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


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

Fri, 20 Oct 2017
Nigeria needs $36bn for rail projects ' Amaechi Leke Baiyewu, Abuja The Federal Government has said its external borrowing plan, for which it is seeking the approval of the National Assembly, will take Nigeria between five years and 30 years to repay. The government also insisted it would have to borrow more to complete a [] 


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Fri, 20 Oct 2017
Olusola Fabiyi, Olalekan Adetayo and Okechukwu Nnodim Former President Goodluck Jonathan has alleged that the Federal Government under President Muhammadu Buhari is characterised by lies and propaganda. Jonathan spoke in Abuja on Thursday when he received one of the national chairmanship aspirants of the Peoples Democratic Party, Prof. Tunde Adeniran, and members of his campaign [] 



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Fri, 20 Oct 2017
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The Federal Government on Thursday arraigned Senator Isah Misau, representing Bauchi Central Senatorial District, before the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory in Maitama, Abuja, for allegedly making injurious falsehood against the Nigeria Police Force and the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris. The senator, who attended court from home, pleaded [] 

Fri, 20 Oct 2017
Ade Adesomoju with agency report An Economic and Financial Crimes Commission witness, Michael Adariku, on Thursday told an Abuja High Court how N1.4bn security vote from the office of the National Security Adviser was diverted. The News Agency of Nigeria reported that Adariku, an EFCC officer of EFCC, made this known when he testified in [] 


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Fri, 20 Oct 2017
Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja A Nigerian student living in the United States, Amechi Amuegbunam, has been sentenced to 46 months in prison for perpetrating fraud to the tune of $3.7m. Amuegbunam, 30, was also ordered to pay $615, 555.12 in restitution for his role in a sophisticated email phishing scam otherwise known as Business Email Compromise [] 

Fri, 20 Oct 2017
Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja The Delta State Coordinator of the World Health Organisation, Dr Bassey Bassey, has said flooding in some parts of the country may have contributed to the monkeypox outbreak. Bassey said this in Abuja on Thursday at a one-day colloquium organised by the Association of Medical Scientists of Nigeria, FCT branch. Speaking on [] 


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Fri, 20 Oct 2017
Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja The Civil Society Network Against Corruption has called on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, to take immediate action against a Swiss firm, Dredging International Services, which is on the verge of receiving a fresh contract from the Nigerian Ports Authority despite being indicted by the EFCC. CSNAC in a statement by [] 

Fri, 20 Oct 2017
Everest Amaefule, Abuja Over 1,000 Nigerians are languishing in Thai jails, Nigerias Ambassador to Thailand, Mr. Nuhu Bamali, has said. Bamali said this while speaking at the Africa Gems and Jewellery Exhibition and Seminar in Abuja on Wednesday. He said, Over 1,000 Nigerians are currently in jail in Thailand. We need to encourage young Nigerians [] 


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Fri, 20 Oct 2017
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi The Federal Government through the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons on Thursday said 200, 346 Nigerians fled the country in 2016 and were granted refugee status in neighbouring countries while about 36, 000 others arrived in Europe by sea. The Federal Commissioner, NCFRMI, Sadiya Farouq, who stated this at [] 

Fri, 20 Oct 2017
Oladimeji Ramon The Managing Director of Ecobank Nigeria Limited, Mr. Charles Kie, has filed a fundamental rights enforcement suit before the Federal High Court in Lagos, seeking protection from police harassment. In a ruling on Thursday, Justice Muslim Hassan ordered that status quo should be maintained pending the final determination of Kies N100m suit against [] 


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Fri, 20 Oct 2017
John Alechenu and Olalekan Adetayo The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Yakubu Dogara, on Wednesday briefed governors under the aegis of the Nigeria Governors Forum on the National Assemblys efforts to amend the nations constitution. Dogaras briefing came a few weeks after the Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, met with the [] 

Fri, 20 Oct 2017
The Kiru Local Government Council of Kano State says about 11 children have died of whooping cough at Kankwana village. This is contained in a statement issued by the Information Officer of the local government council, Mallam Rabiu Khalil. Khalil said about 40 other children affected by the same disease were receiving medical attention. The [] 


