NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: Today’s The Punch Newspaper Headlines [15 June, 2017].

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Below are the headlines found on The Punch Online Newspaper for today, Thursday, 15 June, 2017.
Thu, 15 Jun 2017
A bloody era of mass killings is quietly unfolding in the recesses of Lagos State, Nigeria’s economic hub. Serial killers are methodically wiping out entire families in Ikorodu, a notorious nest of armed robbers, militants, ritual killers and kidnappers. A family of five ‘ save a Senior Secondary School pupil ‘ comprising the father, pregnant [] 
Thu, 15 Jun 2017
Femi Asu Buoyed by the return of the Forcados export terminal, the nation’s oil production has surpassed that of its rival, Angola, the latest data from the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries has shown. Nigeria, which again lost its Africa’s top oil producer status to Angola in January after it regained it in November last [] 
Thu, 15 Jun 2017
Lekoil, a West Africa-focused oil company, says it has received the consent of the Federal Government to complete the transfer of the original 17.14 per cent participating interest that it acquired in OPL 310 in February 2013 to its subsidiary, Mayfair Assets and Trust Limited. The company said its acquisition of Afren Plc’s remaining 22.86 [] 

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Thu, 15 Jun 2017
The fourth edition of a youth development programme organised by ExxonMobil, National Basketball Association and Africare, is expected to empower 10,000 beneficiaries drawn from schools and vulnerable communities. A statement on Wednesday said the Power Forward programme would teach and mentor 300 students from 10 secondary schools annually in Abuja on health literacy and life [] 
Thu, 15 Jun 2017
The Association of Master Mariners has lamented the absence of the platform for trained maritime cadets to practice what they are taught. The association made this observation at a stakeholders’ meeting in Lagos. A master mariner in charge of enforcement at the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, Captain Kunle Olayiwola, stated that there was [] 
Thu, 15 Jun 2017
Stanley Opara The country’s equities market appreciated by 1.38 per cent at the close of trading on the floor of the Nigerian Stock Exchange on Wednesday, as 37 stocks recorded gains. This development overturned the losses recorded in the week so far, and consequently settled the year-to-date return at 25.02 per cent. There were 22 [] 
Thu, 15 Jun 2017
Anna Okon The unrelenting gridlock on the access roads to the nation’s major port, the Apapa Port, is threatening the successful implementation of the Presidential Executive Order of 24 hours’ operations at the seaports. Our correspondent, who visited the Apapa Port on Tuesday, observed that the exit gate of the port was completely blocked with [] 
Thu, 15 Jun 2017
The House of Representatives Ad Hoc Committee on Shell Petroleum Development Company Relocation has commended the management of Intels Nigeria Limited for building and sustaining high standards in its operations. The Chairman of the committee, Ibrahim Isiaka, who led 12 other members on a tour of Intels facility at the Onne Free Zone in Rivers [] 
Thu, 15 Jun 2017
The Apapa Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service has disclosed that it recorded 39 per cent increase in revenue generation in the first five months of this year despite the economic challenges in the country. The Area Comptroller of the command, Musa Jibrin, who stated this at a media briefing about the command’s activities [] 
Thu, 15 Jun 2017
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria has commenced the test run of an upgraded luggage scanner for explosives, narcotics and other prohibited items at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos. The Managing Director, FAAN, Mr. Saleh Dunoma, said on Wednesday that the agency would deploy the scanner in all international airports in the [] 
Thu, 15 Jun 2017
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja The Managing Director, Peugeot Automobile Nigeria Limited, Mr. Ibrahim Boyi, has called for a speedy implementation of the Nigerian Automotive Industry Development Plan to enable the industry contribute significantly to the nation’s economy. He stated this during a meeting in Abuja with the Director-General of the National Automotive Design and Development Council, [] 
