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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, Friday, 27 October, 2017.

Fri, 27 Oct 2017
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja The Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, on Thursday said it was not his responsibility to track the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, who is believed to be on the run. Ikpeazu said this in an interview with State House correspondents shortly after a meeting he had with [] 

Fri, 27 Oct 2017
We have extended probe to foreign countries Presidency AGF, security agencies make presentations to Buhari Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja The Presidency on Thursday said an Abuja Magistrates Court as well as the international police popularly called the INTERPOL had issued fresh warrants for the arrest of the embattled former Chairman of the defunct Presidential [] 

Fri, 27 Oct 2017
Olusola Fabiyi, Abuja Nigeria has to grow the credibility of its democracy to a stage where we will no longer have to wait for court judgments to conclude our elections, former President Goodluck Jonathan has said. Jonathan said this at the sixth edition of African Ambassadors Interactive Forum and Dinner, organised by the African Third [] 

Fri, 27 Oct 2017
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja A former President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Ayo Salami (retd.), on Thursday broke his silence on his appointment as the Chairman of the Anti-Corruption Cases Trial Monitoring Committee set up by the National Judicial Council. Salami divulged his reason for rejecting the appointment in an interview with The PUNCH on [] 

Fri, 27 Oct 2017
Samuel Awoyinfa, Abeokuta A former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, on Thursday flayed former President Shehu Shagari for scuttling the efforts the nation was making to be self-sufficient in rice production. Obasanjo spoke as the chief launcher at the unveiling of Okun Rice at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, Abeokuta, Ogun State. Okun Rice is produced [] 

Fri, 27 Oct 2017
Olalekan Adetayoand Leke Baiyewu The Senate President, Bukola Saraki; and the Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, were among principal officers of the two chambers of the National Assembly who turned back from the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Thursday night. The federal lawmakers were scheduled to be hosted to a dinner by President Muhammadu Buhari. [] 

Fri, 27 Oct 2017
Adelani Adepegba, Leke Baiyewu and Olalekan Adetayo The Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, said on Thursday that he released two cars for the security of the wife of President Muhammadu Buhari, Aisha, and not for her personal use as alleged by the lawmaker representing the Bauchi Central Senatorial District, Senator Isa Misau. Idris, who spoke [] 

Fri, 27 Oct 2017
Tony Okafor, Awka The Indigenous People of Biafra on Thursday asked a former Head of State, Yakubu Gowon, to stop making provocative and false statements against the late Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu- Ojukwu and the civil war. Gowon had recently in an interview with a private television station said Ojukwus lies caused the civil war in [] 

Fri, 27 Oct 2017
Leke Baiyewu, Abuja The President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, on Thursday stated that one of the primary objectives of the 8th National Assembly was to increase private sector participation in all spheres of the economy in order to make the country viable. Saraki, according to a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Sanni Onogu, [] 

Fri, 27 Oct 2017
Chukwudi Akasike,Port Harcourt A major crisis appears to have rocked the Pan-Niger Delta Forum as a crack team of policemen on Thursday blocked two main entrances to the groups Presidential Hotel conference venue in Port Harcourt. The heavy presence of security operatives on the road leading to the venue prevented some PANDEF members and other [] 

Fri, 27 Oct 2017
John Alechenu, Abuja The Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom, has revealed that clashes between farmers and herdsmen led to the loss of farm produce and property worth over N95bn within four years. He said this in an interview with newsmen in Abuja, on Thursday. According to the governor, the losses, which included those incurred [] 

Fri, 27 Oct 2017
Olusola Fabiyi and Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN), has said he is prepared to appear before the Senate with respect to the investigation into the circumstances surrounding the reinstatement of the former head of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, Abdulrasheed Maina, [] 

Fri, 27 Oct 2017
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN), said on Thursday that the Federal Government had concluded talks with Switzerland on the return of $321m looted by the late Head of State, Gen. Sani Abacha. The minister also said that the sum of $85m had been [] 

Fri, 27 Oct 2017
Success Nwogu, Ilorin No fewer than five police vans, scores of armed policemen and operatives of the Department of State Services were deplored in the Kwara State High Court in Ilorin on Thursday to forestall the breakdown of law and order as the libel suit filed by the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, against an [] 

