NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE PUNCH NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [6TH OCTOBER, 2017].


Below are the headlines found on The Punch Online Newspaper for today, Friday, 6th October, 2017.

Fri, 06 Oct 2017
John Alechenu, Olusola Fabiyi, Olalekan Adetayo, Oladimeji Ramon and Olaleye Aluko Barring any last minute change in plan, President Muhammadu Buhari will, on Friday (today), hold a crucial meeting with the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. This is the first one-on-one meeting Buhari will be having [] 

Fri, 06 Oct 2017
Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja The Federal Ministry of Health has advised Nigerians to avoid eating monkeys, bushmeat and dead animals as doing so could open one to the risk of Monkey Pox disease. A medical doctor and no fewer than 10 persons have reportedly been quarantined in Bayelsa as a result of the virus. The Minister [] 

Fri, 06 Oct 2017
Alexander Okere, Benin An Edo State High Court has ordered the remand of the Woman Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Dr. Esosa Amadasun; a former Chairman, State Universal Basic Education Board, Mr. Stephewn Alao; and three former members of the board in prison for allegedly misappropriating N1.5bn. The presiding judge, Justice Ohimai Ovbiagele, gave [] 

Fri, 06 Oct 2017
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja Wife of former President Goodluck Jonathan, Mrs. Patience Jonathan, has filed a fundamental human rights enforcement suit against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, seeking N2bn as compensation for alleged harassment by the anti-graft agency. She alleged in the suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/586/2017 filed before the Federal High Court in Abuja that the [] 

Fri, 06 Oct 2017
Oladimeji Ramon The Federal High Court in Lagos has ordered the arrest of a police officer, Bello Abubakar, listed as the first prosecution witness in the case of a Nigerian film maker, Olajide Kazeem, better known as Seun Egbegbe, who was charged with serial frauds involving N39, 098,100, $90,000 and 12,550. The trial judge in [] 

Fri, 06 Oct 2017
Olaleye Aluko, Abuja The Nigerian Army has said the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, has no means of livelihood, but used propaganda to make people believe him. The Director, Army Public Relations, Brig. Gen. Sani Usman, stated this in Abuja, while rounding off a two-day media conference on the militarys enhancement [] 

Fri, 06 Oct 2017
Oladimeji Ramon One Mr. John Okeke, who stood surety for a former Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshall Adesola Amosu (retd.), who is being tried for an alleged fraud of N22.8bn, has withdrawn his suretyship for the embattled air chief. Okeke, on Thursday, appeared before Justice Mohammed Idris at the Federal High Court in Lagos, [] 

Fri, 06 Oct 2017
John Ameh, Abuja Members of the House of Representatives are uncomfortable with the plans by Morocco, a north African country, to be enlisted as a member of the Economic Community of West African States. They warned on Thursday that it could have negative political and economic implications for Nigeria as the leader in the sub-region, [] 

Fri, 06 Oct 2017
Olaleye Aluko, Abuja Troops of Operation Lafiya Dole, the military operation against insurgency in the North-East, have stopped three Boko Haram terrorists, who disguised as Internally Displaced Persons, from infiltrating a camp in Bama, Borno State. Our correspondent learnt that the three bombers, while attempting to break the military checkpoint, detonated their Improvised Explosive Devices [] 

Fri, 06 Oct 2017
The Federal Government on Thursday distributed relief materials to 300 victims of natural disasters in Ekiti State. The Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr Kayode Fayemi, flagged off the distribution on behalf of President Muhammadu Buhari at the office of the National Emergency Management Agency in Ado Ekiti. Fayemi said Buhari was concerned about [] 

Fri, 06 Oct 2017
Adelani Adepegba, Abuja The Southern, Middle Belt Leaders Forum has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of intimidating Nigerians in some parts of the country with military operations. The forum, which comprised delegates from the South-West, South-East, South-South and Middle-Belt states, rose from a consultative meeting on Thursday in Abuja with a call on the Federal Government [] 

