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NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE PUNCH NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [3 NOVEMBER, 2017].


Below are the headlines found on The Punch Online Newspaper for today, Friday, 3 November, 2017.


Fri, 03 Nov 2017
The All Progressives Congress has come out with its strongest position yet on the controversy generated by the clamour by some party members for an automatic ticket for President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019.

In separate media interviews in Abuja, on Thursday, the APC National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, and the Chairman of the Progressives Governors’ Forum, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, said neither the President nor any member of the party would be given an automatic ticket.

Abdullahi, who was responding to a question on whether President Muhammadu Buhari would be given an automatic ticket to contest the next elections, said the party’s constitution did not have provisions for such.
He noted that as a law-abiding party, the APC would abide by its own rules as enshrined in its constitution when dealing with the issue of nominations.

The party spokesman further argued that Buhari had not indicated interest in seeking re-election, stressing that the talks about his second tenure was, at best, “presumptuous.”

“What I can assure you is that the APC will abide by the APC Constitution on such matters and our constitution does not provide for automatic ticket, our constitution does not provide for the right for first refusal. So, our party will abide by the constitution.

“We have looked at what our President has done and as a party we are happy with his achievements; if he comes up today to say he wants to contest, we will support him but to begin to throw things like automatic ticket, right of first refusal, they don’t exist in our constitution.”

Speaking in a similar vein, Okorocha on Thursday said there would be no automatic ticket for President Muhammadu Buhari to seek re-election on the platform of the All Progressives Congress.

Okorocha, who is also the governor of Imo State, said all candidates on the party’s platform must emerge through transparent democratic process.


Fri, 03 Nov 2017
Some Benue State women drawn from the 23 local government areas of the state marched round major roads the state capital, Makurdi, on Thursday to protest in support of the new law prohibiting open grazing in the state.

The women, including middle aged, young women and  half naked  elderly ones walked through the streets of Makurdi chanting solidarity songs to express joy  and support for the anti-open grazing law of the Governor Samuel Ortom-led administration.

The women armed with placards with various inscriptions such as “Respect anti-open grazing law,” “Governor Samuel Ortom, go ahead go ahead,” and “We support Anti-Open Grazing Law” matched to the Government House amidst tight security.

Ortom and his wife, Eunice, who jointly received the women at the Government House, appreciated the women for rallying support for the new law.

The governor noted that the law was initiated because there was no more vacant land in the state, adding that the population of Benue had increased from about one million in the 50s to about eight million in 2017.

Ortom added, “We love everyone resident in Benue State including the Fulani but we cannot continue to live with killers who have no respect for human lives. This law is to the benefit of everybody as it will encourage economic activities as well as encourage the Fulani to stay in one place and graze their cows among other benefits.
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Fri, 03 Nov 2017
The Permanent Secretary, State House, Abuja, Mr. Jalal Arabi, admitted on Thursday that President Muhammadu Buhari’s wife, Aisha, was right on her recent comments on the poor state of the State House Medical Centre.

Aisha had said the hospital lacked basic provisions, including syringes and expressed disappointment that a facility designed to cater for the needs of the first family could be left in that condition.

“A few weeks ago, I was sick as well. They advised me to take the first flight out to London; I refused to go. I said I must be treated in Nigeria because there is a budget for an assigned clinic to take care of us. If the budget is N100m, we need to know how the budget is spent.

“Along the line, I insisted they call Aso Clinic to find out if the X-ray machine was working. They said it was not working. They didn’t know I was the one that was supposed to be in that hospital at that very time.

“I had to go to a hospital that was established by foreigners 100 per cent. What does that mean?

“So, I think it is high time we did the right thing. If something like this could happen to me, there is no need for me to ask the governors’ wives what is happening in their states.

“This is Abuja and this is the highest seat of government, and this is the Presidential Villa,” Aisha reportedly said at a two-day stakeholders’ meeting on Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn Child, Adolescent Health and Nutrition held at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa.

The development had prompted the House of Representatives to pass a resolution to probe how the N10.9bn allegedly released to the clinic between 2015 and 2017 was spent.
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Fri, 03 Nov 2017
The Federal Government has amended the charges of making false documents filed before the Federal High Court in Abuja against the Senator representing Bauchi Central Senatorial District, Isah Misau.

With the amended charges signed by Mr. Kayode Alilu of the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation and filed on October 27, 2017, the number of counts has risen from seven to 10.