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Fri, 20 Oct 2017
Adelani Adepegba, Abuja The Embassy of Egypt in Nigeria has said its government has submitted a list of Egyptian certified medical centres and hospitals licensed to perform kidney transplant to relevant authorities in Nigeria. It also explained that all the hospitals involved in organ trafficking in Egypt had been shut down and their medical personnel [] 

Fri, 20 Oct 2017
Ovie Okpare, Warri Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State, on Thursday, denied allegations by a former National Vice-Chairman (South-South) of the Peoples Democratic Party, Dr. Cairo Ojougboh, that the state was operating illegal blank budget. Okowa described the claim by Ojougboh, now a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, as false. The governor described Ojougbohs [] 


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Fri, 20 Oct 2017
Friday Olokor, Jos Following the killing of 29 persons in Nkiedonwwhro community in Bassa Local Government Area of Plateau State by suspected Fulani herdsmen, the Nigerian Air Force has deployed military helicopters in the area on Thursday. The helicopters, THE PUNCH learnt, had continued to hover around the area for surveillance. Although the choppers were [] 

Fri, 20 Oct 2017
Leke Baiyewu, Abuja The Senate will on Tuesday deliberate on the bailout and Paris Club loan refund approved by the Federal Government to the state governments. Following a point of order raised by Senator Samuel Anyanwu at the plenary on Thursday, the Senate resolved to take the matter as a motion on the next legislative [] 


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Fri, 20 Oct 2017
Oluwatosin Omojuyigbe The Lagos State Government on Thursday re-arraigned alleged kidnap kingpin, Chukwudubem Onwuamadike, alias Evans, and five others before a Lagos State High Court in Ikeja. The re-arraignment of the defendants followed the amendment to the two charges, bordering on conspiracy and kidnapping, pressed against them by the state. Although Evans and his co-defendants [] 

Fri, 20 Oct 2017
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja Wife of former President Goodluck Jonathan, Mrs. Patience Jonathan, on Thursday temporarily blocked the Federal High Court in Abuja from hearing an ex parte application filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission seeking an order of interim forfeiture of two properties traced to her in Abuja. Usually, such ex parte applications [] 


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Fri, 20 Oct 2017
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday admitted that he was disturbed and surprised by the claim made by members of the Boko Haram sect that they were receiving support from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. The President, however, said he was happy that his administration had been able to prove its [] 

Fri, 20 Oct 2017
Mudiaga Affe, Calabar A trending picture on social media, which showed the pupils of the Edgerly Memorial Girls Secondary School in Calabar being compelled by an operative of the state-owned Homeland Security to dispose refuse with their bare hands, has ignited negative reactions from members of the public. The picture went viral on social media [] 


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Fri, 20 Oct 2017
Afeez Hanafi The Lagos State Government says it has commenced the second phase rehabilitation of inner roads in Epe. The state Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Abiola Anifowoshe, said the move was to improve living conditions, address the influx of people and increased traffic caused by industrial activities in the area. Anifowoshe, who [] 

Fri, 20 Oct 2017
Sesan Olufowobi Members of the Lagos State House of Assembly have confirmed Justice Opeyemi Oke as the Chief Judge of Lagos State. Okes confirmation came after she appeared before the lawmakers who questioned her on her plan to boost justice dispensation in the state. After the confirmation, the Speaker of the House, Mudashiru Obasa, directed [] 


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Fri, 20 Oct 2017
Sesan Olufowobi The Lagos State Government on Thursday said it had withdrawn the licences of wastewater treatment plants of the Nigerian Bottling Company Plc, Ikeja; the Nigerian Stock Exchange, Marina;WEMA Bank Plc, Ikoyi; and Ocean Parade Tower, Banana Island. It explained that the firms failed to meet the expected standard in wastewater management, adding that [] 

Fri, 20 Oct 2017
Enyioha Opara, Minna THE Niger State Government has offered to assist the police in rescuing the Divisional Police Officer of Sarkin Pawa in Munya Local Government Area of Niger State, Amos Aliyu who was abducted by unknown gunmen last Sunday. Governor Abubakar Bello told our correspondent that the government would not fold its arms over [] 


