NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY’S PUNCH NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [18 AUGUST, 2018].

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Woman refuses to be rescued from flooded house without her 25 dogs
Sat, 18 Aug 2018
A woman refused to leave her flooded house in Indias Kerala state without her 25 dogs, a rescuer said Saturday, as the death toll continued to rise. The dogs were found cowering on beds in the flooded house with water rising when an animal welfare group arrived for a last-gasp rescue, said Sally Varma of []
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Eid-el-kabir: Buyers complain about high prices of ram in FCT
Sat, 18 Aug 2018
Some buyers of ram in the Federal Capital Territory are groaning about the high prices of the sacrificial animal in major markets as the Eid-el-Kabir celebration draws nearer, the News Agency of Nigeria reports. The Eid-el-Kabir is an annual Islamic festival of ram sacrifice practiced by Muslims globally. A NAN correspondent who visited the Deidei []
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Namibian president slams critics of African leaders
Sat, 18 Aug 2018
Namibian President Hage Geingob, who is hosting a summit of southern African leaders, on Saturday strongly rejected criticism of Africa by the West saying there was undue pressure on the continent. People have an attitude about Africa, Geingob said in an interview with the French radio network RFI. Things that they want Africans to do []
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Defectors from APC are angry Buhari is not sharing money Nabena, APC spokesperson
Sat, 18 Aug 2018
In this interview with John Alechenu, the Acting National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress, Yekini Nabena, speaks about the partys insistence on the removal of the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, defections from the APC and other national issues The only reason many people believe is responsible for the gale of defection []
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Child victims of Congos Ebola outbreak need special care UNICEF
Sat, 18 Aug 2018
The ongoing deadly Ebola outbreak in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo has particularly affected children, the United Nations Childrens Fund has said. The outbreak in North Kivu Province was declared on August 1, and the UN childrens agency reported that more than 50 youngsters have lost their parents to Ebola. []
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UPDATED: Former UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan dies
Sat, 18 Aug 2018
Former UN Secretary-General and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Kofi Annan has died at the age of 80, his foundation said on Saturday. Annan, a Ghanaian national, died in hospital in Bern, Switzerland, in the early hours of Saturday, two of his close associates said. In Geneva, the Kofi Annan Foundation announced his peaceful death []
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Three die, 18 injured as bus plunges off the road
Sat, 18 Aug 2018
Three people were killed and 18 wounded in southeastern Poland when a bus with Ukrainian tourists headed for Austria plunged off the road, emergency services said on Saturday. READ ALSO:Excellent ways good sex makes marriage stronger (1) The bus had been travelling from the Ukrainian city of Lviv to Vienna late Friday when it missed []
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I never knew I could be professor of microbiology, my least favourite course in school Folasade Ogunsola, DVC, UNILAG
Sat, 18 Aug 2018
Professor Folasade Ogunsola is the first female provost of the College of Medicine, University of Lagos and the current Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Development Services of the institution. She takes Ademola Olonilua on a walk down memory lane as she recounts some fond memories in her life How would you describe your four years tenure as the []
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Ogun govt has stalled our progress, made future bleak Teachers who await documentation years after paying millions for C of O
Sat, 18 Aug 2018
Gbenro Adeoye Mr. Rotimi Adeniyi has recently stopped using the mirror because his reflection scares him hollow eyes, wrinkled face and all the external signs of ageing. The mirror reminds him of how gray he has gone and it worries him. In another year, Adeniyi will be 60 years old and also bidding farewell []
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International friendlies: Tite brings in young blood for Brazil squad
Sat, 18 Aug 2018
Manchester Uniteds Andreas Pereira and FC Barcelonas Artur are among the new names in a much-changed Brazil squad for upcoming friendlies against the US and El Salvador. Pereira, the 22-year-old attacking midfielder who spent last season on loan at Valencia, is one of two Manchester United players in the squad, along with Fred. READ ALSO:Mourinho []
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Usain Bolt arrives in Australia for football trial
Sat, 18 Aug 2018
Usain Bolt says hes deadly serious about becoming a professional footballer and plans to show the world what hes capable of after arriving in Australia Saturday for a trial stint with an A-League club. The superstar athlete has been given the chance to prove his worth by the Central Coast Mariners, who have agreed to []
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Many trapped, over 320 dead in India flood crisis
Sat, 18 Aug 2018
Pressure intensified Saturday to save thousands still trapped by devastating floods that have killed more than 300 in the Indian state of Kerala, triggering landslides and sending torrents sweeping through villages in the regions worst inundation crisis in a century. Authorities warned of more torrential rain and strong winds over the weekend, as hundreds of []
