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NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE PUNCH NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [14 OCTOBER, 2017].


Below are the headlines found on The Punch Online Newspaper for today, Saturday, 14 October, 2017.

Sat, 14 Oct 2017
Niyi Odebode, Chukwudi Akasike, Kamarudeen Ogundele, Adelani Adepegba, Olaleye Aluko, Jesusegun Alagbe and Tunde Ajaja Nigerians and socio-cultural groups on Friday lashed out at President Muhammadu Buhari over his alleged request that the World Bank should focus on the North. They described the request as proof that Buharis administration favoured the North. The President of [] 

Sat, 14 Oct 2017
Among other insinuations President Muhammadu Buharis critics make as his pro-north actions and pronouncements against his declaration in his now famous inaugural speech in 2015 I belong to everybody and I belong to nobody are the following: The President of the World Bank Group, Jim Yong Kim, said at the ongoing annual meeting of the [] 


Sat, 14 Oct 2017
Gibson Achonu, Owerri Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, has revealed for the first time the response of President Muhammadu Buhari to the controversial memo on the Group Managing Director of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, Dr. Maikanti Baru. It would be recalled that the ministers memo raised issues over the conduct [] 

Sat, 14 Oct 2017
Friday Amobi, Port Harcourt There was pandemonium in Rumuagholu community, Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State following a report that a middle-aged man, had allegedly attempted to commit suicide over N27m debt, a source disclosed. The man, Mishack Okonye, who is the Managing Director of CMIK High Global Service, was said to have incurred [] 

Sat, 14 Oct 2017
Alexander Okere, Benin A Benin High Court has granted bail to a former Chairman of the Edo State Universal Basic Education Board, Stephen Alao, and four other ex-members of the board standing trial for alleged misappropriation of N1.5bn. The presiding judge, Justice Ohimai Ovbiagele, in his ruling on Friday, granted bail to all the accused [] 

Sat, 14 Oct 2017
Etim Ekpimah, Uyo THE Akwa Ibom State Police Command has arrested a suspected cultist member for killing a police sergeant, Victor Akpan, and injuring one Samuel Solomon, also a police sergeant. The victims were all attached to Ikot Ekpene Divisional Headquarters. It was learnt that on October 8, 2017 at about 0730hrs, a case of [] 

Sat, 14 Oct 2017
No to change of name IPOB Dayo Oketola and Gbenro Adeoye An Igbo group in the Diaspora, Biafran Government in Exile, has suggested that the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra should change its name and continue its push for the sovereignty of Biafra under a new name Zionist Movement of Jews in Africa South [] 

Sat, 14 Oct 2017
Olusola Fabiyi, Abuja The Federal Government has called on Nigerias international partners to designate the Indigenous People of Biafra as a terrorist organisation. Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, made the call on behalf of the government in his article, entitled, Thwarting Terrorism in Nigeria, which appeared in the United States of Americas [] 

Sat, 14 Oct 2017
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday said allegations of under-representation of the Igbo in his government were unfounded. He said while he gave the South-East zone four substantive ministers, he could not take any decision on foreign policy and investments without the input of two of them. According to a statement by his [] 

Sat, 14 Oct 2017
Oluwatosin Omojuyigbe The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Friday disclosed before a Lagos State High Court that the commission was ready to call 20 witnesses to testify against the embattled National Industrial Court Judge, Justice Agbadu Fishim. Justice Fishim, who was alleged to have collected N3.5m bribe from lawyers, was arraigned on a 19-count [] 


Sat, 14 Oct 2017
Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has accused Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State of diverting N680m from the states coffers to a private fixed deposit account, which was yielding N6m interest every month. The N680m was alleged to have been part of the bailouts paid to the state government by the [] 

Sat, 14 Oct 2017
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation on Friday gave further insight into the Presidential approval it received from the Presidency while President Muhammadu Buhari was out of the country on medical vacation. According to the corporation, Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo only gave approval for joint venture financing, adding that it was the NNPC Tenders [] 


