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NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE PUNCH NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [21 OCTOBER, 2017].



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Below are the headlines found on The Punch Online Newspaper for today, Saturday, 21 October, 2017.


Sat, 21 Oct 2017
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja Bright Chimezie, who was recently charged as a co-defendant alongside the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, has urged the Federal High Court in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, to imprison the Director of the Department of State Services in the state. Chimezie, in a motion which he filed [] 


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Sat, 21 Oct 2017
Jesusegun Alagbe with agency report Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the infamous Nigerian underwear bomber who nearly killed 289 people on an Amsterdam-to-Detroit flight on December 25, 2009, has filed a lawsuit over his alleged maltreatment in prison. Abdulmutallab was convicted in 2012 for an attempted terror attack on Northwest Airlines Flight 253, which involved detonating explosives [] 


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Sat, 21 Oct 2017
Olufemi Atoyebi and Success Nwogu A governorship aspirant in Oyo State, Prof. Adeolu Akande, has thrown his weight behind the choice of the coordinator of Oodua Peoples Congress, Gani Adams, as the next Are Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland. According to Akande, the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, chose a successor to the late Moshood [] 


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Sat, 21 Oct 2017
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday reiterated his administrations commitment to the creation of an enabling environment and making Nigeria an attractive place for business and investment. Buhari made the pledge, in his statement, at the ninth summit of the D-8 Organisation for Economic Cooperation in Istanbul, Turkey. He said it was his [] 

Sat, 21 Oct 2017
Oladimeji Ramon Justice Ibrahim Buba of the Federal High Court in Lagos on Friday withdrew himself from a case concerning the leadership tussle in the Ogun State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party. The judge, who announced his withdrawal from the suit marked FHC/L/CS/1556/17 in the open court, said his decision was based on a [] 


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Sat, 21 Oct 2017
Leke Baiyewu, Abuja The lawmaker representing Kaduna Central Senatorial District, Senator Shehu Sani, has urged the Federal Government not to limit the names of treasury looters being compiled for publication to members of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party. Sani, who spoke figuratively in a Facebook post on Friday, said the list should include members of [] 

Sat, 21 Oct 2017
Friday Olokor, Chukwudi Akasike, Success Nwogu, Gbenro Adeoye and Jesusegun Alagbe Some youth groups across the country have vowed to protest against the Federal Governments plan to get fresh $5.5bn loan, thus adding to Nigerias N19.2tn debt profile. The groups described the countrys increasing debt profile as worrisome and capable of mortgaging their future and [] 


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Sat, 21 Oct 2017
Kunle Falayi Bishop David Oyedepo of the Living Faith Church Worldwide, otherwise known as Winners Chapel, on Friday chronicled his escape from a recent incident that could have led to a crash of the plane that he was travelling in. Saturday PUNCH learnt that Oyedepo was travelling from Cyprus to Israel in company with his [] 

Sat, 21 Oct 2017
John Ameh, Abuja The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Yakubu Dogara, on Friday canvassed an education system in the country that would build talents as against preparing graduates solely for the purpose of employment. He explained that the survival of Nigeria and its future would depend on its reservoir of talents. The Speaker [] 


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Sat, 21 Oct 2017
Gbenro Adeoye Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, on Friday unveiled plans by the state government to establish a designated commercial courthouse with the objective of ensuring speedy resolution of disputes, driving of commerce and enhancing the ease of doing business in the state. A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Habib [] 

Sat, 21 Oct 2017
Eric Dumo and Peter Dada The Ondo State Governor, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu, has disclosed that his administration is already working on building a cancer treatment centre in the state as part of its efforts to tackle the disease. He said the medical committee in his administration had recommended the project and it would be carried [] 


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Sat, 21 Oct 2017
Jesusegun Alagbe with agency report Boko Haram ambushed a military convoy in Damboa, Borno State, on Thursday, killing at least three soldiers. The attack would be the second against the military within a week as last Friday, one soldier was killed while nine others were injured when the terrorists overran a military base in Marte, [] 

Sat, 21 Oct 2017
Jesusegun Alagbe The Vice Chairman, Africa Scout Foundation, Olori omoba Olusoga Sofolahan-Atibioke, has said obedience to constituted authority and the rule of law is the panacea to unity and peaceful coexistence in Nigeria. According to a statement, Sofolahan-Atibioke stated this on Friday in Lagos at a send-off for him as the outgoing Chief Commissioner of [] 