Fri, 06 Oct 2017
Ovie Okpare, Warri Prominent Deltans, including Governor Ifeanyi Okowa and the immediate past governor of Delta State, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, on Thursday paid glowing tributes to the late popular Itsekiri historian, Pa Johnson Ayomike, who died on Wednesday night in Warri. Pa Ayomike, who was the former chairman of apex socio-cultural group, Itsekiri Leaders of [] 

Fri, 06 Oct 2017
Oluwatosin Omojuyigbe The Registered Trustees of the Synagogue Church of All Nations, two engineers and their companies on Thursday told a Lagos State High Court in Ikeja that they had no case to answer over the collapse of a six-storey guest house on the churchs premises. The trustees and the two engineers Akinbela Fatiregun [] 

Fri, 06 Oct 2017
Peter Dada, Akure The Ondo State Governor, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu, has declared that his major priority in office is to make the state the number one destination for investors in Nigeria by year 2020. The governor lamented that Nigeria spent N300bn annually on importation of bitumen despite the fact that the state had the largest [] 

Fri, 06 Oct 2017
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja Justice Nnamdi Dimgba of the Federal High Court in Abuja, on Thursday, transferred the criminal trial of a former governor of Niger State, Dr. Babangida Aliyu, to the Minna Division of the court. The judge ordered that the case file be returned to the Acting Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, [] 

Fri, 06 Oct 2017
Sesan Olufowobi The Lagos State Government on Thursday said no fewer than 500 Certificates of Occupancy (Cs of O) were being approved every month by the state Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode. It added that the move was to encourage construction of more houses to tackle housing deficit, as well as create a conducive environment [] 

Fri, 06 Oct 2017
Afeez Hanafi The Lagos State Deputy Governor, Dr Idiat Adebule, has advised parents to encourage their children to read in order to become good leaders. Adebule said parents should not only buy books for the children, but should also rub minds together on the contents of the books. The deputy governor, who was represented by [] 

Fri, 06 Oct 2017
Sesan Olufowobi The Lagos State Government has urged the residents to be more safety conscious to avert disasters during the harmattan/dry season. The Special Adviser to the Governor on Communities and Communications, Mr. Kehinde Bamigbetan, said this at the monthly interactive session organised by the Ministry of Local Government and Community Affairs, at the Lagos [] 

Fri, 06 Oct 2017
Enyioha Opara, Minna Death toll in the Tuesdays boat accident which occurred in Niger State has risen to 18 as local divers have discovered two additional corpses in River Niger. The Director General of the State Emergency Management Agency, Ahmed Inga, on Thursday disclosed this to newsmen in Minna. He added that the deceased passengers [] 

Fri, 06 Oct 2017
The Federal Road Safety Corps in Ogun on Thursday said that it had taken safe delivery of a baby girl whose mother was in transit along Lagos /Ibadan Expressway. The Public Education Officer of Corps in Ogun, Mrs Florence Okpe, said in a statement in Abeokuta said that the FRSC Accident and Emergency Clinic in [] 

Fri, 06 Oct 2017
The President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo, has expressed dismay over the spate of hate speech on social media platforms by Igbo youths under the guise of agitating for Biafra. Nwodo made this known on Thursday during the inauguration ceremony of the newly elected officials of Abia chapter of Ohanaeze Ndigbo in Umuahia. He [] 

Fri, 06 Oct 2017
Four young children and their teacher died Thursday in southeastern Brazil after a nursery school security guard sprayed them with alcohol and set them on fire, officials said. Several others were injured as the blaze spread through the Innocent People nursery in Janauba, in Minas Gerais state, early Thursday morning, before it was brought under [] 

Fri, 06 Oct 2017
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday said the Federal Government was partnering with neighbouring countries to ensure that the countrys porous borders are better policed. This, he said, would tackle smuggling and the influx of counterfeit products into the country. According to a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, [] 

Fri, 06 Oct 2017
IN a fresh bid to breathe life into a listless power sector, the Federal Government recently announced its readiness to divest its 40 per cent stake in the countrys floundering electricity distribution companies. This may well be the right step to take, for those who believe in a private sector-driven economy; but, for the sceptics, [] 