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What does a successful marriage mean to you
Sat, 18 Aug 2018
Marriage is a union between a man and a woman, but interestingly, the definition of a successful marriage means different things to different people, depending on peoples family background, religion and moral values. During the week, Saturday PUNCH asked some Nigerians what a successful marriage meant to them Having a good wife Ayodele Oluwaseun []
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Stranded woman gives birth after rescue from floods
Sat, 18 Aug 2018
A heavily pregnant woman stranded by floods in the Indian state of Kerala gave birth just after being airlifted to safety, an Indian Navy spokesman said, as the military stepped up rescue operations on Saturday. Dozens of navy helicopters have embarked on high-risk missions to save people from rooftops and isolated land as the southern []
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Abuja building collapse, very unfortunate -Osinbajo
Sat, 18 Aug 2018
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja The Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, on Friday described the collapse of a four-storey building in Jabi/Utako area of Abuja, as very unfortunate. According to a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr. Laolu Akande, the Acting President spoke when he visited the scene of the collapse. READ ALSO:Two []
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Weve put a curse on anyone who takes our girls abroad for sex trade Eluojieroir, Onogie of Igueben
Sat, 18 Aug 2018
The Onogie of Igueben and Okaigun of Esanland in Edo State, His Royal Highness, Ehizogie Eluojieroir, speaks on culture, tradition and the fight against human trafficking in this interview with ALEXANDER OKERE What was your childhood like’ We have a tradition in my place two kings do not live in one place. The system []
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Excellent ways good sex makes marriage stronger (1)
Sat, 18 Aug 2018
Funmi Akingbade True love is weighty, tangible, visible and influential; it is felt when expressed through practice and positive actions. It is not possible to be around literal fire and not feel the heat, except it is artificial or make believe. Similarly, when true love grows through erotic and excellent sex, the fruits are there []
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Jealous lover shoots pregnant girlfriend over Facebook friend request
Sat, 18 Aug 2018
A jealous man shot his girlfriend over a friends request she received via Facebook, according to police in Florida. Nineteen-year-old Charles Tenpenny was arrested by the Pinellas County Sheriffs Office for shooting his 18-year-old girlfriend, who is 20 weeks pregnant. At first, Tenpenny told police someone broke into their home and that the suspect, who []
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Mexico seizes record 50 tons of meth
Sat, 18 Aug 2018
Mexican marines seized a record 50 tons of crystal meth from a drug lab in the state of Sinaloa, authorities said Friday. The military said it detected the lab in the town of Alcoyonqui, near the state capital Culiacan, and raided it on Thursday. READ ALSO:Guard arraigned on stealing N10m valuables A clandestine narco-lab and []
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UN remembers victims of Baghdad, Abuja UN building bombings
Sat, 18 Aug 2018
Victims of the UN building bombings in Baghdad, Abuja and others cities around the world have been remembered by the United Nations to commemorate the 2018 World Humanitarian Day. Remembering 22 colleagues killed by the horrific terrorist attack on the UN headquarters in Baghdad 15 years ago, Secretary-General Antnio Guterres called on all staff to []
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Federer strikes down fellow Swiss to reach Cincinnati semis
Sat, 18 Aug 2018
World number two RogerFederer posted his second win of the day, amid a lightning fear interruption, to reach the semi-finals of the ATP-WTA Cincinnati Masters on Friday. The seven-time champion beat fellow Swiss StanWawrinka 6-7 (2/7), 7-6 (8/6), 6-2. READ ALSO:Obiano police learn martial arts to tackle revenue defaulters The match was interrupted for 21 []
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2019: Reconvene National Assembly now, APC tells Saraki, PDP
Sat, 18 Aug 2018
John Alechenu and John Ameh insists Electoral Bill alive The All Progressives Congress has demanded the immediate reconvening of the National Assembly to consider the 2019 Election Budget of the Independent National Electoral Commission. The APC also said contrary to claims by the Peoples Democratic Party, the Electoral Amendment Bill passed by the National Assembly []
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We’ll humiliate Saraki out of office, says Omo-Agege
Sat, 18 Aug 2018
John Alechenu and Leke Baiyewu A prominent member of the Parliamentary Support Group, a body of the All Progressives Congress members in the National Assembly loyal to President Muhammadu Buhari, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, has said the APC Caucus is insisting on the reconvening of the National Assembly. READ ALSO:Oil mogul, Abiodun, joins Ogun governorship race []
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Buhari returns to Nigeria today after vacation in London
Sat, 18 Aug 2018
Olalekan Adetayo President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to return to Nigeria today after his latest vacation. His Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, confirmed this in an interview with SATURDAY PUNCH on Friday. Shehu, however, said he could not confirm the exact time the President would arrive the country today. The President []
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APC, Senate caucus consider Lawan, Adamu, Ndume for Sarakis seat
Sat, 18 Aug 2018
