Nigeria Newspapers: Today’s Punch Newspaper Headlines [21st October, 2018].

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Sale of forms: APC rakes in N12.6bn from sale of forms to aspirants
Sun, 21 Oct 2018

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The All Progressives Congress realised N12.635bn from the sale of its Presidential, Senate and House of Representatives expression of interest and nomination forms for the recently concluded APC primaries held across the country.

SUNDAY PUNCH arrived at the figures after computing the cost of the forms and multiplying it by the number of aspirants who paid for and collected same to participate in the primaries.

Only President Muhammadu Buhari was supported to collect the forms to contest the presidential primary. The president’s supporters were said to have paid N45m to obtain the forms on his behalf.

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Governorship aspirants paid the non-refundable fee of N22.5m each to obtain their forms as of the close of sales; 171 aspirants were confirmed by the party to have paid for and obtained the forms. When the figure was multiplied by N22.5m, it amounted to N3,847,500,000 or N3.847bn.

For the Senate, 386 aspirants paid N7m each to obtain the forms and when the number was multiplied by the total number of aspirants, it brought the figure to N2.702bn.

No fewer than 1,587 persons paid N3.8m each to obtain the party’s nomination forms. When the number was multiplied, it amounted to N6,030,600,000 or N6.03bn.

When the sums were put together, they amounted to a grand total of N12, 625,100,000 or N12.625bn.

Efforts to speak with the new APC National Publicity Secretary, Lanre Issa-Onilu, were unsuccessful as of the time of filing this report on Friday.

Calls to his mobile were neither answered nor returned. A response to a text message sent to him on the subject was still being awaited as of the time of filing this report.

It was however gathered that the party leadership opted to increase the cost of its forms to raise the needed resources to conduct the primaries and also prosecute the 2019 elections.

The APC National Vice-Chairman (South-South), Hilliard Eta, had, in an interview with SUNDAY PUNCH, said, “Anybody who cannot afford the cost of our forms has no business running for an election.

