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


Below are the headlines found on The Punch Online Newspaper for today, Sunday, 5 November, 2017.


Sun, 05 Nov 2017
Chieftains of the All Progressives Congress, who are pushing for a second term ticket for President Muhammadu Buhari, have mapped out strategies to woo the party’s first-term governors to swell their ranks, SUNDAY PUNCH has learnt.

So far, at least six of the party’s serving 24 governors have openly declared support for the President to seek the party’s ticket for re-election in 2019.

These are Kano Sate Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, Solomon Lalong of Plateau State; Yahaya Bello of Kogi State; Tanko Al-Makura of Nasarawa State; Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State as well as Kaduna State governor, Nasir El-Rufai.


A top-ranking member of the APC, who spoke on condition of anonymity so as “not to ruffle feathers”, told SUNDAY PUNCH on Saturday that party members, who considered themselves “core Buharists”, did not foresee any threat to his candidacy at least from “anywhere in northern Nigeria.”

He explained that as members of a political party, no matter which aspirant a person or group of persons supported, it was incumbent on such people to respect others who had other preferences.

The source said, “It is for the same reason why no one could talk about sanctions for the Minister of Women Affairs, Aisha Alhassan, when some mischiefmakers leaked a video of her endorsing former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar and the needless controversy which followed.

“With all these noise being made by some people and the misleading headlines you see these days, tell me one person, within or outside the APC in Nigeria today, who can defeat President Buhari if he decides to run in 2019? Name one!”

According to him, the APC is determined not to repeat the mistakes made by the former ruling party, the Peoples Democratic Party, by taking party members for granted.

He added, “When you hear some of our party members saying no automatic ticket, they are referring to history. How far did candidate Buhari go when he was given an automatic ticket by the defunct CPC?

“Remember that at the height of the PDP’s impunity in 2015, only one presidential form was printed and it was only for the then President Goodluck Jonathan. We have learnt from history.”

The source explained that as part of strategies to get more of the party’s powerful governors on board, the President had started consulting the states’ helmsmen on appointments into the headship of federal agencies.

Sun, 05 Nov 2017
Ahmed Idris, the Accountant General of the Federation has told the Federal High Court in Lagos that the record of spending of N388.304billion London Paris Club Loan refunds by 35 states is protected by professional privilege, and therefore confidential. Idris was responding to the suit filed by Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) seeking an [] 

Sun, 05 Nov 2017
The Benue State Coordinator, Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, Mr. Garus Gololo, in this interview with JOHN CHARLES, explains why the Fulani are leaving the state following the implementation of the Anti-Open Grazing Law There are reports that Fulani herdsmen are beginning to leave Benue State. Why such sudden decision' Yes, the Fulani [] 

Sun, 05 Nov 2017
North Korea on Sunday warned Donald Trump against making reckless remarks as the US president began a marathon Asian tour dominated by the nuclear threat from Pyongyang. Ruling party newspaper Rodong Sinmun said Americans were pressing for the presidents early impeachment because tough remarks by a spiritually instable Trump could bring about nuclear disaster to [] 

Sun, 05 Nov 2017
The unceasing foray of mobile applications into the business terrain in Nigeria is giving owners of some small scale business a tough time, writes TOFARATI IGE Within five minutes, Adejoke Badru hissed more than 15 times. Her business has been experiencing a lull for some time. It was past 3pm and she hadnt even made [] 

Sun, 05 Nov 2017
Olabukunola is a daughter of a former Chairman of the Nigerian Chapter of Transparency International, Major Gen. Ishola Williams (retd.). She talks about her fathers career and ideals with GBENGA ADENIJI Tell us about yourself. I currently work with a Non-Governmental Organisation called Education as a Vaccine as its Executive Director. We work on sexual [] 

Sun, 05 Nov 2017
Tofarati Ige Background I grew up in a family of five children and Im the fourth child. We live in Lagos. My childhood wasnt particularly a fairytale one. I was a tomboy and that didnt sit well with my dad, and my peers in school. I was bullied and made fun of a lot. As [] 

Sun, 05 Nov 2017
The General Secretary, Nigeria Labour Congress, Dr. Peter Ozo-Esan, in this interview with ADELANI ADEPEGBA and TOBI AWORINDE says the governments move to freeze money in accounts without BVN is in order Many believe that the government was hasty in its decision to freeze money in accounts without the BVN. What do you think of [] 

