NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE PUNCH NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [5TH OCTOBER, 2017].

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Below are the headlines found on The Punch Online Newspaper for today, Thursday, 5th October, 2017.

Thu, 05 Oct 2017
Olalekan Adetayo, Eniola Akinkuotu and Adelani Adepegba Twenty-four hours after a letter he wrote to President Muhammadu Buhari was made public, the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, on Wednesday joined his colleagues for the weekly Federal Executive Council meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Our correspondents, however, learnt that the issue [] 

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Thu, 05 Oct 2017
John Ameh, Abuja The House of Representatives Committee on Public Petitions on Wednesday ordered an arrest warrant against the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mr. Ibrahim Magu. He is to be brought before the committee on November 7 to answer questions in connection with a petition the wife of former President [] 

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Thu, 05 Oct 2017
Leke Baiyewu, Abuja The lawmaker representing Bauchi Central Senatorial District, Senator Isa Misau, on Wednesday, continued his allegations, bordering on corrupt practices and misconduct, against the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris. Misau, while raising a point of order at the plenary, restated his earlier allegations against Idris, including the IGPs alleged secret marriage to [] 

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Thu, 05 Oct 2017
Niyi Odebode and Olaleye Aluko The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs has said there is little indication of a return to normalcy in many areas of Borno State. It said in the three North-East states (Borno, Yobe and Adamawa) affected by the activities of the Boko Haram insurgency, the Internally Displaced [] 

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Thu, 05 Oct 2017
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja Popular activist and entertainer, Mr. Charles Oputa, also known as Charly Boy, has sued the Nigeria Police, seeking N500m as compensation for alleged violation of his rights by the police during the #ResumeOrResign protest which convened last month. He alleged in his fundamental rights enforcement suit which he filed before the High [] 

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Thu, 05 Oct 2017
Oladimeji Ramon The Federal High Court in Lagos on Wednesday dismissed an application by the senator representing Delta North Senatorial District, Peter Nwaoboshi, seeking to reclaim a 12-storey building seized from him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. The EFCC had, based on an allegation of N1.5bn contract scam against Nwaoboshi, seized the senators [] 

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Thu, 05 Oct 2017
The Russian government on Wednesday said media reports claiming that two Russian soldiers were captured by ISIL in Syria was hardly official information. Al Jazeera report. Dmitry Peskov, press secretary of the Russian presidency, said that the reports should be viewed with caution but confirmed that authorities were checking whether the two captives are Russian [] 

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Thu, 05 Oct 2017
Innocent Phinan The Federal Government on Wednesday condemned the attack on a country music concert in Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, United States, describing it as senseless shooting of innocent people. The gunman, Stephen Paddock, attacked unsuspecting people at the concert from his hotel room and killed 59 people leaving 527 others wounded. He was later [] 

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Thu, 05 Oct 2017
A court in Southwestern Turkey sentenced 40 people to life in prison on Wednesday, convicting them of charges that included attempting to kill President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during last years failed coup, Turkish state television TRT reported. A total of 46 suspects 37 of them former military personnel have been on trial since [] 

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Thu, 05 Oct 2017
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson firmly denied Wednesday that he had fallen out with Donald Trump and vowed to remain in post, dismissing a report that he had once dubbed the president a moron. For his part, Trump declared he has total confidence in his top diplomat, after both had denied an explosive report [] 

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Thu, 05 Oct 2017
The House of Representatives Committee on Public Petitions on Tuesday issued an arrest warrant against the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, for refusing to appear before it. The committee had, several times, invited Magu to appear before it on a petition by former first lady, Mrs. Patience Jonathan. [] 

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Thu, 05 Oct 2017
NON-REMITTANCE of revenues by government agencies is a phenomenon that promotes obscene enrichment of civil servants, while public sector finance is in dire straits. This aberration was brought to the fore when two federal agencies made jaw-dropping contributions to the Federation Account recently. It prompted the Federal Executive Council to direct that their past heads [] 

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Thu, 05 Oct 2017
Tony Okafor, Awka A former governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi, has explained why he is working against the re-election of his successor, Willie Obiano. Obi, who spoke on Wednesday during a rally organised by the women's wing of the Peoples Democratic Party at the PDP secretariat in Awka, Anambra State, said he was [] 

