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NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE PUNCH NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [26 OCTOBER, 2017].


Below are the headlines found on The Punch Online Newspaper for today, Thursday, 25 October, 2017.

Thu, 26 Oct 2017
Ex-presidents loyalists reinstated Maina Presidency Malami, Dambazau, others dont work for me Jonathan John Alechenu, Olusola Fabiyi, Olalekan Adetayo, Eniola Akinkuotu, Friday Olokor, Godwin Isenyo,and Ovie Okpare President Muhammadu Buharis aides on Wednesday engaged loyalists of former President Goodluck Jonathan in fierce war of words over who was responsible for the reinstatement of [] 


Thu, 26 Oct 2017
Kamarudeen Ogundele and Samson Folarin The Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, escaped death by a whisker on Tuesday after fire consumed his Mercedes-Benz G-Class on the Oshodi-Apapa Expressway, Lagos State. The PUNCH learnt that the vehicle had just had a lone accident when the governor fled it and escaped into another car which was [] 


Thu, 26 Oct 2017
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The Federal High Court in Abuja on Wednesday gave the court bailiff five days to serve former President Goodluck Jonathan with the witness summon, compelling him to appear in court with respect to the trial of a former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Olisa Metuh. The court also ordered [] 

Thu, 26 Oct 2017
Samson Folarin The Zone 2 Police Command, Onikan, Lagos State, has arrested four hoodlums for robbing and shooting a police corporal attached to the Meiran Police Station, Lagos. The suspects Segun Sunday, aka Baba Ife; Rasaki Owolabi, aka Anjongolo; Kazeem Oladipupo, aka Ire; and Adekunle Ibrahim, aka Oshodi were alleged to have attacked [] 

Thu, 26 Oct 2017
Everest Amaefule, Olalekan Adetayo, Leke Baiyewu and Adelani Adepegba Lawmaker representing the Bauchi Central Senatorial District, Isa Misau, on Wednesday open a can of worms on the crisis between him and the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, saying the IG gave two Sports Utility Vehicles to the wife of the President, Aisha Buhari. Misau [] 

Thu, 26 Oct 2017
Olaleye Aluko, Abuja The Nigerian Air Force said on Wednesday that it believed that Mallama Fitdasi, the wife of Boko Haram terrorists leader, Abubakar Shekau, had been killed in air strikes on a hideout in Durwawa area in the Konduga Local Government Area of Borno State. The air force deployed Russian attack helicopters, Mi-17 and [] 

Thu, 26 Oct 2017
Godwin Isenyo, Kaduna Hell was let loose in Kaduna on Wednesday as thugs and supporters of a former governor of Jigawa State and Peoples Democratic Partys presidential aspirant in the 2019 election, Sule Lamido, clashed. No death was recorded but scores of people were said to have sustained varying degrees of injury. One of Lamidos [] 

Thu, 26 Oct 2017
Alexander Okere, Benin The Edo State Police Public Relations Officer, Moses Nkombe, has barred The PUNCH newspaper from the state command. Nkombe warned our Edo State correspondent never to step on the premises of state police headquarters for stories except by invitation. The Deputy Superintendent of Police told our correspondent this shortly after a press [] 

Thu, 26 Oct 2017
Oyetunji Abioye Emir of Kano and a former Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, Lamido Sanusi, on Wednesday said there was a need for immediate dialogue on the clamoured restructuring of the country, saying we cannot continue to live in denial of the need for restructuring. According to Sanusi, a situation where between 80 and [] 

Thu, 26 Oct 2017
Afeez Hanafi The management of LAGBUS Asset Management Limited has distanced itself from a bus that was robbed by some hoodlums in the toll gate end of Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway penultimate Sunday. It said the bus belonged to the National Union of Road Transport Workers and had once operated under the defunct Bus Rapid Transit scheme [] 

Thu, 26 Oct 2017
Samuel Awoyinfa, Abeokuta The Vice-Chairman of the Association of Pensioners in Ogun, Onibajo Ashiru, has called on the Federal Government to speed up the process of payment of arrears of pensions owed them. He made call after the screening of pensioners in the state. Verification of pensioners was conducted in the state between Monday, October [] 

