistance to them. President Xi Jinping made the pledge of assistance to the concerned countries in his address at the opening of the 19th National Congress [] 

Thu, 19 Oct 2017
Leke Baiyewu, Abuja Members of the Peoples Democratic Party caucus in the Senate have agreed to adopt a consensus candidate for the national chairmanship of the opposition party, it was learnt on Wednesday. It was further gathered that the caucus would meet on Monday to assess the aspirants and adopt a candidate. The caucus held [] 


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Thu, 19 Oct 2017
Femi Makinde, Osogbo An Osun State High Court sitting in Ilesa has ordered the Osun State Government and all the parties involved in the selection of the new Elegboro of Ijebu Jesa to maintain status ante on the planned coronation of Prince Femi Agunsoye as the new monarch of the town. The presiding judge, Justice [] 

Thu, 19 Oct 2017
Olufemi Atoyebi, Ibadan The Council of Ibadan Authentic Mogajis in Ibadan have alleged that they have been receiving calls from anonymous persons threatening them to stop going to the Popoyemoja palace of the Olubadan of Ibadan land, Oba Saliu Adetunji, or risk being killed. The spokesman for the group, Chief Wale Oladoja, who is the [] 

Thu, 19 Oct 2017
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, on Wednesday urged Nigerians to patronise only accredited health institutions in order not to fall prey to those harvesting kidneys illegally in some countries. Adewole made the call while answering questions from State House correspondents at the end of the meeting of the Federal Executive [] 


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Thu, 19 Oct 2017
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday left Nigeria for Istanbul, Turkey to participate in the ninth Summit of the Developing 8 (D-8) which holds on Friday. Buhari left Abuja shortly after presiding over a meeting of the Federal Executive Council held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The Special Adviser to the President on [] 

Thu, 19 Oct 2017
The Federal Government says it will commence the payment of pension benefits to retired war-affected police officers and their next-of-kin. The News Agency of Nigeria, which reported that this was contained in a statement by the management of the Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate in Abuja on Wednesday, indicated that President Muhammadu Buhari had given approval [] 

Thu, 19 Oct 2017
John Ameh and Ozioma Ubabukoh The House of Representatives on Wednesday asked the Attorney-General of the Federation/Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami, and the Nigerian Ports Authority to reverse the termination of the logistics contract between Intels Nigeria Limited and the NPA. Maritime workers also said through their union that the cancellation of the Intels [] 


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Thu, 19 Oct 2017
Leke Baiyewu, Abuja The Senate Joint Committee on Customs, Excise and Tariffs; and Marine Transport on Wednesday claimed that it had recovered over N140bn from banks and companies following its probe into the alleged loss of N30tn in Nigeria's import and export value chain. It said the recovered funds had been deposited with the Central [] 

Thu, 19 Oct 2017
John Ameh, Abuja The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Yakubu Dogara, confirmed on Wednesday that the new amendments to the 1999 Constitution had yet to leave the National Assembly because the Senate and the House had not harmonised their differences on the bills. The two chambers considered 33 proposals in July, but the [] 


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Thu, 19 Oct 2017
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi Former workers of the defunct Nigeria Airways on Wednesday said that about seven of their colleagues died in the last one week while awaiting their severance package from the Federal Government. They spoke with journalists in Lagos through the Chairman, Elders Forum of the defunct Nigeria Airways, Mr. Godwin Jibodu, adding that the [] 

Thu, 19 Oct 2017
Oluwatosin Omojuyigbe A Lagos-based lawyer, Kayode Fasetire has urged the Insepector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to call to order some of his officers who are allegedly frustrating a court order. According to Kayode who is counsel to Redorn Realtors Ltd., his client obtained a court order for the possession of a property located at 31A&B [] 


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Thu, 19 Oct 2017
Adelani Adepegba, Abuja The Peoples Republic of China said it had arrested 3,339 fugitives who fled to Nigeria and 89 other countries to escape prosecution for corruption. The Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, Ambassador Zhou Pingjian, stated that 628 of the suspects were former officials from whom N468bn (9.36bn yuan) was recovered. The envoy disclosed this [] 

Thu, 19 Oct 2017
Everest Amaefule, Abuja The World Bank says it is not in disagreement with the Federal Government on the need to borrow to finance infrastructure. In a letter to the Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, in Abuja on Wednesday, the World Bank Country Director for Nigeria, Mr. Rachid Benmessaoud, said the bank had commended the [] 


