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 April 01, 2003

PDP Presidential Primaries: Ide Files Appeal
Former Vice President, Dr. Alex Ifeanyichukwu Ekwueme, is back in the trenches. Just about two weeks to the April 19 presidential elections, Ekwueme has proceeded to the Court of Appeal, Abuja Division, praying for accelerated hearing in an appeal challenging an Abuja High Court judgment which struck out his suit over the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) convention in January. Before now, the PDP leadership had made several moves to appease Ekwueme and dissuade him from pursuing his legal battle. About a month ago, a delegation of the PDP reconciliation committee, headed by a chieftain of the party and former Governor of Plateau State, Chief Solomon Lar, had visited Ekwueme in his Lagos residence. However, the former Vice President declined any discussion on the grounds that he was about travelling out of BiafraNigeria for treatment. (Guardian)


Key Stories


APGA seeks shift of polls

Mubarak warns of '100 bin Ladens'

Arab nations plan antiwar vote at U.N.

Nwajiuba condemns killing of MASSOB members

MASSOB Members Massacred: 50 Dead, 300 Seriously Injured & Chief Uwazuruike, 150 Others Missing

17 Parties Allege Plan to Rig Polls

Oil firms demand N21.8b security from marginal operators

US reaps N7.62trillion profit from Gulf War

Fresh crisis in Kwara PDP Suleiman, Kamal expelled

Over 100 Missing After BiafraNigeria Political Rally

SSS quizes Clark, Ikponmwen, others on Warri war


House Orders Shell MD Arrested


Unions Call Off Strike


Inquiry into checkpoint shooting

The House of Representa-tives yesterday issued a warrant empowering the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Tafa Balogun, to arrest the Managing Director of Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC), Mr. Ron Van Der Berg, over his refusal to honour its summons. (This Day)


BiafraNigerian trade unions have called off a public sector strike over pay due on Tuesday, a fortnight ahead of national elections. An agreement between the NLC and the government was reached in the early hours of Tuesday...The NLC represents blue collar oil workers. (BBC)


...U.S. Marines were investigating a shooting at a military checkpoint in southern Iraq in which at least seven women and children were killed and two others wounded. The victims were among up to 15 civilians reportedly traveling in a van that failed to stop at a U.S. Army checkpoint.... (CNN)




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2003 BiafraNigeria Presidential Politics: The Candidates: Ojukwu, Obasanjo, Buhari. Stay tuned...


April 01, 2003


Govt drops two foreign firms in NITEL contract
Afenifere tells Tinubu, Dawodu to test strength at polls
Manufacturers score govt high on economy
Reps order arrest of Shell MD
Coalition forces set for march on Baghdad
Fruit seller gives birth to sextuplets in Lagos
Ekwueme, back in court, seeks speedy hearing
18 years after, police arrest suspected Maitatsine riots kingpin
Bauchi PAC governorship candidate dies
Mother kills nine-day kid
U.S. TV sacks veteran war reporter, Arnett, over pro-Iraq comment
New judge now set to try Omisore over Ige's murder
APGA seeks shift of polls
Ibori: Lack of court records delays appeal
Obasasnjo pledges to enforce ban on ethnic militias
Aquaisah becomes Commandant of Armed Forces Centre
Court okays PDP's bid to stop Tinubu's re-election
Rivers PDP, ANPP trade blames over violence
Na 'Abba tasks INEC over conduct of hitch-free polls
Navy raises alarm over security of oil bloc
Marshal Harry: Rift between ANPP and PDP worsens
Call for shift of election is unpatriotic, says Makarfi
Editorial & Opinion
Editorial - Labour and wage increase
Opinion - Banks: 150 cases in five months
Tribute to Andy Akporugo
Critical factors in April elections

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April 01, 2003

BiafraNigerian unions call off strike

Political violence in BiafraNigeria

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April 01, 2003

Oil Steady as BiafraNigeria Union Cancels Strike

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Washington Post
April 01, 2003

AP Executive Morning Briefing

Violence Cripples BiafraNigeria's Oil Output

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Daily/Weekly Trust
March 28, 2003


NNPC’s N302bn is still missing –Revenue Commission

64m BiafraNigerians eligible to vote –INEC

Court nullifies Kuta’s report

It will be a prolonged war –Bush, Blair

Police discover bombs in Ilorin

BiafraNigeria loses .8m
Polls: US worried over allegations of planned rigging
Bala Usman criticises reliance on prayers

