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NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE PUNCH NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [18 OCTOBER, 2017].


Below are the headlines found on The Punch Online Newspaper for today, Wednesday, 18 October, 2017.


Wed, 18 Oct 2017
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday lamented that despite the various interventions by the Federal Government, there were still complaints and agitations by workers over unpaid salaries and allowances by state governments. He wondered how the unpaid workers had been managing to meet their needs. READ ALSO:Prison warder commits suicide after photos with [] 


Wed, 18 Oct 2017
Samuel Awoyinfa, Abeokuta A former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, has vowed never to return to the Peoples Democratic Party. He said he would rather remain a statesman, working for the interest of the nation. He made his position known to journalists after he held a meeting with the National Caretaker Chairman of the party, Senator [] 

Wed, 18 Oct 2017
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court in Abuja, on Tuesday, ordered Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe and two others, standing as sureties for the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, to explain the IPOB leaders whereabouts. Kanu, who was on bail granted him by the judge on April [] 


Wed, 18 Oct 2017
Olusola Fabiyi, Abuja A former President, Dr Goodluck Jonathan, has advised members of the Peoples Democratic Party no to make the mistake of making wrong choice of National Working Committee members at the December convention. Jonathan gave the advice when he received an aspirant for the party's national chairmanship position, Chief Raymond Dokpesi, at his [] 

Wed, 18 Oct 2017
Gbenga Adeniji and Bayo Akinloye The new Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland, Chief Gani Adams, on Tuesday, said he would use his new position to promote the Yoruba culture and fight the cause of the Yoruba race. Describing himself as a fighter, Adams, who is the National Coordinator of the Oodua Peoples Congress, added that [] 

Wed, 18 Oct 2017
Ihuoma Chiedozie, Enugu The leader of a pro-Biafran group, Biafra Zionists Federation, Benjamin Onwuka, has dismissed the agitation by the Nnamdi Kanu-led Indigenous People of Biafra as a waste of time. Speaking in Enugu on Tuesday, Onwuka said Biafra would not be actualised by IPOB. He said Biafra would be actualised once the United States [] 

Wed, 18 Oct 2017
Friday Olokor, Jos Youths in Plateau State on Tuesday called on President Muhammadu Buhari to intervene and save the state from the ongoing massacre being perpetrated by Fulani herdsmen. The pressure group under the aegis of Plateau Youth G-17 Peace and Progressive Forum, in an open letter to the President, said over 100 people had [] 

Wed, 18 Oct 2017
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja Senator Hamma Misau, who represents Bauchi Central Senatorial District in the Senate on Tuesday said he was ready to defend himself against the charges of making injurious falsehood against the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, and the Nigeria Police Force. Misau, through a statement signed by his lawyer, Godwin Obla (SAN), [] 

Wed, 18 Oct 2017
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja Detained immediate-past National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.), on Tuesday asked the Federal High Court in Abuja to suspend and adjourn indefinitely his trial on charges of illegal possession of firearms and money laundering. Arguing the application before Justice Ahmed Mohammed, Dasukis counsel, Mr. Ahmed Raji (SAN), asked the court to [] 

Wed, 18 Oct 2017
Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja The Federal Ministry of Health says Nigerians travelling outside the country for medical attention should be very careful due to the rising cases of illegal organ harvesting by some hospitals The warning was contained in a letter written by the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, and signed by the Director of [] 

Wed, 18 Oct 2017
Oladimeji Ramon The Federal High Court in Lagos has fixed October 23 to deliver judgment in the fundamental rights enforcement filed against the police by one Mr. Okwuchukwu Obiechina said to be the brother-in-law of alleged kidnap kingpin, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, alias Evans. Justice Mohammed Idris fixed the judgment date on Tuesday after entertaining arguments from [] 

Wed, 18 Oct 2017
Oladimeji Ramon A human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), has said the late Afrobeat maestro, Fela Anikulapo, remains his most interesting client. He recalled that Fela used to walk up to him to inform him ahead of his plans to violate the law, telling him to get ready to defend him in court. According [] 

