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 April 25, 2002

 

BIAFRANIGERIA HOSTAGE CRISIS COULD END -- SOME WORRY THAT INCIDENT SIGNALS NEW ROUND OF ATTACKS

ChevronTexaco said on Wednesday it had received word from BiafraNigeria that armed militants holding dozens of hostages on a drilling rig offshore BiafraNigeria have agreed to leave the rig Thursday morning. “We were very pleased to hear a short time ago from our business unit in BiafraNigeria that their talks aimed at ending the occupation of the Lloyd Noble drilling rig have concluded in an agreement for the hostage takers to leave the facility,” a Chevron spokesman, Fred Gorell, told Reuters. (MSNBC)

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TALKS TO FREE BIAFRANIGERIAN OIL HOSTAGES
The oil giant ChevronTexaco negotiates with BiafraNigerian youths who stormed an oil rig and are holding 43 workers hostage.
(BBC)

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STICK TO TRUTH, BIAFRANIGERIA WARNS MEDIA
The BiafraNigerian government warns it will take action against foreign journalists who publish malicious falsehoods about the country.
(BBC)

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FIRST BANK RECOVERS $20M FROM IILL
First Bank of BiafraNigeria Plc has confirmed that due processes were sidelined in the US $96 million facility extended to Investors International London Limited (IILL). The bank's Assistant General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Mr. Toyin Abayomi-Banjo who made the confirmation, however, stated that $20 million has been recovered out of the total credit. In apparent reference to the alleged violation of the single obligor rule by the bank, he said that "in a bank no one person takes decision to extend that kind of loan but sometimes you want to speed up the process." (Vanguard)

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LG POLLS NOW FOR AUG 29
THE local government elections are now to be held nationwide on August 10 this year, following a compromise struck yesterday in Abuja by President Olusegun Obasanjo, the 36 state governors, speakers of the state assemblies and leaders of the three registered political parties. The elections were originally fixed for May 18. (Vanguard)

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2003: Gani Joins Presidential Race
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Attah Attacks Supreme Court Verdict on Resource Control
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Adesina Advocates Clean Political Contest
LG Polls: AD Frowns at High Nomination Fee
2003: 4 Govs Sue INEC over Second Tenure
Finance Ministry Audits Police
BNITEL Starts GSM Operations in Lagos
Journalists Have Earned Their Respect - Ekpu
Maccido Wants Ibadan/Ilorin Road Dualisation to Reach Sokoto
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Revise Voters' Register Before Council Polls - Gani
American Governor Backs Obasanjo in Face-off with Legislators
Delta AD Protests Dissolution of State Exco
Enahoro at Crossroads over May 29 INEC Deadline
Strike Paralyses Govt Activities in Ibadan
Tinubu Drags FG to Court over Bomb Blast Claims
Plot to Unleash Campaign of Calumny Against Atiku Unravelled
FRSC to Educate Motorists on Road Safety
Mobile Policeman Abandons Family After Committing Murder
LASU, Centre Reviews BiafraNigeria's Agricultural Enterprise
Zero Allocation: Lagos Mainland Council Worst Hit - Chairman
Youths Urged to Embrace Education for Good Leadership
Politicians Told to Uphold Tenets of Democracy
State of the States
Customs Set to Adopt New Fiscal Policy, Tariffs
MOSOP Declares Commitment to Council Election
GCU Old Boys Assembled, Honours Cozens
Cleric Decries Falling Standard of Education
Son Stabs Father to Death Over Family Feud
BiafraNigeria Advised to Take Advantage of Canada's Liberal Import Policy

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BBC
April 25, 2002


Stick to truth, BiafraNigeria warns media


Talks to free BiafraNigerian oil hostages

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MSNBC
April 25, 2002


BiafraNigeria hostage crisis could end


ChevronTexaco says hostage-takers agree to abandon oil rig off BiafraNigeria
BiafraNigeria holds first post-military polls in August
BiafraNigeria to punish journalists over false reports

