NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE PUNCH NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [7TH OCTOBER, 2017].


Below are the headlines found on The Punch Online Newspaper for today, Saturday, 7th October, 2017.

Sat, 07 Oct 2017
Eniola Akinkuotu, Adelani Adepegba and Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja There was heavy security presence at the headquarters of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Abuja on Friday. Armed security men from the Nigeria Police Force and the Army were sighted at the entrance of the oil firm, while police pickup vans and armoured personnel carriers were conspicuously [] 


Sat, 07 Oct 2017
A Lagos lawmaker, Mr Sanai Agunbiade, on Friday recounted how he mobilised various stakeholders in ending ritual killings in Ikorodu area of Lagos State. Speaking during a Constituency Stakeholders Meeting themed: True Representation and Accountability, Agunbiade said he galvanised community leaders to take some behind the scene measures that brought an end to Badoo killings [] 

Sat, 07 Oct 2017
Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission says it has arrested four dropouts for suspected Internet fraud. The EFCC said the suspects Oluwaseun Michael, 28; Igbokwe Chijioke, 27; Felix Chukwudi, 22 and Babajide Goloba, made millions of dollars from scamming foreigners. The suspects were arrested in different parts of Lagos, following intelligence [] 

Sat, 07 Oct 2017
Oladimeji Ramon A serving judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Hyeladzira Nganjiwa, who was charged with unlawful enrichment to the tune of $260,000 and N8,650,000, has headed for the Court of Appeal to challenge the charges. The judge, through his lawyer, Chief Robert Clarke (SAN), headed for the Court of Appeal after the Lagos [] 

Sat, 07 Oct 2017
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja A prosecution witness, Mr. Tanko Kutana, who is an officer of the Nigerian Immigration Service, told the Federal High Court in Abuja on Friday that a Justice of the Supreme Court, Sylvester Ngwuta, obtained two diplomatic passports which were being used interchangeably through misinformation given by the protocol officer of the apex [] 

Sat, 07 Oct 2017
Friday Olokor, Jos Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong, on Friday said that he wished that he would die like his late brother, Dr. Tsenba Wummen Bako, who he said had the opportunity for an encounter with Jesus Christ. The governor said his late brother knew he was going to die. Lalongs late brother was a [] 

Sat, 07 Oct 2017
Gbenga Odogun, Lokoja A magistrate with Kogi State judiciary, Sam Nwuchola, has been abducted by unknown gunmen. He was said to have been abducted along Itobe Ajaokuta Road on Thursday. A source in the state judiciary told journalists on Friday in Lokoja, the state capital, that the kidnappers had contacted the wife of the [] 

Sat, 07 Oct 2017
Armstrong Bakam, Bauchi No fewer than 727 motorists have been arrested by the Bauchi State Sector Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps, and their vehicles impounded for failing to install speed limit device on their vehicles. The arrests were made from when the enforcement began in February 2017 till date. Figures obtained from the [] 

Sat, 07 Oct 2017
Ademola Olonilua The marriage between media personality, Toke Makinwa, and her ex-husband, Maje Ayida, has finally been dissolved by an Igbosere High Court in Lagos on Thursday. Makinwa had in March 2016 approached the court to dissolve her then-two-year-old marriage on the grounds that her husband committed adultery and even has a child with another [] 

Sat, 07 Oct 2017
Jesusegun Alagbe The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has commended the Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel, for making the security of lives and property in the state a priority. Idris said this was why the state was chosen for the 2017 South-South Security Summit, which held during the week. According to a statement, [] 

Sat, 07 Oct 2017
Jesusegun Alagbe The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Olayiwola Lamidi Adeyemi III, and over 200 scholars from around the world will next week meet at an international conference to discuss the progress of the Yorubaland. The event will hold at the Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State in honour of renowned historian, Prof. Joseph Atanda. The [] 

Sat, 07 Oct 2017
Success Nwogu, Ilorin Some indigenes of Kwara State have raised the alarm over another impending communal crisis brewing between Offa and Erin-Ile, in the state. The two neighbouring communities, had few years ago, engaged in protracted communal clash, which led to the loss of lives and properties valued at billions of naira. Members of Offa [] 

