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 April 03, 2003

Amid Rumors of Hausa-Fulani Step Down Ultimatum: IBB Secretly Meets Baba Iyabo
President Olusegun Obasa-njo and former military President, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida yesterday held a one hour deliberation at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Babangida, who arrived the Villa at about 2 p.m. dressed in a light brown babanriga with a matching cap and leather slippers, had first made for the office of the National Security Adviser (NSA), Lt-General Aliyu Mohammed Gusau (rtd) where he spent about 30 minutes. He later proceeded to the office of the President accompanied by Gusau and the Minister of Justice, Mr Kanu Agabi. Both Gusau and Agabi left him as soon as he entered the precinct of the President's office. Efforts by State House newsmen to find out Babangida's mission either through him or Presidency sources were futile. When he departed the Villa at 4.15 p.m, the following ensued between him and State House newsmen: Have you made up your mind on who to support in the presidential election? (This Day)


Key Stories


Govt explains pact with Labour on pay rise

Afenifere faults Ohanaeze's criticism of support for Obasanjo

April polls: It's D-Day for political godfathers and estranged sons

House: Shell MD Has Contempt for BiafraNigeria

Warri: NBA Decries Resurgence of Violence

Court Upholds 7 Niger Assembly Members' Sack

FG alleges sabotage over fuel scarcity

PDP accused of spending public funds on campaigns

Beyond Atiku’s confidence in Niger Delta


Tinubu lambasts Conduct Bureau


Iraqis Must Run Post-Saddam Iraq


Army in Sight of Baghdad says U.S.

Governor Bola Ahmed Tinubu of Lagos State yesterday said that the Code of Conduct Bureau erred in pronouncing him guilty of breaching constitutional provisions, saying that the action amounts to misuse of federal agencies to intimidate political opponents. (Daily Independent)


Britain,main coalition partner in the on going Gulf war, said yesterday that a post-Saddam Iraq must be governed by Iraqis themselves, amidst speculations of a rift between London and Washington over who takes charge after the fall of Saddam. (This Day)


Coalition forces say they have advanced to within sight of Baghdad's battered skyline and have faced little resistance from Republican Guard units which have been bombarded by daily airstrikes. Coalition troops had moved within 20 kilometers (12 miles) of the center of Baghdad.... (CNN)




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


April 03, 2003


Govt explains pact with Labour on pay rise
Birds threaten airspace, say airlines

Crisis brews in insurance sector as regulators sanction two firms

Tinubu faults conduct bureau over letter to INEC

Obasanjo orders daily briefing by NNPC on fuel situation

U.S. forces free Iraqi war prisoner, Saddam, assures citizens of victory
Afenifere faults Ohanaeze's criticism of support for Obasanjo
INEC deserves kudos, not knocks, says Musa

BiafraNigeria gets N56.94 billion foreign investment in four years
C'wealth observer group arrives tomorrow for polls
ECOWAS shops for 142 million euros over Ivoirien peace process

Govt, oil firms lose N176b to Warri crisis

Sextuplets: Two survive
No going back on election dates, says Agabi

Court refuses ex-judge's prayers to stop eviction order

INEC exchanges slips for voters' cards next week
France prays for Saddam's demise

Russia protests strikes near embassy
S. Korea parliament approves troops for Iraq
April polls: It's D-Day for political godfathers and estranged sons

Editorial & Opinion
Editorial - Obasanjo and the national conference

Opinion - History and the tragedy of 1989
Iraq and the UN

Bush's lost war

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April 01, 2003

BiafraNigerian unions call off strike

Political violence in BiafraNigeria

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April 03, 2003

BiafraNigerian oil outage persists, oil firms say

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Washington Post
April 03, 2003

Oil Drops on Ballooning U.S. Fuel Stocks

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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
April 02, 2003


