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NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE PUNCH NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [28 OCTOBER, 2017].


Below are the headlines found on The Punch Online Newspaper for today, Saturday, 28 October, 2017.

Sat, 28 Oct 2017
The Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ali (retd.), has said that the change agenda of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration has been derailed because it had not kept to its promises.
 
Ali said this at the unveiling of an ultra-modern Buhari Support Organisation office complex in Jabi, Abuja, on Friday.

The BSO is the umbrella body of all pro-Buhari support groups that articulated and coordinated the President’s 2015 presidential campaigns.

The customs boss said the challenge ahead of 2019 elections was bigger than that of 2015.

He said the event was designed to rekindle “what we started in 2015 and what we used as a vehicle to fight in the trenches, out of the trenches, along routes and in so many different terrains to see to the success of vision and mission.”

Ali recalled that in the pursuit of the vision, so many lost their jobs and businesses in a bid to bring the change required for a better Nigeria. He noted that some started the journey (with Buhari) in 2003, others in 2007, 2011 and others joined in 2015.

He, however, expressed regret that halfway through after capturing power, the core values of the change mantra are being lost.

The customs boss said, “Let me say here without fear of being contradicted that I think halfway through the journey, we are losing our core values. We are losing our vision and mission and I think that the idea of our being here today is to look critically at what we need to do to get back on track.

Sat, 28 Oct 2017
orders border officers to prevent ex-pension boss escape Adelani Adepegba, Abuja The Nigeria Immigration Service says it has directed its operatives at border formations and other command posts to look out for the former Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, Abdulrasheed Maina, and prevent his escape from the country. It said all [] 

Sat, 28 Oct 2017
Eric Dumo Two people have died in the Obokun Local Government Area of Osun State after allegedly eating a local delicacy popularly known as amala. The incident, which was said to have happened early on Friday, threw residents of the area into panic, leaving several questions on the lips of many. According to Amiloaded, a [] 

Sat, 28 Oct 2017
The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, has urged Nigerians not to relent in praying for the country to avert the ugly past of conflict. According to him, the economic potential of the country can only be fully explored by citizens in an atmosphere of peace. The cleric, who [] 

Sat, 28 Oct 2017
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The Federal High Court in Abuja on Friday awarded N40m to the founder of Lagos-based Chocolate City Group, Audu Maikori, as compensation for his unlawful arrest and detention between February 17 and 18, 2017 and again on March 10 and 13, 2017. Delivering judgment in the fundamental human rights enforcement suit filed [] 

Sat, 28 Oct 2017
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The Federal High Court in Abuja, on Friday, dismissed a suit seeking an order revoking the operating licence of a telecommunications company, MTN Nigeria Communications Limited, and another compelling it to pay to the Federal Government the total sum of N1.04tn imposed on it by the Nigerian Communications Commission as a fine [] 

Sat, 28 Oct 2017
Samuel Awoyinfa, Femi Makinde, Success Nwogu, Simon Utebor, Alexander Okere, Peter Dada, Hindi Livinus, Gibson Achonu, Clement Nnachi and Olaide Oyelude Chieftains of the All Progressives Congress in some states of the federation have asked President Muhammadu Buhari to sack the suspended Secretary to the Government of the Federation Babachir Lawal, the suspended Executive Secretary [] 


Sat, 28 Oct 2017
Olaleye Aluko, Abuja More than 36,500 internally displaced persons from Plateau, Benue, Adamawa and Kaduna states are rebuilding their houses allegedly razed by herdsmen, a report by the International Committee of the Red Cross has said. It was learnt that the ICRC provided support to the residents to rebuild the houses, which were lost to [] 

Sat, 28 Oct 2017
Tunde Ajaja The Managing Director, Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria, Mr. Ahmed Kuru, says the corporation has over 3,000 court cases at the instance of debtors, who are trying to restrain the corporation from foreclosing their assets. Kuru, in an interview with our correspondent during the week, lamented that instead of paying their debts, people [] 

Sat, 28 Oct 2017
Chukwudi Akasike and Gbenro Adeoye The Presidency has described the Senate and the Ministry of Health panels that investigated the suspended Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal, and the Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme, Prof. Usman Yusuf, as administrative and therefore, lacking the powers to indict the top government [] 