Sun, 05 Nov 2017
Barcelona continued their record-breaking start to a La Liga season by beating Sevilla 2-1 thanks to Paco Alcacers double on Saturday in an atmosphere at the Camp Nou marked by the political upheaval in Catalonia. A huge Catalan flag and banners reading justice in Catalan and English were displayed before kick-off after eight ministers of [] 

Sun, 05 Nov 2017
Gospel singer, Bolaji Dekunle-Oniyo, aka Psalmos, and her producer hubby, Adekunle Dekunle-Oniyo, tell TOFARATI IGE about the golden moments in their marriage How did you meet your husband' Psalmos: I met him in my former church actually and we were in the choir together. Later, we started working together professionally and he was producing my [] 

Sun, 05 Nov 2017
Popular Nollywood actress and singer, Jennifer Eliogu, speaks with JOY MARCUS about her memorable experience in Canada Where is the most interesting place youve travelled to' That would be Canada. What was the purpose of your visit to Canada and where did you stay while there' I went to Brampton, which is like a town [] 

Sun, 05 Nov 2017
Dr. Sylvester Ikhisemojie Infantile colic is also known as baby colic because it is frequently found in newborns and infants. It is usually described with the rule of three, a series of unpleasant episodes found in young children. It is usually distressing for the parents when they are faced with an inconsolable infant crying so [] 

Sun, 05 Nov 2017
In this interview with ENIOLA AKINKUOTU, the President of the Nigerian Medical Association, Prof. Mike Ogirima, speaks about the challenges in the health sector The Federal Government is considering barring doctors in the public sector from having private practice because the 1999 Constitution does not allow anyone to do private practice apart from farming. What [] 

Sun, 05 Nov 2017
Lawyer and human rights activist, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, tells BAYO AKINLOYE that the judiciary is complicit in the Federal Governments efforts to take over 46 million bank accounts without BVN Some have considered the step taken by the Federal Government to freeze bank accounts of people with BVN as an attempt to steal from innocent citizens. [] 

Sun, 05 Nov 2017
Eighty-eight-year-old Mbazulike Amaechi is a First Republic Minister of Aviation and the only surviving member of the pre-independence Zikist Movement. He shares the story of his life with TONY OKAFOR When were you born' I was born on June 16, 1929, in Ukpor, the headquarters of the Nnewi South Local Government Area of Anambra State. [] 

Sun, 05 Nov 2017
Lawyer and human rights activist, Adenike Akerele, speaks with TOFARATI IGE on the highlights of her career What memorable experiences can you recall from your childhood' I was born and raised in Ayede Ekiti, Ekiti State, and I remember that I was an exceptional student in school. I had the best result in my primary [] 

Sun, 05 Nov 2017
The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, speaks on the alleged rejection of Nigerian yams by the United States as well as other industry concerns in this interview with Okechukwu Nnodim Were Nigerian yams rejected by the United States or United Kingdom' The report in which a man in the US was [] 

Sun, 05 Nov 2017
President Donald Trump warned on Sunday that no dictator should underestimate the United States, as he launched an Asia tour that will be dominated by the North Korea nuclear crisis. Speaking to cheering military personnel at Yokota Air Base just west of Tokyo, Trump donned a bomber jacket and issued a threat that no one, [] 

Sun, 05 Nov 2017
The Nigerian Army on Saturday said it neutralised dozens of Boko Haram insurgents in an ambush, while they were attempting to cross over to Sambisa forest. Brig.-Gen. Sani Usman, Director Army Public Relations, who disclosed this in a statement in Maiduguri, said many of the terrorists escaped with gunshot wounds. Usman said that troops of [] 

Sun, 05 Nov 2017
Tennis legend Steffi Graf said Sunday that Serena Williams can absolutely break Margaret Courts Grand Slam singles title record if she returns to tennis. Former world number one Serena Williams, who gave birth earlier this year, has already overtaken Graf with 23 Grand Slam wins but is yet to surpass Court, who boasts 24 major [] 

Sun, 05 Nov 2017
At Vietnams Old Flames market, curious customers peruse love letters and pick through perfumes, candles and clothes relics from failed relationships put on sale by forlorn lovers. Entrepreneurial exes meet once a month, bringing their baggage emotional and literal to a converted cottage on a leafy Hanoi street to find a new [] 

Sun, 05 Nov 2017
The Chairman of the Senate Committee on the Federal Capital Territory, Senator Dino Melaye, represents Kogi West Senatorial District. He tells LEKE BAIYEWU about his work and passion Since when have you been a member of the National Assembly' I became a member of the National Assembly in 2007 when I represented my people at [] 