It was learnt that Justice Anwuli Chikere, to whom the case marked, FHC/ABJ/CR/170/2017 was assigned, has fixed November 7 for arraignment.

The amended charges are different from the case before the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory in Abuja where the senator had been arraigned on five counts of spreading injurious falsehood against the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, in the media.

In the amended charges before the Federal High Court, Abuja, the prosecution accused the senator of making and “uttering” false documents which he allegedly submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission when he was seeking election to the Senate in 2011 and 2014.

The documents, which he was said to have falsely made and uttered, comprised affidavits in support of personal particulars, statutory declaration of age deposed to at the FCT High Court and the Bauchi State Health Management Board Birth Certificate  with number 28799,

But in two of the three additional counts, he was accused of making and uttering a Bauchi State Health Management Board Birth Certificate  with number 141400C which he allegedly submitted to INEC on January 28, 2011, knowing it to be false.

Although he was accused in the first of set of counts of uttering  Statutory Declaration of Age deposed to at the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja on December 15, 2014, he was not charged with the actual offence of falsely making the document.

In the amended charges, the count of falsely making the document has been included.

The various birth certificates and statutory declarations of age submitted to INEC by the senator at different times were said to have disclosed different dates of birth.



Fri, 03 Nov 2017
Hundreds of Anambra State politicians have besieged the Memfys Hospital for Neurosurgery in Enugu State, with the hope to pay homage to Dr. Alex Ekwueme ahead of the November 18 governorship election in Anambra.

Ekwueme has been at the Intensive Care Unit of the hospital since last week Saturday, after he collapsed at his Enugu home and immediately lapsed into a coma.

The PUNCH learnt on Thursday that the politicians visited in groups, between evening and night hours, and were mostly supporters of the two most popular candidates in the forthcoming election – Mr. Willie Obiano and Mr. Oseloka Obaze.



While Obiano is the incumbent Anambra State governor and the candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance in the election, Obaze is the immediate past Secretary to the State Government and the Peoples Democratic Party standard bearer.

“Although supporters of these two candidates were not allowed to see Ekwueme because he is still in a coma and has shown no sign of improvement, their discussion centred on getting his blessings for the election,” a non-medical member of staff at the Memfys Hospital told our correspondent.

She said, “Supporters of Obiano talked about what they must do to have Ekwueme re-endorse their candidate before the election, so that victory will be certain.

“From their tone and discussion, they were not happy that Peter Obi (a former Anambra State governor) convinced Ekwueme into endorsing Obaze after he (Ekwueme) had initially endorsed Obiano. They hated Obi the more for even going ahead to present Ekwueme’s daughter (Chidi Onyemelukwe) as running mate to Obaze, just to spite Obiano.

“They feared that Obi could use Ekwueme’s health to whip up sympathy votes for the PDP’s and Obaze, just as allegedly he did with the late Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu in the run up to his 2010 re-election bid.”

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Fri, 03 Nov 2017
Eniola Akinkuotu and Peter Dada a former Assistant Director of the Department of State Services, Dennis Amacree, says the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission knows where the ex-Chairman of the defunct Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, Abdulrasheed Maina, is. Amacree said this during an interview on a breakfast television show, Sunrise Daily, on Channels [] 

Fri, 03 Nov 2017
Tony Okafor, Awka The Anambra State Police Command on Thursday arrested two publishers in Onitsha who were printing leaflets for the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra in respect of November 18 election boycott in Anambra State. The Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr. Garba Umar, disclosed this at a press conference in his office [] 

Fri, 03 Nov 2017
Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has set up a team to investigate the immediate past Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Babachir Lawal. A senior EFCC operative told our correspondent that Lawal would also be invited just like a former Director General of the National Intelligence Agency, Ambassador Ayo [] 

Fri, 03 Nov 2017
Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Thursday detained a former governor of Benue State, Gabriel Suswam, for his alleged role in the disbursement of N23bn which emanated from a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke. The EFCC spokesman, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, told our correspondent on the telephone that Suswam, who [] 

Fri, 03 Nov 2017
Tony Okafor, Awka The Indigenous People of Biafra on Thursday described as a shame the Ohanaeze Ndigbo leadership and the South-East governors failed bid to clinch the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation to the geopolitical zone. President Muhammadu Buhari recently appointed Mr. Boss Mustapha as the new Secretary to the [] 