Sat, 28 Oct 2017
Samuel Awoyinfa, Abeokuta A former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, has allayed the fears of Nigerians who thought robots might soon take over their jobs, given how robots now perform certain jobs in some advanced countries. He noted that robotics education would not in any way escalate unemployment rate in Nigeria, rather, he argued that more [] 

Sat, 28 Oct 2017
Oladimeji Ramon The Lagos State High Court in Igbosere has fixed November 10, 2017, to rule on whether or not to quash the murder and illegal sales of firearms charges filed by the Lagos State Directorate of Public Prosecutions against alleged kidnap kingpin, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, alias Evans. Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo fixed the date on Friday [] 

Sat, 28 Oct 2017
Eric Dumo The Vice-President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, said that it was impossible for anyone to Islamise Nigeria, as claimed by Christian interests. Osinbajo, who was speaking in Lagos on Friday during the Greater Nigeria Pastors Conference convened by Apostle Wale Adefarasin and Rev. Abayomi Kasali, explained that the recent uproar over the countrys subscription to [] 

Sat, 28 Oct 2017
Samuel Awoyinfa, Abeokuta The Nigeria Customs Service, Ogun Area Command, said it had seized 1,401 bags of rice and three used cars within the last one week. The goods were reportedly smuggled into the country from the neighbouring Republic of Benin. The Controller of the Area Command, Sani Madugu, disclosed this on Friday at the [] 

Sat, 28 Oct 2017
Femi Makinde, Osogbo Some youth groups in Modakeke have called on the Osun State Governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola, and security agencies in the state to intervene in a fresh crisis brewing between residents of Ile Ife and Modakeke over allegations of land encroachment. Some Ife youths under the aegis of the Ife Youth Vanguard and [] 

Sat, 28 Oct 2017
Kunle Falayi with agency report A Nigerian man identified simply as John has made headlines for buying a Mercedes-Benz G-class for a South African man, whose wife he impregnated. According to a South African news website, Daily Live, John said his girlfriends husband immediately forgave him after receiving the gift. I know what I did [] 

Sat, 28 Oct 2017
Ted Odogwu, Kano The Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service Compliance Team on Thursday in Kano destroyed over 2,700 pieces of raw donkey hide, estimated at about N25m. The items were intercepted at the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport in the process of being exported out of the country. Head of the CGs Compliance Team, [] 

Sat, 28 Oct 2017
Adeniyi Olugbemi, Sokoto Around 22 political parties are expected to participate in Saturdays bye-election to occupy the vacant Kware/Wamakko Federal Constituency seat in Sokoto State. Resident Electoral Commissioner for the Independent National Electoral Commission in the state, Jibrin Zarewa, said this at a stakeholders meeting with party representatives in Sokoto, the state capital. He said [] 

Sat, 28 Oct 2017
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday met behind closed doors with six state governors at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. All those in attendance are state governors elected on the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress. All the governors are also from the northern part of the country. Those in attendance are Nasir [] 

Sat, 28 Oct 2017
A socio-political organisation, The Ibom Patriots, says its members have resolved to work for the re-election of Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel, in the 2019 governorship election. The group, led by its Chancellor, Obong Bassey Inuayen, said the group would complement the efforts of other groups working for Emmanuels re-election. A statement by the [] 

Sat, 28 Oct 2017
The Osun State House of Assembly has congratulated the Owa Obokun of Ijesaland, Oba Gabriel Aromolaran, on the celebration of his 80th birthday. A statement by the Chairman, House Committee on Information and Strategy, Olatunbosun Oyintiloye, said the record of achievements of the monarch deserved to be celebrated. The lawmakers described the monarch as an [] 

Sat, 28 Oct 2017
Sodiq Oyeleke The University of Lagos has appointed Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, a professor of botany, as its new vice-chancellor. He becomes the 12th vice-chancellor of the university and will succeed Prof. Rahamon Bello. Prof. Ogundipe is currently the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academics and Research, UNILAG. When contacted, the Public Relations Officer of the school, Toyin Adebule, confirmed [] 

Sat, 28 Oct 2017
Tunde Ajaja Globacom says it has pledged support for Small and Medium Enterprises at the ongoing Jos Trade Fair in its bid to encourage the economic advancement of Nigeria. In a statement on Friday, the trade fair with the theme, Sustaining the Promotion of Entrepreneurship through MSMEs for Economic Development, was conceptualised by the Plateau [] 