Sat, 14 Oct 2017
Oladimeji Ramon The Federal High Court in Lagos on Friday ordered the temporary forfeiture of a total of N1,442,384,857.84 found in the bank accounts of three firms, which allegedly impersonated the consultants engaged by the Nigeria Governors Forum to analyse the Paris/London Club loan refunds due to the states. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, [] 

Sat, 14 Oct 2017
Simon Utebor and Success Nwogu Parents and guardians on Friday stormed schools in Bayelsa State to withdraw their children following rumours that the Nigerian Army was conducting immunisation as part of its ongoing Operation Crocodile Smile II in the Niger Delta. The parents, whose actions created panic in Yenagoa, the state capital, were reportedly told [] 

Sat, 14 Oct 2017
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja Almost two months after he returned to the country from his medical trip to London, United Kingdom, President Muhammadu Buhari has yet to return to his office inside the Presidential Villa, Abuja. But the Presidency says the situation has not in any way hindered the President from performing his duties. Buhari, who [] 

Sat, 14 Oct 2017
Kunle Falayi and Olaleye Aluko The Nigerian Army said its Crocodile Smile II, which was launched in Lagos on Friday, would target pipeline vandals, kidnappers, and cultists operating in the South-West and South-South. The controversial Operation Crocodile Smile II kicked off in Tarkwa Bay, as the army said the exercise would be reinforced by the [] 

Sat, 14 Oct 2017
Gibson Achonu, Owerri OVER 3,000 displaced traders from the demolished Owerri Eke ukwu market by Imo state Government, has got a cheque of N50 million to assist them revive their businesses. The Chief Executive Officer, Zinox Technologies, Dr. Leo Stan Ekeh, handed over the cheque to Fidelity Bank Plc representative, Mr. Iheanyi Amakeme, in Owerri, [] 

Sat, 14 Oct 2017
Femi Makinde and Sodiq Oyeleke The authorities of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Osun State have suspended four students of the institution for allegedly leading other students in a protest against unstable power supply and for alleged forceful release of students arrested by the police from a police station. This is contained in a [] 

Sat, 14 Oct 2017
Friday Olokor, Jos The Plateau State government has called on its health care personnel to watch out for signs and symptoms of the monkeypox viral disease. According to the State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Kamshak Kudeng, although the government cannot completely compel people to stop consumption of monkeys, it should be cooked properly because at [] 

Sat, 14 Oct 2017
Jesusegun Alagbe Poultry farmers have called on the Federal Government to give attention to the poultry industry, saying it is an industry which had employed up to three million Nigerians. The farmers also lamented the high cost of production of egg in the country, which they said had made many farmers to lose fortunes. The [] 

Sat, 14 Oct 2017
Kunle Falayi An elder statesman and former head of Unilever Nigeria Plc., Dr. Michael Omolayole, has called for more respect for the elderly in Nigeria. Omolayole was speaking at the press conference to mark the 2017 Older Persons Day organised by the 3rd Age Initiative, a non-governmental organisation advocating care for the elderly in the [] 

Sat, 14 Oct 2017
Jesusegun Alagbe The Paramount Ruler of Ijesaland and Chairman, Osun State Council of Traditional Rulers, Oba (Dr.) Gabriel Aromolaran II, on Friday, clocked 80. Thanking God for a successful reign and peace in Ijesaland since his ascension to the throne on February 20, 1982, the monarch said he would honour some prominent Nigerians as part [] 

Sat, 14 Oct 2017
John Charles, Makurdi A Federal High Court sitting in Makurdi, the Benue State capital, on Friday remanded a serving member of the Benue State House of Assembly representing Logo State Constituency, Kester Kyenge, in prison. The court also remanded in prison former chairmen of Ukum and Ado local government areas of the state, Mr. David [] 

Sat, 14 Oct 2017
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday expressed sadness over the deaths of some secondary school students who drowned in River Kaduna while on an excursion. In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, Buhari commiserated with the bereaved parents, the school authorities and the Kaduna State Government [] 

Sat, 14 Oct 2017
Angel George A platform for agricultural training, advocacy, exhibitions, farming projects and hub for farmers has opened in Lagos. Known as the World Farmers Centre, the platform is aimed, among others, at upgrading the knowledge of individuals, groups, and bodies involved in the business of agriculture at different levels. A statement by the centre said [] 