Thu, 26 Oct 2017
Kayode Idowu, Maiduguri The military has said that some islands within the Lake Chad Basin are still held by the Boko Haram sect. The Commanding Officer of the Multinational Joint Task Force Brigade in Baga, Brigadier Oluyinka Soyele, said this on Wednesday when the Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, paid a visit to his command. [] 

Thu, 26 Oct 2017
Olaleye Aluko, Abuja The National Universities Commission has said that limited spaces for admission into Nigerian universities can only accommodate about 30 per cent of the 1.7 million candidates who wrote the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination in 2017. The NUC Executive Secretary, Prof. Abubakar Rasheed, said this in Abuja while appearing before the Senate Committee [] 

Thu, 26 Oct 2017
Leke Baiyewu, Abuja Members of the Senate have donated 1,280 bags of rice as of Wednesday to Kogi State Governments workers whose salaries have not been paid for some months now. This was made know by the senator representing Kogi West Senatorial District, Dino Melaye, at a press briefing on Wednesday. Melaye said he was [] 

Thu, 26 Oct 2017
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja An investigator with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mr. Abubakar Madaki, said his investigative team found in the account of a former Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Badeh (retd.), the sum of $900,000 allegedly diverted from the Nigerian Air Forces account within a period of about a year. The [] 

Thu, 26 Oct 2017
Alexander Okere, Benin The Edo State Police Command on Wednesday said that it had arrested seven persons in connection with the murder of a lecturer at the University of Benin, Prof. Paul Otasowie. Otasowie, a senior lecturer in the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, was on October 4 killed by gunmen in Ekehuan, Oredo [] 

Thu, 26 Oct 2017
Kayode Idowu, Damaturu Suspected Boko Haram members took soldiers by a surprise in a village near Damaturu, Yobe State capital, killing eight soldiers. According to a military source, the insurgents attacked Sassawa, a village in Damaturu Local Government Area of Yobe State at about 6pm on Tuesday, killing the soldiers. He said the insurgents came [] 

Thu, 26 Oct 2017
John Ameh, Abuja The House of Representatives and the Nigeria Employers Consultative Association on Wednesday disagreed over the powers of the National Assembly to probe the activities of private companies operating in the country. NECA is contesting that the legislative duty of the National Assembly under Sections 88 and 89 of the 1999 Constitution to [] 

Thu, 26 Oct 2017
Enyioha Opara, Minna The Governor of Niger State, Abubakar Bello, on Wednesday declared that there were no plans by his administration to sack primary school teachers in the state employment. Bello gave this assurance after inspecting the newly established Niger State Professional Teachers Development Institute at Maraban Dandaudu, in the Muyan Local Government Area of [] 

Thu, 26 Oct 2017
Sesan Olufowobi The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa, on Wednesday urged privileged people to create avenues for youths to exhibit their talents. The Speaker in a statement said he had decided to use the tool of football to engage youths, hoping that future champions would be discovered from participants. The [] 

Thu, 26 Oct 2017
A Turkish court late Wednesday ordered the release of eight human rights activists including Amnesty Internationals director of Turkey Idil Eser, an AFP correspondent at the court said. A total of 11 activists including a German and a Swedish national as well as Amnestys Eser went on trial in Istanbul on contested terror charges, seen [] 

Thu, 26 Oct 2017
A top US poker player lost his high-stakes court battle at Londons Supreme Court on Wednesday, with judges ruling Phil Iveys tactic to win 7.7 million amounted to cheating. The 40-year-old professional gambler made his winnings at the Crockfords Club in London five years ago, playing Punto Banco over two days, but the casino withheld [] 

Thu, 26 Oct 2017
Ihuoma Chiedozie, Enugu The Enugu State Independent Electoral Commission has reversed the disqualification of some All Progressives Congress' candidates who were barred from participating in the November 4, 2017 local council elections over issues bordering on tax payment. This emerged on Tuesday at a meeting between the management of ENSIEC and leaders of the APC [] 

Thu, 26 Oct 2017
Punch Editorial Board A desperate campaign is on to obfuscate the key issues in the memo from the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu, to President Muhammadu Buhari, detailing what he considered as due process breaches in the way the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation is being run. At work are some elements in [] 