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Thu, 05 Oct 2017
Prof. Yemi Akinseye-George, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, is the President of the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, an organisation which is at the forefront of the campaign for speedy criminal justice in Nigeria. In this interview with OLADIMEJI RAMON he speaks about the Federal Government's anti-graft war among other issues Despite President Muhammadu Buhari's clear [] 

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Thu, 05 Oct 2017
Oladimeji Ramon A professor of International Law and Jurisprudence at the University of Lagos, Akin Oyebode; and a former President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Dr. Olisa Agbakoba (SAN), have separately condemned the Non-Governmental Organisation bill being considered by the National Assembly. While Agbakoba argued that the bill was unnecessary, Oyebode described it as nothing [] 

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Thu, 05 Oct 2017
Human rights advocacy group, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, has advised the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, to review the membership of the committee he set up to monitor high-profile corruption cases in various courts across the country. The 15-member committee, named, Corruption and Financial Crime Cases Trial Monitoring Committee, is headed by [] 

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Thu, 05 Oct 2017
Oyetunji Abioye The naira recorded a marginal gain on Wednesday, closing at 363 per United States dollar. The local currency had closed at 364/dollar on Tuesday, up from 365/dollar recorded on Friday. The Federal Government declared Monday public day for the celebration of Nigeria's independence. The Central Bank of Nigeria on Tuesday intervened in the [] 

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Thu, 05 Oct 2017
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi The Nigeria Immigration Service has increased visa issuing centres and counters from one to two at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos. A source, who craved anonymity, said the immigration authorities in Abuja ordered the Lagos airport command to increase the counters to two in order to facilitate foreigners' movement into the country [] 

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Thu, 05 Oct 2017
Everest Amaefule, Abuja The Central Bank of Nigeria has recovered over N50bn excess charges imposed by banks on their customers. The Acting Director, Corporate Communications, CBN, Mr. Isaac Okorafor, disclosed this at the ongoing Abuja International Trade Fair on Wednesday. Okorafor said that the CBN was committed to ensuring that banks customers were not subjected [] 

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Thu, 05 Oct 2017
Olufemi Atoyebi, Ibadan The Group Managing Director, Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, Maikanti Baru, on Wednesday reopened the NNPC depot in the Apata area of Ibadan, Oyo State after some years of inactivity. Baru said that President Muhammadu Buhari was concerned about ease of fuel distribution and supply to every part of the company, which he [] 

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Thu, 05 Oct 2017
commences fresh action on ease of doing business Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja The Federal Government on Wednesday approved the payment of N25.994bn owed by its Ministries, Departments and Agencies to electricity distribution companies. The government also resolved to investigate the firm that was said to have exported poor quality yams from Nigeria to the United States. [] 

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Thu, 05 Oct 2017
Femi Asu The Director of the Department of Petroleum Resources, Mr. Mordecai Ladan, has urged laboratory practitioners in the nation's oil and gas industry to improve the quality of the work they do. He gave the charge on Wednesday in Lagos at the second edition of the Stakeholders' Laboratory Workshop, organised by the DPR. He [] 

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Thu, 05 Oct 2017
The Chief Executive Officer of Skye Bank Plc, Tokunbo Abiru, has advocated practical strategies, concerted efforts and close collaboration among stakeholders to prevent proliferation of cloned apps with its attendant effects in the country. He said experts in the information and communications technology sectors must come together to enhance the sector's growth. Abiru made this [] 

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Thu, 05 Oct 2017
The First City Monument Bank has restated its commitment to attaining the highest level of customer advocacy by leveraging its business models and technology to enhance customer satisfaction. As a result, the lender said it was set to further enhance the experience of its customers by rolling-out series of rewarding initiatives to celebrate this year's [] 

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Thu, 05 Oct 2017
Oyetunji Abioye Personalbanking@punchng.com You probably know that you should take care when using an Automated Teller Machine, but how can you know for sure that the device has been compromised ' and what should you do upon realising this' The ATMs in the wall of banks, hotels, supermarkets, shopping malls, bus stops and other locations [] 