Wed, 18 Oct 2017
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, on Tuesday reported the leadership of the umbrella body of herdsmen in Nigeria, the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, in his state to President Muhammadu Buhari. I came to brief Mr. President on the security situation in my state, about the threat by Miyetti Allah [] 

Wed, 18 Oct 2017
Femi Makinde, Osogbo The Ladoke Akintola University of Technology branch of the Academic Staff Union of Universities has suspended its strike. The ASUU Chairman in the university, Dr Biodun Olaniran, disclosed this in a telephone interview with our correspondent in Osogbo on Tuesday. He said, We have suspended the strike and lectures will resume on [] 

Wed, 18 Oct 2017
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday signed the bill establishing the University of Petroleum Resources, Effurun, Delta State, into law. According to a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the President, at the brief ceremony, pledged continued support for the socio-economic development of the Niger Delta region. [] 

Wed, 18 Oct 2017
Eniola Akinkuotu and Oluwatosin Omojuyigbe The acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, says fraudsters have been using his name to extort money from governors, ministers and national chairmen of leading political parties. Magu, therefore, warned political office holders to be circumspect lest they fall victim to conmen. The EFCC [] 

Wed, 18 Oct 2017
Oladimeji Ramon The Governor of Edo State, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has said he will start the construction of an industrial park at Ologbo in the Ikpoba-Okha Local Government Area of the state as part of activities marking his first year in office. Obaseki, according to a statement on Tuesday, said this during a thank-you tour [] 

Wed, 18 Oct 2017
Adelani Adepegba, Abuja A coalition of civil society group led by maverick artist, Charley Boy has demanded the prosecution of a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal and other senior officials investigated for corruption. The group, which held a sit-out at the Unity Fountain, Maitama, Abuja on Tuesday, frowned on President [] 

Wed, 18 Oct 2017
Olaide Oyelude, Katsina The 416 arms recovered from illegal owners in Katsina State were destroyed publicly on Tuesday. The exercise was aimed at mopping up illegal arms in the state and establishing a sustainable check to the proliferation of small arms and light weapons. The state Governor, Aminu Masari, who was represented at the commencement [] 

Wed, 18 Oct 2017
North Koreas deputy ambassador to the United Nations, Kim In-ryong, warned that nuclear war can break out at any moment, as the crisis on the Korean Peninsula has reached the touch-and-go point, USA Today reports. In-ryong told the UN General Assemblys Disarmament Committee on Monday that his country was the only nation that had been [] 

Wed, 18 Oct 2017
Oluwatosin Omojuyigbe A National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, on Tuesday, congratulated the National Coordinator of the Oodua Peoples Congress, Chief Gani Adams, on his appointment as the 15th Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland. Tinubu, a former governor of Lagos State, added that the post was well deserved. He also congratulated [] 

Wed, 18 Oct 2017
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja Justice Yusuf Halilu of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory in Jabi, Abuja, on Tuesday, dismissed an application by the Federal Government, seeking the return of the trial of the ex-Chairman of the House of Representatives Ad-hoc Committee on Fuel Subsidy, Mr. Farouk Lawan, to the former judge. Justice Halilu [] 

Wed, 18 Oct 2017
Peter Dada, Akure Parents on Tuesday stormed many public and private primary schools, as well as secondary schools in Ondo State to withdraw their children. Their actions were said to have been caused by the information that military men wanted to allegedly inject the pupils with poisonous vaccines. It was gathered that the military had [] 

Wed, 18 Oct 2017
South Africa President, Jacob Zuma, has reshuffled his cabinet, adjusting six portfolios including the Ministry of Energy, in a move analysts say is linked to a contentious nuclear energy deal with Russia, Al Jazeera reports. In a statement issued on Tuesday, the presidency said it had moved David Mahlobo, a former minister of state security [] 

Wed, 18 Oct 2017
Oladimeji Ramon The Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II; the Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Alfred Achebe; and the Amado of Ada-Ama, Twon-Brass, Serena Dokubo-Spiff, have called for the recognition of traditional rulers in the nations constitution. The three monarchs argued that in spite of civilisation, traditional institutions in the country remained relevant, stressing that the [] 

