NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE PUNCH NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [16 NOVEMBER, 2017].


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Below are the headlines found on The Punch Online Newspaper for today, Thursday, 16 November, 2017.

Thu, 16 Nov 2017
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The Federal High Court in Abuja on Wednesday modified its orders made on October 17, 2017 directing the 19 commercial banks in the country to freeze all accounts without Bank Verification Numbers. Following a compromise reached between the lawyers to the Federal Government and 19 commercial banks during Wednesdays proceedings, Justice Nnamdi [] 

Thu, 16 Nov 2017
Olalekan Adetayo and Leke Baiyewu President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the immediate reinstatement of the security aides of Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State. According to a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, the President gave the order in Awka on Wednesday. Adesina said Obiano had, while receiving Buhari [] 


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Thu, 16 Nov 2017
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari said he did not know many of his appointees, including ministers, as of the time he appointed them to top government positions. He said he only came across their names from the records which he worked with. According to a statement on Wednesday by his Special Adviser on Media [] 

Thu, 16 Nov 2017
Adelani Adepegba, Abuja The Comptroller-General of Immigration, Muhammad Babandede, has revoked the residence permits of the expatriate workers in six companies, including Intels Nigeria Ltd., said to belong to former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar. The affected workers were also directed to leave the country on or before November 30, 2017 failing which they might be deported. [] 

Thu, 16 Nov 2017
Zimbabwes military said on Wednesday that it was holding President Robert Mugabe and his family safe while targeting criminals in the entourage of Mugabe who has ruled the South African nation for 37 years. A general appeared on state television to announce the takeover as armoured vehicles blocked roads to the main government offices, parliament [] 

Thu, 16 Nov 2017
Ifeanyi Onuba andOlaleye Aluko, Abuja The Federal Government is proposing to spend N4.86bn in the 2018 fiscal year on maintenance of the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The budgeted amount for next year when compared to the N4.95bn allocated for annual routine maintenance of villa facilities in the 2017 budget represents a decline of about N90m. In [] 

Thu, 16 Nov 2017
Olusola Fabiyi, Abuja Former President Goodluck Jonathan has asked a former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mrs. Farida Waziri, to name the person he allegedly asked her to stop investigating while in office or shut up. Jonathan stated this while faulting the claim that the EFCC was stifled under his administration as [] 

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Thu, 16 Nov 2017
Sodiq Oyeleke Veteran comedian, Moses Olaiya, popularly known as Baba Sala, has solicited the financial support of well-meaning Nigerians for him to be able to take care of his health. The comedian, who sank into the background after enjoying patronage and limelight for decades, is said to be suffering from a stroke. At a briefing [] 

Thu, 16 Nov 2017
Kayode Idowu, Maiduguri Fourteen persons were on Wednesday killed in Borno State as four suicide bombers launched attacks on the troubled town. Twenty-nine persons were injured in the attack that threw residents of the state capital into panic. It was learnt that four suicide bombers, two males and two females, targeted a community in the [] 

Thu, 16 Nov 2017
A human rights lawyer Femi Falana (SAN), on Wednesday accused the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation of failing to remit over $21.7bn and N376bn since 1999. The human rights activist said instead of piling up external loans, the Federal Government should be compelled by the Nigerian people to embark on the immediate recovery and repatriation of [] 


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Thu, 16 Nov 2017
Ihuoma Chiedozie, Enugu The Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra on Wednesday said Biafrans were not fooled by President Muhammadu Buharis visit to the South-East. The President was in Ebonyi State on Tuesday, from where he proceeded to Anambra State on Wednesday. Reacting to the development, MASSOB said Buharis visit to [] 

Thu, 16 Nov 2017
Olaleye Aluko, Abuja The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board has said the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination in 2018 will hold from March 9 to March 17 in about 620 computer-based test centres nationwide. The JAMB Registrar, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, who said this during a stakeholders meeting in Abuja on Wednesday, noted that the board had [] 