Sat, 28 Oct 2017
Jesusegun Alagbe A former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr. Tunde Lemo, and the Ogun State Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Chief Bimbo Ashiru, have been billed to discuss how we can get the country out of recession. The duo, among other speakers, will speak at a three-day conference in November themed, [] 

Sat, 28 Oct 2017
The Lagos State President, All Nigeria Confederation of Principals of Secondary Schools, Mr. Olatunde Isaac, has called on teachers to improve their passion for the profession. He said it was necessary for them to also improve on their efforts to impact on the lives of their pupils. According to him, teachers seeking fulfilment must take [] 

Sat, 28 Oct 2017
Mudiaga Affe, Calabar The Cross River State Police Command has paraded 72 suspects arrested for various offences committed in the state between July and October 2017. The state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Hafiz Inuwa, said his men also recovered 116 guns including two General Purpose Machine guns and 537 lives cartridges as well as money [] 

Sat, 28 Oct 2017
Ihuoma Chiedozie, Enugu About 20 political parties have signed a peace accord ahead of the November 4, 2017 local council elections in Enugu State. The Peace and Exemplary Conduct Bond was administered on representatives of the political parties by the Commissioner of Police, Enugu State, Mr. Mohammed Danmallam, at a stakeholders meeting which was also [] 

Sat, 28 Oct 2017
Simon Utebor, Yenagoa A policeman identified as Corporal David Napoleon has shot a teenager, Tomizibe Johnson, to death in Bayelsa State. The incident reportedly occurred at 10pm on Thursday at Kpansia area of Yenagoa metropolis. Napoleon, attached to the Department of Operations at the state Police Command, was said to have shot dead Johnson, a [] 

Sat, 28 Oct 2017
Chukwudi Akasike, Port Harcourt Some sacked oil workers, who were formerly with multinational company, Baker Hughes Nigeria Limited, took to the streets on earlier in the week to protest an alleged non-payment of the severance/redundancy packages since they were relieved of their jobs. The ex-oil workers, who were over 300, stood for about two hours [] 

Sat, 28 Oct 2017
Etim Ekpimah Physically-challenged persons numbering over 50 have disrupted activities at ExxonMobil, both in Eket and at the conglomerates tank farm in Ibeno, Akwa Ibom State. It was learnt that trouble started on Tuesday at 4pm when the physically-challenged persons barricaded the main gate of ExxonMobil, Qua Iboe Terminal, with their wheelchairs and crutches, demanding [] 

Sat, 28 Oct 2017
Chidiebube Okeoma,Owerri A visibly devastated woman, Mrs. Vivian Ogechi Nwanebu, whose twin daughters, Treasure and Favour, got missing on October 20, has cried out to the Imo state commissioner of police, Chris Ezike, to help her find the missing girls. Nwanebu, a midwife from Umuazalaukwu, Atta in Ikeduru local government of the state, said that [] 

Sat, 28 Oct 2017
Ovie Okpare, Warri The Delta State Police Command has confirmed the arrest of 24 persons for their involvement in cult related activities and unrest in various parts of the state. A statement issued by the State Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Andrew Aniamaka, indicated that the police crack team also arrested three suspected kidnappers for [] 

Sat, 28 Oct 2017
Alexander Okere, Benin The police in Edo State have arrested four persons suspected to have kidnapped the brother of the Minister of State for Health, Mr. Andy Ehanire. It was gathered that the suspects were arrested in Sapele and other communities in Delta State. The Commissioner of Police, Mr. Johnson Kokumo, confirmed the development to [] 

Sat, 28 Oct 2017
Mudiaga Affe, Calabar The Nigeria Medical Association in Cross River State has identified insurgency in the north-east and communal crisis in some parts of the country as factors hindering immunisation coverage in Nigeria. Vice Chairman of the state NMA, Dr. Agam Ayuk, said this in Calabar during the opening of the 2017 physicians week with [] 

Sat, 28 Oct 2017
Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja The Federal Government has confirmed six fresh cases of monkeypox including one in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory. The Minister of State for Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, made the announcement in his office in Abuja on Friday, according to a statement by the Director of Media, Mrs. Boade Akinola. Ehanire said apart [] 

Sat, 28 Oct 2017
Jesusegun Alagbe The Rector of the Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro, Ogun State, Mr. Olusegun Aluko, said that if graduates embraced technology, it would reduce unemployment among them. The rector also said it was high time tertiary institutions stopped producing graduates who were not trained to be marketplace-ready. Aluko said this was why the institution had partnered [] 