John Alechenu and Leke Baiyewu The All Progressives Congress and its Senate caucus are considering no fewer than three senators to replace the President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki, Saturday PUNCH has learnt. The APC, since the defection of Saraki to the Peoples Democratic Party, has been calling for his resignation, threatening that the []
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Tales of Delta teenage schoolgirls lured into prostitution in Lagos
Sat, 18 Aug 2018
Afeez Hanafi They trudged to our correspondent as if they were burdened with heavy loads. From their weary look, one could obviously tell that the teenage schoolgirls had gone through some troubling moments they never envisaged about two weeks ago when they left their hometown in Alaja, an uptown community in Warri, Delta State, for []
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2019 polls budget: National Assembly panel suspends deliberations indefinitely
Sat, 18 Aug 2018
John Alechenu and John Ameh The Joint Committee of the National Assembly on the Independent National Electoral Commission on Friday suspended indefinitely, deliberations on the N189bn budget submitted by the commission for the conduct of 2019 elections. The Committee Chairman, Suleiman Nazif, who announced the indefinite suspension at the end of the panels meeting, however, []
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Nigeria living on infrastructure built 30 years ago Fashola
Sat, 18 Aug 2018
Odutayo Odusanya The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, has lamented the long neglect of the nations infrastructure, saying Nigeria is living on the infrastructure built 30 years ago. This neglect, he said, had caused a setback to the countrys economic growth, saying government was doing everything possible to revive infrastructure and []
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How to fry foods without using oil
Sat, 18 Aug 2018
Did you know you can now make deep fried foods that are less greasy and healthier’ Did you know you can fry foods without using a large quantity of hot oil’ Its time to throw away those frying pans in your kitchen and replace them with air fryers, an innovative worktop kitchen appliance. Air fryer, []
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Strengthen ethno-religious tolerance, US govt urges FG, others
Sat, 18 Aug 2018
Tunde Ajaja The United States Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom, Samuel Brownback, has urged Nigerian political office holders, representatives of civil society and religious leaders to avoid amplifying ethno-religious tension in the country and focus on peace building. Brownback stated this at a one-day national youth dialogue on ethno-religious tolerance organised by the US Consulate []
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Ajimobi, Aregbesola dont mean well for LAUTECH, says ASUU
Sat, 18 Aug 2018
Femi Makinde and Tony Okafor the Owerri and Akure zonal chapters of the Academic Staff Union of Universities have berated the neglect of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso by the Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi and his Osun State counterpart, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola. According to them, the two governors do not mean []
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2019: Election is not war, Bayelsa warns aspirants
Sat, 18 Aug 2018
Simon Utebor, Yenagoa The Bayelsa State Government has said that it will work with security agencies to ensure that the state remains safe and peaceful throughout the electioneering period in the 2019 general elections. The government, therefore, appealed to all aspirants not to heat up the polity with unnecessary political activities but to play by []
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Our business is dying, lottery operators cry out
Sat, 18 Aug 2018
Adelani Adepegba, Abuja Lottery operators under the aegis Lottery Operators Forum have called on the Federal Government to address the issue of multiple taxation and over-regulation, stating that their business was dying under heavy tax burden. The operators noted that many lottery companies had collapsed under the yoke of over-regulation, double taxation, high cost template []
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Terrorism has claimed 26,000 lives in North East UN
Sat, 18 Aug 2018
Kayode Idowu, Maiduguri The United Nations on Friday said Boko Haram insurgency in the north eastern part of Nigeria had led to the death of about 26,000 persons. It added that global conflicts, including Boko Haram insurgency, had led to the death of about 300 people every year and that on the global stage, conflicts []
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FG to spend N130bn on Ilorin-Jebba-Makowa dualisation
Sat, 18 Aug 2018
Success Nwogu, Ilorin The Federal Government is to spend N130bn on the dualisation of the Ilorin-Jebba-Makowa Road, the Federal Controller of Works, Kwara State, Atitebi Kunle, has said. He said the project would start in less than a month from now. Speaking to journalists on Friday during an inspection of the project by the Minister []
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Stakeholders seek improvement in staples fortification standards
Sat, 18 Aug 2018
Stakeholders in the food sector are seeking consistent review and improvement in the fortification standards for staples so as to prevent malnutrition among Nigerians. According to a statement by Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition on Friday, government agencies and industries have been working together in collaboration with select development agencies to ensure that there is []
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We havent achieved much with oil revenue, says Matthew Kukah
Sat, 18 Aug 2018
Femi Asu The Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Most Rev. Matthew Kukah, has raised concern over the way the nations crude oil has been used in the last 60 years, saying the country has yet to achieve major development with oil revenue. Kukah stated this in Lagos at a lecture organised in commemoration of the []
