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Below are the headlines found on The Punch Online Newspaper for today, Monday, 24 July, 2017.
Mon, 24 Jul 2017
Punch Editorial Board Poor border policing, occasioned by corruption, weak regulation and lack of capacity by border patrol officials, has turned Nigeria into a massive dumping ground for fake and substandard goods. Counterfeited goods, ranging from textiles, household equipment, furniture, telecommunications equipment and vehicle spare parts to used or second hand items, fake drugs or [] 
Mon, 24 Jul 2017
Tony Okafor, Awka The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, on Sunday, denied media reports that he had endorsed the National Auditor of the All Progressives Congress, Chief George Moghalu, as the candidate of the party for the November 18 poll in Anambra State. Speaking with our correspondent on the telephone, Ngige, a [] 
Mon, 24 Jul 2017
Olusola Fabiyi, Abuja The Peoples Democratic Party has accused the ruling All Progressives Congress of being the author of hate speeches in the country. It also accused President Muhammadu Buhari of joining the fray in his desire to oust the regime of former President Goodluck Jonathan. It said the claim in a statement made by [] 
Mon, 24 Jul 2017
Kamarudeen Ogundele The Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has boasted that his party ‘ the Peoples Democratic Party ‘ will use the All Progressives Congress and former governor Segun Oni or anyone presented as the APC candidate in the 2018 governorship election to set another record. The governor defeated former governor Kayode Fayemi of the [] 
Mon, 24 Jul 2017
Kamarudeen Ogundele, Ado Ekiti Members of the Peoples Democratic Party loyal to the sacked National Chairman, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, have vowed to remain and work for the party in the state. They denied moving to Mega Party of Nigeria, saying they would continue to work ahead of the 2018 governorship election while awaiting the [] 
Mon, 24 Jul 2017
In this interview with NIKE POPOOLA, the Chairman, Federal Concerned Pensioners, Mr. David Adodo, speaks on the deplorable conditions of federal retirees and the need to urgently pay their entitlements What is the general condition of Nigerian pensioners’ It is pathetic; the same old story; it has not improved. Some people are paid; some are [] 
Mon, 24 Jul 2017
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja The Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, has said the high inflation rate and rising operating costs in the banking sector are some of the major reasons for the high interest rate in the country. He said this in a lecture titled: ‘The dilemma of monetary policy and [] 
Mon, 24 Jul 2017
Everest Amaefule, Abuja The Federal Government spent $25.82bn to service its debts between 2012 and 2016, the Debt Management Office has said. If converted to naira using the official rate of N305 to one dollar as of December 31, 2016, DMO said this amounted to N7.88tn. The DMO, which stated this in its 2016 Annual [] 
Mon, 24 Jul 2017
A severe cash crunch has hit the economy with serious effects on households, firms and banks as the Central Bank of Nigeria continues to mop up naira in order to reduce dollar demand, OYETUNJI ABIOYE writes In order to reduce demand for foreign exchange, especially the dollar, the Central Bank of Nigeria has engaged in [] 
Mon, 24 Jul 2017
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The British government has said it will invest in Nigeria’s oil pipeline infrastructure, renewable energy, as well as gas and power. The British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr. Paul Arkwright, disclosed this when the Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Mr. Ndu Ughamadu, paid a courtesy visit [] 
Mon, 24 Jul 2017
Kunle Adeyeri Knowledge is power. The online Encyclopaedia, Wikipedia, defines education in its generality as a form of learning in which the knowledge, skills, and habits of a group of people are transferred from one generation to the next through teaching, training, or research. Education frequently takes place under the guidance of others. It defines [] 
Mon, 24 Jul 2017
Nike Popoola We can count on a certain degree of assistance from our banks and brokerages to help us keep our finances secure. Long gone are the days when we could simply access our accounts online by logging in with our account numbers and a simple password, as more of these institutions are now demanding [] 
Mon, 24 Jul 2017