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Thu, 19 Oct 2017
Tony Okafor, Awka he Independent National Electoral Commission on Wednesday said it was not thinking of disqualifying any candidate in the November 18 governorship election in Anambra State. INEC also said 2,158,171 voters were registered for the November 18 poll in the state. The Director of Voter Education and Publicity of INEC, Mr. Oyewole Uzzi, [] 

Thu, 19 Oct 2017
John Ameh, Abuja The House of Representatives has queried loans totalling $1.5bn taken from foreign creditors by the Transmission Company of Nigeria. This is in spite of a separate $500m loan, which the power firm is already negotiating with the Islamic Development Bank. The House resolved on Wednesday to investigate the operations of the TCN [] 

Thu, 19 Oct 2017
John Alechenu, Abuja TFollowing discordant tunes over whether or not President Muhammadu Buhari will be given an automatic ticket to contest the 2019 presidential election, the ruling All Progressives Congress has said it will be guided by its constitution to resolve the issue. This position was made public by the Governor of Bauchi State, Mohammed [] 


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Thu, 19 Oct 2017
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The Bank of Industry on Wednesday announced that it had provided electricity to about 1,200 rural households and businesses using solar energy. The BoI's Managing Director, Olukayode Pitan, said the households and businesses were currently benefiting from its off-grid rural electrification project. He said the deployment of solar power solutions by the [] 

Thu, 19 Oct 2017
Anna Okon The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control said it had arrested Mr. Obumneme Okpala, a man suspected to be behind a syndicate specialising in the importation, distribution, warehousing and sale of counterfeit insecticides. According to the agency, the market value of goods recovered from Okpala is N50m, adding that the [] 

Thu, 19 Oct 2017
Leke Baiyewu, Abuja The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Mahmud Yakub, told the Senate Committee on INEC on Wednesday that the commission would recruit about one million ad hoc members of staff for the conduct of the 2019 general elections. According to him, the ad hoc workers to be deployed for the [] 


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Thu, 19 Oct 2017
Gibson Achonu, Owerri Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State has said he owes no person any apology for erecting the statue of the South African President, Jacob Zuma, in the state. This was contained in a statement signed by this Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Sam Onwuemeodo, on Wednesday. Okorocha stated that those pouring invectives on [] 

Thu, 19 Oct 2017
When money is involved, consumers take things personally. Disputes with your bank are bound to trigger strong emotions. Whether the issue is miniscule or grave, many bank customers are vocal about their problems. Of course, banks make mistakes from time to time. Still, it can be hard to tell in a dispute who's right and [] 


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Thu, 19 Oct 2017
The Global Vice President at General Electric, Mr. John Rice, who was at the recent Nigerian Economic Summit in Abuja, spoke with EVEREST AMAEFULE about how some power equipment brought into the country by his company had to wait for one year at the port, among other issues You have been to Nigeria a number [] 

Thu, 19 Oct 2017
Oladimeji Ramon The Owa Tapa of Ijesha, Osun State, Dr. Olapade Agoro, has dragged the Osun State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Fimihan Adeoye, before the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, over the alleged embarrassment caused him by the police. Agoro, who is also the patriarch of Aladura Church, claimed that the CP, [] 

Thu, 19 Oct 2017
Sesan Olufowobi The Lagos State Government says it is committed to getting unemployed graduates in the state employed by introducing them to job opportunities available in the private sector. The Commissioner for Ministry of Wealth Creation and Employment, Mr. Babatunde Durosinmi-Etti, said the government was doing this through its Job Fair initiative. Durosinmi-Etti, who spoke [] 


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Thu, 19 Oct 2017
Simon Utebor, Yenagoa The Nigerian Agip Oil Company, a subsidiary of Italian oil major, Eni, said it had begun feasibility studies for the construction of a new 150,000 barrels-of-oil-per-day refinery in the Niger Delta. The Vice-Chairman and Managing Director, NAOC, Mr. Massimo Insulla, disclosed this on Tuesday in Yenagoa during a two-day succession planning workshop [] 

Thu, 19 Oct 2017
Oluwatosin Omojuyigbe A policewoman, who is also the Investigating Police Officer on a defilement case, Happiness Eche, on Wednesday, told a Lagos State High Court in Ikeja that a security guard, Abass Hamman, claimed that the devil pushed him to defile a seven-year-old girl. Hamman is facing one count of child defilement contrary to and [] 