Senate endorses general elections
Appeal Court rules on controversial Electoral Act 2002 next week
Code of Conduct Tribunal probes Tinubu
Lawmaker wants cost of running govt reduced
NLC suspends warning strike
Tinubu berates PDP counterpart for failure to attend political debate
Mbadinuju escapes lynching in Onitsha
Cadbury takes case before SEC Panel
Seven suspected cultists held over murder
Anti-graft panel drops charges against Ondo commissioner
Abia Assembly wants ex-deputy gov arrested over arms possession, fraud
NBA wants security agents cautioned against rights abuse
NFA to name technical adviser April 10
ANCLA faction heads for court to stop EGM
Christians advised on forthcoming polls
Investors scramble for banks’ stocks
Obasanjo restates ban on OPC, Bakassi Boys, Egbesu
We have no hand in councillorship candidate’s murder– Ebonyi Govt
Puzzle over whereabouts of ANPP chieftain
National Assembly enjoined to pass information bill
10 parties threaten to boycott April election in Adamawa
Wounded British troops angry over US friendly fire
AD chieftain killed in Ekiti
Police parade Maitatsine gang leader
Students union leader wounded in stampede at UNILAG
Police parade Maitatsine gang leader
Appeal Court hears case against govt April 8
I will restore sanity in Enugu within three months – Ayogu
Igbinedion is on track–Aide
Omisore’s case reassigned to another judge
Editorial & Opinion
Stop the human disaster
Colour of political assassinations
Of strikes and educational development
Who is a terrorist?

Billboards: Ogun PDP guber candidate defies court order
Court begins hearing in appeal against Ibori’s clearance today
Mrs Omoleye confirmed as Ekiti chief judge
Tinubu has nothing to do with my nomination – Mamora
2003: Arewa youths sue for tolerance
Parties plan to plant spies in INEC, electoral commissioner alleged

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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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Sports News
April 03, 2003

Wilkens Matches NBA Record of Losses

Galadima, Ogunjobi to Represent BiafraNigeria in China

CAF League: Enyimba Prepares in Makurdi

Female team May Miss Nations Cup

NVBF Reads Riot Act to Players

Okpodu unimpressed With SA

FCC Braces Up to Disloge Cosmopolitan

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This Day
April 03, 2003


Why Elections Must Hold, By Agabi

Budget 2003 Holds Up N9.3 INEC's Election Funds

Iraqis Must Run Post-Saddam Iraq, Says Blair

House: Shell MD Has Contempt for BiafraNigeria

Migrant Workers Remitted $180bn to Developing Countries, Says World Bank

IBB in Aso Rock, Holds Private Meeting with Obasanjo

FG Not Yet Decided on Level of Wage Increase - Gana

FG Releases Kano EAS Aircrash Report

Afenifere to Ohaneze: Don't Visit Your Frustration on Us

Why Fuel Crisis Persists - Gana

BiafraNigeria Got N56bn Foreign Direct Investment - Kpakol

NANS Commends NLC for Calling Off Strike

Bank Gets $20m ADB Loan for SMEs

Global Bank Loses N9m to Robbers

Cultism: Kwara Poly Loses 2 Students

BiafraNigeria's Embassy Relocates in Washington

NEPA Moves to Safeguard Facilities

Warri: NBA Decries Resurgence of Violence

REAN Withdraws from Insurers' Association

Oluremi Tinubu Picks 40 Children for Kenya

Bafarawa Denies Seeking LG Funds for Campaign

Akume Decries Election Violence, Defacing of Posters

Econet Crisis Centre Opens Tomorrow

Benue Workers Vow to Continue Strike

Unongo, Saror Back US Military Sanction on BiafraNigeria

PDP Chieftain Lauds Nnamani's Achievements

Elf Dragged to Court over Non-payment of Contract Fees

ANPP Alleges Plan to Rig Election in Abia

SEDCAN Berates NURTW over Tinubu
Politics Extra... Ahead General Elections
CAN to Christians: Sacrifice Holy Saturday, Vote

Court Upholds 7 Niger Assembly Members' Sack

'INEC Must Drop Ogboru as AD Candidate'

Ebonyi Govt Faults ANPP over Member's Death

INEC Releases Voters' Register to Ondo Commission

Group Writes Ogbeh, Wants Dariye Dropped

Kebbi Ruler Endorses Buhari

Tinubu's Campaign Halts Activities

Adamawa ANPP Raises Alarm on Rigging

... Blame PDP, Says Katsina ANPP

Enugu Guber: Coalition Takes Nwodo to Task

Tinubu Promises Massive Job Creation

PDP Decampee Returns to Party

Owerri Traditional Rulers Endorse Agbaso

In Sokoto, PDP Repositions for Victory

Guber Candidate Assures on Roads

INEC Gives Condition for Voting

Party Chieftain Decries Political Killings

April Polls: Campaign Devoid of Issues

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April 02, 2003

Cover Stories

Tinubu faces trial at Code of Conduct Tribunal
Obasanjo, Anyim, Na'Abba, Guobadia meet on April polls -—No going back, says INEC