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Sat, 21 Oct 2017
Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja The President of the Nigerian Medical Association, Prof. Mike Ogirima, has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to take an immediate action on the report submitted to him by the Ministry of Health following an investigation of alleged fraud involving the suspended Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme, Prof. Usman Yusuf. The [] 

Sat, 21 Oct 2017
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, on Friday said Nigerians did not protest when the present administration increased the pump price of petrol to N145 per litre because of the trust they had in President Muhammadu Buhari. Adesina stated this via his Twitter handle, @femadesina, [] 


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Sat, 21 Oct 2017
Olufemi Atoyebi, Ibadan Members of the academic and nonacademic staff unions of the six tertiary institutions owned by the Oyo State government have threatened to go on indefinite strike if the state government fails to pay their outstanding 15 months salaries within the next 14 days. The position was contained in a communiqu released at [] 

Sat, 21 Oct 2017
Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja The Court of Appeal, Kebbi Division, has sentenced a former Kebbi State Accountant-General, Mohammed Dakingari, to seventy years in prison for N1.6bn fraud. He was sentenced to seven years imprisonment on each of the ten counts preferred against him. The appellate court upturned the judgment of a Kebbi State High Court which [] 


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Sat, 21 Oct 2017
Samuel Awoyinfa, Abeokuta Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, debunked rumours making the rounds that operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission raided his Lagos home and found funds in different currencies stashed in vaults. He also attempted to dispel rumours that a youth corps member, who was said to be his mistress, had [] 

Sat, 21 Oct 2017
Olaleye Aluko, Abuja The Nigerian Air Force has deployed two attack helicopters in the ongoing military exercise, Operation Crocodile Smile II, in the South-West and South-South regions. Our correspondent learnt that the aircraft, Agusta LUH and EC135 helicopters, would be joined later on with the Alpha Jets and the Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance platforms. This [] 


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Sat, 21 Oct 2017
Simon Utebor, Yenagoa A veteran journalist, Mr. Folu Olamiti, and 26 other eminent Nigerians have been inducted into the Knighthood of the Anglican Communion at St. Peters Deanery in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State capital. Olamiti, a former Editor-in-Chief of The Nigerian Tribune and 18 other men were inducted into the order of Knight of Saint Christopher [] 

Sat, 21 Oct 2017
Barcelonas Argentine legend Lionel Messi entered the highly-charged drive by Catalonia for independence on Friday when he posted a video on social media of his child singing in Catalan The clip on Instagram shows Messis two-year-old son Mateo singing a nursery rhyme in the regional language. Among the flood of comments triggered by the post [] 


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Sat, 21 Oct 2017
Former United States intelligence communitys top expert on Nigeria,Mr Mathew Page, has said that the U.S. and the United Kingdom are the biggest recipients of funds looted from Nigeria. Page, a senior policymaker at the White House, State Department, Defense Department for more than a decade, stated this on Friday in Abuja at a roundtable [] 

Sat, 21 Oct 2017
Olusola Fabiyi, Abuja A Federal High Court, sitting in Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State, has restrained the Peoples Democratic Party from barring the Chief Makanjuola Ogundipe-led South-West Zonal Executive Committee and the zone's delegates from the December 9 National Convention of the party. It also barred the party, its officers, and organs from allowing the Eddy Olafeso-led [] 


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Sat, 21 Oct 2017
A statue of South African President, Jacob Zuma, unveiled by the Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, last Saturday has continued to generate severe backlash, with political analysts and social commentators describing the governor's action as a misadventure, writes JESUSEGUN ALAGBE The whole country, particularly the citizens of Imo State, woke up last Saturday to discover [] 

Sat, 21 Oct 2017
Simon Utebor, Yenagoa Shell Petroleum Development Company has said that its economic contribution to the Nigerian government in four years is $29bn. The company's General Manager, External Relations, Mr. Igo Weli, made this known in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital, during the 2017 Swamp West Hub Integrated Stakeholders Engagement Forum for Tarakiri/Egbema/Oporoma Community Leadership. Weli [] 