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Thu, 19 Oct 2017
Success Nwogu, Ilorin The Chairman, First Bank of Nigeria Limited, Mrs. Ibukun Awosika, will on Friday deliver the 20th annual lecture of the Agricultural and Rural Management Training Institute in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital. Awosika will speak on 'Promoting agripreneurship in the green alternative: A catalyst for national security and sustainable development,' according to [] 

Thu, 19 Oct 2017
Anna Okon Contractors handling the rehabilitation of the Apapa/Ijora roads in Lagos are reportedly facing challenges in relocating gas pipelines and underground electric cables in the area to enable the work progress smoothly. The relocation of the facilities came with additional costs that were not factored into the initial budget, the Managing Director, Nigerian Ports [] 

Thu, 19 Oct 2017
Anna Okon The International Maritime Bureau has grouped Nigeria as a top piracy hotspot and described the nation's waters as risky based on the high rate of deadly attack on vessels around the country. In its latest piracy report released on Tuesday, the IMB said that there had been 20 attacks reported against ships within [] 


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Thu, 19 Oct 2017
Stanley Opara The Nigerian Stock Exchange, on Wednesday, suspended trading on the shares of Oando Plc as directed by the apex regulator, the Securities and Exchange Commission. SEC also said it planned further investigation and audit of the firm. Some shareholders of Oando, in separate interviews, called for the suspension of the management of Oando [] 

Thu, 19 Oct 2017
The Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Shippers Council, Mr. Hassan Bello, has said that the Port Additional Destination charges introduced by a shipping company, CMA CGM, are illegal. An online maritime journal, Shipping Position, quoted him as saying that there was no way a shipping company would unilaterally introduce or increase charges without recourse to [] 


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Thu, 19 Oct 2017
Femi Asu The National Power Training Institute of Nigeria has commenced a training programme for 36 Liberian electricity workers on power generation, transmission and distribution as well as the commercial segment of the value chain. NAPTIN said the four-week training of the Liberian Electricity Corporation workers was sponsored by West African Power Pool and funded [] 

Thu, 19 Oct 2017
PowerGas and the Delta State Government have struck a partnership to develop gas-to-power projects in the state. A statement said the firm had come up with a sustainable solution to the power problem facing industries and other consumers with its gas-to-power infrastructure. 'Contrary to popular opinion, Nigeria is more of a gas state than a [] 

Thu, 19 Oct 2017
EDO State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, is frenetic about the rising insecurity in his domain with his recent resolve to visit those who matter in Abuja for an urgent assistance. The remedy should be fast to avoid the incessant waste of lives by bandits and rescue residents now living in perpetual fear. The current anxiety was [] 


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Thu, 19 Oct 2017
Most of us are familiar with the fable of the dog and the tortoise. During a severe famine in the animal kingdom, all animals were instructed to eat their parents. While the famine persisted, all the animals except the dog that always appeared well-fed-suffered. Eventually, the tortoise managed to prod the truth out of [] 

Thu, 19 Oct 2017
The Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly is this week celebrating its silver jubilee. For the state legislature, the last 25 years have been eventful. As an institution, the state governments lawmaking arm has made remarkable progress over the years in its core mandate areas of lawmaking, advocacy, oversight and representation. No doubt, it has [] 


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Thu, 19 Oct 2017
The first casualty, when war comes, is truth Hiram Johnson (1866-1945) The events of the last week revolving around the outbreak of monkeypox should make us sober. Logic was turned on its head, and common sense took a dive into the bushes. A whole region was gripped in a mass hysteria that was almost apocalyptic [] 

Thu, 19 Oct 2017
Niran Adedokun Not too long ago, I had the rare privilege of being in the same room with six of Nigerias 36 state governors. Discussions mainly centered around the need to urgently restructure the country and let the constituent units have their say on the issues that affect them. While this lasted, only one thing [] 


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Thu, 19 Oct 2017
Chidiebube Okeoma,Owerri The police in Imo State have arrested a landlord, Paul Opararugo, and one of his six children,Ogbenna Oparaugo, for allegedly killing their tenant, Udochukwu Iwuoha. PUNCH Metro had reprted that the landlord, who was said to be a security guard at a branch of Guarantee Trust Bank in Owerri, the state capital, and [] 

Thu, 19 Oct 2017
Tony Okafor, Awka A man, Ndubuisi Oye, said to be preparing for his wedding on Sunday has been allegedly killed by a vigilante in Ogbunike community, in the Oyi Local Government Area of Anambra State. Property worth thousands of naira was razed in the area following the incident which happened on Monday. Our correspondent gathered [] 


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