Fri, 27 Oct 2017
Umar Muhammed, Lafia The Nasarawa State Government has terminated the appointment of the Rector, Registrar and Bursar of the Nasarawa State Polytechnic, Lafia. The rector, Dr. Silas Gray, registrar, Mr. Labani Joseph, and bursar, Abdullahi Akya, were directed to proceed on compulsory leave with immediate effect. The Secretary to the Nasarawa State Government, Mr. Mohammed [] 

Fri, 27 Oct 2017
John Ameh, Abuja The House of Representatives has asked the Federal Government to declare state of emergency on Nigerian roads, particularly the federal highways. In a resolution lawmakers passed in Abuja on Thursday, they listed the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway as one of the roads the government must not treat with levity because of its strategic economic [] 

Fri, 27 Oct 2017
Simon Utebor, Yenagoa The Nigerian Navy on Thursday inaugurated riverine and sea operations, codenamed Octopusgrip, in its Central Naval Commands coverage area. The Navy also said the command between May and September 2017 seized and destroyed about 870,000 metric tonnes of illegally refined crude oil, and destroyed over 400 illegal refineries. It also destroyed 85 [] 

Fri, 27 Oct 2017
Umar Muhammed, Lafia Hearing in the contempt charges brought against the Speaker of the Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Ibrahim Abdullahi, was stalled on Thursday as the presiding judge, Justice S.A. Ayiwulu, did not sit. Also joined as defendants in the contempt charges are the Nasarawa State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Yusuf Shehu, [] 

Fri, 27 Oct 2017
Enyioha Opara, Minna The Niger State Ministry of Health and Hospital Services says it has, in collaboration with National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, destroyed expired drugs worth N11.5m. The Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Dr. Mohammed Makunsidi, who disclosed this to journalists, explained that some of the destroyed drugs had been [] 

Fri, 27 Oct 2017
Sesan Olufowobi The Lagos State Traffic Management Authority on Thursday said residents and travellers on Airport Road should brace for prosecution because it would henceforth arrest anyone driving against traffic as recommended in the state traffic law. The General Manager of LASTMA, Mr Olawale Musa, stated this during a joint enforcement carried out on the [] 

Fri, 27 Oct 2017
The Lagos State Government says no fewer than 24.2 per cent of women in the state have their first sex before 18 years. The Commissioner for Health, Dr Jide Idris, said this on Thursday while delivering a lecture at the Inspiration FMs (92.3) Inaugural Lecture and Award Ceremony on Victoria Island. Idris, who spoke on [] 

Fri, 27 Oct 2017
Doyen of insurance and industrialist, Chief Oladele Fajemirokun, will be installed as the Baba Oba of Ifewara, Osun State on Friday (today). Oba of Ifewara, Hezekiah Owolola, said Fajemirokun was chosen as the Baba Oba based on his antecedents in impacting the people and his community positively. Owolola in a statement on Thursday, urged the [] 

Fri, 27 Oct 2017
Catalonias moderate business minister resigned Thursday after the Spanish regions separatist president Carles Puigdemont ruled out elections and left the door open to a declaration of independence by the regional parliament. I resign. My attempts at dialogue have failed again. I hope I was useful to president Carles Puigdemont and to Catalans until the last [] 

Fri, 27 Oct 2017
A 25-year-old man, Tokunbor Nnanna, who allegedly posed as a lunatic to kidnap a three-year-old baby was on Thursday remanded at the Ikoyi Prisons by an Ebute Meta Chief Magistrates Court, Lagos. Nnanna, who allegedly posed as mentally challenged, was arraigned on two charges bordering on conspiracy and kidnapping. The Chief Magistrate, Mr Tajudeen Elias [] 

Fri, 27 Oct 2017
Nigerian Air Force says it has returned four Super Mushshak aircraft loaned to it by Pakistan Government. The Director of Public Relations and Information, NAF Headquarters, Air Commodore Olatokunbo Adesanya, disclosed this in a statement on Thursday in Abuja. He stated that the aircraft were for ab-initio flying training of pilots at 401 Flying Training [] 