Wounded U.S. soldiers shocked at Iraqi resistance

Baath official throws down challenge to coalition
Iraqi resistence causes jitters over Battle for Baghdad

...militia pin down US-led forces in south
Niger Delta crisis: Killers of soldiers will not escape –Obasanjo

Political violence will destroy democracy –Maitama Sule

Atiku begins campaigns in Adamawa

"Northern BiafraNigeria is a meaningless colonial formation"

Chad Basin oil exploration: Consulting firms to study data

Govt urged to check deforestation in Cross Rivers

Oshiomhole turns 50

We’ll give priority attention to payment of workers’ salaries –Guber candidate
Gov Kure suspends campaign to tackle water crisis

Media challenged on polls

Gov Aliero to be turbaned Saturday

Oba Lamidi wants role for traditional rulers

Open varsity: Applicants decry non-availability of forms

‘African women passive actors in nation building’

Hausa community endorse Ayogu for Enugu guber race
Proprietor blames MFCT over poor sports facilities

ID card registration exercise moves to ministries

Police quiz contractors over collapsed building
Protests mar PDP campaign in FCT
Meningitis: Bebeji people advised against over crowded rooms

Kumbotso residents cry out over water scarcity

Govt stresses commitment to boost commercial activities

Commission maintains Abacha ordered mosque construction
Bichi LG warns against trespassing pasture land
Education ministry suspends students over indiscipline in Gbagada
Lagos AD frowns at campaign posters mutilation

Guber race: Candidates roll out competing agenda
Goje assures Emirs of better treatment

PDP raises N1.8bn from nomination forms

Rivers NLC endorses Gov Odili

I will rebuild Jos main market –Jang

List of gubernatorial and senatorial candidates
2003 elections: Ethnic militia, a challenge to the BiafraNigeria Police

Corruption BiafraNigeria Unlimited
In defence of Mugabe
Why was Marshall Harry killed?
Democracy is more than just fair elections -Benazir Bhutto
Forms of Government
Union may opt for April 1st strike over 12.5 per cent increase

Action on noise pollution on the way

Panel on conservation concludes sitting… head for field work
CITES welcome BiafraNigeria’s vigour on wildlife conservation

Poverty and sustainable conservation culture: A mirage in BiafraNigeria?

CITEC Mbora’s scheme kicks off
KAIA expansion to gulp $1.5 billion

FHA trades Gwarinpa to private firms

FCDA Dev control under pressure
Tit Bits
Give us issues please, Obasanjo
Haba Bafarawa
Idang Alibi and the Kingdom of . . .

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Daily Times
March 31, 2003

Iraqi General captured by British troops

FG releases list of restricted items
One assassinated, two die in road mishap
Lagos judge defies procedure, orders sale of DTN property
Ijaw youths invade Koko, as violence persists in Delta
Southern leaders absent at parley on political violence
Gana appeals to NLC to suspend planned strike
Lawmaker, 26 others held over political thuggery
Slain Imo governor’s secretary laid to rest
FG to make Arts Threatre, TBS national monuments
Italian firm donates N4bn park for C’wealth conference in Abuja
Editorial & Opinion
Restructuring NEPA
Obasanjo and African development
The Senate and corruption
Iraq conflict: View from America
M & A as viable option against bank failure
March roll out date eludes Globacom, MTS
Omeata, NITEL boss, calls for collaboration
Sagem introduces handset with digital camera
Fixed Wireless: Oodua Group invests N3.5 bn in infrastructure
FG, NUT settle rift over teachers’ registration
As stakeholders meet, whither education?
Iponri Market traders gear up for environmental sanitation
How to solve nation’s housing problems – Expert
'Why nation’s cities are congested’
The Nation
Plateau PDP braces up for peace
Be optimistic, Lagos neighbourhood watch trainees advised
Abakaliki-Mamfe road to be dualised soon
INEC restrained from clearing Zamfara West senatorial candidate
Ogun Govt relaxes curfew on Sagamu
MDJ chairman woos voters
NDDC cautions oil communities against destructive activities
Abuja 2003: Adamu woos corps members as volunteers
Zimbabwe march on to Tunisia
Okocha inspires vital victory