Sat, 14 Oct 2017
Tunde Ajaja The Dean, School of Communication, Lagos State University, Prof. Rotimi Olatunji, has called on advertising professionals to shun the use of sexual images or contents in their products, saying such advert materials do not promote acceptability; neither do they enhance the purchase of goods and services. Delivering the 63rd inaugural lecture of the [] 

Sat, 14 Oct 2017
Tunde Ajaja The Murtala Muhammed Foundation in partnership with Gbenga and Aisha Oyebode, the latter being the first child of late Head of State, Gen. Murtala Muhammed, say they have inaugurated an initiative that will inspire students to venture into the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. In a statement on Friday, the Oyebodes [] 

Sat, 14 Oct 2017
Chukwudi Akasike, Port Harcourt Total Exploration and Production Nigeria has signed two Memoranda of Understanding with the people of Egi in Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area of Rivers State. While one of the MoUs is for Egi Clan, the other is for Egi Oil and Gas Families Association. The oil firm said that the signing of [] 

Sat, 14 Oct 2017
Chidiebube Okeoma, Owerri Imo state police command has been nominated as the best crime bursting Police Command in West and Central Africa by Security Watch Africa. The state commissioner of police, Chris Ezike, was also nominated as the most outstanding Crime Bursting Chief and Best Anti Crime Security Chief in West Africa. A statement signed [] 

Sat, 14 Oct 2017
Ovie Okpare, Warri An indigenous oil and gas company, Matrix Energy Limited, on Friday denied the involvement of one of its vessels in an alleged illegal oil business by the Nigerian Navy. The company said recent media report, linking one of its vessels; MT Matrix 1, to illegal oil business activities, as false and misleading [] 

Sat, 14 Oct 2017
Mudiaga Affe, Calabar Tens of pensioners on Thursday cried out to the Cross River State Governor, Prof. Ben Ayade, over their pitiable situation, saying they have been reduced to beggars and refugees after spending 35 years working for their fatherland. The retirees, who spoke under the aegis of Nigeria Union of Pensioners, Cross River State [] 

Sat, 14 Oct 2017
Samuel Awoyinfa, Abeokuta A former Governor of Ogun State, Chief Gbenga Daniel, on Friday held a closed-door meeting with former President Olusegun Obasanjo to discuss his ambition for the national chairmanship of the Peoples Democratic Party. The meeting, which lasted for about an hour, held at the former Presidents Hilltop Mansion in Abeokuta, Ogun State [] 

Sat, 14 Oct 2017
Kamarudeen Ogundele, Ado-Ekiti Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has said that God will guide him and the Peoples Democratic Party in the choice of who will be the deputy governorship candidate of the party in next years election in the state. He said this in Ado-Ekiti on Friday during the Jumat to mark the third [] 

Sat, 14 Oct 2017
Gibson Achonu, Owerri The President of South Africa, Mr. Jacob Zuma, on Friday, arrived Owerri, Imo State capital, for a two-day visit. He arrived at the Sam Mbakwe International Cargo Airport at exactly 7.10pm and was received by former President Olusegun Obasanjo and Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha. Obasanjo had arrived in the state one [] 

Sat, 14 Oct 2017
Tunde Ajaja Digital TV operator, StarTimes, says it will be in the vanguard of the prevention of the human immunodeficiency virus. Speaking at the inaugural meeting of Global HIV Prevention Coalition held in Geneva, Switzerland, recently, StarTimes Vice-President, Ms. Guo Ziqi, said the company would make full use of its resources and maximise its strength [] 


Sat, 14 Oct 2017
Jesusegun Alagbe with agency report Gunmen on Friday kidnapped an Italian priest in Benin City, Edo State. According to the website of the Italian Catholic Bishops Conference, Avvenire, the victim, 63-year-old Maurizio Pallu, had been working for three years in Nigeria before his kidnap. The report stated that Pallu was taken alongside four other people [] 