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Thu, 05 Oct 2017
Femi Asu Oil marketers have said the Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers Senior Staff Association and the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers are threatening to embark on a nationwide strike over the backlog of salaries owed their members. The marketers, in a communiqu after their joint National Executive Council meeting held on [] 

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Thu, 05 Oct 2017
Femi Asu Stakeholders in the nation's oil and gas industry have said the passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill will present opportunities for the nation's oil and gas industry. They spoke at a breakfast lecture, entitled 'Petroleum Industry Bill: Challenges and opportunities,' organised by the Island Club, Onikan, Lagos. The PIB, which has been in [] 

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Thu, 05 Oct 2017
Concerned about drag in the implementation of the Cabotage Act, stakeholders have requested the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency to facilitate the disbursement and utilisation of the Cabotage Vessel Financing Fund for the purpose of developing indigenous shipping capacity. They expressed worry at a conference in Lagos that the slow in policy implementation was [] 

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Thu, 05 Oct 2017
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja Rice farmers, millers and processors on Wednesday announced that the price of a 50kg bag of the produce would fall to around N6,000 in the next few months. According to them, the current market price of rice, which is about N15,000 per 50kg bag, will drop to between N6,000 and N7,000 in [] 

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Thu, 05 Oct 2017
The Nigeria Customs Service, Federal Operations Unit, Zone 'A' has impounded 11 smuggled exotic vehicles with a duty paid value of N125.4m. Disclosing this to journalists in Lagos on Wednesday, the Controller, NCS FOU, Zone 'A', Mohammed Uba, also stated that eight suspects had been arrested in connection with 128 seizures. He said that there [] 

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Thu, 05 Oct 2017
An importer and freight forwarder, Eddy Akwaeze, has criticised the Comptroller General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ali (Rtd), over reported plans to shut Seme border in Lagos. Akwaeze, who described the idea as absurd and one that would worsen the nation's economic challenges, advised the Customs chief to seek advice on more proactive and modern [] 

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Thu, 05 Oct 2017
Reports (and the study confirms) that the issue of simple, repetitive, and easy-to-guess PINs is so widespread that if a thief managed to steal enough cards they would be able to walk up to an ATM or go to a store and use every 18th card like cash with the correct PIN. Sure, if you [] 

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Thu, 05 Oct 2017
Ozioma Ubabukoh Barring any last minute change in plans, the Nigeria Labour Congress will today (Thursday) picket MTN Nigeria's office in Abuja, the head office of Orange Drugs in Lagos, the Abuja Environmental Protection Board, and Chi Nigeria Limited office in Lagos as part of its campaign against the use of casual workers in the [] 

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Thu, 05 Oct 2017
The National Engineering and Technical Company Limited, a subsidiary of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, said it recorded a profit after tax of N5.1bn in the 2015 and 2016 financial years. The company said N1.4bn profit was recorded for 2015 while N3.7bn was made in 2016, according to a statement. Speaking at the company's annual [] 

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Thu, 05 Oct 2017
The ongoing rehabilitation work on the Apapa/Wharf road is taking longer than stakeholders had envisaged due to gas pipelines along the project site, our correspondent has learnt from parties handling the job. The Nigerian Ports Authority had in June signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Dangote Group and Flour Mills for the rehabilitation of the [] 

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Thu, 05 Oct 2017
Stakeholders in the Nigerian haulage industry are preparing for the 2017 edition of the Haulage and Logistics Magazine Annual Conference & Exhibition tagged Haulmace 2017. The stakeholders, according to a statement on Wednesday, would discuss the emerging trends in the haulage business in Nigeria in an attempt to move the industry to greater heights. It [] 

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Thu, 05 Oct 2017
Stanley Opara At the close of trading on Wednesday, the Nigerian Stock Exchange All-Share Index gained 0.15 per cent to close at 35,358.57 basis points as 19 stocks appreciated. Thus, the year-to-date return advanced to 31.57 per cent. In addition to 18 stocks that declined, the volume of transactions and market turnover declined by 53.02 [] 