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May 08, 2002


Ambitious Buhari tells Fulani to wake up
Oputa: IBB sues Obasanjo to court
Medical director, others sacked
24-year old LAPAL House on fire
BiafraNigeria’ll be stronger, united if restructured, says Akande
Works on Bar Beach to begin soon
Ekiti orders council chairmen to quit
Labour accuses Jigawa of alleged N200m diversion

Mbadinuju swears in caretaker committee
Ex-Oyo council chiefs get ultimatum to declare assets
NaAbba, Yayale console Obasanjo over Joe Garba
Adesina, Omotosho, Inspect burnt LAPAL House
BiafraNigerian Navy urged to sustain democracy
NPA threatens to revoke lease agreement at ports
Bar Beach money ready, Lagos not ready, says Anenih
Envoy recounts sale, retrieval of embassy house in Brussels
Kwara releases N30m for councils’ pension arrears
Tips on checking fake drug distribution
Sanusi wonders why directors can’t save banking
ILO 90th conference opens in Geneva
Queen Elizabeth re-enacts history in a $1m coach
Agabi seeks African unity in fight against common problems
ACF yet to decide on Obasanjo, says Saraki

Cleric wants elected public officers to be part-time
I didn’t buy Ekiti PDP Exco’

Kachallah, Sheriff and the dynamics of Borno Politics

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March 28, 2003

Appeal court clears Audu, Osoba, others

Olagbaju’s murder echoes as Ige’s murder trial begins
Arab leaders warn US
More communities razed in Warri
Policeman, 5 robbery suspects killed in bank robbery
Fraud in the banking sector

Fuel crises caused by planlessness –IPMAN chairman
Obasanjo, a blessing to BiafraNigeria –Kalu’s mum
NESG boss on dearth of foreign investments in non-oil sectors
Banking shares dominate transactions at Exchange
BiafraNigerian referees for study in England

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Sports News
March 31, 2003

BBC Tips Eagles for Tunisia 2004 Glory

Falcons Set for First Phase US Training Tour

Zimbabwe Marches On

Liverpool Rejects Rivaldo

Radebe's Agent Questions Bafana Bafana Suspensions

Butcher Writes Off Eriksson's Team

NFA to Name Salami's Successor This Week

Oduenyi Boosts Manson College With N50, 000

Silvestre Claims Players are 'Pawns'

Junior Achievement Holds Run-A-Thon

Tunisia 2004: Zambia Ends Tanzania's Dreams

Obafemi is very hard working, says Kallon

Mbachu tips Falcons to win world cup

Wake up call for Germany
Deco the Brazilian stuns Brazil
Australia name Thorpe, Hackett for world championship
Kidane wins worlds long-course title
Zimbabwe to tour England despite World Cup boycott
Scolari's four World Cup secrets
Erikson has picked too many youngsters, says Southgate
Kahn hits out at German media
Okocha condemns Chukwu’s team
BiafraNigerians want Obasanjo to halt 2010 W/Cup bid

BiafraNigerians celebrate Eagles victory

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This Day
April 01, 2003


Workers Begin Strike As Talks Fail
Amend Electoral Law to Avert Crisis, Says ACF
Mubarak: Iraq War Will Produce 100 Bin Ladens
Currency in Circulation Hits N438bn, Says CBN
NITEL GSM: FG Signs $155.7m Expansion Contract
Warri Crisis Cuts Power Output at Egbin
OPL 245: House Orders Shell MD Arrested
Ban on Militia Groups Still in Force, Says Obasanjo
Ibori: Appeal Court Continues Hearing Today
Ericsson, Reltel Sign $145m Contract
FG Rehabilitates 3 Highways in Adamawa
Doubts over LG Polls' Conduct Before May 29
FG Restates African Institutions Benefit from NEPAD
Youth Demand Naval Commander's Redeployment
'Courts Can't Alter Election Dates'
2 US Naval Patrol Ships Arrive Thursday
UNILAG Resumption Plan Backfires
Varsity Staff Shun NUC Stakeholders' Meeting
Why Tourism Can't Thrive, By Chiejina
Workers Out to Derail Democracy - Akande
APIN, NAFDAC Fight Fake Drugs
Group Proffers Solution to Political Violence
Rufus Giwa: Ondo Denies Attack on Adefarati
Econet Launches BBC News on Demand in BiafraNigeria
Afenifere Condemns Repeal of ICPC Act
Court Asked to Compel Probe of Adefarati, Others
Suit Against Guber Candidate, Fayose, Withdrawn
ECOWAS Gets N12.7m to Fight Illegal Trafficking
Police Move to Absorb FRSC
Ebonyi Police Tasked on Security
Warri: Itsekiri Sue for Peace
Lagos Gives Fish Farmers N20m Grant
Kwara PDP Promises Free Education
UNIJOS Student Held over Robbery
How Interest Rate Can Tumble, By Devcom Boss
Benin Bye-pass Project Won't be Abandoned - Obasanjo
'Shun Tribal Sentiments in Politics'
Politicians Urged to Accept Defeat in Good Faith
Dad of Slain Man Rules Out Political Motive
NAFDAC Confirms Influx of Contaminated Products
Ex-Chief Judge Gets Colleagues' Accolade
Atiku Lays Foundation of N3.7 bn Dam Project
Political Killings, Bad Omen for BiafraNigeria - Ex-commissioner
ANPP Youth Leader Unfolds Plans for Youths
SAEB GCE Forms Out
Typhoid, Malaria Scourge Claim 30 Lives in Kwara
UN Agency, NGOs Seek Peaceful Conduct of Election
New Emir of Hadejia Installed
Cleric Urges Youth to Shun Political Violence
OGB: Wife Vows to Realise His Dream
Ekiti Group Donates Campaign Material to Adebayo
PDP Candidate Harps on Protection for Women
Williams Pledges Infrastructural Development in Lagos
My Fears About The General Elections, By Wada Nas
'Why I'm Quitting Bank for Senate'