Thu, 16 Nov 2017
Leke Baiyewu, Abuja Lawmaker representing Borno South Senatorial District, Senator Ali Ndume, resumed on Wednesday from his six-month suspension by the Senate. Ndume, at the plenary on Wednesday, raised a point of order to speak on the North-East Development Commission and the late Senator Isiaka Adeleke. He said, You know that I have been away [] 

Thu, 16 Nov 2017
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, has described the forfeiture or confiscation of proceeds of crime as an anti-corruption tool that conforms to international best practices. But the CJN reiterated that forfeiture orders must follow the provisions of the Nigerian constitution, adding that the predicate offence must be proved, in [] 

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Thu, 16 Nov 2017
The Transparency International-United Kingdom has invited the Chief Executive Officer, Integrity Organisation Limited, Mr. Soji Apampa, to deliver a lecture at the Business Integrity Forum meeting in London. Apampa would speak on menace of corruption and practical tips for doing business in Nigeria at the forum scheduled for November 23, 2017. According to a statement, [] 

Thu, 16 Nov 2017
The West African Examinations Council has created a new diet of its examination to cater for a large number of external candidates registering for the examination. The councils Head, National Office, Mr. Olu Adenipekun, disclosed this at the unveiling of the first series of the West African Senior School Certificate Examination diets for private candidates [] 

Thu, 16 Nov 2017
Godwin Isenyo, Kaduna The Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, on Wednesday visited Sabin Gaya community in Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State where youths held motorists and other road users on the Abuja-Kaduna highways hostage on Sunday. The youths protested against the killing of a 35-year-old member of the vigilante group, Haruna Maikaji, by [] 

Thu, 16 Nov 2017
Oladimeji Ramon The Lions Clubs International, District 404 A1, Nigeria has said it is not backing down on its quest to build a N200m dialysis centre at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi-Araba despite the demise of its District Governor, High Chief Olusola Dada, who conceived the idea. The clubs new District Governor, Olatunbosun Okpeseyi, [] 

Thu, 16 Nov 2017
Afeez Hanafi The Lagos State Parks and Gardens Agency (LASPARK) has called on artists to be part of a new open-air art gallery in the state. The LASPARK General Manager, Mrs. Bilikis Adebiyi-Abiola, said the exhibition, tagged Art in the Park, would begin at the Muri Okunola Park, Victoria Island, on Saturday. She urged residents, [] 

Thu, 16 Nov 2017
Samson Folarin Some of the former dwellers of Otodo Gbame, a slum in the Lekki area of Lagos State, on Wednesday stormed the Lagos House, Ikeja, to demand the resettlement of over 30,000 displaced residents. The protesters barricaded the entrance to the office of the state Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, carrying placards, leaves and mats, saying [] 

Thu, 16 Nov 2017
Twelve people were killed Wednesday evening after four suicide bombers struck in the regional capital ofMaiduguri in northeast Nigeria, rescue workers told AFP. Two men and two women blew themselves up in the Muna neighbourhood at around 1700 GMT, the chief security officer of Borno States emergency response agency, Bello Dambatta, said. The total people [] 


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Thu, 16 Nov 2017
THERE has been no let-up in the feuding between the State Security Service and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. Evidence, if any was needed, was provided last week when the anti-graft agency complained publicly that the SSS was hindering its investigation into the $2.1 billion arms fund scandal. To save the faltering anti-corruption war, [] 

Thu, 16 Nov 2017
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday met with the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Mahmood Yakubu, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The meeting was held barely three days to the governorship election in Anambra State. The election is scheduled to hold on Saturday. The meeting started shortly after Osinbajo presided over [] 

Thu, 16 Nov 2017
Olusola Fabiyi, Abuja A former Minister of Education, Prof. Tunde Adeniran, has called on the Governor of Ekiti State, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, to forget his desire to fly the ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party in the 2019 presidential election. Also, the Chairman, PDP National Caretaker Committee, Ahmed Makarfi, has said supporters of some aspirants [] 

Thu, 16 Nov 2017
Tony Okafor, Awka Former local government councillors in Anambra State on Wednesday protested in Awka, the state capital, over alleged arrears of entitlements owed them by the state government. They said since they left office in 2015, Governor Willie Obiano had refused to have any discussion with them on the matter. The group made up [] 