Fri, 03 Nov 2017
Oladimeji Ramon An ex-Administrative Secretary with the Independent National Electoral Commission, Mr. Christian Nwosu, admitted on Thursday that he received and signed for the sum of N264.8m at a branch of Fidelity Bank in the build-up to the 2015 general elections. He added that though he received N30m out of the N264.8m, he did not [] 

Fri, 03 Nov 2017
Femi Makinde, Osogbo The Osun State Government has thrown its weight behind the police invitation sent to a former Deputy Governor of the state, Senator Iyiola Omisore, over the alleged assault on a former governor of the state, the late Isiaka Adeleke. This was contained in the minutes of the State Executive Council Meeting posted [] 

Fri, 03 Nov 2017
John Charles, Makurdi About 24 hours after the anti-open grazing law by Benue State Government took effect, suspected Fulani herdsmen attacked some communities in Logo Local Government Area of the state, killed one person, Ortse Kwaghdoo (40), and injuring a 70 year-old man, Hinger Aka. A source in the area who disclosed this to our [] 

Fri, 03 Nov 2017
Leke Baiyewu, Abuja The ad hoc committee set up to probe the allegations and counter-allegations between the lawmaker representing Bauchi Central Senatorial District, Senator Isa Misau, and the Inspector- General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, on Thursday reported the police boss to the Senate over his non-appearance. Idris on Wednesday failed to appear before the [] 

Fri, 03 Nov 2017
Clement Nnachi, Abakaliki Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State has sacked the State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Augustine Nwankwagu, for alleged misconduct. In a three-paragraph statement issued in Abakaliki, the state capital on Thursday and signed by the Principal Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Clement Nweke, the governor reiterated that Nwankwagu was relieved [] 

Fri, 03 Nov 2017
Umar Muhammed, Lafia The Nasarawa State Governor, Tanko Al-Makura, has appointed the legal adviser to the outlawed Ombatse militia group, Zachariah Allumaga, as the Executive Secretary of the Nasarawa State Emergency Agency. The Secretary to the Nasarawa State Government, Abdullahi Mohammad, said in a statement on Thursday that the appointment was with immediate effect. The [] 


Fri, 03 Nov 2017
Bukola Adebayo Five scientists have emerged as joint winners of the Nigeria $100,000 Prize for Science. The Chairman of the Advisory Board for the Science Prize, Prof. Akpoveta Susu, made the announcement at a press conference organised by the Nigeria LNG Limited ,in Lagos on Thursday. Susu said that the winners, whose research works were [] 

Fri, 03 Nov 2017
Sesan Olufowobi Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State on Thursday said artisans and traders had roles to play in achieving sustainable growth in the state. The governor stated this in Ikeja at the graduation of some artisans, during which the Tradesmen and Artisans Day was also celebrated. During the event, certificates were presented to 1,500 [] 

Fri, 03 Nov 2017
The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, has approved the appointment of Mrs. Folasade Adesoye, as the 20th Head of Service in the state. A statement on Thursday by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Habib Aruna, said Adesoyes appointment would take effect from November 11, 2017, following the statutory retirement of the outgoing HoS, [] 

Fri, 03 Nov 2017
The government of Lagos State has said there is the need for Alternative Dispute Resolution in the nations judicial system for easy access to justice. The state Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, stated this on Thursday at the 2017 Annual Conference of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, United Kingdom, ( Nigeria branch) on Victoria Island, Lagos. Ambode, [] 

Fri, 03 Nov 2017
Godwin Isenyo, Kaduna The Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, on Thursday, inaugurated the Kaduna State Peace Commission to find a lasting solution to the killings in the southern part of the state. The governor had in September, 2017, appointed Worldwide Secretary-General of the Anglican Communion, Most Rev. Dr. Josiah Idowu-Fearon, as the chairman of [] 

Fri, 03 Nov 2017
Simon Utebor, Yenagoa The Bayelsa State House of Assembly has approved the request by Governor Seriake Dickson to renegotiate existing loans secured by the state government from commercial banks to allow for funding to complete ongoing projects. Dicksons request, in a letter dated October 30, 2017 and read on the floor of the House, sought [] 