Sat, 28 Oct 2017
Ted Odogwu, Kano An alleged imposition of the Chairman of National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools in Kano has led to the formation and registration of a parallel association known as Independent Schools Proprietors Association, Kano. Briefing journalists on Friday while unveiling the new association in Kano, the state capital, ISPA Chairperson, Mrs. Fatima [] 

Sat, 28 Oct 2017
Ogbonnaya Ikokwu, Umuahia The President, Association of General Private Nursing Practitioners of Nigeria, Rev. Joseph Olawale has identified the patronage of quack nurses as one the causes of maternal and infants mortality in the country. He said abortion done by quacks, who do not have any formal training in nursing, could lead to post bleeding [] 

Sat, 28 Oct 2017
Umar Muhammed, Lafia The Nigeria military authorities on Friday urged youths across the country to always engage in meaningful ventures that would add value to their lives, warning that drugs and crime were destructive. In an interview with Saturday PUNCH in Lafia, Nasarawa State, Deputy Commandant of the National Defence College, Abuja, Major-Gen. Gabriel Ede-Ode, [] 

Sat, 28 Oct 2017
Sodiq Oyeleke The University of Lagos has appointed Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, a professor of Botany, as its new vice-chancellor. He becomes the 12th vice-chancellor of the university and will succeed Professor Rahamon Bello. Until his appointment, he was the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academics and Research, UNILAG. The Public Relations Officer of the school, Toyin Adebule, confirmed Ogundipesappointment. [] 

Sat, 28 Oct 2017
The United States published Friday a list of 39 firms with ties to Russias military and intelligence agencies whose clients and partners face sanctions under a new US law. The companies named include mainstays of Russias export industry such as the huge military arms and vehicle supplier Rosoboronexport and iconic firearms pioneer Kalashnikov. Appearing on [] 

Sat, 28 Oct 2017
Kamarudeen Ogundele, Ado Ekiti The Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has described the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government as one that is rotten and covered with scandalous corruption. The governor alleged that there was a grand plot to release another set of Chibok girls to shift the attention of Nigerians from the various scandals rocking [] 

Sat, 28 Oct 2017
Repeated denials, by top government officials, that trailed the reinstatement of a former chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, Abdulrasheed Maina, have been described by political observers as a sad commentary on President Muhammadu Buhari's anti-graft campaign, JESUSEGUN ALAGBE writes In the run-up to the 2015 presidential election, President Muhammadu Buhari was [] 

Sat, 28 Oct 2017
The Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service, Colonel Hameed Ali (retd.), has said the ruling All Progressives Congress has not fulfilled its promises after two years in government. Ali also said the party is gradually losing its core values, vision and mission, adding that more than fifty percent of the positions in the Buhari government [] 

Sat, 28 Oct 2017
Bayo Akinloye The British government has called on international businesses to invest in the long-term potential of the Nigerian market. The call was made on Friday by the United Kingdom International Development Secretary, Priti Patel, as she opened the London Stock Exchange just as she welcomed London's first African convertible bond at the LSE. In [] 

Sat, 28 Oct 2017
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo on Friday said the Federal Government had no choice but to depend on the private sector to build infrastructure and make the necessary progress in the economy. He said that in accordance with the targets of the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan, the government was open to stronger partnerships [] 

Sat, 28 Oct 2017
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi The National Assembly has revealed plans to resolve the issues surrounding the concession of the Murtala Muhammed Airport Terminal Two, Lagos by the Federal Government to Bi-Courtney Aviation Services Limited. A joint Senate and House of Representatives Committee on Aviation made the promise when they visited the MMA2 during a tour of the [] 

Sat, 28 Oct 2017
Kunle Falayi The Bank of Agriculture says Nigeria has saved over $600m (N216bn) from not relying on rice import from Thailand and other countries, after the nation's domestic mass production increased under the Anchor Borrowers' Programme. The Executive Director, Risk Management and Finance, Bank of Agriculture, Niyi Akenzua, disclosed this when he led a delegation [] 

Sat, 28 Oct 2017
Stanley Opara The MSCI has announced its decision to retain the MSCI Nigeria Indices in the MSCI Frontier Markets Indices. The market will be removed from the review list for potential reclassification to 'standalone' status. In a notice on Friday, the MSCI said it would also no longer apply the special treatment for the MSCI [] 
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