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Fri, 20 Oct 2017
A Spanish tourist was killed by falling debris while visiting the Basilica of Santa Croce in Florence, one of the Renaissance citys most famous churches. The 52-year-old man was hit by something falling from the ceiling of the church, the ANSA news agency said on Thursday. He was declared dead at the scene by emergency [] 

Fri, 20 Oct 2017
The Senate Ad-Hoc Committee on National Hajj Commission and the Nigerian Christian Pilgrims Commission (NCPC) on Thursday threatened to issue a warrant of arrest against the Chairman of NAHCON, Alhaji Abdullahi Muktar. According to the committee, the NAHCON boss has refused to honour three different invitations sent to him to appear before it for explanations [] 


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Fri, 20 Oct 2017
An Econonic and Financial Crimes Commission witness, Michael Adariku on Thursday told an Abuja High Court how N1.4 billion security vote from the office of the National Security Adviser was diverted. Adariku, an officer of EFCC, made this known when he testified in the trial of Sambo Dasuki, a former National Security Adviser to former [] 

Fri, 20 Oct 2017
The House of Representatives on Thursday urged the Federal Government to increase the tax on tobacco as a means of curbing smoking and funding healthcare services in the country. This followed a motion by Rep. Sergius Ogun (Edo-APC) and Rep. Albert Abiodun (Osun-PDP). Moving the motion, Ogun expressed concern that annually, tobacco usage accounted for [] 


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Fri, 20 Oct 2017
The police in Niger State on Thursday said they have rescued a Division Police Officer who was abducted on Sunday along with his orderly. Mr Austine Agbonlahor, Commissioner of police told News Agency of Nigeria in Minna, the officer, SP Amos Aliyu, was rescued along with five other victims in an operation. Aliyu is the [] 

Fri, 20 Oct 2017
The Catholic Archbishop of Lagos, Most Rev. Adewale Martins, has urged Nigerians to go beyond prayers in the fight against corruption by imbibing and practising values that witness to honesty and nobility. Martins said this in Lagos on Thursday at the 10th Anniversary of the Anthony Cardinal Okogie Annual Lecture entitled: Creating a Corrupt-Free Society [] 


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Fri, 20 Oct 2017
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja As the Federal Government commences measles vaccination ahead of the 2017/2018 dry season, only 12 out of the 36 states have paid their counterpart funds for the exercise. The dry season is generally known to be associated with measles in the country. The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, disclosed this to [] 

Fri, 20 Oct 2017
A 35-year-old man standing trial for killing a Police officer in New Orleans, United States of America stopped the jury selection process in court on Wednesday by smearing faeces on his body. The man, Travis Boys is facing a charge of first-degree murder for shooting dead New Orleans Police Officer Daryle Holloway in 2015. Police [] 


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Fri, 20 Oct 2017
IT has taken a long time, but good news is finally coming out of Syria. Raqqa, which the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria had proclaimed the capital of its self-declared caliphate when it overran swathes of Iraq and Syria, was liberated by Syrian Defence Forces on Tuesday, with the backing of an international coalition [] 

Fri, 20 Oct 2017
Olusola Fabiyi, Abuja The national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party has fixed Tuesday, October 24, for its national executive committee meeting, The PUNCH learnt on Thursday. Authoritative sources at the national headquarters of the party in Abuja, told our correspondent that members of the NEC had been informed about the meeting. The meeting is [] 


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Fri, 20 Oct 2017
Tony Okafor, Awka The Vice-President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, and the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, are expected to lead a delegation of the national leaders of the All Progressives Congress' to Anambra State on Friday (today). The APC delegation will be in Anambra for the inauguration of the campaign of the party's candidate in the November [] 


Fri, 20 Oct 2017
Heineken has said that it is supporting the 2017 edition of the Lagos Fashion and Design Week. The event showcases Africa's rich fashion and designs by bringing together the best designers across the continent. Founded by Style House Files, the LFDW leads the way with initiatives that support, strengthen and develop the fashion industry. Connecting [] 