Fri, 27 Oct 2017
Russia conducted several ballistic missile tests on Thursday from land, air and sea as part of its strategic nuclear programme, the Defence ministry announced. A Topol intercontinental ballistic missile was fired from the Plesetsk testing ground in the northwest of the country and three ballistic missiles were launched by two nuclear missile submarines (SSBNs), two [] 

Fri, 27 Oct 2017
NOTHING betrays the contradictions in the Federal Governments avowed policy of non-oil exports promotion more than the lack of an enabling environment for the attainment of this noble national aspiration. With the prices of oil in the international market becoming increasingly unpredictable by the day, wise counsel demands that the government should embrace an alternative [] 

Fri, 27 Oct 2017
Tony Okafor, Awka A faction of the Peoples Democratic Party in Anambra State led by a former state chairman of the party, Mr. Ken Emeakayi, on Thursday adopted Chief Willie Obiano of the All Progressives Grand Alliance as its candidate for the November 18 poll in Anambra State. Emeakayi is serving a four year suspension [] 

Fri, 27 Oct 2017
Okechukwu Nnodimand 'Femi Asu the Federal Government and the developers of the 540-megawatts Qua Iboe Power Plant signed a Power Purchase Agreement for the development of the $1.1bn electricity generation station on Thursday. The Dangote Group, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation and Black Rhino Group, an African energy infrastructure company, signed the PPA with the Nigerian [] 

Fri, 27 Oct 2017
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja the Federal Executive Council on Thursday approved the draft 2018 Appropriation Bill, paving the way for President Muhammadu Buhari to present the document to the National Assembly. The approval was given at a meeting of the council presided over by Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The Minister of Budget and National [] 

Fri, 27 Oct 2017
Olalekan Adetayo and Ifeanyi Onuba The Federal Executive Council on Thursday approved the establishment of the Road Trust Fund Structure for the country. The Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, told State House correspondents after the council's meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari that the initiative would allow the private sector to get involved [] 

Fri, 27 Oct 2017
Okechukwu Nnodim and Umar Muhammed Oil search in Nigeria's inland basins has received a boost following the commencement of exploration activities in the Nasarawa State's section of the Benue Trough by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation. The Group Managing Director, NNPC, Dr. Maikanti Baru, announced this during a visit to the Nasarawa State Governor, Tanko [] 

Fri, 27 Oct 2017
The naira is expected to remain stable across its multiple exchange rates as the currency hit a resistance level for investors and the Central Bank of Nigeria continues to intervene on the official market. According to Reuters, the local unit has hit resistance at 360/dollar for investors as banks are not willing to bid the [] 

Fri, 27 Oct 2017
Bank rules out major oil price increase in 2018 Oyetunji Abioye with agency report The World Bank says the big drop in export commodity prices that led to significant economic shocks last year in commodity exporting countries including Nigeria may not occur in 2018. According to the World Bank, countries trading in export commodities [] 

Fri, 27 Oct 2017
In an effort to sustain its current focus towards intervention for the North-East rehabilitation, Unity Bank Plc says it has stepped up its support to Borno State Government with a recent donation of a vehicle to the State Universal Basic Education Board. The lender said the development was part of its corporate social responsibility to [] 

Fri, 27 Oct 2017
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The Federal Government on Thursday announced that it would introduce solar-powered tricycles, popularly known as Keke, in order to gradually phase out petrol engine tricycles currently being used as means of transportation across the country. It said the solar-powered tricycles would be showcased at a forthcoming expo in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom [] 

Fri, 27 Oct 2017
Julius Berger has bagged an award as one of the top 50 brands in Nigeria at the just concluded Top-50 Brands Nigeria 2017 awards. A statement from Julius Berger noted that the brand strength measurement used by the organisers to evaluate and select the winners included brand identity, top in the mind perception by consumers, [] 

Fri, 27 Oct 2017
Roll the clock back to the spring of 2007. You are running a successful business, but you need more working capital to expand, so you go to your local banker. The bank agrees with your forecast of healthy growth and gives you N1m revolving line of credit with a three-year maturity. The bank also asks [] 