Sat, 07 Oct 2017
John Charles, Makurdi About 200 military personnel from the 707 Special Brigade, Makurdi, are involved in operational brigade partnership with United Kingdom. Brigade Commandant, 707 Special Brigade, Makurdi, Brig.-Gen. Clement Apere, stated this during the visit of the Minister of British Armed Forces, Mark Lancaster, who led Nigeria delegation to 72 military barracks. The Special [] 

Sat, 07 Oct 2017
Enyioha Opara, Minna The Niger State Chamber of Commerce, Industries Mines and Agriculture on Friday said that Nigeria could not completely move out of recession if it continued to increase her taste for foreign goods. The Director General of the NCCIMA, Adamu Salihu, noted that, at the moment, the country was expending a lot of [] 

Sat, 07 Oct 2017
Tunde Ajaja The management of the National Emergency Management Agency on Friday announced the death of its North-East Zonal Coordinator, Alhaji Abdulsalam Muhammed. The Head, Media and Public Relations, NEMA, Mr Sani Datti, said in a statement that Muhammed died in Maiduguri on Friday. He added, The deceased coordinator was redeployed to Maiduguri about three [] 

Sat, 07 Oct 2017
Angel George The Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development has entered into a partnership with Raffles Oil Enterprise under its Power Oil Healthy Heart Mission project to combat heart-related diseases among women in Abuja. Under the partnership, the two bodies will work together for three years providing opportunities for women across different local [] 

Sat, 07 Oct 2017
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja Efforts to resolve the controversy caused by the recent letter written to President Muhammadu Buhari by the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, on the activities of the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Dr. Maikanti Baru, got underway on Friday with series of meetings at [] 

Sat, 07 Oct 2017
Simon Utebor, Yenagoa Following the outbreak of monkey pox in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, residents are now avoiding handshakes and hugs in the public. This is as the state Commissioner for Health, Prof. Ebitimitula Etebu, said that 13 persons had so far been infected with the virus. However, out of the number, Etebu on Friday said [] 

Sat, 07 Oct 2017
Oladimeji Ramon An ex-Administrative Secretary with the Independent National Electoral Commission, Mr. Christian Nwosu, on Thursday alleged that he was cajoled into confessing to taking a bribe of N30m to compromise the 2015 general elections. Nwosu, who is being prosecuted before the Federal High Court in Lagos for alleged bribery, claimed that the three confessional [] 


Sat, 07 Oct 2017
Oladimeji Ramon The Federal High Court in Lagos has adjourned further hearing till Monday, October 9, in the case of a former governor of Oyo State, Chief Rashidi Ladoja, who was charged with N4.7bn fraud. Ladoja is being tried alongside a former Commissioner for Finance in Oyo State, Waheed Akanbi. The trial judge, Justice Mohammed [] 

Sat, 07 Oct 2017
Oladimeji Ramon The Federal High Court in Lagos has fixed October 16, 2017, to rule on whether or not to discharge a former Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, Patrick Akpobolokemi, who was charged with N2.6bn fraud. Justice Ibrahim Buba fixed the date on Friday after entertaining a no-case submission filed by [] 

Sat, 07 Oct 2017
Chukwudi Akasike, Port Harcourt Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has accused the All Progressives Congress-led Federal Government of plunging the nation into its worst depth of corruption since independence. Wike described as mind-boggling and monumental corruption the illegal $26bn oil contracts unveiled in a leaked memo by the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. [] 

Sat, 07 Oct 2017
Tunde Ajaja Early in the week, Monkey Pox, a rare viral zoonosis transmitted from animals to humans, was discovered in Bayelsa State in the South South region of Nigeria. As of Friday evening, 10 persons had been infected while 49 had been placed under surveillance. According to the Chief Medical Director of Lagos University Teaching [] 

Sat, 07 Oct 2017
Dayo Oketola, Gbenro Adeoye, Tunde Ajaja and Jesusegun Alagbe More details have emerged on 10 multimillion-pound properties owned by powerful Nigerian political elite in the United Kingdom, which were among those uncovered in a recent tour by ClampK, a group of anti-corruption campaigners. A video clip of the tour by the anti-corruption campaigners, which included [] 