Fri, 06 Oct 2017
Olufemi Atoyebi, Ibadan Former Senior Special Assistant on Public Affairs to former President Goodluck Jonathan, Doyin Okupe, on Thursday in Ibadan described the All Progressives Congress and the Peoples Democratic Party as two spent parties that had misused their time in politics. Okupe spoke at the 2017 South-West stakeholders' summit of the Accord Party in [] 

Fri, 06 Oct 2017
Olufemi Atoyebi, Ibadan The South-West leaders of the People's Democratic Party held a meeting in Ibadan on Thursday where they pleaded with the National Caretaker Committee and national leaders of the party to respect the agreement reached at Port Harcourt on May 21, 2016, where the chairmanship of the party was zoned to the geopolitical [] 

Fri, 06 Oct 2017
Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja The Independent National Electoral Commission on Thursday released the timetable and schedule of activities for both the Ekiti and Osun states'governorship elections. While July 14, 2018 was selected as the election day for Ekiti State, INEC fixed Osun's election for September 22. However, the National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education [] 

Fri, 06 Oct 2017
Chukwudi Akasike, Port Harcourt AS part of ongoing efforts to enhance the protection of lives and property, the Rivers State Government has appealed to the All Progressives Congress to shelve its planned solidarity march for the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad in the state. The state Commissioner for Information and Communications, Mr. Emma Okah, who made [] 

Fri, 06 Oct 2017
Ted Odogwu, Kano The National President, Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, Dr. Felix Omobude, on Thursday in Kano backed the clamour for the restructuring of the country as long as it is the desire of majority of Nigerians. According to the cleric, democracy is dynamic and the country should be restructured if it is the will [] 

Fri, 06 Oct 2017
Tony Okafor, Awka The Independent National Electoral Commission on Thursday said it would deploy no fewer than 6200 card readers for the November 18 poll in Anambra State. It assured the people that the machines would be in perfect condition. The commission's Director, Voter Education and Publicity, Oluwole Uzzi, gave the assurance during a voter [] 

Fri, 06 Oct 2017
Peoples Democratic Party members in the House of Representatives protested on Thursday as two lawmakers dumped the party. The two members defected to the ruling All Progressives Congress at the plenary presided over by the Speaker, Mr. Yakubu Dogara, in Abuja. The new APC members are the lawmaker representing Abuja Municipal Area Council/Buari, Mr. Zaphaniah [] 

Fri, 06 Oct 2017
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The Federal Government on Thursday completed the process required for the funding of the reconstruction and rehabilitation of 25 major economic roads in the six geopolitical zones of the country, using the N100bn sovereign sukuk. According to the government, each geopolitical zone is to get an equal amount of N16.67bn for the [] 

Fri, 06 Oct 2017
Eleven Nigerians have scored distinctions in their final dissertations in the Executive MBA programme of the Business School Netherlands, while two others bagged overall distinctions this year. The institution, which is preparing to graduate its 2017 set in The Netherlands, made this known in a press statement on Thursday. According to the statement, 74 new [] 

Fri, 06 Oct 2017
Chux Ohai The Group Managing Director of Zenith Bank Plc, Mr. Peter Amangbo, has said that the bank will continue to support the Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship among school children in Nigeria. Speaking during the 2017 ReadManna Awards held in Lagos on Wednesday, Amangbo praised the ReadManna Empowerment Initiative for successfully organising the annual [] 

Fri, 06 Oct 2017
Leke Baiyewu, Abuja The Senate on Thursday considered and adopted the report of its Joint Committee on Appropriation and Finance over its meeting on Tuesday with the Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun; and Minister of Budget and National Planning, Senator Udo Udoma, on the implementation of the 2017 Appropriation Act. Part of the recommendations [] 

Fri, 06 Oct 2017
Oyetunji Abioye The Central Bank of Nigeria on Thursday expressed concerns over the non-remittance of export proceeds by exporting firms. As a result, the apex bank said it was set to blacklist a number of exporters who had failed to repatriate the proceeds of their exports. The Director, Banking Supervision, CBN, Ahmad Abdullahi, made this [] 