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Sat, 21 Oct 2017
Stanley Opara with agency report Nigeria plans to spend N15bn ($42m) next year to explore for solid minerals and attract investors into mining and reduce its dependence on oil, the Minister of Solid Minerals Development, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has said. 'Because we are starting from a low base, we want to have a portfolio of [] 

Sat, 21 Oct 2017
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi A former Director-General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, Dr. Harold Demuren, has said that despite the challenges facing the nation's aviation sector, it will not be left out of the global industry growth prospect. Demuren, in an interview with journalists in Lagos, said the future of aviation in the country was bright [] 


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Sat, 21 Oct 2017
Stanley Opara Evans Medical Plc, on Friday, informed its shareholders and other stakeholders as well as the Nigerian Stock Exchange of the move by Skye Bank Plc and First Bank of Nigeria Limited to take over the company. This was contained in a letter filled with the NSE. Both banks were said to have served [] 

Sat, 21 Oct 2017
Kunle Falayi A man identified as Oluseyi Adekunle, jumped into the Lagos lagoon from the Lekki-Ikoyi bridge on Friday morning, prompting hours of search and rescue. Saturday PUNCH learnt that as of 6pm, the search for the victims body had not yielded any result. It was learnt that officials of the Lekki Concession Company spotted [] 


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Sat, 21 Oct 2017
Ogbonnaya Ikokwu, Umuahia Traders at a fabric warehouse on Ehi Road in Aba, the commercial nerve of Abia State, said they lost over N1m to yet to be undefined gunmen who attacked the warehouse. It was gathered that the gunmen, who were over six in number, reportedly robbed their victims, while they were making payment [] 

Sat, 21 Oct 2017
Gibson Achonu and Chidiebube Okeoma, Owerri The speaker of Imo state House of Assembly, Acho Ihim, on Thursday said that it was simply madness for anybody to call for Governor Rochas Okorochas head for erecting the statue of the President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma in Owerri, the state capital. Ihim, who briefed newsmen in [] 


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Sat, 21 Oct 2017
Mudiaga Affe, Calabar Controller of the Nigerian Prison Service in Cross River State, Mr. Imaikop Ndaekong, has disclosed that a total of 854 inmates are awaiting trials in the different prisons in six locations in the state. Ndaekong, who disclosed this in Calabar when he led a delegation on courtesy visit to Governor Ben Ayade, [] 

Sat, 21 Oct 2017
Chukwudi Akasike, Port Harcourt The Ijaw Youth Council has faulted the presence of the military in Niger Delta and insisted that there was no basis for deploying soldiers in the region. IYC President, Mr. Eric Omare, lamented that the deployment of the military in the region would only bring sorrow to the people, adding that [] 


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Sat, 21 Oct 2017
Kunle Falayi An inmate of the Kuje Prison, Ifeanyi Ezenwa, who allegedly operates a fake bank alert fraud in jail, has been accused of defrauding an orthopaedic medical store of two wheel chairs and N50,000. The police said he also scammed Elizade Motors into handing over a vehicle, which his accomplice, 43-year-old Dalhatu Yahaya, sold [] 

Sat, 21 Oct 2017
Chukwudi Akasike, Port Harcourt Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, said the Federal Governments clampdown on judges was aimed at weakening the judicial system to prepare the ground for its politicisation. Wike said that the systematic intimidation of the judiciary by the Federal Government had nothing to do with its fight against judicial corruption. Speaking [] 


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Sat, 21 Oct 2017
Ted Odogwu, Kano A 50-year-old resident of Funtua, Katsina State, Abdullahi Sani, has been arraigned before a Katsina Senior Magistrates Court, over allegations of raping a three-year-old girl to death. The victim is the daughter of his neighbour. The suspect, a father of seven, allegedly committed the crime on October 12, 2017. He was charged [] 

Sat, 21 Oct 2017
Ihuoma Chiedozie, Enugu A former pastor of the Christian Charismatic Ministries, Rev. Joseph Ndolo, has told an Enugu Magistrates Court that the General Overseer of the church, Sabinus Onuigbo, forged his signature in a document forwarded to the Corporate Affairs Commission to change the trustees of the Ministry. The General Overseer, Onuigbo, is facing trial [] 


