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NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE PUNCH NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [6 NOVEMBER, 2017].


Below are the headlines found on The Punch Online Newspaper for today, Tuesday, 7 November, 2017.

Tue, 07 Nov 2017
The remains of 26 Nigerian women believed to be migrants have been recovered from a Spanish warship in the Italian coast city of Salerno.

A report by the British Broadcasting Corporation on Monday said a Spanish warship, Cantabria, which docked in the city, was found to be carrying 375 rescued migrants and the dead women.

According to the report, 23 of the dead women were on a rubber boat with 64 other people.
It also quoted Italian media report that the women’s bodies were kept in a refrigerated section of the warship. Most of them were between the ages of 14 and 18.

UNHCR spokesman, Marco Rotunno, said the 26 dead were involved in a shipwreck off Libya.

Most of the 375 survivors brought to Salerno were sub-Saharan Africans from Nigeria, Senegal, Ghana, The Gambia and Sudan, the daily La Repubblica reports.

Among them were 90 women – eight of them pregnant – and 52 children. There were also some Libyan men and women on board.

The BBC said, “People-smuggling gangs charge each migrant about $6,000 (£4,578) to get to Italy, $4,000 of which is for the trans-Saharan journey to Libya, according to the Italian aid group L’Abbraccio. Many migrants have reported violence, including torture and sexual abuse by the gangs.

“Italian prosecutors are investigating the deaths of 26 Nigerian women – most of them teenagers – whose bodies were recovered at sea.

“There are suspicions that they may have been sexually abused and murdered as they attempted to cross the Mediterranean. Five migrants are being questioned in the southern port of Salerno.”

Tue, 07 Nov 2017
President Muhammadu Buhari will present the 2018 Appropriation Bill to a joint session of the National Assembly today (Tuesday).

The 2018 budget proposal presentation is scheduled to hold at 2pm.

The Federal Government plans to spend about N8.6tn next year, a jump of about 15 per cent from the N7.44tn budgeted for the current year.



The figures were contained in the 2018-2020 Medium Term Expenditure Framework and Fiscal Strategy Paper, which Buhari had earlier sent to the National Assembly in compliance with the provisions of the Fiscal Responsibility Act, 2007.

The PUNCH, however, gathered that leaders of both the Senate and the House of Representatives were making last minute efforts to prevent drama during the presentation.

A source in the Senate, who spoke on condition of anonymity, disclosed on Monday that both the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki; and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, held series of meetings with members of both chambers to douse the brewing tension since Buhari’s letter informing the lawmakers of the presentation last week.

The source informed one of our correspondents that some members of the House of Representatives specifically had made moves to prevent Buhari from laying the budget proposal today, while calling for postponement of the presentation.

Leaders of both chambers were said to have begun a massive lobbying of the lawmakers, especially the aggrieved ones, and held meetings with them simultaneously on Monday.

The source said, “The President will present the budget on Tuesday (today) but there is an issue. Some members of the National Assembly, particularly in the House of Representatives, are against the presentation of a new budget proposal when the current one has not been implemented considerably.

“If you recall, there were protests in the House of Representatives when the President’s letter was read last week. The issue now is how to contain the aggrieved lawmakers so that they will not raise their grievances as Buhari presents the budget. Their grouse may be legitimate but we don’t want a situation where the session will record unpalatable drama or become rowdy.

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Tue, 07 Nov 2017
Boko Haram fighters on Monday attacked Bakin Dutse village as they advanced to Gulak, the  headquarters of Madagali Local Government Area of Adamawa State.

But the local vigilance joined the troops of the Nigerian army to repel the attacks.

Many terrified residents have fled the town and are hiding in the bush, mountains, and hills, while reports say the two sides lost men to the gun duel.

Channels Television quoted the Adamawa State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Ahmad Sajoh, as saying that the military and the insurgents were engaged in a fierce battle, with residents fleeing for their lives.



According to the report, the vigilance group in the town and the hunters association assisted the military to repel the attack and gunshots could be heard all over.

The Chairman of Madagali LGA, Alhaji Mohammed Yusuf, also confirmed the attack to Channels Television in Yola.

He described the attack as “very heavy and likely to result in the loss of lives.”