Fri, 03 Nov 2017
Samuel Awoyinfa, Abeokuta Experts in the health sector have identified inadequate baseline data, incessant industrial action, and inadequate facilities and personnel among others as factors militating against healthcare in the country. They all spoke on Thursday at a colloquium on Sustainable Development Goal Number 3, organised by Centre for Human Security and Dialogue, Olusegun Obasanjo [] 

Fri, 03 Nov 2017
Former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party and a national chairmanship aspirant of the party, Chief Olabode George, has underscored the need for a strong and an experienced party leader. George spoke in Gombe on Thursday, where he was welcomed by a crowd, which repeatedly shouted Bode George mukeso, meaning Bode George is [] 

Fri, 03 Nov 2017
Adelani Adepegba, Abuja A Non-Governmental Organisation, Conflict Resolution and Migration awareness Initiative, has said it would award scholarships to victims of Boko Haram insurgency in the North-East. The Director, CRAMAI, Dr. Emmanuel Ifeadi, disclosed this at the unveiling of the organisation in Abuja on Thursday. Ifeadi, a retired Deputy Comptroller-General of Immigration, said the scholarships [] 

Fri, 03 Nov 2017
Catalonias axed leader Carles Puigdemont demanded Thursday that members of his deposed government be released after a judge ordered them to be jailed pending further probes into their role in seeking independence. I demand the release of the ministers and the vice-president, Puigdemont said in a statement from an undisclosed location in Belgium broadcast on [] 

Fri, 03 Nov 2017
The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria on Thursday distanced itself from a job recruitment agency that is swindling unsuspecting applicants on the guise of recruiting for the agency. It warned the public not to do business with such people parading themselves as recruitment agents of the authority and extorting money from hapless citizens. The authority [] 

Fri, 03 Nov 2017
THE war against money-laundering tilted a notch higher on October 17 when a court ordered banks to publicly publish all accounts that were not linked to the Bank Verification Number. Such accounts have been temporarily frozen, pending the hearing of a substantive application seeking permanent forfeiture of funds therein to the Federal Government. A Federal [] 

Fri, 03 Nov 2017
Oladimeji Ramon The Christian Association of Nigeria says it has not endorsed the presidential ambition of the Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose. The national leadership of the Christian body, in a statement on Thursday, described its reported endorsement of Fayose for President in 2019 as a farce. It urged the public to disregard the report. [] 

Fri, 03 Nov 2017
Ihuoma Chiedozie, Enugu The All Progressives Congress on Thursday said the Enugu State Independent Electoral Commission and the Peoples Democratic Party had perfected a plot to rig the Saturday's local council elections in Enugu State. The Chairman of the APC in Enugu State, Dr. Ben Nwoye, told journalists that some ENSIEC members of staff were [] 

Fri, 03 Nov 2017
Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja The United Nations has advised the Independent National Electoral Commission to be professional and neutral in the conduct of the forthcoming governorship election in Anambra State. The UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for West Africa and the Sahel, Mohammed Ibn Chambas, gave the advice while speaking with journalists shortly after paying [] 

Fri, 03 Nov 2017
Oyetunji Abioye with agency report The Federal Government is set to begin strict border controls on the physical movement of dollars and other foreign currencies. This is expected to mitigate foreign exchange scarcity and check money laundering activities, it was learnt. A draft law to ease dollar shortage by restricting movement of hard currencies in [] 

Fri, 03 Nov 2017
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja After it commenced the search for crude oil at the Nasarawa State end of the Benue Trough last week, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation on Thursday announced that it had started mobilising for oil exploration in the Benue State area of the trough. The Group Managing Director, NNPC, Maikanti Baru, led a [] 

Fri, 03 Nov 2017
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja The Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, on Thursday said the decision of the Federal Government to refinance its $3bn worth of short-term Treasury Bills into longer tenured international debt was expected to save the country N91.65bn per annum. Adeosun said this in a statement issued by her Media Adviser Mr. Oluyinka [] 

Fri, 03 Nov 2017
Oyetunji Abioye and 'Femi Asu Nigeria must use its oil wealth to prepare for a future when the world no longer runs on fossil fuels, Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo has said. Osinbajo said on Thursday that the country, a member of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries, needed to develop renewable energy and help other businesses [] 

Fri, 03 Nov 2017
Senate leader lists conditions for early passage John Ameh, Olalekan Adetayo and Leke Baiyewu Members of the House of Representatives on Thursday protested as President Muhammadu Buhari requested their permission to present the estimates of the 2018 budget to a joint session of the National Assembly. The President asked to be allowed to lay the [] 