Sat, 07 Oct 2017
Jesusegun Alagbe with agency report The Kolkata Police in India have arrested 32-year-old Nigerian, David Ujma Uba, for allegedly defrauding 20 people of Rs3m (N16.55m) in kidney donation scam. According to the police, Uba had promised to help his victims secure kidney donations, the Times of India reported on Friday. The police said Uba had [] 

Sat, 07 Oct 2017
Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, has extended the suspension of the Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme, Prof. Usman Yusuf, indefinitely. Adewole is also expected to brief the House of Representatives on his reasons for suspending Usman. Adewole had said in a letter addressed to the Chairman, House [] 

Sat, 07 Oct 2017
Olusola Fabiyi, Abuja Former President Goodluck Jonathan has called for the reform and democratisation of the United Nations in order to make it more representative and responsive to security challenges. Jonathan made the call on Friday while presenting his remarks at the opening panel of the Dialogue of Civilisations Rhodes Forums 15th Anniversary Summit in [] 

Sat, 07 Oct 2017
Innocent Phinan, Abuja The Nigeria Labour Congress has picketed the offices of the Mobile Telecommunications Network, Nigeria and the Abuja Environmental Protection Board over the casualisation and ill-treatment of their workers. The labour union, led by its president, Ayuba Wabba, stormed the MTN offices in Abuja on Friday, bearing placards with different inscriptions to mark [] 

Sat, 07 Oct 2017
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja Senator representing Ogun East Senatorial District, Buruji Kashamu, has begged the Federal High Court in Abuja to nullify the disciplinary decisions taken by his party, the Peoples Democratic Party, against him. He said all disciplinary steps, including his being queried on September 7, 2017, about his alleged actions and his referral to [] 

Sat, 07 Oct 2017
Sudan on Friday welcomed the US decision to end its 20-year trade embargo against Khartoum as a positive decision. The leaders of Sudan, the government of Sudan and the people of Sudan welcome the positive decision taken by American President Donald Trump of removing the economic sanctions completely, the official SUNA news agency quoted a [] 

Sat, 07 Oct 2017
The Management of the National Emergency Management Agency on Friday announced the death of its North-East Zonal Coordinator, Alhaji Abdulsalam Muhammed. The Head Media and Public Relations, Mr Sani Datti, in a statement said that the coordinator died on Friday in Maiduguri. It said, The deceased coordinator was redeployed to Maiduguri about three weeks ago [] 

Sat, 07 Oct 2017
A United States polyamorous couple; with multiple lovers married for 22years have said that their children are comfortable with their way of life. The 46-year-old husband, Carl, and Kenya 42 revealed that they had been open( have multiple partners) for twelve years. According to Mailonline, the couple said they met on a blind date and [] 

Sat, 07 Oct 2017
Kamarudeen Ogundele, Ado-Ekiti Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has urged the Independent National Electoral Commission and the Federal Government to conduct a credible governorship poll in the state in 2018. Expressing optimism that his party, the Peoples Democratic Party, will emerge victorious, Fayose warned the Federal Government against the use of force or manipulating devices [] 

Sat, 07 Oct 2017
Tony Okafor, Awka Persons with disabilities have staged a protest in Awka, the Anambra State capital, over their voting rights. The group said its members were being marginalised in election issues. It demanded equal voting access in the November 18, 2017 poll in the state and in other elections. The Executive Director of Centre for [] 

Sat, 07 Oct 2017
Jesusegun Alagbe The Independent National Electoral Commission said it had launched an online newspaper in order to intimate Nigerians of its activities, especially as the 2019 elections draw closer. The platform was recently launched by the commission's chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Rotimi Oyekanmi, said. The statement noted [] 

Sat, 07 Oct 2017
OLUSOLA FABIYI writes on the battle for the office of the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party as it prepares for its December national convention. The crush suffered by the Peoples Democratic Party during the 2015 general elections came to its members as a shock. The 14-month-long crisis that later followed the rout had [] 

Sat, 07 Oct 2017
The Independent National Electoral Commission said it would on Wednesday commence a series of training for different categories of officers that would participate in the November 18 Anambra governorship election. The acting Director-General of The Electoral Institute, Dr Sa'ad Umar Idris, said in a statement on Friday that the training would commence on October 11 [] 