According to Yusuf, the latest attack comes barely 24 hours after two male suicide bombers entered the home of a family in Tsilah village near Madagali and held a woman and her daughter hostage.

Thereafter, they detonated the explosives strapped to their bodies, the woman and her baby died in the process.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Adamawa State Command, SP Othman Abubakar, when contacted, said he would call back with information.

He has yet to do that as of the time of filing this report

Meanwhile, the Adamawa State Commissioner for Information said the government was monitoring the situation.
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Tue, 07 Nov 2017
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Monday traced N860m to the immediate past governor of Kogi State, Idris Wada; and a former acting governor of Taraba State, Sani Danladi.

While N500m was traced to Wada, N450m was traced to Danladi.

The money was said to be part of the N23bn allegedly disbursed by a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, through the then Director of Finance of the Goodluck Jonathan Campaign Organisation, Senator Nenadi Usman.



It was learnt that Wada arrived the EFCC office around 12pm and was still in custody around 9pm.

The spokesman for the EFCC, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, confirmed that Wada was detained by the commission.

He said, “Yes, he was invited by the EFCC over N500m Diezani money. He is still in our custody.”

The Gombe zonal office also quizzed Danladi in respect of the N450m collected by him through Senators Joel Dallami Ikenya and Mark Useni during the build-up to the 2015 presidential election.

Danladi, in his statement on oath, told interrogators that he chaired the eight-man committee that disbursed the money for Taraba State.

The EFCC stated, “He further stated that, he and the other members of the committee shared N36m among themselves while the balance of N414m was distributed to other stakeholders across the 16 local government areas of the state and one Development Area Council.”

Danladi was arrested and detained in Abuja last week and later released on bail to reliable sureties, but asked to report to the EFCC Gombe zonal office for further investigation.

Last week, the commission detained a former governor of Benue State, Gabriel Suswam, for his role in the disbursement of the Diezani sleaze.

It was learnt that at least 20 former ministers and governors who are members of the PDP may be detained by the commission

In the states which were ruled by the PDP, the governors were said to have taken possession of the funds while in states that had no PDP governors, the ministers handled the money.

Tue, 07 Nov 2017
John Ameh, Abuja Members of the House of Representatives were in shock on Monday after undertaking a facility tour of the State House Medical Centre, Abuja, describing its state as quite disturbing. An ad hoc committee of the House, after the visit, also said the clinic needed urgent rehabilitation and equipping else it would no [] 

Tue, 07 Nov 2017
Oladimeji Ramon The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has amended the criminal charges it filed against a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Dr. Joseph Nwobike. The SAN was charged in March last year with five counts, bordering on alleged offering of gratification to some judges. The EFCC claimed that Nwobike offered N750,000 gratification to Justice Mohammed [] 

Tue, 07 Nov 2017
Olaleye Aluko, Abuja The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, has said funds have been released from the Ministry of Defence to pay the outstanding operational allowances of troops fighting Boko Haram for the third quarter of 2017. Buratai, in a release signed by the Director, Army Public Relations, Brig. Gen. Sani Usman, [] 

Tue, 07 Nov 2017
Kamarudeen Ogundele, Ado Ekiti The National Industrial Court of Nigeria has ordered Governor Ayodele Fayose to pay over N234m to chairmen and members of statutory commissions appointed by former Governor Kayode Fayemi, but were sacked by the current administration. The court gave the order while delivering judgment in separate suits filed by the sacked members [] 

Tue, 07 Nov 2017
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja The Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku, on Monday, sought President Muhammadu Buharis support to enhance the security situation in his state. Ishaku, a governor elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, disclosed this to State House correspondents after a meeting with Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. He said although [] 

Tue, 07 Nov 2017
Olalekan Adetayo and Theophilus Onojeghen An embattled former Niger Delta militant leader, Chief Government Ekpemupolo, alias Tompolo, on Monday warned Niger Delta Avengers to desist from associating him with planned attacks on oil and gas installations in the region. Tompolo, who is wanted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for corruption charges, stressed that [] 

Tue, 07 Nov 2017
Femi Asu An indigenous oil and gas company, Aiteo Group, has said it has not considered, initiated, or announced the commencement of any plans to sell off any of its stake in Oil Mining Lease 29. The Senior Manager, Corporate Communications, Aiteo, Ndiana Matthew, said in a statement on Monday that it had come to [] 