Thu, 15 Jun 2017
Anna Okon The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture has advised the government to set up sales outlets in rural communities where farmers can buy fertilizers, seed and other farm inputs. The Deputy Director-General, Partnerships for Delivery, IITA, Dr. Kenton Dashiell, stated this during a courtesy visit to the corporate headquarters of Punch Nigeria Limited in [] 
Thu, 15 Jun 2017

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Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative on Wednesday said it had no evidence to show that the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation remitted the $15.8bn dividend it received from the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas company to the Federation Account. In a bid to explain the facts and figures it presented to the House [] 

Thu, 15 Jun 2017
Oyetunji Abioye The naira closed flat at 364 per United States dollar on Wednesday, the same rate it closed on Monday and Tuesday. This is despite a $414m injection into the foreign exchange market by the Central Bank of Nigeria on Monday. The naira had posted a marginal gain against the United States dollar at [] 
Thu, 15 Jun 2017
Stanbic IBTC Bank, a member of Stanbic IBTC Holdings Plc, says Nigerians’ desire to get better returns on their savings has received a boost with the launch of its Max Yield Savings Account. The bank described the MYSA as a high-interest paying account that paid interest at fixed deposit rate (currently up to 6.2 per [] 
Thu, 15 Jun 2017
Standard Chartered Bank has launched a new brand campaign to highlight its recent achievements and reiterate its commitment to the Africa and Middle East region. Tagged, ‘No.1 Bank: Power your ambitions’, the lender said its domination of awards was backed by the wide-range of products and services for personal and business customers across the region. [] 
Thu, 15 Jun 2017
Leadway Pensure PFA Limited says it has resumed its usual provision of free Internet access to serving members of the National Youth Service Corps in Lagos, Sagamu and Abuja orientation camps. The firm said it was providing this service to the corps members to ease the costs of keeping in touch with their families and [] 
Thu, 15 Jun 2017
Femi Asu As electricity consumers in the country continue to complain over estimated billing from the distribution companies, the Federal Government has been urged to liberalise the metering segment of the power sector. Based on the proposals submitted by the core investors in the Discos during the privatisation of the power firms in November 2013, [] 
Thu, 15 Jun 2017
Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company, on Wednesday, said it had metered all its Maximum Demand customers as directed by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission. According to NERC, maximum demand electricity customers are those connected to the 11KV lines and are mostly with their dedicated transformers. The IBEDC, whose franchise area spans Oyo, Ogun, Osun, Kwara as [] 
Thu, 15 Jun 2017
Erin Energy Corporation has said drilling operations for the Oyo-9 development well are planned to commence next month in a bid to double its current production. This follows the signing of a $15m drilling contract with Pacific Drilling, in March, for the use of its sixth-generation double-hulled drill ship, the Pacific Bora rig. The company, [] 
Thu, 15 Jun 2017
Femi Asu with agency report Uganda is set to sign on Thursday two oil production sharing agreements with a Nigerian firm, enabling the company to begin exploration work, the Ugandan government has said. The firm, Oranto Petroleum International, was among a number of companies that bid in the country’s first competitive oil exploration licensing round [] 
Thu, 15 Jun 2017
Femi Asu Oil marketers have called on the Federal Government to pay the sum of N800bn owed them for fuel importation and interest on bank loans so as to enable them to resume the importation of petrol. The marketers said they had yet to pay the over $1.2bn that they borrowed from Nigerian banks to [] 
Thu, 15 Jun 2017
OkechukwuNnodim, Abuja The total shortfall in remittances to the power sector by electricity distribution companies and service providers since the commencement of the Transitional Electricity Market has risen to N251.92bn. According to the electricity Market Operator’s report on the summary of invoices and remittances by the Discos and service providers since the commencement of the [] 