Thu, 26 Oct 2017
Olufemi Atoyebi, Ibadan Justice (Mrs.) J. O. Abdulmalik of the Federal High Court sitting in Ibadan on Wednesday refused to grant bail to defendants in the N8bn mutilated currency fraud case involving staff members of the Central Bank of Nigeria and some commercial banks. When the case came up for ruling on bail application, the [] 

Thu, 26 Oct 2017
Anna Okon The Civil Society Network Against Corruption has warned the Federal Government and the Nigerian Ports Authority against signing any new contract agreement with Dredging International (Cyprus), a firm indicted in a $20m bribery case in Switzerland. It was alleged that the firm bribed some ex-officials of the NPA. The Managing Director, NPA, Hadiza [] 

Thu, 26 Oct 2017
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja Kainji and Jebba hydro power plants are cutting down on the quantum of power they generate by about 320 megawatts and 96.4MW, respectively, as a result of rejection of electricity load by distributors. According to Mainstream Energy Solutions Limited, the private firm that took over the plants when they were privatised in [] 

Thu, 26 Oct 2017
Anna Okon Punch Nigeria Limited, the Dangote Group, Chivita, MTN Nigeria, First Bank of Nigeria Limited, Zenith Bank Plc, Glo and Nestle Nigeria Plc have been listed among the top 50 brands in the 2017 edition of the Top 50 Brands Nigeria Awards. According to a report, which was unveiled during the awards on Tuesday, [] 

Thu, 26 Oct 2017
Everest Amaefule, Abuja The Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, on Wednesday, stated that the Federal Government would apply the sum of $3bn in refinancing the legacy debts of the immediate past administration. The outlay is part of the $5.5bn foreign loan being sourced from the international financial markets, according to the minister. Adeosun, who [] 

Thu, 26 Oct 2017
Anna Okon The Director General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency Dr. Dakuku Peterside, said that due to prohibitive Customs duties in Nigeria was one of the factors that led to the collapse of the local shipping industry. Peterside who was represented by the Executive Director, Operations, NIMASA, Rotimi Fashaki, stated this at the 6th [] 

Thu, 26 Oct 2017
Femi Asu Lagos, Osun and Kaduna state governments as well as the Federal Capital Territory Administration have pledged to provide all transaction data required to identify tax defaulters to the Voluntary Assets and Income Declaration Scheme office. The VAIDS office said on Wednesday that the data would be provided at the expiry of the first [] 

Thu, 26 Oct 2017
Leke Baiyewu, Abuja Members of the Senate on Wednesday took turns to condemn the size of the Federal Government's bureaucracy, saying the Ministries, Departments and Agencies were overstaffed. Some of them specifically called for the scrapping of some of the MDAs, which they described as drainpipe on Nigeria's economy. The reactions came when the Senate, [] 

Thu, 26 Oct 2017
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation on Wednesday announced an increase of 1.97 per cent in the country's gas flare rate. According to the national oil firm, in its latest monthly financial and operations report for August 2017, the country's gas flare rate increased from 10.03 per cent in July to 12 per [] 

Thu, 26 Oct 2017
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja Local content compliance in Nigeria's oil and gas sector increased from five per cent in 2015 to about 40 per cent so far this year, the Federal Government announced on Wednesday. This is coming as the United States of America has pledged to support Nigeria with newer technologies in oil and gas [] 

Thu, 26 Oct 2017
Stanley Opara The Chairman, Oando Plc and Alake of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo, has alleged bias and lack of adherence to due process in the way and manner in which the Securities and Exchange Commission has conducted its investigation of the allegations levelled against the company. Oba Gbadebo communicated his reservation in a letter sent [] 

Thu, 26 Oct 2017
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The Board of AshakaCem on Monday approved the exchange of shares held by its minority shareholders for shares in Lafarge Africa, the majority shareholder. AshakaCem's board gave the approval at an Extraordinary General Meeting held in Abuja. Based on the approval, minority shareholders will receive 57 Lafarge Africa shares for every 202 [] 

Thu, 26 Oct 2017
Ozioma Ubabukoh Microsoft on Wednesday informed its employees in Nigeria that it was enhancing its family leave benefits to ensure that they had adequate time to care for the people who matter most in their lives. The company stated that it had increased maternity leave to 20 weeks paid at 100 per cent and paternity/parental [] 