Oyetunji Abioye with agency report The Central Bank of Nigeria has offered six and 12-month Treasuries at yields higher than the country’s inflation rate to lure yield-hungry investors and attract dollar inflows. Severe dollar shortages have been a hallmark of the country’s recession, now in its second year. The downturn was brought on mainly by [] 

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Mon, 24 Jul 2017
Nike Popoola Insurance Brokers of Nigeria has been urged to propagate the relevance of insurance with the unveiling of its new brand identity. A former Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, Chief Emeka Anyaoku, said this during a ceremony to unveil the company’s new brand in Lagos. Anyaoku, who was the chairman of the occasion, commended the [] 
Mon, 24 Jul 2017
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The International Civil Aviation Organisation has said that the revitalised air safety laboratory of Nigeria’s Accident Investigation Bureau will be of benefit to seven countries in the West African sub-region. It said Ghana, The Gambia, Guinea, Liberia, Cape Verde and Sierra Leone, as well as Nigeria will benefit from the $5.8m laboratory [] 
Mon, 24 Jul 2017
Nike Popoola Wapic Insurance Plc has said that it has introduced a savings product called Wapic Smart to help people achieve their financial goals. According to a statement obtained from the firm on Sunday, Wapic said that the product would help to build a sustainable saving culture particularly where it concerns specific financial goals or [] 
Mon, 24 Jul 2017
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi The Lagos State Building Control Agency has advised developers to use large expanse of land for property development in the state. This, the agency said, would reduce the setbacks faced by developers and aid visible and viable property development in Lagos State. The General Manager, LASBCA, Mr. Olamilekan Shodeinde, stated this during a [] 
Mon, 24 Jul 2017
Nike Popoola The immediate past President, Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria, Mrs. Isioma Chukwuman, has said that the body is committed to efforts at making insurance more relevant in the country and achieve the implementation of the compulsory insurance. She said this while giving her valedictory speech as the 47th president of the institute in [] 
Mon, 24 Jul 2017
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi Financial and construction experts have lamented that the bad economic situation in the country is affecting the growth of the construction industry. The experts discussed ‘Foreign exchange problems, prospects and solutions in Nigeria: Construction industry perspectives’, at the 9th Annual Distinguished Lecture of the Nigerian Institute of Quantity Surveyors, Lagos Chapter. Experts, who [] 
Mon, 24 Jul 2017
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja In a bid to address communal conflicts caused by boundary disagreements in the states, the Federal Government, through the Office of the Surveyor-General of the Federation, has embarked on boundary management training for surveyors from various states, ministries, departments and agencies. It said the idea of the training was to bring the [] 
Mon, 24 Jul 2017
Saving money is one of those habits that we know is good for us, but might not have developed particularly well. For an individual who does not currently save, perhaps it is because they have faced some financial hardships in the past, that they are too busy ‘enjoying life’ or that they simply never saw [] 
Mon, 24 Jul 2017
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja Commuters often find it tough to locate their destinations while travelling on Nigerian highways, because the roads are bereft of adequate signage and markings, the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has said. Fashola stated this at the 23rd meeting of the National Council on Works, which had the theme: [] 
Mon, 24 Jul 2017
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi The Nigerian Institution of Electrical and Electronics Engineers says it is working with Cutix Plc to combat the menace of substandard electrical cables in the Nigerian market. The Chief Executive Officer, Cutix Plc, Mr. Ifeanyi Uzodike, said during a courtesy visit by the NIEEE executive council to his office that the challenges being [] 
Mon, 24 Jul 2017
Anthony Joshua must forget all about the idea of fighting Tyson Fury and concentrate on a much more serious contest, according to former boxing icon Evander Holyfield, DailyMail reports. Joshua has been linked with an all British bout with Fury the next time he steps into the ring, with both camps talking up a potential [] 