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Thu, 05 Oct 2017
The Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company Plc has appealed for the understanding and cooperation of its customers in Abeokuta and environs for the disruption they will experience in the electricity supply in the coming months. The IBEDC said in a statement that the Transmission Company of Nigeria would embark on infrastructural and equipment upgrade at the [] 

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Thu, 05 Oct 2017
TechnipFMC Plc said it had successfully installed six manifold modules it built for Total's Egina project offshore Nigeria within Oil Mining Lease 130. It said the modules were manufactured at the Aveon yard in Port Harcourt, Rivers State. According to a statement, TechnipFMC provides project management, engineering, procurement, and construction for Egina's entire Subsea Production [] 

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Thu, 05 Oct 2017
Friday Olokor, Jos The Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Jos Electricity Distribution Company Plc, Mohammed Modibbo, has said the company is targeting over 500,000 new customers by the middle of 2018 to achieve 80 per cent connectivity milestone by 2019. He said the company recorded a significant increase in the number of its customers to 472,000 [] 

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Thu, 05 Oct 2017
Thursday withAbimbola Adelakun aadelakun@punchng.com Piqued by criticisms that followed his 20-foot statue of Chief Obafemi Awolowo, the artist, Hamza Atta, has since been on a damage limitation public relations whirlwind. The subtext of his PR is self-congratulatory and tone-deaf, an indication that it is perhaps futile engaging him further on why those who have oju [] 

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Thu, 05 Oct 2017
Greg Odogwu gregodogwu@yahoo.com 08063601665 African Heads of State at the 23rd Ordinary Session of the African Union in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, in June 2014 adopted the Malabo Declaration to accelerate agricultural growth and transformation to lift Africa out of poverty. The 2014 declaration was a formal commitment by the AU Heads of State and Government [] 

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Thu, 05 Oct 2017
The strategic importance of a cleaner environment as bedrock upon which development and economic prosperity rest has been an area of research well documented across the globe. Undeniably, major world cities like London, Washington, Oslo, Dublin, Paris are famous because of the beauty of their sparkling clean environments. Indeed, while no one can possibly be [] 

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Thu, 05 Oct 2017
Niran Adedokun nadedokun@gmail.com If you do not want to incur the wrath of the average Nigerian unforgivably, do not hurt what they consider to be their ethnic or religious ego. Now, the tricky part of the deal is that you may never know what they so consider until you already would have crossed the line, [] 

Thu, 05 Oct 2017
Success Nwogu, Ilorin UNION leaders and members of Kwara State College of Education, Ilorin, as well as members and supporters of Good Governance Forum on Wednesday protested in Kwara State. Members of the College of Education Academic Staff Union protested at the gate of Kwara State College of Education, while members of the Good Governance [] 

Thu, 05 Oct 2017
Afeez Hanafi The Lagos State Command Police has said seven vehicles were vandalised during the clash between Olorunnishola boys and Idi Araba boys, in the Mushin Local Government Area of the state. The command added that it had intensified efforts to ensure that the communities were rid of hoodlums. PUNCH Metro had reported that the [] 

Thu, 05 Oct 2017
Oluwatosin Omojuyigbe A 41-year-old man, Nathaniel Onwuegbulam, was on Wednesday arraigned before a Lagos State High Court in Ikeja for allegedly defiling a 14-year-old put in his care. Onwuegbulam was arraigned on a count bordering on defilement which he pleaded not guilty to. According to the prosecutor, Adebayo Haroun, the victim was given to the [] 

Thu, 05 Oct 2017
Sesan Olufowobiand Afeez Hanafi The police in Lagos State have arrested two masqueraders in their costumes, as well as their handlers, in Elere, in the Agege area of the state. The Acting Commissioner of Police in the state, Edgal Imohimi, in a video that trended on the Internet on Wednesday, accused the masqueraders and their [] 

Thu, 05 Oct 2017
Oladimeji Ramon The Federal High Court in Lagos has fixed November 14 for hearing in a suit filed by the families of those killed by a trailer which fell off the Ojuelegba Bridge in Lagos on September 2, 2015. An unlatched 40-feet container had disengaged from the articulated vehicle and fallen on some vehicles moving [] 

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