Wed, 18 Oct 2017
Sesan Olufowobi The Lagos State Government on Monday said both the federal and state governments, as well as stakeholders in transport sector had roles to play to end the spate of road accidents in the country. The Chief Executive Officer of the Lagos State Driver Institute (LASDRI), Philip Ogunlade, stated this at the inauguration of [] 

Wed, 18 Oct 2017
A Zimbabweancontroversial prophet, Phillip Mugadza, that prophesied that President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe will die today, October 17, 2017, has made adjustments to his statement. Mugadza made a declaration in January thatGod told him Mugabe would die on October 17, 2017. Accordingto Timeslive.co.za, the pastor reportedly sent out a voice note in which he suggested [] 

Wed, 18 Oct 2017
Punch Editorial Board In keeping with Nigerias colonial railway heritage, it is not surprising that the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has invoked a plan to revive rail transportation. The headline announcement is that the Federal Government would spend $16 billion in modernising rail and ports infrastructure across the country. The ministers intention appears justified [] 

Wed, 18 Oct 2017
Kamarudeen Ogundele, Ado Ekiti A governorship aspirant of the All Progressives Congress, Ajayi Olowo, has said the adoption of the Deputy Governor of Ekiti State, Prof. Kolapo Olusola, as the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, has foisted zoning on the APC. He advised the party to consider factors that would help it to [] 

Wed, 18 Oct 2017
Tony Okafor, Awka The Independent National Electoral Commission has said it will publish the register of voters for the November 18 governorship election in Anambra State on Wednesday (today) The Head of Department, Voter Education and Publicity, Mr. Leo Nkedife, disclosed this to our correspondent on Tuesday in Awka, Anambra State. He said the exercise [] 

Wed, 18 Oct 2017
Stanley Opara The Nigerian-equities market three-day gains were reversed at the close of trade on Tuesday as the Nigerian Stock exchange market capitalisation dropped by N103bn in one session. The NSE All-Share Index fell 82 basis points to close at 36,669.61 basis points implying a moderation in the year-to-date return to 36.4 per cent. [] 

Wed, 18 Oct 2017
John Ameh, Abuja Members of the House of Representatives on Tuesday at a plenary session complained that poverty was biting harder in the country and urged the Federal Government to tackle the problem headlong. They spoke as President Muhammadu Buhari wrote the House on his plan to present the 2018-2020 Medium-Term Expenditure Framework and Fiscal [] 

Wed, 18 Oct 2017
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation on Tuesday announced that it had stored over two billion litres of Premium Motor Spirit, also known as petrol, to ensure a hitch-free end-of-year movement of motorists. It said the end-of-year period had been hitherto characterised by scarcity of fuel due to supply and demand disequilibrium. Speaking [] 

Wed, 18 Oct 2017
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The National Bureau of Statistics has released the Consumer Price Index report, which measures inflation, with the rate dropping year-on-year from 16.01 per cent in August to 15.98 per cent in September. In the report released on Tuesday in Abuja, the bureau explained that the drop in the nation's inflation rate in [] 

Wed, 18 Oct 2017
Everest Amaefule, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari has urged accountants in the country to help the Federal Government in its resolve to route corruption out of the country. Buhari said this while declaring open the Annual Conference of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria in Abuja on Tuesday. The president who was represented at the [] 

Wed, 18 Oct 2017
John Ameh, Abuja The House of Representatives on Tuesday summoned the Ministry of Finance and the Federal Inland Revenue Service over alleged abuses in the disbursement of the controversial Export Expansion Grant. Also summoned was the Nigeria Export Promotion Council. Tobacco companies are alleged to be among major beneficiaries of the grant in violation of [] 

Wed, 18 Oct 2017
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi Aviation experts have said that the country needs $50bn (N15.3bn) to close infrastructure gap in the industry and position the industry as Sub-Saharan Africa hub in the next 30 years. The experts, who spoke on Tuesday at the Nigeria Travels Mart colloquium on 'Vision 2050: How to fast track Nigeria's aviation', said that [] 