Thu, 15 Jun 2017
Femi Asu Global oil benchmark, Brent crude, extended its decline on Wednesday as it fell to a seven-month low after data showed an unexpectedly large weekly build in United States’ petrol inventories. The dip in oil prices came on the heels of the projection by the International Energy Agency of an increase in production from [] 
Thu, 15 Jun 2017
People with cutting-edge ideas who are willing to share them can get the recognition and support they deserve by participating in contests with like-minded individuals globally. Here are some competitions to advance your business or career: Shell 2017 LiveWIRE programme LiveWIRE, an initiative of the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited, operator of the [] 
Thu, 15 Jun 2017
While the news has been filled with stories of brick-and-mortar struggles lately, e-commerce has been thriving. Just last year e-commerce sales rose 15.1 per cent, according to a report released by the United States Commerce Department, encompassing 8.1 per cent of total retail transactions. Indeed, optimistic hopes for online buying from the late 90s are [] 
Thu, 15 Jun 2017
Nike Popoola A personal loan is an unsecured loan wherein the borrower does not need a security to guarantee its repayment. Usually, personal loans have high rate of interest. If you need cash urgently, a personal loan is the best choice for you, according to www.creditseva.com. Closing a personal loan: To close a personal loan [] 
Thu, 15 Jun 2017
Personal loans are loans that a bank or other lender make that are not secured against any asset such as your property. They are also known as unsecured loans, according to www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk. The advantages are that you may be able to borrow more than with a credit card, your personal loan repayments may be fixed [] 
Thu, 15 Jun 2017
Chelsea star Victor Moses has advised Henry Onyekuru to ignore Arsenal’s interest and secure a move to London rivals West Ham United, according to Metro. The 19-year-old KAS Eupen striker has been linked with the Gunners for a number of weeks and recent reports suggest the north London outfit have agreed a deal ahead of [] 

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Thu, 15 Jun 2017
Ted Odogwu, Kano Leicester City winger Ahmed Musa on Wednesday paid a familiarisation tour of the Bompai Divisional Police Headquarters in Kano. Spokesman for the police in Kano State, Musa Majiya, led the Super Eagles player on the tour of the complex alongside the Divisional Police Officer, Daniel Amah. Musa expressed his confidence in the [] 
Thu, 15 Jun 2017
Nigeria Association of Shotokan Karate is gearing up for the 3rd Training With the Champions scheduled to begin in Lagos on August 29. Chief instructor of the Karate Union of Great Britain Sensei Andy Sherry, a 9th Dan, and former British champion Sensei Frank Brennan, an 8th Dan, are the coordinators and instructors of the [] 
Thu, 15 Jun 2017
Tana Aiyejina Petitions on Wednesday flooded the Abdulrazak Salau-headed National Sports Federation elections Appeals Committee. The elections took place at the National Stadium in Abuja on Tuesday. Meanwhile, the majority of the candidates disqualified from the polls are still bitter about the developments, threatening to sue the sports ministry. The polls saw 177 candidates out [] 
Thu, 15 Jun 2017
Idris Adesina Over 300 junior athletes are expected at the Athletic Federation of Nigeria’s three-day trials for Under-18 and Under-20 athletes between June 16 and 18 in Abuja. The competition, which is expected to feature athletes from the 36 states and the Federal Capital territory, will be used to select athletes for the 2017 African [] 
Thu, 15 Jun 2017
Adelani Adepegba, Abuja World boxing heavyweight champion, Anthony Joshua, is set to visit Nigeria on a three-day tour in August. According to the organisers of the visit Peel Aston Global, the British-born Nigerian pugilist will pay courtesy calls on Acting President Yemi Osibajo in Abuja and the governors of Lagos and Ogun states. The director [] 
Thu, 15 Jun 2017
Mudiaga Affe, Calabar The Cross River Sports Commission has threatened to withdraw the state from the Nestle Milo and Coca-Cola sponsored age-grade competitions if participants’ concerns over sponsorship shortcomings are not addressed. The chairman of the commission, Orok Duke, gave the hint in an interview with reporters in Calabar at a reception for the state’s [] 