Mon, 24 Jul 2017
Leicester City vice-chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddha-Naprabha has confirmed that the club are going to sign unwanted Manchester City forward, Kelechi Iheanacho. The Foxes have reportedly already agreed a 25m deal for the Super Eagles striker from Manchester City, however, issues concerning his image rights have allegedly stood in City’s way since. Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola [] 
Mon, 24 Jul 2017
Enyioha Opara, Minna The Niger State Government has said it will not review upward the N64m contract for the renovation of the handball complex in Minna. But the state government has promised to complete the project. The immediate past administration in the state had released N30m to the contractor for the project but work was [] 
Mon, 24 Jul 2017
The Cross River State Government has appealed to the Federal Government to assist it with intervention funds to host the National Sports Festival. The Deputy Governor of the state Prof Ivara Esu made the plea when he visited the sports minister Solomon Dalung in his office in Abuja at the weekend. ‘We have been preparing [] 
Mon, 24 Jul 2017
Muiz Banire Continued from Friday In Ugwu vs. Ararume (2007) 12 NWLR (Pt. 1048) 376 @ 514 D-E, this court per Mahmud Mohammed, JSC (as he then was) admonished: ‘My lords, if we want to instil sanity into our human affairs, if we want to entrench unpolluted democracy in our body polity, the naked truth [] 
Mon, 24 Jul 2017
State police is an important component of true federalism and emblem of authority of governance, since sovereignty is divided between the central authority and federating unit authorities. It is not a new concept in Nigeria, but is rather a clamour for modification to the colonial legacy of the Native Authority Police which successfully worked alongside [] 
Mon, 24 Jul 2017
Henry Boyo The popular understanding of the mechanism for determining naira exchange rates is that its rate becomes stronger when the international price of crude oil rebounds and we earn increasing foreign exchange. However, it has always been a challenging task to explain that, historically, there is no evidence to support such an expectation. It [] 
Mon, 24 Jul 2017
Eze Onyekpere The 2018 budget cycle seems to have revved up its engine in preparation for full acceleration. In the outgone week, the draft Medium Term Expenditure Framework 2018-2020 was reported to have been presented to the National Economic Council. The MTEF sets the parameters that undergird the revenue and expenditure for the next three [] 
Mon, 24 Jul 2017
The United States has an excellent healthcare system. The only problem is that it is much more expensive than comparable services in Europe and neighbouring Canada. Medications, for example, cost so much in the United States that some Americans engage in the paradoxical practice of going to Canada to buy American-made drugs at lower costs. [] 
Mon, 24 Jul 2017
Increasingly, I get asked, by readers, questions relating to driving business sustainability in the face of material external constraints. I have discussed this before, but I am sharing my thoughts again today, with a different spin. The prevailing economic tension can certainly run a business leader mad and a company aground. It would seem we [] 

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Mon, 24 Jul 2017
I was at a BRT stop one evening, maybe four years ago. I had just closed from work and was taking the bus home and joined the queue of waiting people. I brought out my phone and began to listen to music while checking out my social media feeds. Suddenly the girl in front of [] 
Mon, 24 Jul 2017
The lawyer-client relationship can be described as a fiduciary relationship ‘ the client places his trust and good faith in the conduct of the lawyer. The lawyer is expected to act with the utmost respect for the relationship; and may not make personal gains with information acquired because of that relationship, without full disclosure. Lawyers [] 
Mon, 24 Jul 2017
Umar Muhammed, Lafia No fewer than 200 shops and 2,005 stalls, along with goods worth millions of naira, were gutted by fire on Sunday at the popular Masaka Market in the Karu Local Government Area of Nasarawa State. The fire was said to have started around 1:30am. The Chairman, Karu Traders Association, Chief Sunday Danladi, [] 
Mon, 24 Jul 2017