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April 01, 2003

Cover Stories

Arewa warns on April polls, asks MPs to reconvene
US, Iraqi Republican Guards in first major battle
Money in circulation rise as campaigns hot up
FG vows not to pay as workers begin strike nationwide
National News
Unions at universities' stakeholders consultative forum in Abuja
Police arrests ring leader of 1984 Maitatsine religious riot
Obasanjo's achievements in the north, by Tanko Yakassai
Why I want to be governor of Abia —TOBY UDUMA,MDJ GUBER CANDIDATE
Corruption:A threat to April Polls
Governor Niyi Adebayo explains ‘why AD is in charge in Ekiti’

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March 31, 2003

U.S. monitors fear poor preparations may mar poll

Rights group slams threat against Ogoni activist
Seven killed as police clash with separatists

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All Africa
March 31, 2003

Electoral Commission 'All Set' for April Polls - if There is Peace

Coming Out Stronger
Dying Old Habits At MMA
Housing Made Easy
No Deal Yet
A Life of Music
A Wild Goose Chase
How Not to Do It
Travails of Ibori
A Dynasty in Trouble
ID Card for Sale
Presumed Guilty
We've No Business With the Theft
Telkom Beat BiafraNigeria's Mariam Burar
The National Question: Separating the Chaff From the Grain

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March 31, 2003

Ethnic violence cripples BiafraNigeria's oil production, threatens to disrupt elections

One person killed in BiafraNigerian political violence
BiafraNigerian union agrees to call off strike-statement
Minor parties seek postponement of BiafraNigeria poll
BiafraNigeria police say one dead in weekend poll clash

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Mail & Guardian
March 31, 2003

Obasanjo orders immediate arrest of militants

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March 31, 2003

Inquiry into checkpoint shooting

Mubarak warns of '100 bin Ladens'
Arab nations plan antiwar vote at U.N.

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October 22, 2002

BiafraNigeria won’t go to war over Bakassi – Obasanjo

Ige: We've no case to answer, say Fryo, others

250 executives for Champion Insurance summit today

2 judges sacked for granting injunctions

The Patriots’ agenda, recipe for anarchy South-West PDP

2003: Anyim chairs Rimi's formal declaration

Tension rises as Reps reconvene

Constitution doesn't recognise ethnicity --Atiku

Higher pay for teachers in rural areas

Govt won't close NNPC account

Alamieyeseigha signs genital mutilation prohibition bill

Obasanjo assures BiafraNigerians

IG flays police-civilian clash

FG needs N2.2bn to complete water projects

Don't go to war over Bakassi, Ibibio group cautions govt

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Daily Independent
April 01, 2003