Sat, 14 Oct 2017
Forty-five people remain hospitalized following the mass shooting in Las Vegas nearly two weeks ago and some are in critical condition, the county sheriff said Friday. Meanwhile, the FBI said no evidence has been found so far that the man who carried out the deadliest mass shooting in recent US history, 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, was [] 

Sat, 14 Oct 2017
Surrounded by news cameras and supporters, Lamonte McIntyre hugged his mother Friday for the first time as a free man in 23 years. The 41-year-old Kansas native was wrongly convicted of a double murder and finally set free after spending more than half of his life behind bars. He was serving two life sentences. The [] 

Sat, 14 Oct 2017
South Africas President Jacob Zuma was on Friday evening conferred with a chieftaincy title in Owerri, Imo State. Zuma was given the traditional title of Ochiagha Imo by Eze Imo. The chieftaincy title certificate was presented to him by former President of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo. The conferment of chieftaincy title on the South African [] 

Sat, 14 Oct 2017
Kamarudeen Ogundele, Ado Ekiti The Ekiti State Governor, Mr AyodeleFayose, has said that he was not surprised by the comment from the President of the World Bank Group, Jim Yong Kim, that President Muhammadu Buhari directed that the bank should focus on the northern region. The President has never hidden the fact that he is [] 

Sat, 14 Oct 2017
The Independent National Electoral Commission has said that it is yet to officially release the timetable and schedule of activities for the 2019 General Elections. The commission made the clarification in its daily bulletin issued on Friday in Abuja. It stated that the clarification became important following several enquiries from stakeholders on the issue. It [] 

Sat, 14 Oct 2017
The nuclear weapons disarmament campaigners awarded this years Nobel Peace Prize denounced US President Donald Trumps decision on Friday to decertify the Iran nuclear deal, saying it makes proliferation more likely. PresidentTrumps rejectionof the JCPOA is an incitement to proliferation,makesachievingfurther agreementsto rein in the nuclear threat more difficult, and increases global risk of nuclear use, [] 

Sat, 14 Oct 2017
Hindi Livinus, Yola Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar will be contesting 2019 presidential election because of the failure of President Muhammadu Buhari to deliver on the promises made to Nigerians by the All Progressives Congress, Atiku Support Group has said. The Director-General of the Atiku Support Group, Mark Wosi, said this on Friday, while confirming the [] 

Sat, 14 Oct 2017
Etim Ekpimah, Uyo Ibiaku and Nduetong communities in Uruan Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State have threatened to boycott future elections over the collapse of their only access road to Uyo. Southern City News learnt that the two communities used to transport their agricultural produce to Uyo quickly and easily through the once easily-accessible [] 

Sat, 14 Oct 2017
Insubordination by President Muhammadu Buhari's appointees against their superiors in the past two years, according to analysts, has become a recurring decimal that should be addressed, writes JESUSEGUN ALAGBE When a strong-worded memo from the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, to President Muhammadu Buhari on the actions of the Group Managing [] 

Sat, 14 Oct 2017
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The tariff payable by electricity consumers may increase by 61.5 per cent any time soon following the latest revelation by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission on Friday that it was waiting for a final approval from the Federal Government before implementing the new rate. According to NERC, the actual tariff for one [] 

Sat, 14 Oct 2017
Anna Okon The Nigerian Ports Authority said that it suspended its pilotage monitoring and supervision agreement with maritime logistics firm, Integrated Logistics Services Nigeria Limited because the firm failed to comply with the Federal Government's directive on the Treasury Single Account. It could be recalled that the Federal Government had asked the NPA to void [] 

Sat, 14 Oct 2017
Gibson Achonu, Owerri The Odu'a Investment Company Limited, the investment hub of the South-West region of Nigeria, has concluded plans to venture into the oil and gas sector to boost the company's fortunes. The Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, OICL, Mr. Adewale Raji, stated this while fielding questions from our correspondent in Owerri, [] 

Sat, 14 Oct 2017
Sterling Bank Plc has joined other corporate bodies around the world to celebrate its employees as part of activities to mark the 2017 Customer Service Week. The Executive Director, Operations and Services, Sterling Bank Plc, Mr. Yemi Odubiyi, said the bank decided to honour its employers in recognition of their significant contributions to the growth [] 
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