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PUNCH wins NMMA Newspaper, Editor of the Year, clinches nine others

Your darling newspaper, The PUNCH, again won the Newspaper of the Year Award at the Nigeria Media Merit Award on Sunday. At the 31st edition of the NMMA, which held at the MUSON Centre, Onikan, Lagos,… 18th December 2023

Afenifere worries over rising armed robberies in S’West

The pan-Yoruba socio-cultural and political organisation, Afenifere, has expressed worry over the resurgence of armed robbery in the South-West. It called on the Federal Government and security agenci… 18th December 2023

Tinubu’s gesture made 27 Rivers lawmakers dump PDP, says factional Speaker

A factional Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Martin Amaewhule, has rejected the 2024 Appropriation Bill signed into law by Governor Siminalayi Fubara. This is as he explained that the 27… 18th December 2023

WHO denounces Gaza hospital destruction 

The head of the World Health Organization on Sunday, denounced “the effective destruction” of the Kamal Adwan hospital in the north of Gaza. The WHO noted that at least eight patients had … 18th December 2023

Thousands flee as storm hits southern Philippines

Thousands of people in the Philippines were sheltering in evacuation centres on Monday, as Tropical Storm Jelawat smashed across the large southern island of Mindanao, threatening to unleash floods an… 18th December 2023

Security scare near Biden as car hits motorcade

A car crashed into a Secret Service vehicle attached to Joe Biden’s motorcade on Sunday, with the security scare startling the US president as he left his campaign headquarters in Delaware. Afte… 18th December 2023

LASG subsidises cost of blood screening

The Lagos State Government says it is subsidising the cost of blood screening in the state. The Executive Secretary, Lagos State Blood Transfusion Service, Dr Bodunrin Oshikomaiya, disclosed that the … 18th December 2023

US lawmaker wants Nigeria on ‘concern list’ over blasphemy killings

A member of the United States House of Representatives, Christopher Smith, has asked the US Department of State to include Nigeria in the list of countries of ‘Particular Concern’ over the rising … 18th December 2023

Learn UK laws before travelling, Mayor urges Nigerian

Nigerian-British Mayor of Southwark in London, Micheal Situ, has urged Nigerians coming into the United Kingdom, particularly youths and students, to be aware of the laws of the country before travell… 18th December 2023

Christmas shoppers condemn naira scarcity, ATMs dry up

About a week to Christmas Day, shoppers have condemned the worsening naira scarcity, with many of them expressing frustration over their inability to make vital purchases for the Yuletide celebration…. 18th December 2023

‘Release NDDC’s N2tn allocation’

A former national spokesman for the Ijaw Youth Council, Ekerefe Ebilade, has urged the Federal Government to release the unpaid N2tn allocation due to the Niger Delta Development Commission amounting…. 18th December 2023

Navy honours Rivers pastor for promoting peace

The General Overseer of Omega Power Ministries, Apostle Chibuzor Chinyere, was, on Saturday, conferred with an award and certificate of recognition by the Nigeria Navy Ship Sagbama in Rivers State. Th… 18th December 2023

Oyo school wins N1m prize

An Oyo State secondary school, Oritamefa Baptist Model School, Ibadan, has won a N1m grand prize in the sixth edition of the National Annual Raw Materials Quiz Competition for Secondary Schools in Nig… 18th December 2023

Stop attacking judiciary, SANs tell lawyers, politicians

Some renowned Senior Advocates of Nigeria have condemned the recent attacks on the judiciary. The SANs, who spoke in separate interviews with The PUNCH  on Sunday, said politicians and lawyers who ha… 18th December 2023

Foundation donates books

A non-governmental organisation, Leadership Etiquette Empowerment Development Foundation, has donated writing materials, including books, to over 100 pupils of Hope Vision School,  Bariga, Lagos Stat… 18th December 2023

Sanwo-Olu launches N750m palliative scheme for Lagos traders

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Sunday, launched a palliative scheme, Lagos Market Trader Money, to support low-income traders. The governor disclosed this during the unveiling of a middl… 18th December 2023