Tue, 07 Nov 2017
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered an interim forfeiture of 13 properties belonging to a former governor of Katsina State, Dr. Ibrahim Shema, who is already being prosecuted on 22 counts of corruption and financial crimes. But Shema, through his lead counsel, Mr. Joseph Daudu (SAN), on Monday filed a [] 

Tue, 07 Nov 2017
Godwin Isenyo, Kaduna The Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, on Monday warned the outlawed Islamic Movement in Nigeria, otherwise known as Shiites, against any form of procession in the state. The governor said any procession by the group would amount to violating the law of the state because the IMN had since been outlawed [] 

Tue, 07 Nov 2017
Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja The Federal Ministry of Health has blamed Plateau and Gombe states for the death of 91 people caused by snakebites. The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, said this in a statement signed by the Director of Media at the ministry, Mrs. Boade Akinola, on Monday. Adewole also denied reports that the [] 

Tue, 07 Nov 2017
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi The National Emergency Management Agency on Monday received 149 stranded Nigerians from Libya, with the assistance of the International Organisation for Migration. According to NEMA, the 149 persons bring the total number of stranded Nigerians brought back to the country to 975 in the last five weeks. The 29 adult females, 115 adult [] 


Tue, 07 Nov 2017
Theophilus Onojeghen with agency report One of the four missionary workers kidnapped by the Niger Delta militants in Enekorogha community, Burutu Local government Area of Delta State on October 13, Ian Squire, has been killed by suspected militants. The BBC quoted the foreign office as confirming the tragic incident, saying the three others were freed. [] 

Tue, 07 Nov 2017
Afeez Hanafi Daria Media says it is set to organise two unique and groundbreaking initiatives targeted at revolutionising journalism practice in Nigeria. The company, which is promoted by a former BBC journalist, editor of 234next and host of the Channels TV talk show, Straight Talk and The Core, Kadaria Ahmed, will be holding a three-city [] 

Tue, 07 Nov 2017
Success Nwogu, Ilorin Four gunmen have abducted Mrs. Elizabeth Omotosho, the mother of the National Chairman of the Labour Party, Dr. Mike Omotosho. Mike, who confirmed the kidnap of the 71-year-old woman to journalists on Monday, said she was abducted at her No 23, Lobalade Street, Tanke, Ilorin, Kwara State, residence between 7pm and 8pm [] 

Tue, 07 Nov 2017
Sesan Olufowobi The Lagos State Government on Monday directed all its revenue agencies to commence enforcement against tax defaulters in the state. The Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Steve Ayorinde, in a statement noted that many residents had not been paying taxes, adding that such would adversely affect the infrastructural renewal drive of the [] 

Tue, 07 Nov 2017
Sesan Olufowobi Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State has asked permanent secretaries, who had retired from the state to use their experience to boost governance in the state and the country when called upon. The governor, according to a statement on Monday, spoke at the Pens-Down ceremony organised for 19 retired permanent secretaries in Alausa. [] 

Tue, 07 Nov 2017
Sesan Olufowobi The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, has called on graduates of health institutions in the state to join hands with government to checkmate quacks in the health sector. The governor spoke on Monday at the 3rd graduation of the Lagos State College of Health Technology, Yaba. Ambode, who was represented by the Deputy [] 

Tue, 07 Nov 2017
Punch Editorial Board When delegates representing various northern interest groups met in Kaduna recently, they were obliged to sign on to the inevitability of a re-ordering of the Nigerian project. Reluctant, petulant and clearly irritated by the increasingly vociferous clamour for fundamental changes in the current national political arrangement, the Northern elite opted for a [] 

Tue, 07 Nov 2017
Ihuoma Chiedozie, Enugu Thirty-seven political parties in Enugu State on Monday endorsed the outcome of the November 4 local council polls in the state. The Peoples Democratic Party, which is in power in Enugu, swept all the positions contested in the election, which was characterised by irregularities, including late arrival of voting materials and violence. [] 