Sun, 05 Nov 2017
Onoshe Nwabuikwu I must confess that I havent been paying too much attention to radio on this page. In the past, too long ago some would say, AIRTIME used to show more interest in radio. Unfortunately, for all kinds of good reasons, that interest became rather infrequent. But that isnt because I no longer listen [] 

Sun, 05 Nov 2017
Singer, Oristefemi Majemite Ekele, otherwise known as Oristefemi, speaks with OLUSHOLA RICKETTS about his music career, controversies, finding a wife and why he is in support of one Nigeria How did your recent tour go' It was a world tour and it went well. I had the opportunity to visit places that Id never travelled [] 

Sun, 05 Nov 2017
Popular actress, Rachael Oniga, speaks with OLUSHOLA RICKETTS about her career, regrets, decision not to remarry after a failed marriage and love for her children When did you know that you wanted to become an actor' It is unfortunate that a lot of people think that actors always say acting is in their blood or [] 

Sun, 05 Nov 2017
Toluwani Eniola Succour has come the way of an HIV+ mother of three, Rakiya Zubairu, whose story was published inSUNDAY PUNCHlast week. Zubairu, who was infected with the virus by her late husband, had been facing hard times since her husband died. The 35-year-old, who hails from the Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State, [] 

Sun, 05 Nov 2017
Bayo Akinloye President Muhammadu Buhari, the Sultan of Sokoto, Abubakar Saad; and Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, have again been listed among the most powerful Muslims in the world. This is contained in a Muslim publication, The Muslim 500 in its 2018 edition. The publication according to a statement obtained by our correspondent, noted that [] 

Sun, 05 Nov 2017
Eniola Akinkuotu Mrs. Grace Soje, the wife of the Kogi State civil servant, who committed suicide on October 16, 2017, says her husbands death remains a shock. The widow told Sunday PUNCH that her husband, Edward Soje, showed no signs of depression the last time she saw him alive. Mrs. Soje, who is a federal [] 

Sun, 05 Nov 2017
Gbenga Odogun What could have been a disaster was averted on Saturday when the lawmaker representing Kogi West Senatorial District, Dino Melaye, escaped a mob attack at the Kabba Day celebration in Kogi State. Melaye, who arrived at the venue at about 11am, was welcomed by a mammoth crowd as he was seen snapping pictures [] 

Sun, 05 Nov 2017
Chidiebube Okeoma The 2015 governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress in Abia State, Anyim Nyerere, has accused Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of increasing the poverty level in the state. Nyerere, who spoke to journalists in Owerri, Imo State, claimed that those who had stagnated the development and economy of the state for 16 years were [] 

Sun, 05 Nov 2017
Ihuoma Chiedozie Three persons were reported killed as explosion and violence marred the local government elections in Enugu State on Saturday. There were unconfirmed reports that three persons were killed at the Oji River Local Government Area, where violence erupted between supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party and the All Progressives Congress. It was gathered [] 

Sun, 05 Nov 2017
Hindi Livinus The Adamawa State Governor, Mohammed Jibrilla, has called on the lawmakers in the state assembly not to drag his name into the planned arrest of his younger brother for alleged impropriety over a multimillion-naira rural roads contract scam. Lawmakers in the Adamawa state House of Assembly had threatened to arrest a brother to [] 

Sun, 05 Nov 2017
Friday Olokor The International Director of the Catholic Caritas Foundation of Nigeria and Executive Secretary of Justice Development and Peace Commission, Rev. Fr. Evaristus Bassey, has said restructuring should start with state governors. Bassey argued that though devolution of power from the Federal Government to the states would solve some problems in the country, governors [] 

Sun, 05 Nov 2017
Adeniyi Olugbemi Some outgoing members of the National Youth Service Corps in Sokoto State have commended Governor Aminu Tambuwal for his fatherly role in their service year and urged other public officials to emulate him. The NYSC members paid a visit to the governor in Sokoto to present a gift in commemoration of the end [] 

Sun, 05 Nov 2017
Bayo Akinloye The Enugu State Government has given N500,000 to each of the two girls whose babies were forcibly taken away immediately after childbirth, SUNDAY PUNCH can report. Last August, our correspondent had reported that the girls, Emmanuella Nwedu and Chijindu Nworie, embarrassed the Enugu government in the full glare of the public and the [] 