Wed, 18 Oct 2017
Femi Asu If you stress about money, you may find comfort in the fact that you're not alone. Focusing your budget on what is truly important to you can help relieve your anxiety about money, according to money.usnews.com 'Stress doesn't exist in a vacuum ' it can permeate multiple aspects of our lives,' says Megan [] 

Wed, 18 Oct 2017
Faisal Jamarkani is the Managing Director, Aramex Nigeria. In this interview with Ozioma Ubabukoh, he spoke on manpower development, capacity creation, the firm's investments, among others. The percentage of Nigerian employees in foreign companies domiciled in the country is considered low when compared to citizens from where these companies originate. What could be responsible for [] 

Wed, 18 Oct 2017
Ozioma Ubabukoh Uber has announced the appointment of Lola Kassim as its new General Manager for West Africa. Most recently, Kassim worked as a management consultant with McKinsey and Company where she led teams providing strategic business advice and implementing organisational and operational improvements in the energy, public and financial services sectors in West and [] 

Wed, 18 Oct 2017
Ovie Okpare, Warri The Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority, Hadiza Bala-Usman, on Tuesday denied that there was political colouration to the current rift between the NPA and the management of the Intels Nigeria Limited. She accused Intels of deliberately failing to comply with the Federal Government's directive on Treasury Single Account on all revenues collected [] 

Wed, 18 Oct 2017
Rasheed Bisiriyu Over 1,000 companies bid for 17 categories of projects for the 2017 capital projects of the Nigerian Railway Corporation, the Managing Director of the NRC, Fidet Okhiria, said on Tuesday. He spoke through the Director of Operations, Mr. Niyi Ali, who represented him at the formal opening of bids for the projects in [] 

Wed, 18 Oct 2017
The Executive Chairman, Federal Inland Revenue Service, Mr. Tunde Fowler, has been elected as 1st Vice Chairman of United Nations Committee of Experts on International Cooperation in Tax Matters. This was disclosed in a statement signed by the Head of Communication and Servicom Department, FIRS, Wahab Gbadamosi. According to the statement, Mr. Eric Nil Yarboi [] 

Wed, 18 Oct 2017
Everest Amaefule, Abuja The Federal Government spent 15 per cent of its earnings on infrastructure as one of the measures to get the country out of recession, the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, said on Tuesday. Fashola said this at the Nigeria Mining Week in Abuja, adding that the government was [] 

Wed, 18 Oct 2017
Rasheed Bisiriyu Coscharis Motors, a subsidiary of Coscharis Group and distributors of Ford automobiles, has unveiled a vehicle assembly plant in Lagos worth over $15m (about N5bn) for the production of the brand. The President of the Coscharis Group, Mr. Cosmas Maduka, said at a press briefing shortly before the unveiling that the facility was [] 

Wed, 18 Oct 2017
The Lagos State Employment Trust Fund is partnering the United Nations Development Project and Arc Skills Nigeria in the area of skills acquisition, vocational training and capacity building for entrepreneurs, artisans, business leaders, graduates and non-graduates across major sectors of industry engagements. The Executive Secretary, LSETF, Mr. Akinwale Oyebode, said the partnership would create an [] 

Wed, 18 Oct 2017
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi Emirates says it is expanding its routes to Guangzhou, among other destinations in China, with its flagship A380 aircraft to boost trade between the country and others including Nigeria. The Emirates Regional Manager for West Africa Commercial Operations, Afzal Parambil, said the airline would play a huge role of bringing and taking passengers [] 

Wed, 18 Oct 2017
Akinpelu Dada, Beijing China has pledged increased investments in Nigeria and other nations of the world by its citizens and private business concerns as it vows to open up more to the outside world. This is a main agenda of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, which opens in Beijing today [] 

Wed, 18 Oct 2017
For many people, financial concerns are a regular source of anxiety, which is understandable given the uncertainties of today's economy. It's important to remember that worry doesn't solve much, but answering the question of how to overcome financial problems does. The monetary benefits of dealing with financial problems ' saving more, paying down expensive debt [] 
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