Thu, 16 Nov 2017
Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja The Independent National Electoral Commission has announced the end of the distribution of Permanent Voter Cards ahead of the Anambra State governorship election which holds on Saturday The Chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmoud Yakubu, made the disclosure at a stakeholders' meeting in Awka on Tuesday. He said all those who failed to [] 

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Thu, 16 Nov 2017
Mudiaga Affe, Calabar A former deputy national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Bode George, turned into a preacher when he visited the Cross River State Governor, Prof. Ben Ayade, to canvass support in his bid to clinch the post of the national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party in the December 9 national [] 

Thu, 16 Nov 2017
Toby Okafor, Awka President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday attended the grand finale of the campaign of the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress in the November 18 poll in the state. By 9am, the APC faithful and non-party members converged on the Dr. Alex Ekwueme Square, Awka, to welcome the President. The situation caused [] 

Thu, 16 Nov 2017
NNPC asked to provide details of $80m held by UBA John Ameh, Abuja About $21.3m of Federal Government's funds held for the Nigerian Ports Authority by Heritage Bank had been trapped in the vault of the lender since 2016, the NPA told the House of Representatives in Abuja on Wednesday. The Managing Director, NPA, Hadiza [] 


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Thu, 16 Nov 2017
FEC approves National Building Code Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja The Federal Executive Council on Wednesday approved the retention of Malaysian consultants to help conduct a study that would aid the implementation of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration's Economic Recovery and Growth Plan. The Minister of Budget and National Planning, Udo Udoma, disclosed this to State House [] 

Thu, 16 Nov 2017
The House of Representatives on Wednesday accused electricity distribution companies of ripping off power consumers in the country with their new Mojec prepaid meters and called for urgent investigation to be conducted into the development. The House noted that the new meters 'gobble up units,' leaving deep holes in the pockets of consumers. A member [] 

Thu, 16 Nov 2017
Everest Amaefule, Abuja The Federal Government has said that it will take a decision on what happens to the Ajaokuta Steel Complex in due course. This position as contained in a statement issued by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Mines and Steel Development, Mr. Mohammed Abbas, on Wednesday was in response to a claim by [] 

Thu, 16 Nov 2017
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, announced on Wednesday that the Federal Government had commenced negotiations for a $4.92bn loan from the China Exim Bank for the construction of the 3,050 megawatts Mambilla Hydro Power Plant. Speaking at a workshop on the Power Sector Recovery Programme in Abuja, the [] 


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Thu, 16 Nov 2017
Oyetunji Abioye Personalbanking@punchng.com Plastic money has been in vogue for decades now. Billions of people across the globe carry a credit card, debit or prepaid card. 'Go Cashless' is the modern day mantra. We often hear about how credit card information is stolen or misused by conmen and cause damage to one's pocket. It is [] 

Thu, 16 Nov 2017
Ife Ogunfuwa The Board of Trustees, Women in Management, Business and Public Service, has named the Executive Director, Business Development and New Projects, Punch Nigeria Limited, Bunmi Aboderin-Talabi, as the new chairperson of its executive council. Aboderin-Talabi takes over from the former chairperson of the organisation, Aishah Ahmad, who started the 'Big Sister Programme' and [] 


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Thu, 16 Nov 2017
Femi Asu An independent impact investing company, All On, said it had made its first set of transactions aimed at facilitating increased access to affordable, reliable and sustainable energy sources for low-income households, the Small and Medium Enterprises and communities. According to a statement, seeded with funding from Royal Dutch Shell, the company is working [] 

Thu, 16 Nov 2017
Anna Okon Concerned over the wrecked ships and abandoned vessels littering Nigeria's waters, master mariners have supported the call for taking a legal action against owners of the wrecks. A member of the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents, Mr. Kayode Farinto, who represented the President of ANLCA, Olayiwola Shittu, raised the issue in Lagos [] 