Thu, 26 Oct 2017
Femi Asu While Nigeria has continued to grapple with challenges in the downstream sector of its oil and gas industry after several decades of oil production, its West African counterpart, Ghana, is gearing up to become a petroleum hub. Ghana began crude oil production in 2010, more than 50 years after Nigeria started commercial production [] 

Thu, 26 Oct 2017
Oyetunji Abioye Consumers are often warned not to waste money for good and obvious reasons ' you will have less of it. But it can't hurt to occasionally remind yourself that banking or financial errors can also cost you peace of mind and even your freedom. In fact, when it comes to banking mistakes that [] 

Thu, 26 Oct 2017
Jennifer Abraham One of the complaints in a contemporary industry in Nigeria is the dearth of skilled manpower. This has been linked to the nagging unemployment challenge and a reason the problem may linger. When we check the history of human development, we realise that artisans existed before the intellectuals came. Houses were already getting [] 

Thu, 26 Oct 2017
Anna Okon The President, Nigerian-Brazilian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Mr. Emmanuel Ibru, has attributed the constant gridlock along Apapa access roads to low capacity. He said this during the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry Agricultural and Allied Group symposium in Lagos. Ibru, who presented a paper titled, 'Repositioning Agriculture and Its value Chain: [] 

Thu, 26 Oct 2017
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The Abuja Electricity Distribution Company has entered into a partnership with the judiciary in a bid to tackle electricity theft in its operational areas. The AEDC is the power distribution firm in charge of distributing electricity in Abuja, Nasarawa, Niger and Kogi states. This is coming as the firm also called on [] 

Thu, 26 Oct 2017
With mushroom cultivation new to Nigeria, many entrepreneurs want to start small with a pilot project before investing substantial capital. This makes sense and is entirely possible. Every week I get enquiries from people wanting to start mushroom farming, but on a limited scale. 'How can this be done without a large investment'' they ask. [] 

Bayelsa, firm sign MoU on 60,000bpd refinery
Thu, 26 Oct 2017
Femi Asu The Bayelsa State Government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Rehoboth Natural Resources Development Limited for the establishment of a modular refinery in the state. The refinery is expected to come on stream in 2020 with a capacity of 60,000 barrels per day. The Chief Executive Office, Rehoboth Natural Resources Development Limited, [] 

CBN deputy governor, eight bank CEOs for CIBN awards
Thu, 26 Oct 2017
The Central Bank of Nigeria Deputy Governor, Dr. Joseph Nnanna ; the Chief Executive Officer of Fidelity Bank Plc, Mr. Nnamdi Okonkwo; and over 50 CEOs, executive directors, top management staff members of banks as well as academics will be conferred with the Fellowship and Honorary Senior Membership of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of [] 

Nigeria needs to attract foreign investors 'EU
Thu, 26 Oct 2017
The Ambassador and Head, European Union Delegation to Nigeria and West Africa, Ketil Karlsen, has advised policymakers to consider wooing more foreign investors into the country with friendly investment incentives. Karlsen said stable and predictable political system, transparent policies, robust judicial system, strong institutions and a system that is averse to corruption were some of [] 

Propetrol unveils new station, eyes northern market
Thu, 26 Oct 2017
Femi Asu Propetrol Limited, an emerging downstream player, has announced the opening of a new service station in Port Harcourt, Rivers State. The company said in a statement that the number of Propel Service stations in Port Harcourt had increased to four, with 19 across its retail network in Lagos, Ondo, Cross River and Edo [] 

OPTS to mark 55th anniversary with Osinbajo, others
Thu, 26 Oct 2017
Femi Asu The Oil Producers Trade Section, the oldest and foremost sectorial group for operators in the upstream oil and gas industry in Nigeria, is organising a business event to mark its 55th anniversary. The OPTS said in a statement that the event, which would have the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, as the keynote [] 

Havenshill Synergy inaugurates solar mini-grid in Abuja
Thu, 26 Oct 2017
Femi Asu Havenshill Synergy Limited said it had, in conjunction with United States African Development Foundation and Power Africa, inaugurated a solar mini-grid in the Abuja suburb. The renewable energy service firm said it deployed a 20kW solar mini-gird to provide constant power supply to the inhabitants of Kigbe, an off-grid community at the Kwali [] 
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