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101 firms seek to supply prepaid meters
Sun, 21 Oct 2018
Femi Asu The number of companies seeking to become meter asset providers in the Nigeria electricity supply industry has increased to 101. Following the recent introduction of the Meter Asset Provider Regulations 2018, the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission in April invited interested investors to apply for No Objection to enable them to participate in the
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Apply for loans, BoI urges Osun SMEs operators
Sun, 21 Oct 2018
Femi Makinde The Bank of Industry has appealed to operators of the Small and Medium Enterprises in Ijesaland, Osun State to make use of the funds available in the bank by applying for loans to expand their businesses. The Head of BoI in Osun State, Mr Emmanuel Ojoowuro, said this in Ilesa at the maiden
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Obanikoro, Omisore recover passports from EFCC, ex-minister returns to US
Sun, 21 Oct 2018
Eniola Akinkuotu A former Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, has retrieved his passports from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Sunday PUNCH can report. This is despite a directive by the Federal Government that 50 persons under investigations for fraud exceeding N50m are restricted from travelling. An impeccable source in the EFCC
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17 dead as train crashes in Taiwan
Sun, 21 Oct 2018
At least 17 people have died after an express train derailed and flipped over on a popular coastal route in Taiwan on Sunday. The Taiwan Railways Administration confirmed 17 people had been killed and said 132 people had also been injured in the accident in northeastern Yilan county. Authorities have not confirmed if any passengers
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35 inmates to sit for NECO exams in Jos
Sun, 21 Oct 2018
The Nigerian Prisons Service has said that 35 inmates of the Jos prison will participate in the 2018 Nov/Dec Senior School Certificate Examination of the National Examination Council . Deputy Superintendent of police Luka Ayedoo, the Public Relations Officer of the Plateau Command of NPS made this known in a statement in Jos on Sunday.
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One killed as Boko Haram sacks two communities in Borno
Sun, 21 Oct 2018
Suspected Boko Haram insurgents on Saturday night attacked Mairari and Femari communities in Konduga Local Government Area of Borno. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the insurgents attacked the communities at about 8:30 pm; killed one person, set houses ablaze and carted away food items. The attack came barely 12 hours after the insurgents
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Catholics, dark world battle as American witches curse Trumps appointee, Brett Kavanaugh
Sun, 21 Oct 2018
A spiritual battle for the soul of the newly confirmed U.S. Supreme Court Justice, Brett Kavanaugh, took the centre stage on Saturday as a coven of New York witches placed a curse on Kavanaugh. In reaction, some leaders of Americas Catholic Church have countered the curse by standing in the gap for Kavanaugh, whom the
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Rockets spoil LeBron James home debut in fight-marred game
Sun, 21 Oct 2018
LeBron Jamess home debut with the Los Angeles Lakers ended on a sour note Saturday as the Houston Rockets seized control late for a 124-115 win in a physical contest at Staples Center. James finished with 24 points and five assists but the Lakers couldnt stop the Rockets dynamic duo of James Harden and Chris
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JUST IN: Ex-CJN Idris Kutigi dies in London
Sun, 21 Oct 2018
Former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Idris Kutigi, died in a London hospital on Sunday after a brief illness, his eldest son, Sani Kutigi has confirmed. Kutigi confirmed the death in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Minna on Sunday. We are making arrangements to transport our father back for burial,
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Its possible for US to lift visa ban on Atiku any time Campaign spokesperson
Sun, 21 Oct 2018
The spokesperson for the Atiku Abubakar Campaign Organisation, Mr. Segun Showunmi, speaks with SUNDAY ABORISADE about efforts being made by the former vice-president to address all issues that can hinder his victory next year How prepared is former Vice President Atiku Abubakar to face the other presidential candidates of the Coalition of United Political Parties
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Canada condemns Saudis narrative of Khashoggis death
Sun, 21 Oct 2018
Canada condemned Saudi Arabias account of the death of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi as inconsistent and not credible on Saturday, calling for a thorough investigation. After two weeks of denials, Riyadh admitted that Khashoggi, a prominent critic of powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, was killed inside its Istanbul consulate, but has remained mute on
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Israel postpones demolition of Bedouin West Bank village
Sun, 21 Oct 2018
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has frozen plans to demolish a strategically located Bedouin village in the occupied West Bank that has drawn the worlds attention, his office said on Sunday. The intention is to give a chance to the negotiations and the offers we received from different bodies, including in recent days, a statement