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Fri, 20 Oct 2017
Ife Ogunfuwa with agency report There are indications that Barclays Bank has been saddled with the responsibility of finding investors for 9mobile based on the decision of Nigerian lenders. Reuters reported on Thursday that sources in the bank revealed that Barclays had started work on the mandate and was in the process of setting up [] 

Fri, 20 Oct 2017
Femi Asu with agency report Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited, a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell, has lifted force majeure on the exports of Bonny Light crude oil, one month after it was declared. A spokesperson for Shell said the force majeure was lifted on Thursday. Reuters reported that Shell declared the force [] 


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Fri, 20 Oct 2017
Nigeria has revised down its forecast for 2017 economic growth to 1.5 per cent from 2.19 per cent, according to a document reportedly seen by Reuters on Thursday. The report said oil production, on which Nigeria relies for about two-thirds of government revenues, was at 1.9 million barrels per day for 2017, as of July, [] 

Fri, 20 Oct 2017
Femi Asu The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, has said investors can now manufacture solar systems in the country following the recent review of the pioneer status incentive. Fashola stated this in Lagos on Thursday at the launch of the book, entitled 'Solar Electricity Generation for Off-grid Communities in Nigeria,' written [] 

Fri, 20 Oct 2017
Oluwafemi Oyefeso oluwafemi.oyefeso@yahoo.com The Ease of doing business index is a ranking created by the World Bank. It is used to measure (as the name implies) how easy it is to do business in or with a country. Nigeria presently ranks 169 from a total of 190 on the list. The index correlates with how [] 


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Fri, 20 Oct 2017
John Ameh, Abuja The country's national budget will rise by N1.16tn in 2018, according to projections contained in the 2018-2020 Medium Term Expenditure Framework and Fiscal Strategy submitted to the National Assembly by President Muhammadu Buhari. The President forwarded the MTEF/FSP to the National Assembly on Tuesday, with a covering letter read to members of [] 

Fri, 20 Oct 2017
When two business partners started their first business, they initially used friends and family debt capital until they were large enough to attract more substantial funding from angel investors. The truth is, most small businesses piece together their funding from several different sources phased out over time. No single source of funding is necessarily easier [] 

Fri, 20 Oct 2017
Femi Asu Personalbanking@punchng.com You have probably heard of offshore bank accounts and Swiss bank accounts. You may have heard there is great wealth to be found in these foreign bank investments. But what is really so special about these esoteric banking opportunities' An international bank is a financial entity that offers financial services, such as [] 


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Fri, 20 Oct 2017
Ife Ogunfuwa The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, has said that the Federal Government has received about 26 proposals for insurance services in relation to the Mambilla power plant project. Speaking at the investiture of the 19th President of the Nigerian Council of Registered Insurance Brokers in Lagos on Thursday, he [] 

Fri, 20 Oct 2017
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja Employees of the National Emergency Management Agency on Thursday embarked on a nationwide indefinite strike. It was gathered that the directive to proceed on strike was issued by the Trade Union Congress and the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria in Abuja. Our correspondent learnt that the strike followed a threat [] 

Fri, 20 Oct 2017
Stanley Opara Following an exchange of correspondence between the Nigerian Stock Exchange (the primary Exchange on which Oando is listed) and the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, the latter has suspended trading on Oando shares. The action, which happened on Thursday, followed the NSE's earlier suspension on the oil major as directed by the Nigerian capital market [] 


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Fri, 20 Oct 2017
Sodiq Oyeleke The Central Bank of Nigeria has asked operators of microfinance banks and other financial institutions in the country not to engage in exploitative activities. The CBN said this could be achieved by obtaining necessary certifications before commencing operations. The Head of Consumer Protection Department, CBN, Umma Dutse, said this during the ceremony for [] 


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Fri, 20 Oct 2017
Anna Okon The President, Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Dr. Nike Akande, has commended women entrepreneurs for their resilience and doggedness. Akande, who was represented by the Chairperson of the LCCI Women Group, Agnes Shobajo, gave this commendation during the chamber's women group's third annual conference themed, 'Women as change agents: Towards tax compliant [] 


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