Sun, 05 Nov 2017
Simon Utebor The police in Bayelsa State say they have arraigned Mr. Oguanisi Akpufu, a nephew of former President Goodluck Jonathan, in a Magistrates court at Kolo in the Ogbia Local Government Area of the state. Akpufu was arraigned for shooting and injuring a 42-year-old man, Mr. Yusuf Bala, during the celebration of Odumimom (masquerade) [] 

Sun, 05 Nov 2017
Simon Utebor Bayelsa State Governor, Mr. Seriake Dickson, has called on the people of the state to bury their political differences in order to move the state forward. The governor gave the advice during the 6th annual thanksgiving service held at the 10,000-seater Ecumenical Centre built by his administration. He also called on all Bayelsans, [] 

Sun, 05 Nov 2017
Toluwani Eniola A heavy rain on Saturday afternoon left hundreds of homes and roads flooded in different parts of Lagos State. Commuters were also stranded at bus stops following the downpour that lasted for several hours. SUNDAY PUNCH gathered that the flood caused gridlock in Ogba, Ikeja, Agidingbi, Iyana Ipaja, Abule Egba and other parts [] 

Sun, 05 Nov 2017
Samuel Awoyinfa Academic Staff of Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, under the aegis of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, has resumed its strike after the expiration of two weeks it gave the authorities to meet some of its demands. The two weeks given the state government to meet some of its demands lapsed last Friday. The [] 

Sun, 05 Nov 2017
Two parallel congresses were held by the Peoples Democratic Party in Ibadan on Saturday with Seyi Makinde and Rashidi Ladoja leading each of the factions that held the two congresses. The congresses, which were held to elect the state executives of the party, exposed the crack in the party despite the reconciliation of the Ahmed [] 

Sun, 05 Nov 2017
Olufemi Atoyebi Four persons died while 10 were injured on the Moniya-Iseyin Road in Ibadan on Saturday when a truck, carrying sand, ran into a market after it had brake failure. Five motorcycles and three tricycles were also badly destroyed in the accident. Among the victims were a motorcycle operator, a woman, and an underage [] 

Sun, 05 Nov 2017
The Lagos State Government has asked the Lekki Concession Company to suspend its plan to increase tariff hike on the Lekki-Epe Expressway and Lekki-Ikoyi link bridge. In a statement on Saturday by the state Commissioner for Information, Steve Ayorinde, the government said the proposed tariff hike had now been put on hold. The statement partly [] 

Sun, 05 Nov 2017
Peter Dada The Ondo State Police Command on Friday arrested one person in connection with 105 bags of cannabis kept in a house located at the New Town Area of Akure, the Ondo State capital. The suspect, identified as Virginia George, was said to be in charge of the cannabis, worth millions of naira. The [] 

Sun, 05 Nov 2017
Chukwudi Akasike The Coalition of Niger Delta Militants vowed on Saturday to resume its operation show no mercy by attacking oil installations in the Niger Delta region. The latest threat from the coalition is coming barely 24 hours after the Niger Delta Avengers issued a statement that it had decided to resume hostilities in the [] 

Sun, 05 Nov 2017
Friday Olokor The Chairman of Action Democratic Party in the Jos East Local Government Area of Plateau State, Waziri Fursum, has been assassinated by some unknown gunmen. The partys Director of Media, Kayode Jacobs, said he was murdered by assassins on Thursday night. We urge security officials to do the needful as we suspect political [] 

Sun, 05 Nov 2017
The Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta, who is also the Coordinator, Presidential Amnesty Office, Brig.-Gen. Paul Boroh, has said Nigeria is not owing the beneficiaries of the programme in foreign countries. Boroh, who disclosed this in a statement by the Director of Information, Amnesty Office, Mr. Charles Dafe, on Saturday in Abuja, [] 

Sun, 05 Nov 2017
Ifeanyi Onuba The Nigerian Customs Service has commenced the verification of claims submitted by owners of the over 300 vehicles seized within the last two months on suspicion of non-payment of import duties. It was learnt that following the seizure of the vehicles by the NCS, some people started showing up to claim ownership. Findings [] 

Sun, 05 Nov 2017
Success Nwogu A close associate of a former President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Ayo Salami, Alhaji Olola Kasum, on Saturday commended the retired jurist for rejecting the chairmanship of the Corruption and other Financial Crimes Cases Trials Monitoring Committee, set up by the National Judicial Council. He said Salami turned down the offer [] 
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