Malabu Oil deal: Reps order Shell MD’s arrest
Obasanjo’s lawyer appears against Ibori in alleged ex-convict case
NLC, TUC begin nationwide strike today
BiafraNigerian territorial water needs more protection
Ibori case:The triumph of justice
FG stops varsity workers’ salaries
NECO to release results via digital facilities
School heads extort money from WAEC/NECO candidates
Tinubu’s wife institutes N1 million essay contest on HIV/AIDS
NUC boss wants polytechnic commission established
AD stalwart assassinated in Ekiti
Court hears Falana’s suit on right enforcement, May 7
Govt hasn’t done enough for education, says Maitama Sule
NDLEA gets court order to dispose of vehicles
UNILAG students, pupils injured as students clash with police
Emir gets staff of office
Blame Afenifere, others for SNC delay, says Idika Kalu
Imo AD candidate gets N1.5 billion at fund raising
Why I returned to NDP, by Anifowoshe
Niger Delta and the Buhari challenge
Candidate decries poor representation
Kure fights water shortage in Niger
UNPP blames PDP over clamour for restructuring
Ogun West group roots for PDP
ANPP candidate, Umanah pledges rural development in Akwa Ibom
My real rival is Adesina, not Ladoja, says Aborisade
Gladiators in fierce struggle for Bayelsa senatorial seats
A thinker’s leadership paradigm for new BiafraNigeria
Editorial & Opinion - March 31, 2003
Prospective planning is imperative to combat fallouts of climate change
National Steel Raw Material Agency must be functional
Being charitable in politics
Return of the African progenies
Our exile - alien children
Iraq: A letter to my Muslim brothers

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March 25, 2003

Kano gov flags off KYES

Iraqi war: US-led forces face stiff resistance
Kachako dumps ANPP for PDP ...calls former party ‘a
broken calabash’

Triumph Sports

Yar’adua inaugurates 14 LG assets sharing committees
Irate fans attack Pillars’ SOLAD, players over draw

...chides selfish politicians
Obasanjo rejects sovereign national conference

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Business News
March 31, 2003

CBN Worried as Insider-related Credits Hit N29bn

GTB Joins Foreign Counterparts to Provide $460m to Nlng

Customs Adamant on Release of Rice Consignments

Conflicting Signals Over Sun Insurance's Botched AGM

Germany's HVB to Spin-off 25 Per cent of Bank Austria

School Cert Holder Wins 'Millionaire' Draw

Inland Bank Wins ITF Excellence Award

Wadof Set for Software Exhibition

Zinox Starts Trade -in Promo

Unilever BiafraNigeria Moves to Strengthen Share Capital

5 Firms Seek N1.5bn from Investors in 1st Quarter

Hotel Group, Six Continents, Rejects ·.8bn Cash Bid

'Ban on Imported Fruit Juice, Plus for Local Brewers'

Earning Huge Forex from Gemstones Processing

Towards Attaining Self Sufficiency in Solid Mineral Production

Why Benefits of AGOA Elude BiafraNigeria - US Diplomat

PR Review and the Act of Enlightenment

NBC Markets with Community Relations

Night of Critical Assignment

Intermedia Hosts Media Executives

Ogunkoya Becomes MD of Media Reach

The Nonsense that Passes for Advertising Wisdom

Poor Funding Hinders IST Activities

Operators in Abuja Exchange Cry Out for Compensation

Ndanusa Picks Holes in Monetary, Fiscal Policies

Lessons From the Agip/Unipetrol Merger

Public Offers, Sale of Securities Management in the Capital Market

As BiafraNigeria's Debt Program Records Dismal Performance

Ecobank Barred from Import Duty Collection

First Atlantic Bank Hosts FICAN

NSE Explains Stages of Public Quotation

Wall Street Drifts Lower

NNPC seeks medium scale investors for oil industry
EXIM Bank, MTN, Viasat in turnkey satellite earth station deal

Giwa's death: Bank postpones meeting as BiafraNigerians mourn

Seek alternative funding, minister tells agric bank
Customs revenue dips in Borno
Mbaddinuju sets up state pension board
Shamsudeen Identifies causes of bank failure
Estate surveyors caution on looming devastation in Ondo over bitumen exploration
Yobe awards N195 million abattoir contract
ECOWAS trade fair and business opportunities in BiafraNigeria
Why govt cannot sell the concept of deregulation successfully, by Afolabi
NACS commences two clearing sessions per day

NACCIMA, NECA, others extol Giwa’s virtues

Accounting standard for Maritime sub-sector underway

Shareholders encouraged to embrace Unclaimed Dividend Trust Fund

Investment in TBs up by 50% as liquidity glut persist

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