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Safari etiquette
Sun, 21 Oct 2018
Theres nothing quite like an African safari to create memories that will last a lifetime. Read on to find out how you can have a wonderful experience at one Give wildlife room When driving around in your safari vehicle, dont get too close to wildlife. It doesnt matter how cool the sighting is, everybody needs
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What does drivability mean
Sun, 21 Oct 2018
Kunle Shonaike Drivability is a term that is bandied about in the automotive service and repair business, but what does it really mean’ The term drivability is really a two-word term rooted in the words drive and able. Reverse these words for a clearer understanding able to drive. Think of it as drive-able. A
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After several miscarriages, we told God not to give us children again Mum of triplets who gave birth after 20 years
Sun, 21 Oct 2018
A pastors wife, Freda Yohanne, tells ARMSTRONG BAKAM the experience of giving birth to triplets after her marriage of about 20 years Tell us more about yourself. I am a 50-year-old woman, from Takum, Taraba State. For how long have you been married’ I have been married for almost 20 years. It will be exactly
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How long should engagement last
Sun, 21 Oct 2018
DOLAPO AKITOYE examines how long it should take lovers to be wedded after they have been engaged There are several steps that precede a marriage between a man and a woman. The steps include courtship, engagement and then marriage. Each of these steps is important before lovers take the vows on their wedding day. Courtship
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Have you had a wryneck before
Sun, 21 Oct 2018
Dr. Sylvester Ikhisemojie When the muscles around the neck are forced to twist beyond their normal capacity, a certain level of pain develops around it and the head is forced to tilt to the affected side. The head thus tilts to one side and the resulting pain can vary from a minor discomfort to one
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Boko Haram kills two farmers in Borno Army
Sun, 21 Oct 2018
The Nigerian Army on Saturday said two persons were killed by the Boko Haram insurgents at Kuwa-Yangewa village on Maiduguri-Damboa Road in Borno State. Brig.-Gen. Abdulamalik Biu, the Acting General Officer Commanding (GOC) 7 Division, said the insurgents attacked a group of persons scavenging for leftovers of farm produce and killed two of them. Biu
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Vandals caused Abia pipeline explosion, says Buhari
Sun, 21 Oct 2018
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday expressed regret over the unnecessary loss of lives and property as a result of the pipeline explosion in the Osisioma Ngwa community of Abia State Friday morning. He therefore sympathised with those who lost loved ones in the incident. In a statement by his Senior Special Assistant
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(ICYMI) Certificate forgery: Why we prosecute Adeleke, spare Adeosun Police
Sun, 21 Oct 2018
Adelani Adepegba, Abuja The police will on October 31 arraign the Peoples Democratic Party governorship candidate in the recent Osun State election, Senator Ademola Adeleke, for alleged examination malpractice, criminal conspiracy, and impersonation. The police also accused the senator of presenting a forged birth certificate, stating that in his National Examination Council 2017 result obtained
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Mom paid N4,600 for my first music production Kayode
Sun, 21 Oct 2018
Olushola Ricketts An afro-pop singer, Kayode Obafemi, has shared the sacrifice made by his mother for him to do music. Speaking with Punch, the South African-based singer said that he owed his success to his mother and was forever indebted to her. He stated, I have always enjoyed the support of my parents. I could
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Why I held a concert for peace -Eleven-year-olds Iji
Sun, 21 Oct 2018
Olushola Ricketts It came as a surprise to many when eleven-year-old singer, Ohekuru Tony Iji, held a concert tagged Children for Peace Concert at the National Theatre, Iganmu, Lagos. With the support of his parents, Iji assembled children from different backgrounds and they used music to preach peace in Nigeria. Speaking at the event held
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Conducting foreign business
Sun, 21 Oct 2018
Conducting business within your country is different from being involved with foreigners. Follow the tips below to learn more about conducting a global business Do your homework Know who youre working with. Remember, company culture is just as important as the culture of the country youre conducting business in. Is the company process driven or
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Concerns as Nigeria lags behind African peers in Internet connectivity
Sun, 21 Oct 2018
Ozioma Ubabukoh In spite of the current Internet penetration in Nigeria, rankings in terms of connectivity index have consistently not favoured the country. According to a report released by Information and Communications Technology firm, Huawei Technologies, 50 countries are listed under three categories namely: Leaders, Followers and Beginners on the Global Connectivity Index list, with