Fri, 06 Oct 2017
John Ameh, Abuja The House of Representatives has directed the Central Bank of Nigeria to stop imposing charges on commercial banks before receiving mutilated and dirty notes from them. The House noted in Abuja on Thursday that the surcharge was one of the major reasons why the banks were reluctant to withdraw such notes from [] 

Fri, 06 Oct 2017
Success Nwogu, Ilorin The Executive Director, Nigerian Stored Products Research Institute, Prof. Olufemi Peters, has said Nigerian farmers and agro-based companies spend $400m annually on pesticides. He also said that improper pesticide use had caused millions of people to frequently fall sick across the country. He spoke during NSPRI training workshop on 'the use of [] 

Fri, 06 Oct 2017
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The Electric Power Sector Reform Act that was passed in 2005, which serves as Nigeria's electricity reform law, is one of the best in the world and is almost perfect, the Minister of Power, Works, and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has said. He stated this at the 2017 Power Africa Nigeria Conference in [] 

Fri, 06 Oct 2017
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja The Federal Government currently needs about $16bn to actualise some of the programmes already approved for the Ministry of Transportation. The Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, disclosed this in an interview with State House correspondents after his meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Thursday. Amaechi said [] 

Fri, 06 Oct 2017
Anna Okon The Nigerian Bottling Company Limited, makers of Coca Cola soft drinks, has unveiled a fresh programme aimed at harnessing the latent potential of youths. Tagged 'Youths Empowered,' the NBC said the programme was a life-changing opportunity for Nigerian youths in the age bracket of 18 to 30, to nurture, grow and showcase their [] 

Fri, 06 Oct 2017
Anna Okon The management of Erisco Foods has announced that it will collaborate with some Asian firms to build a tomato factory to be used as a base for exportation of tomato paste to all African countries. The Chief Executive Officer, Erisco Foods, Chief Eric Umeofia, stated this in Lagos on Wednesday at a press [] 

Fri, 06 Oct 2017
Anna Okon A telecommunications company, 9mobile, is set to empower the Small and Medium-scale Enterprises in and around Lagos at its quarterly business networking and empowerment platform, Market Access. Market Access organised in partnership with the Enterprise Development Centre of the Pan Atlantic University is a platform for the SME owners to interact with large [] 

Fri, 06 Oct 2017
Anna Okon On-farm demonstrations in Ogun State under the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture- managed Cassava Weed Management Project have produced average yields of 27 tonnes per hectare, surpassing the national average of about eight tonnes/ha. A statement from the IITA on Thursday noted that the demos were conducted in 2016 in the three senatorial [] 

Fri, 06 Oct 2017
Femi Asu The Tony Elumelu Foundation has said over 1,000 African entrepreneurs will converge on Lagos this month for this year's edition of its entrepreneurship programme aimed at empowering the next generation of African business leaders. The TEF, in a statement on Wednesday, described the third annual TEF Entrepreneurship Forum as the most diverse annual [] 

Fri, 06 Oct 2017
Akinpelu Dada Indigenous exporters have cried out that their business is about grinding to a halt as a result of the difficulties in accessing the Lagos ports due to the near total collapse of roads leading to the port complex in Apapa. Highlighting the problems associated with the deplorable state of the roads, the exporters [] 

Fri, 06 Oct 2017
As part of activities to mark its centenary anniversary, Union Bank of Nigeria Plc has celebrated with its customers and stakeholders in Abuja, Oyo and Enugu in appreciation of their commitment and support over the years. The lender said this followed similar regional celebrations which took place earlier in the year in Edo, Kano, Rivers [] 

Fri, 06 Oct 2017
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The Bank of Industry, the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria and the Nigeria Export-Import Bank have hired the services of a rating agency to conduct ratings on the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises operating in Nigeria. Dun and Bradstreet Nigeria Limited, a rating agency, has been authorised by the [] 

Fri, 06 Oct 2017
When you see money in your current account (especially after making a deposit), you might think you can spend that money right away. However, banks often place 'holds' on your deposits, preventing you from using the money. As a result, you may end up bouncing cheques or having problems with automatic payments that get deducted [] 
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