Sat, 07 Oct 2017
A former National Vice-Chairman (South) of the People's Democratic Party, Chief Olabode George, on Friday, said he remained the best candidate to be the next chairman of the party. He made the statement in Lagos while formally declaring his intention to contest the chairmanship seat of the party. George said what the PDP needed at [] 

Sat, 07 Oct 2017
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja A total of 3,665 vehicles with duty paid value of N13.164bn were seized by the Nigeria Customs Service between 2015 and 2017, the Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ali (retd.), has said.. Ali stated this in a lecture on 'Problems of smuggling and its consequences on the Nigerian Economy: The way out', [] 

Sat, 07 Oct 2017
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi Indications have emerged that the Federal Government's plan to upgrade all the 22 airport terminals in the country will not be affected by the proposed concession of some of the airports. Our correspondent had reported that with the failure of the airports remodelling project of the former administration, the President Muhammadu Buhari administration [] 

Sat, 07 Oct 2017
Stanley Opara The International Energy Agency has revealed that the quantum of power from solar has grown by more than 50 per cent, and has officially increased energy output globally at a faster rate than any other fuel The IEA's 2017 report on renewables confirmed that solar was now the fastest growing energy source in [] 

Sat, 07 Oct 2017
Jesusegun Alagbe The General Manager, Bon Hotel Grand Tower, Abuja, Mr. Graham Barensche, has commended the President Muhammadu Buhari administration for providing an enabling environment for the tourism and hospitality sectors in the country. Barensche made the commendation in a statement of congratulation to the President and Nigerians on the 57th Independence anniversary of the [] 

Sat, 07 Oct 2017
Ozioma Ubabukoh The European Union's three-year ban on the importation of dry beans from Nigeria has pushed the Federal Government to commence an advocacy on agricultural quality control and standardisation across the six geo-political zones of the country. The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, said on Friday that the nationwide advocacy [] 

Sat, 07 Oct 2017
Simon Utebor, Yenagoa An ex-Niger Delta militant leader, Pastor Reuben Wilson, popularly known in the creeks as General Reuben, has denied link with the travails and prosecution of Edmund Ebiware, a suspected bomber of October 1, 2012 Independence Day bombing. Reuben described as a wicked blackmail and misplaced fact the claims by some sympathisers and [] 

Sat, 07 Oct 2017
Chukwudi Akasike, Port Harcourt The Nigerian Customs Service, Port Harcourt, Area II Command, has seized three containers containing hundreds of bags of foreign rice, which were falsely declared by an importer. The Area Controller of the Command, Comptroller Abubakar Bashir, explained that the NCS was able to discover the goods as a result of its [] 

Sat, 07 Oct 2017
Chukwudi Akasike and Friday Amobi, Port Harcourt Scores of youths took to the streets on Friday in Port Harcourt in protest of extrajudicial killings allegedly perpetrated by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of Nigeria Police on Rivers State. The youths, who gathered under the aegis of the Niger Delta Non-Violence Youth Leaders Assembly converged on the [] 

Sat, 07 Oct 2017
Mudiaga Affe, Calabar Not less than 300 persons are stranded at the Nigeria-Cameroon border in Mfum, Cross River State following the closure of the border at the entry point of Cameroon by the Cameroonian authorities. Southern City News learnt on Friday that the closure of the border by the Cameroonian authorities might not be unconnected [] 

Sat, 07 Oct 2017
Friday Amobi, Port Harcourt A contractor, who claimed to have worked for the Living Faith Church, aka Winners Chapel, Lewis Ihama, has petitioned the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, demanding the immediate arrest and prosecution of three pastors of the church. Ihama noted that the Rivers State Police Command had carried out investigation into [] 

Sat, 07 Oct 2017
Olaleye Aluko, Abuja The Nigerian Army said on Friday that it had arrested at least eight suspected cult members, vandals and a drug peddler in the ongoing military operation, Python Dance II. The Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, and 82 Division Spokesman, Colonel Sagir Musa, who confirmed the arrests, said the suspects had been handed [] 
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