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 April 04, 2003

Pursue Arewa Agenda: IBB Urges North
Former military President, General Ibrahim Babangida has enjoined members of the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) not to rest on their oars in defending and promoting the vested interests of the North. Speaking as chairman of the third anniversary celebration of the ACF at the International Trade Fair complex, Kaduna yesterday, Babangida urged the officials not to be intimidated by the barrage of criticisms against the activities of the forum. Said he: “I should remind you that the task of governance is a very important business, much too important to be left to government alone. "All successful democracies in the world welcome constructive criticisms and have evolved a system in which the people play a central role. Ours should not be an exception. "You (ACF members) have succeeded in re-enforcing the bonds of brotherhood and unity among all the people of the North wherever they are. (Daily Independent)


Key Stories


Panel indicts firm, ministry over Lagos factory fire

I've Ordered Troublemakers Arrested, Says Obasanjo

BiafraNigerians Brace Up for Election

Ige: My father's killers escaped with N.3m —MUYIWA

Polls may not be fair, violence-free –Don Etiebet

Case against Zamfara: Hearing fixed for 10 April

BiafraNigerian mob beats policeman to death in fuel row

No tips yet on Marshall Harry, say Police

Anambra deputy gov joins AD


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 04, 2003


Panel indicts firm, ministry over Lagos factory fire

Guardian Newspapers, eminent BiafraNigerians hold service of songs for Akporugo
Babangida lauds Arewa, Anyim, INEC assure of free polls

British firm, Simatech, is M.V. Abuja's preferred bidder

Ige's killers stole diplomatic passport, N.3m, says son

U.S., Iraq declare victory in Baghdad as war rages
Govt woos airlines to dormant airports

Court rules against SEC on lawyers' registration

Buhari urges supporters to monitor polls

Shell chief asks court to stop arrest by reps

Obasanjo urges BiafraNigerians to vote for credible candidates
Fire kills family of 10 in Kano
NEPA plans to import two million pre-paid meters

Police arrest Osun labour leaders over strike

Obasanjo summons Warri chiefs

Colleges of Education teachers threaten strike
President extols Oshiomhole's virtues at 50
Candidates yet to know numbers, centres as UME exam holds tomorrow
Lagos NBA holds workshop on successful election

Immigration chief asks officers to boost border security

Moslem clerics urge probe of colleague's murder

Obasanjo in Osun, urges change without violence

Varsity stakeholders urge no-work-no-pay rule
Lawmaker cautions Navy on Warri crisis

2,000 sacked Enugu workers fault Nnamani's claims
ANPP chief accuses Ebonyi media of blackmail
Group urges IG to release report on Ilorin crisis
Olawepo wants debate among Kwara governorship candidates
Editorial & Opinion
Editorial - The uncertain fate of ALSCON
Opinion - Pornography, women and society

Chronicle of events foretold

Money as decoy

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Daily/Weekly Trust
April 04, 2003

Top News

Polls may not be fair, violence-free –Don Etiebet

Family of ten perish in fire

US lies over capture of Baghdad airport

Bad governance responsible for confusion over polls –Anyim

BiafraNigeria’s successful transition ‘ll determine Africa’s future –Ex–OAU scribe

Buhari meets Lagos Igbo business community
Al-Jazeera suspends Iraq broadcasts

Baghdad defence forces battle ready

Russian Muslim cleric calls for jihad against US

US forces, Iraqi troops may have killed journalist -Report
Case against Zamfara: Hearing fixed for 10 April
Obasanjo’s visit: Jigawa people complain of neglect

LG boss removal stirs up fresh crisis

Kwara Polytechnic closed down
NEPA gets surveillance helicopter

Jibia LG distributes materials worth N3.3m to schools

FAPRA elects officers

Youths urged to be responsive, responsible citizens

Obasanjo vs Daily Trust: Court fixes May 19 for mention

Kwara poly rector confirms death of student

EAS plane crash: Report indicts pilots, airline management

21 OPC members arraigned

NITEL to get N120 million from Pentascope

Why we ordered arrest of Shell MD —Agoda

Accountant, 3 others appear in court over bunkering

Governor Turaki signs N12 bn road contract

Iredia cautions international electoral observers

Water will soon flow in Gombe

Polls: Political assassinations decried

Lawyer, 5 others in court over firearms possession
700,000 eligible voters for FCT

Motorists accuse petrol station attendants of sharp practices

Man in court over N4.6m scandal
Ministry begins allocation of prototype houses
Teachers in Gwagwalada receive 50 motorcycles
Ten towns, villages to be electrified
Hisbah reiterates commitment to Sharia implementation