Tue, 07 Nov 2017
Samuel Awoyinfa, Abeokuta The new state executive committee of the Ogun State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party led by Sikirulahi Ogundele on Monday formally took over the secretariat from the Bayo Dayo- led executive. The new executive took over the party secretariat, located along the Presidential Boulevard, Oke Mosan Road, Abeokuta, around 1.45pm. The [] 

Tue, 07 Nov 2017
Tony Okafor, Awka The National Chairman of the All Progressive Grand Alliance, Chief Victor Oye, on Monday, alleged that two lorry-load of sensitive materials of the Independent National Electoral Commission, meant for the November 18 governorship election in Anambra State were intercepted in a hotel in the state. Oye said this at a press conference [] 

Tue, 07 Nov 2017
Oyetunji Abioye The ongoing issue around a court order asking the Central Bank of Nigeria and 19 Deposit Money Banks to release the details of all accounts without the Bank Verification Number with a view to seizing the funds in them took a new twist on Monday as indications emerged that the lenders named in [] 

Tue, 07 Nov 2017
Everest Amaefule, Abuja The Federal Government plans to reduce the proportion of the country's domestic debt by 16 per cent in order to lower the sustainability challenges posed by high interest payment on that part of the country's total debt burden. The Director-General, Debt Management Office, Patience Oniha, who confirmed this in a telephone interview [] 

Tue, 07 Nov 2017
Femi Asu Global oil benchmark, Brent crude, hit a 28-month high on Monday as Saudi Arabia's crown prince cemented his power over the weekend with an anti-corruption crackdown. Brent, against which Nigeria's crude oil is priced, rose by $2 to $64.07 per barrel as of 8:03pm Nigerian time, more than $19 higher than the country's [] 

Tue, 07 Nov 2017
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission on Monday released the newly-approved eligible customers' law and outlined the terms that would guide the direct purchase of electricity by end-users from power generation companies. In May this year, the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, declared that eligible power consumers would be free [] 

Tue, 07 Nov 2017
Anna Okon The Standards Organisation of Nigeria says it has completed plans to start a product authentication scheme before the end of this year. According to the agency, the scheme is aimed at checking product cloning and adulteration. The Director-General, SON, Mr. Osita Aboloma, said this on Monday during the organisation's special day at the [] 

Tue, 07 Nov 2017
Nigerian officials are increasingly confident the naira's troubles are over for good. Some investors, however, disagree. According to Bloomberg, portfolio inflows have risen in the past three months with crude prices increasing above $60 a barrel and money managers taking heart from a new foreign-exchange trading window, in which the naira has converged with the [] 

Tue, 07 Nov 2017
Ife Ogunfuwa The National Information Technology Development Agency has refuted claims that its 2017 budget is being investigated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission or any other agency. NITDA said a statement credited to the Minister of Communications, Mr. Adebayo Shittu, during an interview with a radio in Ibadan on Sunday to the effect [] 

Tue, 07 Nov 2017
Nike Popoola The wedding and the honeymoon are over and you are now settling into life as a married person. One of your first priorities after getting married is to completely merge your life with your new spouse. This means moving in together if you haven't already, deciding whether or not to combine your bank [] 

Tue, 07 Nov 2017
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The wife of the Vice-President, Mrs. Dolapo Osinbajo, has urged women accountants in Nigeria to promote transparency and accountability in their various places of work, family and neighbourhood. Osinbajo, who was special guest at a recent event organised by the Society of Women Accountants of Nigeria in Abuja, noted that women accountants [] 

Tue, 07 Nov 2017
Access Bank Plc has partnered GAC Motors, a Chinese automobile firm, to unveil a vehicle finance scheme which will promote cost saving and affordability. The scheme will allow individuals who meet the prescribed conditions to pay an equity contribution of 10 per cent. The scheme is largely for three models of cars and sport utility [] 

Tue, 07 Nov 2017
Stanley Opara Lafarge Africa Plc shareholders, on Monday, approved the proposed scheme of merger with United Cement Company of Nigeria Limited and Atlas Cement Company Limited. The shareholders gave their endorsement to the move at a court-ordered meeting in Lagos convened by the management and board of Lafarge Africa. Addressing shareholders at the meeting, the [] 