Thu, 15 Jun 2017
Serbian club FK Moravac 1948 have appointed former chairman of Sunshine Stars of Akure Prince Dapo Ajibade as their new Sports Director. Moravac President Danilo Pavlovic signed the letter of appointment sent to Ajibade. According to the letter dated June 12, 2017, Ajibade was offered the position because of his experience as a former club [] 
Thu, 15 Jun 2017
Peter Dada, Akure Sunshine Stars on Wednesday insisted that their banishment to Ijebu Ode would not negatively affect them. The League Management Company on Tuesday announced the banishment of the struggling Akure team to the Otunba Dipo Dina Stadium in Ijebu Ode, Ogun State, where they are to play their remaining Premier League home matches [] 
Thu, 15 Jun 2017
It does not take any deep thought to discern that we are presently living in precarious times. With what we hear and read in the news every passing moment, it seems that humankind has lost it, and all hell is about to be let loose. Terrorism is now an ever present specter, globally. And as [] 
Thu, 15 Jun 2017
Lanre Idowu The passage of the Hon. Justice Moronkeji Omotayo Onalaja has, deservedly, elicited an outpouring of tributes on the rich lessons his exit represents for Nigeria, the legal profession, the Church of Nigeria and humanity. I first met him in 1985. I had gone to see his eldest child, Lawunmi. After being ushered into [] 
Thu, 15 Jun 2017
How does any honest person contemplate that Nigeria has any chance of moving forward and becoming great under the current circumstance’ True, Nigerians are people of extraordinary faith, even I am, but there is absolutely no faith that rewards lethargy and deliberate unwillingness to work at progress. People and nations benefit from a moment of [] 
Thu, 15 Jun 2017
Abimbola Adelakun Nigeria is never short of sensations, but most of us will agree that the past 10 days have been excitable ones. First, there was the coalition of ‘northern youths’ and their ‘Arewa House Declaration,’ demanding that the Igbo resident in the North should vacate their region on or before October 1. No matter [] 
Thu, 15 Jun 2017
The bitterly fought 2015 presidential election left many negative outcomes in its aftermath. The most glaring was a deeply divided country whose populace focused the allegiance they hardly held to a nation they scarcely believed in its authenticity on the political parties they supported, their presidential candidates, and the candidates’ religious and other affiliations. The [] 
Thu, 15 Jun 2017
Samson Folarin, Afeez Hanafi and Chidiebube Okeoma Following the killing of two policemen in a robbery at a Zenith Bank branch in Owerri, Imo State, some men and officers of the Nigeria Police Force have decried the alleged abandonment of their family members by the police authorities. The operatives, who spoke with our correspondents on [] 
Thu, 15 Jun 2017
Tony Okafor, Awka A four-storeyed building in Oko, Anambra State, collapsed on Tuesday, killing three labourers. The building, which was located close to Federal Polytechnic, Oko, and owned by an indigene of the community who is based in Europe, reportedly collapsed at about 2am following a downpour. It was gathered that the victims were construction [] 
Thu, 15 Jun 2017
Afeez Hanafi The Lagos State Police Command has arrested a 19-year-old woman, Ayomide Adebayo, for allegedly dumping her two-month-old baby in a bush in the Ikorodu area of the state. PUNCH Metro gathered that Adebayo, a secondary school leaver, was allegedly impregnated by one Martins Tewogbade, who lives in the Bariga area of the state. [] 
Thu, 15 Jun 2017
Two men, Promise Oluwabunkenoye and Kehinde Abiola, on Wednesday appeared before a Surulere Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos, for allegedly indulging in anal sex. The accused ‘ Oluwabunkenoye, 24, and Abiola, 29 ‘ whose addresses are unknown, are facing two counts of having sexual intercourse and fighting in the public. The News Agency of Nigeria [] 
Thu, 15 Jun 2017
A 53-year-old domestic worker, Gbessmehlan John, who allegedly stole his employer’s bags of rice and vegetable oil valued at N2.8m, was on Wednesday brought before an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court. John, a Beninoise and resident of Ikeja, is standing trial on a charge of stealing, News Agency of Nigeria reports. The accused, according to the [] 

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