Thu, 16 Nov 2017
Anna Okon The Chairman, Seaport Terminal Operators Association of Nigeria Vicky Haastrup, has described as ill-timed and ill-advised, the approval granted by the Federal Government to an oil company to open a new tank farm on Creek Road, Apapa. According to a recent report, the tank farm, which is under construction, has the capacity to [] 

Thu, 16 Nov 2017
Eurobonds account for 20% of Nigeria's $15.35bn foreign debt Oyetunji Abioye with agency report The Federal Government is set to meet global debt investors this week as it looks to sell its longest-maturity Eurobond yet. Specifically, the government has planned a roadshow to London and United States from Thursday to market up to $2.5bn of [] 

Thu, 16 Nov 2017
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja The National Bureau of Statistics on Wednesday released the Consumer Price Index, which measures inflation, with the index dropping year-on-year from 15.98 per cent in September to 15.91 per cent in October. The bureau stated in the report, which was made available to our correspondent, that this was the ninth consecutive month [] 


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Thu, 16 Nov 2017
Stanley Opara The Managing Director, Jaiz Bank Plc, Mr. Hassan Usman, says more West African countries and companies are likely to adopt Sukuk bonds to raise non-interest funds to finance infrastructural development and corporate growth plans. According to him, the passion for Sukuk issuance in the sub-continent will become evident as more countries discover the [] 

Thu, 16 Nov 2017
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to open the annual World Aviation Forum being organised by the International Civil Aviation Organisation and to be hosted in Nigeria later this month, according to the Ministry of Aviation in a statement on Wednesday. According to the ministry, the move by Buhari to open the forum [] 


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Thu, 16 Nov 2017
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The Geo-information Society of Nigeria has called for improved suitability maps that will adequately show the locations of crude oil deposits as well as other mineral resources across the country. According to GEOSON, such maps will reduce failure, increase yields and improve labour when deployed by operators in the oil/gas and mining [] 

Thu, 16 Nov 2017
Simon Utebor, Yenagoa ENI, the parent company of Nigerian Agip Oil Company, is using the Green River Project initiative to discourage oil theft, pipeline vandalism, sea piracy and other criminalities in the Niger Delta, the Managing Director, Agip, Massimo Insulla, has said. Insulla made this known during the 2017 NAPIMS/NAOC/Oando joint ventures GRP Farmers' Day [] 

Thu, 16 Nov 2017
The President, Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria, Prof. Segun Ajibola, will deliver Caleb University's third inaugural lecture and mark his 60th birthday this week. In a statement by the CIBN Lagos State branch on Wednesday, Ajibola was described as a consummate professional whose achievement had traversed the landscape of the banking community and the [] 

Thu, 16 Nov 2017
Femi Asu Chevron Nigeria Limited, an affiliate of Chevron Corporation, has announced the disbursement of $2.5m donated by Chevron to the Global Fund to fight the acquired immune deficiency syndrome, tuberculosis and malaria for the implementation of the Chevron-Global Fund Anti-Retroviral Treatment Service Maintenance Programme in Delta, Bayelsa, Ondo and Lagos states. It said a [] 

Thu, 16 Nov 2017
Stanley Opara The Nigerian equities market, on Wednesday, extended losses at the close of trade as the Morgan Stanley Capital International released the results of its semi-annual index review. In the review, Forte Oil Plc, FBN Holdings Plc, Guinness Nigeria Plc and PZ Cussons Nigeria Plc were removed from its Main Frontier Markets Index which [] 


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Thu, 16 Nov 2017
in talks with UK-based Savannah Petroleum 'Femi Asu After several defaults on its debt-servicing obligations, Seven Energy, an indigenous oil and gas exploration, development, production and distribution group, has entered into a transaction for a comprehensive capital restructuring, part of which is to sell most of its assets. The group, which operates in Nigeria through [] 

Thu, 16 Nov 2017
Etim Ekpimah, Uyo Consultants from Refast Consulting Company, Ghana, led by the immediate past Rector of the Ghana Regional Maritime University, Capt. Aaron Turkson, have arrived at the Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Oron, Akwa Ibom. The visit is in line with the ongoing restructuring of the academy, the Head of Corporate Affairs Desk in the [] 

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