Fri, 03 Nov 2017
Oyetunji Abioye Personalbanking@punchng.com When you're travelling overseas, using your regular debit or credit bank card to manage your expenses often seems a good option. But this convenience often comes with a price. If you're happy to pay that price, well, then you're good to go. Many people are unaware of the international bank fees they [] 

Fri, 03 Nov 2017
The Chairman, Trade Promotion Board, Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Mr. Sola Oyetayo, talks about the expected impact of the 2017 edition of the Lagos International Trade Fair on industrialisation and job creation in this interview with ANNA OKON What are the highlights of the 2017 Lagos International Trade Fair' The fair commenced with [] 

Fri, 03 Nov 2017
Adelani Adepegba, Abuja The Peoples Republic of China has disbursed over $30bn in funding support to Nigeria and other African countries to drive its cooperation plans on industrialisation and agricultural modernisation. The Director, Centre for China Studies, Mr. Charles Onunaiju, said the fund was part of the $60bn pledged by China to African countries during [] 

Fri, 03 Nov 2017
Oyetunji Abioye The Central Bank of Nigeria has said there is a scam being perpetrated by some fraudulent persons whereby unsuspecting members of the public are diverted to a fake website purported to belong to the bank. According to a statement by the CBN, there is the danger of the fraudsters extorting money from victims [] 

Fri, 03 Nov 2017
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday described the continent of Africa as a land of immense opportunities, noting that Foreign Direct Investment inflow into the region was expected to hit $75.5bn by the end of this year. Osinbajo stated this in Abuja at the opening session of a two-day high level policy and [] 

Fri, 03 Nov 2017
Wandel International, the flagship company of the Simba Group, and sole distributor of Luminous inverters and power backup solutions in Nigeria, has rewarded 30 of its top dealers with an all-expense paid trip to New Delhi, the headquarters of Luminous Power Technologies in India. A statement on Thursday quoted the Head, Luminous Inverter Business, Wandel [] 

Fri, 03 Nov 2017
Anna Okon A consumer electronics and home appliances company, Scanfrost, has launched its second showroom in Lagos. The new showroom, according to the firm, is an addition to the first Scanfrost's brand shop in Lagos, which was opened earlier in the year. A statement quoted the traditional leader of Shogunle, where the showroom is located, [] 

Fri, 03 Nov 2017
Recently, Queen Maxima of The Netherlands visited Nigeria. While here, according to reports, she spoke vigorously about the merits of mobile money. What she came to do on behalf of the United Nations is not the topic here. It is who she is that should be the business of all Nigerians. She is married to [] 

Fri, 03 Nov 2017
Tunji Ajibade tunjioa@yahoo.com; 08036683657 Dear Sir, I noticed you accompanied Mr. President in the course of his latest trip to Turkey. Over there, you were involved in the discussion of security matters. It was appropriate that you were. It affords me the opportunity to call your attention to a few of our security challenges at [] 

Fri, 03 Nov 2017
Adeyemi Mapaderun Dear Mr. President, I believe you will not mind my scant courtesy. It is due to the sense of urgency with which I am writing this letter. However, it does not detract from the very high regards that many Nigerians (chief of whom I am one) and a lot of people globally have [] 

Fri, 03 Nov 2017
Friday Musings withAyo Olukotun,ayo_olukotun@yahoo.com,07055841236 Before you begin to celebrate the appointment of Boss Mustapha as the new Secretary to the Government of the Federation, do you know that he is in fact, Babachir Lawals first cousin' Second Republic House of Representatives member, Dr. Junaid Muhammed, The PUNCH, October 31, 2017. The sack from public [] 

Fri, 03 Nov 2017
Fola Ojo willieojo@yahoo.com They all stuck it out for the cause of victory. They shed sweat, and let out tears. They broke banks and kept their rugged ranks. They fought hard against a resilient incumbent administration that thirsted for four more years in office. Their overarching goal was to ensure a triumph for Muhammadu Buhari [] 

Fri, 03 Nov 2017
Samson Folarin The parents of Mercy Afolaranmi, the student of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, who died in a controversial circumstance last Thursday, have called on the Osun State Police Command to investigate the death of their daughter. The parents, who spoke with PUNCH Metro on Thursday, rejected reports that Mercy committed suicide, saying [] 
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