Tue, 07 Nov 2017
Bola Adeeko was the interim chief executive officer of Central Securities Clearing System Limited. In this interview with STANLEY OPARA, he speaks on the state of the capital market, progresses being made, among others The Nigerian Stock Exchange seconded you to Central Securities Clearing Systems at a critical time characterised by significant uncertainty and a [] 

Tue, 07 Nov 2017
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi Bi-Courtney Aviation Services Limited, operator of the Murtala Muhammed Airport Terminal Two, has said that the terminal is currently utilising only 50 per cent of its capacity. The Head of Operations, BASL, Mr. Mobolaji Salu, stated on Monday that the terminal had the capacity to process over four million passengers annually but was [] 

Tue, 07 Nov 2017
Stanley Opara May & Baker Nigeria Plc. has reported a 386 per cent rise in its profit before tax for the third quarter of 2017 to N322.3m from N66.23m. The company, in a statement on Monday, said it recorded growth in its unaudited Q3 results for the nine months period ended September 30, 2017, despite [] 

Tue, 07 Nov 2017
We love to hear about the latest start-up success story. Knowing that someone was able to build something from nothing gives us hope that we can accomplish the dream as well. However, not every start-up founder makes it to the finish line. More often than not, early stage start-ups fail before they even get off [] 

Tue, 07 Nov 2017
Bayo Akinloye The World Bank has issued a fraud alert warning Nigerians against a cooperative scheme being promoted in the name of the global financial institution. In a statement made available to our correspondent by the spokesperson for the bank, Olufunke Olufon, on Monday, the global financial institution stated that it had no hand in [] 

Tue, 07 Nov 2017
Jennifer Abraham The neglect of the solid minerals sector, especially the gemstones segment, was quite comprehensive. A once organised and lucrative sub-sector gradually lost all the features of its past glory while everyone chased after the black gold. I once had the privilege of chatting with a former Managing Director of the Nigerian Mining Corporation, [] 

Tue, 07 Nov 2017
Chidi Oguamanam Africa is continent of 55 countries and thousands of nationalities with incredible human and cultural diversity. Anthropologists have long associated the prevalence of human and cultural diversity with biological, ecological, ecosystem and agricultural biodiversity. Africa is an outstanding evidence of that concordance. In addition to its wealth of incredible diversity, Africa is the [] 

Tue, 07 Nov 2017
Tayo Oke The word, development, is an elusive term; everybody knows something about it, but it means different things to different people. How then, can there be a prescriptive law for such an indeterminate object' Well, there is, and it will become crystal clear by the end of this piece. For now, let us break [] 

Tue, 07 Nov 2017
Azuka Onwuka The nightmare of any elected president in a democracy is a vibrant opposition. The job of the opposition is to ensure that the president and his ruling party are never seen in good light. Any positive word or action taken is X-rayed and punctured as not well thought-out or in the peoples interest. [] 

Tue, 07 Nov 2017
Abdullahi O. Haruna I refer to the article titled as above by Abimbola Adelakun in The PUNCH, Thursday, November 2, 2017. However, methinks somebody should advise the writer and her ilk that splintering the enviable conviviality that exists between President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osibanjo is one of the most ostentatious voyages that [] 

Tue, 07 Nov 2017
Adewale Kupoluyi On Wednesday, November 1, 2017, Prof Felix Kolawole Salako officially assumed duty as the sixth substantive Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Ogun State. The new Vice-Chancellor is a Professor of Soil Physics in the Department of Soil Science and Land Management, College of Plant Science and Crop Production of the [] 

Tue, 07 Nov 2017
Friday Olokor and Afeez Hanafi Seventeen days after they were shot by soldiers attached to a military task force, Operation Safe Haven, three residents of Sopp community, in the Riyom Local Government Area of Plateau State, are still battling to survive gunshot injuries inflicted on them. Residents of the area said the Nigerian Army abandoned [] 

Tue, 07 Nov 2017
Afeez Hanafi No fewer than 500 members of various cults in Ijede, Ikorodu, Lagos State, told the state Acting Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi, on Monday that they had renounced their memberships. They also surrendered their weapons, which included Ak-47 rifles, pump-action guns, cartridges, axes and cutlasses to the police. Dressed in white shirts with [] 
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