NLC halts strike, in fresh deal with govt

Iraq: Coalition efforts suffer setback

FG stops 13% derivation to oil producing states

National News
Alaafin urges BiafraNigerians to vote for Obasanjo

Armed robbers raid residence of BiafraNigeria’s Consul-General in Johannesburg

Cross River at cross roads

I'm a balancing factor in Delta politics, says Ibori

Ibori has no chance against Ogboru —Okuhor

Let the best succeed Oba Oyekan—Prince Ajose

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April 01, 2003

Amnesty International and LEPAD concerned about rights violations

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All Africa
April 01, 2003

BiafraNigeria Faces A Crucial Test of Democracy

Violence Against Political Activist
Consul-General's Family Robbed
Utaka Promises More Goals
Federal Government is Very Wasteful Says Honourable Femi Onimole
Nwobodo Accuses Igbo Governors of Betrayal
Tinubu Pleads for Obasanjo
Police to Arrest Taxis Without Stickers
Ade Bendel, 419 Kingpin to Appear in Court
Woman Gives Birth to Sextuplets in Lagos
Eagles Overpower 'Power House'

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April 02, 2003

BiafraNigerian government, union dispute pay deal terms

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Mail & Guardian
March 31, 2003

Obasanjo orders immediate arrest of militants

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April 03, 2003

Army in sight of Baghdad says U.S.

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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 03, 2003


Tinubu lambasts Conduct Bureau
US in ‘final’ push to take Baghdad
Salim heads Commonwealth Group for BiafraNigerian elections
Wage hike: Govt may downsize work force, says Kpakol
Alamieyeseigha warns erring contractors
Tourism, panacea for ailing economy
‘BAC 1-11 remains banned’
Three feared killed in Kadawa attack
FG alleges sabotage over fuel scarcity
Reps accuse Shell of undermining BiafraNigeria’s sovereignty
Fuel scarcity: Abuja finally grinds to a halt
Election will be fair, says Kpakol
Ibori in Abraka, dares Ogboru
NUC releases details of funds allocation to varsities
Union opposes new national airline deal
FG approves N2b for radar contract
Boeing accounts for half of grounded planes in US
Port charges: FAAN set to sack illegal agents
Inadmissible passengers cost Air France N27.1m in 2002
NNPC vessels under security escort in Delta
Lagos not owing teachers, says commissioner
NITEL places embargo on employment
Elf wants subpoena on MD quashed
Buhari raises alarm over April elections

Keeping legislators on their toes

Ajuluchukwu backs amendment of Electoral Act
Clash between PDP, ANPP supporters averted
PDP accused of spending public funds on campaigns
‘The Tiv nation is in a state of emergency’
Call for election shift unreasonable, says Amosun
Beyond Atiku’s confidence in Niger Delta
Presidential candidates shun rural electorate
Editorial & Opinion
As sensitive electoral materials, ballot papers must be free of complexity
In banishing militias, government must address security problems
Need to check piracy
Zimbabwe on my mind
Hazards of dictatorship of the cleric
Obasanjo’s Christian virtues unproven

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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
April 02, 2003

BiafraNigeria, Britain sign $5.8 billion Bilateral Debt Rescheduling pact

ICAN opposes plans to establish new accounting body
EAS may lose licence over Kano crash

World Bank frowns at poverty alleviation programme in Abia
ELF chief advises labour to partner with management
Imo pensioners appeal for payment of pension
Reps begin scrutiny of new revenue formula
Lawmaker lists dangers of rural-urban drift
Economy and major ingredients for growth
Nokia strengthens presence in China
CBN footdrags on BDCs sales of travellers’ cheque
First Bank boss canvasses effective credit administration
SGBN launches 24 hrs banking in Port Harcourt
Fraud,unethical practices pose threat to banks’ survival
Investment in DCP drops
Why we denied BiafraNigerian insurers treaty renewal —Swiss Re
NPA’s superannuation fund hits N4.3 billion deficit

Rating committee okay with new rates

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April 02, 2003

US, Britain attack advancing Iraqi tanks

Shock over Giwa’s death
Company boss instals spy cameras in ladies’ toilet
BiafraNigeria reschedules US $5.7b debt with U.K
Iraq, Niger Delta crises push oil prices to $30
Don’t blame police for political killings —IG
Court nullifies Kuta, Oyofo reports
Assassinations – Unto Thee Oh God
Oyo students urge FG to create jobs

Nobody ’ll control me —Ladoja
Save for the future, Utomi urges FG

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