Fri, 27 Oct 2017
A local steel maker, African Industries Group, has stated that Nigeria can save over $650m annually if all the steel companies produce at 100 per cent capacity. The Group Executive Director, African Industries Group, Uche Iwuamadi, stated this during a stakeholders' meeting in Lagos on Wednesday. According to Iwuamadi, steel is the backbone of the [] 

Fri, 27 Oct 2017
Success Nwogu, Ilorin The Chairman, First Bank of Nigeria, Mrs. Ibukun Awosika; the Executive Director, Agricultural and Rural Management Training Institute, Dr. Olufemi Oladunni and the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Thelma Farms, Mr. Babatunde Ogunyemi, have canvassed strategic agriculture to grow Nigeria's economy. They also harped on the importance of achieving national food security and [] 

Fri, 27 Oct 2017
Ozioma Ubabukoh Kanu Heart Foundation has said it is offering a jackpot starting with N1bn, thereby making it the biggest in Africa's $2m lotto market. According to TheNerve, KHF lotto is a major fund-raising initiative by a former Nigerian footballer, Nwankwo Kanu, to help support the Kanu Heart Foundation and serve as a means to [] 

Fri, 27 Oct 2017
Everest Amaefule, Abuja The Nigerian Communications Satellite Limited has announced the signing of a strategic backup agreement with the operators of Belintersat-1, a communication satellite of the People's Republic of Belarus. A statement issued in Abuja on Thursday by the Head, Public Affairs Department, at NigComSat, Mr. Adamu Idris, said the mutual backup services agreement [] 

Fri, 27 Oct 2017
Anna Okon Stakeholders in the agricultural sector have insisted that the Land Use Act is a major constraint to the development and growth of agriculture in Nigeria. The stakeholders made this observation during the 2017 annual symposium of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry Agricultural and Allied Group in Lagos. The Land Use Act [] 

Fri, 27 Oct 2017
Olaleye Aluko, Abuja The Chairman, Federal Inland Revenue Service, Mr. Babatunde Fowler, has said taxation is preferable to borrowing for the Nigerian economy in order to reduce the debt servicing obligations of the government. The FIRS chairman said this on Thursday while delivering a lecture at the National Defence College, Abuja, noting that most developed [] 

Fri, 27 Oct 2017
Kamarudeen Ogundele, Ado Ekiti The Founder of Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti, Aare Afe Babalola (SAN), has blamed the Federal Government for allowing banks to charge high interest rates on loans, thereby killing local manufacturing in Nigeria. He also lamented that the country was running the most expensive democracy in the world where constituency allowance [] 

Fri, 27 Oct 2017
Anna Okon The Tin Can Island Port Command of the Nigeria Customs Service says it has handed over to the National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control two containers falsely declared as containing vehicles and computer accessories. The service said instead of three used vehicles, cartons of makeup kits, 850 cartons of computer accessories [] 

Fri, 27 Oct 2017
PEARL Awards Nigeria has commended the management of the Nigerian Stock Exchange for its focused initiatives and innovations towards revitalising the capital market. The President /Chief Executive Officer of PEARL Awards, Mr. Tayo Orekoya, commended the management of the NSE during a recent courtesy visit of the PEARL Awards Board of Governors to the stock [] 

Fri, 27 Oct 2017
Heineken has unveiled Nigerian-American artiste, Jidenna, as host of the 2017 Live Your Music parties holding in Abuja and Lagos. The Marketing Director, Nigerian Breweries Plc, Franco Maria Maggi, announced the unveiling at a cocktail event in Lagos. A statement by the firm on Thursday quoted Maggi as saying, 'We are excited to have Jidenna [] 

Fri, 27 Oct 2017
Anna Okon The Standards Organisation of Nigeria says it has shut four steel companies across the country for non-compliance with requirements of the Nigerian Industrial standards (NIS 117) and global best practices. The agency also warned that any steel manufacturer found circumventing quality assurance requirements would be prosecuted in line with the SON Act 14 [] 
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