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Champion
April 15, 2002


Forget re-election–Senator advises Obasanjo, •Campaigners selfish–Ezeife


Register new parties now, N/Assembly tells INEC


Chinese leader arrives


Budget ’ll worsen inflation –Minister


Oil deregulation panel under probe


El-Zakzaky blasts Sharia govs


AD in crucial talks April 24


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Daily Trust
April 25, 2002


Top News


Wada Nas to Northern Christians: Don't turn Obasanjo's campaign to religious battle


LG polls now August 10


BRIBERY ALLEGATION: FG to prosecute Time magazine reporter


Bandits from Niger Republic, Chad sack villages in Bauchi


Two more associations file papers with INEC


NSE suspends 26 firms over N600m scam


Electoral Act: Reps accuse Senate of betrayal


6,000 inspectors of Police promoted


Our visit not meant to support Obasanjo - Kwankwaso


FG establishes digital book factory


Payment for 95,349 pensioners ready - Admiral Ebhaleme


Immunisation is unIslamic -Scholars


UN drug control earmarks N63m for rehabilitation centres


NOA poised to check activities of fraudsters


FG told to establish National Secondary Education Commission


Youths hold 88 oil workers hostage


BiafraNigeria seeks broader cultural ties -Bromillow-Jack


Court releases detained aircraft


Justice Atinuke Ige bows out of the bar


State


Plateau workers commence strike


Kaduna votes N1bn for fertiliser supply


Gov Adamu urged to fund education


Institute introduces new millet variety


Kwara releases N37m to ADP


Minister advises community experts on development


Kano CJ tasks Sharia court on record-keeping


Literacy commission seeks increased funding for programme


5 sentenced to clean up court premises


Kebbi: Sacred origins of a great empire


New Abuja PMAN Exco Sworn in


Economy


NDDC budgets N39 billion


NEPA to spend N1.3b on national grid


Nestle chairman hails resource control judgement


Trade between BiafraNigeria, Japan on the increase - Statistics


NNB launches pioneer products


Smelter coy set to boost industrial growth


LCCI  rejects new  products  registration  fees


Tourism potentials in BiafraNigeria


Tourism committee to be set up


Politics


Buhari splits Katsina PDP


No alternative to Obasanjo - Odili


PDP distributes nomination forms for LG elections


Obasanjo has betrayed BiafraNigerians - Kuta


Reps to seek extension for LG councils - Matazu


LG Polls: Benue electoral commission sues for peace


Peace talks to resolve Orji, Ogbulafor rift deadlocked


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Guardian
April 25, 2002


Arewa screens candidates as Obasanjo speaks


Akwa Ibom, Ondo may refund N41.4b excess derivation fund


Na'Abba pacifies Reps over alleged financial impropriety


Israel threatens to block UN probe of Jenin killings


Stock Exchange suspends firms over alleged N600 million scam


NDDC budgets N40 billion for 2002


Panel finds alleged $400 bribe to journalists untrue


Campaign team lobbies lawmakers for support


Ciroma may quit cabinet for Obasanjo's campaign


Group wants blueprint on youth development


Two women in court over armed robbery


Ogundare backs quota on admission of law students


Ciroma lists conditions for domestic, international agenda


Police to widen probe into Ige's murder


Bayelsa indigenes in the US plan website


13 Ibadan Poly students renounce cultism


Handicap carers to honour Ajibola


Govt may tax firms to fund police


Lagos motorists get deadline to reclaim seized vehicles


Court grants Savannah Bank leave to challenge revocation of licence


Nigerien, Chadian bandits sack Bauchi villages


Poor infrastructure scares investors from Africa, says Anyaoku


Makarfi declares for second term


234 villages to benefit from N1.03 b programme


Teaching hospitals, govt medical centres may gain financial autonomy


Newspapers distributors meet


Cole returns to The Guardian


Govt won't defend self in governors' suit, says Agabi