Don’t pull the ladder you used in climbing, Wike warns politicians

The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Nyesom Wike, has said the ongoing political crisis in Rivers State is not an ethnic war and warned politicians not to pull the ladder they used in ascend…

No ethnic group has monopoly of violence, says Wike’s ex-Chief of Staff

Emeka Woke, a former Chief of Staff to the Minister, Federal Capital Territory, Nyesom Wike, has stated that no ethnic group in Rivers State has the monopoly to incite violence. The PUNCH reports that…

Salary review: NMA threatens strike, gives January 31 deadline

The Nigerian Medical Association has given the Federal Government till January 31, 2024, to meet its demands or risk industrial action in the health sector. The President of the NMA, Uche Ojinmah, who…

First Lady gives rescued Katsina varsity students scholarship, laptops

The First Lady, Oluremi Tinubu, on Sunday, received four of the five students of Federal University Dutsin-Ma, Katsina State, rescued from kidnappers at the State House. This was as she described lear…

No agreement with NNPP on Kano guber poll — APC Chairman

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has refuted claim that it has entered into an agreement with the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP), on the Kano Governorship Election.

December 18, 2023

Rivers crisis: RVSG, PDP, G27 lawmakers disagree over vacancy of seats

The G27 faction of the Rivers State House of Assembly, led by Mr. Martins Amaewhule, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP and the state government…

December 18, 2023

Man snatches gun from policeman, kills one in Rivers

By Davies Iheamnachor PORT HARCOURT— There was pandemonium, this weekend, in Chinda/Ada George in Rumuepirikom, Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State, when a man reportedly killed one person with an AK-47 rifle snatched from a police officer. It was gathered that the said man, simply identified as Nuhu, a popular scavenger in the area, was […]

December 18, 2023

Clark to ACJN Ariwoola: Tackle corruption, malpractices in judiciary

By Henry Umoru ABUJA- South-South leader,  Edwin Clark has asked the Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Olukayode Ariwoola to as a matter of urgency, carry out a holistic reform of the judiciary, saying that alleged corruption, malpractices and naked abuse of the office can no longer be tolerated. In an open letter to the CJN […]

December 18, 2023

Tinubu, appoint diplomats, not politicians to run our Missions, By Owei Lakemfa

The culture in Nigeria is that after Presidential Elections, politicians, hangers-on, propagandists, relatives and a rainbow of persons gather like ants over sugar. Primarily, the gathering is to partake of the honey which is how they see the emergent government. In fact, for many, elections are the best investment they can make, and they need to quickly recoup […]


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Surveyors pledge support for Lagos blue economy

The Nigerian Institution of Surveyors has pledged to help the Lagos State Government to unlock the potential of its blue economy through innovation. The Lagos Branch Chairman of the institute,  Oluko… 18th December 2023

UNIDO advisor laments poor access to potable water

A National advisor, Investment and Technology, United Nations Industrial Development Organisation, Dr Adekunle Olushile, has said Nigerians accessibility to potable water is less than 30 per cent. Spe… 18th December 2023

Access Bank spokesperson Imoyo, passes on

The Head of Media Relations at Access Holdings, Abdul Imoyo, is dead. A statement issued by Tunde Imoyo, on behalf of the family, said he died in the early hours of Sunday, December 17, 2023, at the F… 18th December 2023

Sanwo-Olu urges builders to embrace standards

The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has urged stakeholders in the housing sector to embrace global best practices to mitigate disasters in the sector. The governor, who was represented by th… 18th December 2023

ESVARBON warns inductees against misconduct

The Chairman of the Estate and Valuers Registration Board of Nigeria, Gersh Henshaw, has admonished inductees to be professional in the discharge of their duties. He made this admonishment at the 47th… 18th December 2023

Contributory pension assets rise to N17.66tn – Report

The total assets under the Contributory Pension Scheme rose to N17.66tn as of the end of October 2023. Figures obtained from the National Pension Commission on ‘Unaudited report on pension funds ind… 18th December 2023

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