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Sat, 21 Oct 2017
Angel George As part of activities to mark the end of their service year, corps members in the ICPC Community Development Service group, Mowe, Ogun State, have donated 50 pieces of school uniforms, 100 exercise books, 10 packs of pens and six dozens of white socks to the pupils of Ibafo Community High School, Ibafo, [] 

Sat, 21 Oct 2017
Kunle Falayi A team of medical personnel from the US Virgin Islands has visited Nigeria for a two-day programme in which customers of Ikeja Electric enjoyed free medical treatments. In the medical outreach, which targeted diabetes, malaria, and typhoid among other illnesses, about 250 customers in Oshodi and Akowonjo business areas enjoyed consultation, tests and [] 


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Sat, 21 Oct 2017
The Ugandan police are in search of a man, Molly Ekwang who was allegedto havekilled his 59-year-old mother over food on Wednesday night. The police spokesperson, Mr David Ongom Mudong, confirmed to Daily Monitor in a phone interview that the 20-year-old suspect killed his mother, Molly Ekwang, on Wednesday at around 8 pm. Police said [] 

Sat, 21 Oct 2017
Nonye Ben-Nwankwo and Ademola Olonilua Ace Nigerian actor, Zack Orji, has lent his voice to the recent drug related deaths of young artistes in the entertainment industry and blamed poor parenting for the ugly trend. He said, I would say the problem of drugs in the entertainment industry especially with young musicians is a problem [] 


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Sat, 21 Oct 2017
Nonye Ben-Nwankwo and Ademola Olonilua Granted Tagbo Umeike and pop singer, Davido, were very close friends when he (Tagbo) was alive, and even spent his last moments on earth with the singer, the pop artiste allegedly, could not attend the burial ceremony of the young man on Friday. Tagbo, who allegedly died of alcohol, was [] 

Sat, 21 Oct 2017
Nonye Ben-Nwankwo and Ademola Olonilua Even though she is not doing commercial music, soul singer, Aramide, is not doing badly in her chosen genre as she has been picking awards here and there. Even as commercial music is trending and artistes are making more money singing such hip songs, the pretty artiste said she is [] 


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Sat, 21 Oct 2017
Nonye Ben-Nwankwo and Ademola Olonilua For actress Adekemi Taofeek, if given the chance to alter her physique, she would not hesitate to do so and top on her list is to have a bigger bum, probably as big as her senior colleagues, Biodun Okeowo, popularly known as Omo Butty. She told Saturday Beats, I wish [] 

Sat, 21 Oct 2017
Idris Adesina Former Nigeria goalkeepers Joe Erico, Ike Shorunmu and Joseph Dosu have said the return to training of former Super Eagles captain, Vincent Enyeama, is not a threat to the Russia 2018 World Cup chances of Ikechukwu Ezenwa and Daniel Akpeyi, who played in the Eagles qualifiers. Nigeria qualified for footballs showpiece event with [] 


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Sat, 21 Oct 2017
Idris Adesina Nigerias Aruna Quadri, along with his Egyptian rival Omar Assar, on Friday progressed from the group stage of the 2017 ITTF World Cup in Belgium. Despite losing one match in their groups, Quadri and Assar booked their places in the main draw of the competition, where they will meet seeded opponents. The duo [] 

Sat, 21 Oct 2017
Manager Antonio Conte believes Chelsea are working 70 per cent less this year due to their tough schedule, Skysports reports. Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte says his players are operating at 70% less this season because of their heavy playing schedule. The defending champions struggled in their last two Premier League games, losing to Crystal [] 


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Sat, 21 Oct 2017
Idris Adesina Over N4m in prizes will be won at the first Katsina Golden star National Badminton Championship in Katsina State from November 8 to 11 and the National Badminton Championship in Lagos from November 15 to 18. According to the president of the Badminton Federation of Nigeria, Francis Orbih, the two competitions will feature [] 

Sat, 21 Oct 2017
Idris Adesina The 2017 Federation Cup Most Valuable Player, Ojo Olorunleke, has said Akwa Uniteds success on the continent is the target for him after winning the competition on Sunday. Akwa became the champions of the competition, which is currently known as Aiteo Cup, after beating Niger Tornadoes 3-2 on penalties at the Agege Stadium. [] 


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