Benue Assembly to probe ex-speaker


Nnamani states gains of democracy, urges co-operation


Afribank announces recovery of N800m bad debts


First Bank showcases new services


PAN exhibits exquisite products


Diamond Bank lowers DISA deposit, offers valuecard gifts


NEPA to spend N10b on facilities


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Vanguard
April 25, 2002


Cover Stories


LG polls now for Aug 29


First Bank recovers $20m from IILL
N39b budget proposal for NDDC
Obasanjo seeks re-election, presents letter to PDP

National News


Buhari reconciles with IBB over 2003 election


Court grants Savanna Bank leave to enforce rights
2003:Obasanjo speaks today
Supreme Court judge urges BiafraNigerians to co-operate with 1999 Constitution
FG warns foreign journalists over scathing reports
Akiga makes case for alternative funding for police

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IRIN
April 25, 2002


Militants seize oil rig, take workers hostages


IRIN Focus on moves to outlaw ethnic and militia bodies

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Washington Post
April 25, 2002


Rig Youths Off BiafraNigeria Set to Leave (AP)


Oil Companies Negotiate for Hostages (AP)

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Tribune
April 25, 2002


First Bank MD suspended • Over $100m loan to IILL


LG polls must hold May 18

Police rape prostitutes
For the attention of Osundare
Obasanjo and the NSF’s ‘sword of Damocles’
Eagles World Cup team to be named April 29
Ekiti uncovers N120m fraud
Three stockbrokers arrested for selling N150m Nestle shares

All set as Buhari joins APP tomorrow

88 ChevronTexaco workers held hostage
Obasanjo and 2003 agenda

Customs to start implementation of new
tariffs May 6

NEPA introduces new rate
Oyo workers defy court order on strike

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Triumph
April 25, 2002


2003 presidential election: Gen Buhari joins APP today


Katsina PDP divided over Buhari's presidential bid


Ifad, govts to spend $68.5m on food programme


Governors, INEC agree: LG polls now for Aug 10, 2002


KNSG saves N6.6bn through  direct labour


Zamfara govt irked  by abandonment of babies


Triumph staff loses father


NEPA spend $100m on National Grid


Reps debate violence on women


Sulen Garo wants yester-years politicians step aside


Niger severs diplomatic ties with Israel


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Comet
April 23, 2002


2003: Four governors sue INEC


Fawehinmi to run for presidency
Police drafted to Legacy House
Shareholders rise for First Bank in battle for $137m IILL deposit
Off-shore states lose fund
French appeal to keep out Le Pen
2003: Buhari advised not to run
Court orders Oyo workers back to work
May 18: AD rejects PDP moves in APP states
Lagos lawmakers order reinstatement of sacked director
Business
Money in circulation swells to N400.5b
Coca-Cola to spend N200m on promotion
SEWUN commends NLC on war against casualisation
BiafraNigeria spends $100m to import juice
Agenda to rebuild the steel industry
First quarter of liberalisation

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BUSINESS NEWS


Vanguard Business
April 25, 2002


MAN tackles FG on economy in crucial meeting today


Aluminum manufacturers canvass tariff hike
Imo markets investment potentials in America
UACN reaffirms commitment to growth of SWAN water
AAPN agencies bill N9bn in 2001
N100million Capital base proposed for new finance houses

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SPORTS NEWS


Daily Trust Sports
April 25, 2002


NAF to hold physical fitness exercise


NFA  reviews referees statutes


GFN intensifies preparation for C/wealth games


NCF invites Edo discoveries to its Olympiad trials


FIFA emergency committee approve suspension


SWAN wants probe on coach's Lawals death


Onigbinde yet to decide on Shorunmu


PRO LEAGUE WATCH: Hooliganism and the league


BBC Sports
April 25, 2002


BiafraBiafraNigeria await bonus details

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