Chidiebube Okeoma, Owerri The Imo State Police Command has declared a suspected kidnap/armed robbery kingpin in the state, Ekene Amadi, wanted for allegedly shooting a police Inspector, Oliver Nwaba. The police spokesperson in the state, Andrew Enwerem, said Nwaba was shot during an attack by Amadi’s gang on policemen at Nipping Point at Nkaraha Junction, [] 
Mon, 24 Jul 2017
Adelani Adepegba, Abuja Residents of Wannune-Buruku Road in Makurdi, Benue State woke up on Saturday morning to the cries of an infant which was kept in a carton and abandoned by its mother. The baby was believed to have been left overnight beside St. Michael Clinic, Wannune. A resident of the area, who identified himself [] 
Mon, 24 Jul 2017
Samson Folarin A member of the All Progressives Congress, Alhaji Lateef Ajikanle, has been electrocuted in his home on Bolaji Omupo Street, Somolu. The father of four reportedly returned home after prayers in a mosque to meet his compound flooded. It was gathered that the flood was worsened by the rubble of a collapsed fence [] 
Mon, 24 Jul 2017
Alexander Okere, Benin The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has ordered the arrest of some primary school teachers over their alleged involvement in examination malpractices. It was learnt that the teachers were arrested while attempting to manipulate the conduct of the School Leaving Certificate Examination held in selected centres in the state on Saturday. [] 
Mon, 24 Jul 2017
Samuel Awoyinfa, Abeokuta As part of efforts to curb a new trend of underage prostitution in Ogun State, the government has inaugurated an eight-man committee with the mandate to eradicate the menace. It was gathered that the committee was set up by the state Ministry of Youth and Sports in collaboration with the Ministry of [] 
Mon, 24 Jul 2017
Enyioha Opara, Minna Following a consent judgment given by a Niger State High Court sitting in Minna, the state’s Liquor Licensing Board has closed down a notorious drinking outlet in the metropolis known as T-Mama. It was learnt that the 15-year-old drinking joint, situated in the Sauka kahuta area of Minna, had become a hideout [] 
Mon, 24 Jul 2017
Samuel Awoyinfa, Abeokuta A 41-year-old man, Sikiru Odejide, has been arrested by men of Ogun State Police Command for allegedly defiling his 13-year-old daughter. The police said the suspect’s arrest followed a complaint from the mother of the victim who had been separated from the suspect. The state Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said [] 
Mon, 24 Jul 2017
Olaleye Aluko, Abuja The police in Bauchi State have arrested two suspects ‘ Kamalu Mohammed and Tijani Musa ‘ who allegedly specialised in strangling motorcycle riders in parts of the state, before stealing their motorcycles. Also arrested was a suspected notorious receiver of stolen motorcycles, one 35-year-old Abubakar Umar, who lived in Turum Ward in [] 
Mon, 24 Jul 2017
Afeez Hanafi The Nigerian Law School, Bwari, Abuja, has expelled a student, Kayode Bello, after he allegedly had an argument with a fellow student, identified simply as Chidima, over seat reservation in a lecture room. The graduate of University of Ibadan, Oyo State, was reportedly bundled out of the school’s library by law school officials [] 
Mon, 24 Jul 2017
Femi Makinde, Osogbo Tragedy struck on the Ife-Ibadan Expressway on Sunday as 11 persons, including children, were burnt to death after an 18-seater bus collided with a fuel tanker. The accident, which caused gridlock on the expressway, reportedly happened around 11am at a roundabout opposite Moremi Estate, in front of Energy Filling Station in Ile [] 
Mon, 24 Jul 2017
Friday Amobi, Port Harcourt Hundreds of homes and over four churches in Rumuolumeni community, Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State were on Saturday sacked by flood. The flood, which resulted from the heavy rainfall on Saturday and Sunday, also destroyed property worth millions of naira. It was gathered that some churches within the area [] 
Mon, 24 Jul 2017
Peter Dada, Akure An Ondo State High Court sitting in Akure has removed the traditional ruler of Oka community in the Ondo West Local Government Area of the state, Oba Noah Ijelu. In the judgment delivered by Justice Aderemi Adegoroye, the court ordered the immediate installation of a new monarch of the community. According to [] 
Mon, 24 Jul 2017
Producers of Kakadu, a musical, are still relishing the success of a trip it recently made to South Africa. According to them, the show was part of events to mark the Africa Day Celebrations. It featured a ‘combination of amazing dance, music and drama that enthralled the audience, especially as they followed through on the [] 

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