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Gbajabiamila, Lasun begin race for House speaker in 2019
Sun, 21 Oct 2018
John Ameh Interest in the speakership of the House of Representatives in 2019 has surged following the automatic ticket the All Progressives Congress granted the current Deputy Speaker, Mr Yusuff Lasun, SUNDAY PUNCH has learnt. The ticket to Lasun, the current deputy Speaker, House of Representatives, is said to have set the lawmaker against the
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Kachikwu inaugurates research council for local content
Sun, 21 Oct 2018
The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr Ibe Kachikwu, has inaugurated the Nigerian Content Research and Development Council. The council is expected to advise the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board on matters relating to research, development and innovation strategy for the oil and gas industry, according to a statement from the NCDMB. It
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Ambode performing, Fashola planted flowers as gov Bode George
Sun, 21 Oct 2018
Tobi Aworinde A former Deputy National Chairman (South) of the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Olabode George, has berated a former Governor of Lagos State, Babatunde Fashola (SAN), over the ex-governors performance during his eight-year tenure. George, in an interview with SUNDAY PUNCH, described Fashola, who is the incumbent Minister of Power, Works and Housing, as
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Nigeria among countries with affordable Internet, says report
Sun, 21 Oct 2018
Ife Ogunfuwa Nigeria has been named among countries with affordable mobile Internet in Africa. Other countries with low-cost of accessing and using the Internet in Africa are Egypt, Mauritius and Tunisia, according to findings by the Alliance for Affordable Internet. According to the report, assessment of the price of 1GB of mobile prepaid data in
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Tickets: 62 aggrieved APC Reps await panel report, plot next move
Sun, 21 Oct 2018
JOHN AMEH Despite protests that greeted the outcome of its primary elections, the All Progressives Congress still denied many of its members in the House of Representatives return tickets, SUNDAY PUNCH has gathered. Investigations showed that as the submission of the final list of successful candidates for the 2019 polls closed on Thursday, many members,
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We need to protect our cities from becoming slums Al-Amin, FHA MD
Sun, 21 Oct 2018
The Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Federal Housing Authority, Prof. Mohammed Al-Amin, tells OKECHUKWU NNODIM why the agency is digitising land and houses across the country and how new housing projects will help solve environmental problems People often complain about fraudulent activities of some housing cartels in the built environment. How can these fraudsters be avoided
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Tambuwal gets Sokotos PDP gov ticket
Sun, 21 Oct 2018
OLUSOLA FABIYI The National Working Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party has rewarded the Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal, with the partys governorship ticket for the 2019 election, an investigation by SUNDAY PUNCH has revealed. Tambuwal is on the list of the partys 36 governorship candidates being prepared to be submitted to the Independent
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AfriLabs and the quest to deepen innovation in Africa
Sun, 21 Oct 2018
Chukwuemeka Fred Agbata Jnr. Africa is regarded by many as the last frontier. A continent so blessed yet, not functioning anywhere near 50 per cent of its capacity. The future and prosperity of Africa lies vastly on how she is able to solve some of her most pressing challenges and this depends on how innovative
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Stringent NAFDAC conditions hurting manufacturing sector
Sun, 21 Oct 2018
Success Nwogu The Chairman, Amugold Group of Industries, Mr. Amujo Temitope, has said that the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control has stringent conditions for manufactures. Speaking during the groups Jimbo Orie Kiddies contest in Ilorin, Kwara State, he said the conditions were not easy for indigenous small-scale manufacturers to comply with.
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60 things every woman should know
Sun, 21 Oct 2018
I have been building on this list of things I believe every woman should know and as my years of living increase so does my understanding and views on the list alter as well as well as increase. This is my latest offering. I hope you enjoy it and find some things that resonate with
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Shehu Sani quits APC, announces new party latest Tuesday
Sun, 21 Oct 2018
JOHN ALECHENU, SUNDAY ABORISADE and LEKE BAIYEWU The Senator representing Kaduna Central Senatorial District, Shehu Sani, has resigned his membership of the All Progressives Congress. The senator, in a letter dated October 19 and addressed to the Chairman of the APC in Ward 6, Tundun Wada North, Kaduna, and copied the partys National Chairman, Mr.
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Fresh govt borrowings will upset capital market Experts
Sun, 21 Oct 2018