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Peacock partner foreign airlines to unveil discounted fares
Sat, 18 Aug 2018
Peacock Travels Limited, has collaborated with foreign airlines to introduce a package of promotional Peacock Travels Executive Chairman, Segun Phillips, who broke sthe news in Lagos, said the promotional package and incentives were not limited to the peak summer travel season but would run till next year on the agencys various online platforms and its []
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Bayelsa residents raise the alarm over indiscriminate seismic activities
Sat, 18 Aug 2018
Simon Utebor, Yenagoa Residents of Yenagoa, Bayelsa State capital, have expressed concern over increased oil exploration activities in the area in the past one month. Some residents, who spoke on the development, frowned on the indiscriminate seismic activities by oil firms in residential areas in Yenagoa and the alleged adverse impact of materials used in []
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Wike inaugurates committee for Agumas burial
Sat, 18 Aug 2018
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has inaugurated the state committee for the funeral of the late Attorney General of Rivers State, Emmanuel Aguma. Inaugurating the committee at the Government House in Port Harcourt on Friday, Wike charged the committee members to ensure that the late attorney general received a befitting burial. The governor said that []
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Buhari felicitates Oba Otudeko at 75, commends his job creation drive
Sat, 18 Aug 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari has joined the business world and all boardroom gurus in Nigeria to rejoice with the founder and Chairman of Honeywell Group, Ayoola Oba Otudeko, who turns 75 years on Saturday. Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, issued the Presidents congratulatory message in Abuja on Friday. Buhari []
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Defection crisis: I’ll remain in PDP, Ortom insists
Sat, 18 Aug 2018
John Charles, Makurdi Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State on Friday said no amount of gang-up against him within the Peoples Democratic Party would compel him to consider leaving the party for another political party. There have been insinuations that the governor may defect from the PDP to the Social Democratic Party due to the []
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2019 elections won’t be postponed despite budget delay ‘ INEC chairman
Sat, 18 Aug 2018
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, on Friday said that contrary to media reports, there were no discrepancies in the commission’s budget currently before NASS. He also said that despite the seeming delay in passing the budget proposal, the elections would not be postponed. According to the []
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Oil mogul, Abiodun, joins Ogun governorship race
Sat, 18 Aug 2018
Samuel Awoyinfa , Abeokuta oil business magnate and entrepreneur, Dapo Abiodun, has expressed his intention to vie for the governorship of Ogun State in the 2019 elections. Abiodun, who made the declaration during a press briefing in his house in Iperu-Remo, Ogun State on Friday, exuded confidence that he would be the next governor of []
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2019: PDP and the dilemma of picking presidential candidate
Sat, 18 Aug 2018
OLUSOLA FABIYI writes on the problem likely to be faced by the main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party while picking its presidential candidate for the 2019 elections By this time four years ago, the Peoples Democratic Party was battling to hold on to its precious members. Despite being the ruling party at the centre []
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Atiku’s political ally denies defecting to PDP
Sat, 18 Aug 2018
Adelani Adepegba, Abuja An ex-Acting Governor of Adamawa State and political ally of former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar, Ambassador James Barka, has denied dumping the All Progressives Congress for the Peoples Democratic Party. He said it was true that the Adamawa State chapter of the PDP paid him a courtesy visit at his residence in Yola []
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Police deploy 1,500 personnel for Rivers bye-election
Sat, 18 Aug 2018
Chukwudi Akasike, Port Harcourt The Nigeria Police Force said on Friday that it had deployed 1,500 personnel for Saturday’s (today) bye-election for Port Harcourt Constituency 3 State House of Assembly. State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Zaki Ahmed, who revealed this to newsmen in Port Harcourt, also promised that the police would ensure a violent-free exercise. []
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Abe sues for peace as APC faction opens secretariat in Rivers
Sat, 18 Aug 2018
Chukwudi Akasike The lawmaker representing Rivers South-East Senatorial Distict at the National Assembly, Senator Magnus Abe, has called on members of the All Progressives Congress to forget their differences and embrace peace. Abe made this call in Port Harcourt on Friday during the opening of secretariat belonging to a faction of the APC. He expressed []
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Secondus appoints Chidoka as special adviser
Sat, 18 Aug 2018
The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Uche Secondus, has appointed a former Minister of Aviation and former Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps, Mr. Osita Chidoka, as his special adviser on Strategy and External Engagements. A statement issued by the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, on Friday in Abuja, []
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