Feyisayo Popoola Financial experts have said government borrowing is crowding out the private sector from the capital market. The experts, who spoke in separate interviews with our correspondent, said further government borrowing would be detrimental to the health of the capital market. A professor of Economics at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Hyacinth Ichoku, said
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Norway woos Nigerian investors
Sun, 21 Oct 2018
exported $9.9bn stockfish to Nigeria in one year Anna Okon Norway has extended an invitation to Nigerian businesses willing to establish useful business collaboration with leading Norwegian firms that may desire to invest in key sectors of the economy. The Norwegian Ambassador to Nigeria, Jens-Peter Kjemprud, made this known in Lagos while speaking on the
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Ogun LGs get N2m each six times in 24 months
Sun, 21 Oct 2018
SUNDAY ABORISADE Chairmen of the 20 local government areas and 37 local council development areas in Ogun State are currently adopting survival strategies to run their councils following an alleged decision of the state government to withhold their monthly allocations. Investigations by SUNDAY PUNCH revealed that most of the council bosses, who were inaugurated after
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Obasanjo forgave Atiku, didnt endorse his presidential bid ADCs Mailafia
Sun, 21 Oct 2018
A former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria and presidential candidate of the African Democratic Congress, Dr Obadiah Mailafia, explains his plans for Nigeria in this interview with WILLIAMS BABALOLA Former President Olusegun Obasanjo adopted your party as the platform for his political group, but has endorsed the bid of his former deputy,
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Restructuring is overdue to avoid a break-up Ezeife
Sun, 21 Oct 2018
A former Governor of the old Anambra State, Dr. Chukwuemeka Ezeife, tells TOBI AWORINDE that there is hope for Nigeria amid its woes How important do you think restructuring is’ There is a nuance to it that I must emphasise. Restructuring is basic to Nigerias survival. You know that in the early 60s, the World
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At 97, I still drink beer with pain reliever Shodunke
Sun, 21 Oct 2018
Ninety-seven-year-old retired railway worker, Mr Olajide Shodunke, shares the story of his life with TOPE OMOGBOLAGUN Where and when were you born’ I was born on August 28, 1921 on the Lagos Island. Tell us more about your family. My parents were Muslims from Abeokuta, Ogun State. My father was a businessman based in Douala,
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Religious leaders shouldnt declare public support for politicians Bauchi Bishop
Sun, 21 Oct 2018
The Catholic Bishop of Bauchi Diocese, Dr Hilary Dachelem, tells ARMSTRONG BAKAM that religious leaders should desist from publicly declaring support for politicians What are the northern Christians doing on the case of Leah Sharibu who is still being held by the Boko Haram insurgents’ The problem of Leah is not just that of Christians
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My VP position wont clash with Obiano Obi
Sun, 21 Oct 2018
Anthony Okafor with agency report Ex-Anambra State Governor and vice presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Peter Obi, has said his position will not clash with that of the state governor, Willie Obiano, if elected into office. Obi said this in a statement issued by his media aide, Mr Val Obienyem, on Saturday,
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OPC, Ohanaeze, ACF are products of disunity Momoh
Sun, 21 Oct 2018
Kamarudeen Ogundele A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Chief Afe Babalola, and the Chief Executive Officer of Channels Television, Mr John Momoh, have said ethnic politics and unproductive youths are inhibiting development in Nigeria. The two eminent Nigerians, who spoke during a convocation lecture at Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State, on Saturday, expressed the
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Staff execution: Red Cross North-East operations to continue
Sun, 21 Oct 2018
OLALEYE ALUKO The International Committee of the Red Cross has observed a three-day mourning for its two female workers, Saifura Khorsa and Hauwa Liman, who were executed by the Boko Haram insurgents loyal to the Islamic State of West African Province in September and October respectively. The ICRC told our correspondent on Friday that it
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Strike looms as Akeredolu, Ondo workers talks fail
Sun, 21 Oct 2018
Peter Dada There is a strong indication that the organised labour in Ondo State may commence another round of industrial action as its meeting with Governor Rotimi Akeredolu was deadlocked on Friday. Akeredolu was alleged to have angrily walked out of the meeting, which was held at the Cocoa Conference Hall of the governors office,
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Most blind people are more brilliant than sighted persons Chioma Ohakwe
Sun, 21 Oct 2018
Founder of Bethesda Home for the Blind, Chioma Ohakwe, speaks to JOY MARCUS about her passion for helping the physically-challenged What led to the establishment of the Bethesda Home for the Blind’ Bethesda Home for the Blind is a voluntary non-profit organisation set up to give care to physically-challenged persons among us because some of
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