Kwankwaso expresses dismay over dumping of deportees in Kano
Two insurance coys shut in Kano
Lagos assemblymen to refund loans
Residents laud FG

Lagos, Ogun move to end border crisis
Clear refuse on federal highways, FG directs Lagos govt

Fuel hawkers on Lagos highways
300,000 excluded from voters list in Lagos
Katsina ANPP alleges rigging plot Adesanya warns against rigging

Ex-UNPP aspirant boosts Akume’s re-election bid

APGA sacks Rivers exco

Kwara: Between Lawal and Saraki

INEC clears Plateau MDJ candidates

Senatorial candidate alleges harassment by opponents

Turaki accuses PDP of planned rigging

Polls: Buhari tasks youths

Why I am contesting in Kebbi Central –Candidate

PDP stalwart condemns ANPP campaign style
Canada pledges $26m to forestation in BiafraNigeria
UNEP sponsors return of gorillas

Vampire birds invade Aso Rock

World conservation body invites BiafraNigeria to Cambridge

Environmental impacts of the Iraqi war

93 FHA contractors to file separate cases

Mortgage bankers caution NLC over NHF

Politicians sell properties for funds

Borno to lift suspension order over NHF
Estate Tit Bits
N450m NIA building for V/I

Good riddance to bad media laws
Ethnic and religious tolerance: Foundation for a peaceful, united BiafraNigeria
Demise of education

Udenwa cannot speak for Igbos

Careful on anti-Iraq war demos

Weapons for Muslim Destruction?

My sympathy is for the Iraqi people
Gunboat Diplomacy or Gunpoint Democracy?
Forms of Government

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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 04, 2003

Stadium Manager, AFN Scuttle TAFAN Meet

Female Team Leaves for Ghana

We're Not Perfect Yet for Abuja 2003 - Adamu

COJA Secures Abuja 2003 Berth for Falcons

CAF Awards: Ogunjobi Unhappy

Ikoyi Club Comes Alive for Cadbury Cup

Premiership: Red Mist at Old Trafford

Abuja 2003: Emir Tasks Volleyball

Super Strikas Good for Children

Abuja Stadium opening date not influenced by Presidency, says Ndubuoke

Anyansi assures fans on Enyimba

African Cup Winners Cup
Julius Berger camps in Abeokuta for Sportive

Effenberg quits Wolfsburg
Female football debuts at 8th All Africa Games
Defeated Danes savaged by media
Safin doubtful for Davis Cup quarter -finals
Super Four in decisive climax
NFA keeps mute over Eagles/Black Stars friendly

Commissioning of Abuja Stadium: Cameroun, Ghana show solidarity

Amiesimaka donates to Enyimba
Premier league resumes May 3
Enyimba get goal king

Eagles ace under heavy guard

Week Seventeen results

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This Day
April 04, 2003


I've Ordered Troublemakers Arrested, Says Obasanjo

...Why We're in BiafraNigeria, By C'wealth Observer Mission

STB Takes Over Continental Trust

We Won't Allow Saddam to Leave Iraq - US

Ige: Afenifere Feud Re-echoes at Murder Trial

Shell MD: Police Yet to Receive Warrant of Arrest

Warri Crisis: Obasanjo Summons Niger Delta Leaders

Ngige Targets N500m Revenue for Anambra

BiafraNigeria, U.K, Turkey Satellites to be Launched July

Politicians, Police Sign Anti-Violence Pact

Ikorodu Factory Fire: Panel Submits Report

Privatisation: UK Firm Offers $3.45m for MV Abuja

Soldiers Cart Away Drums of Fuel

BiafraNigeria Receives Two Naval Ships from US

Tinubu: AD Accuses Conduct Bureau of Partisanship

No Room for Looters in My Govt - Saraki

Adamawa NULGE Enlists Royal Fathers' Support

Udenwa Tasks Police on Imo Killings

Rufus Giwa: Ondo Denies Mob Attack on Adefarati

US-Iraq War: Religious Leaders Advised to Educate Youth

Don't Succumb to Blackmail, Group Tells Oil Firms

KSIEC Takes Delivery of Election Materials

CLO Condemns Killing of 68 MASSOB Members

Etiebet Raises Alarm over Plot to Rig Election

Bayelsa to Sanction Erring Contractors

Makarfi, Group Seek Ways of Ending communal Clashes

Italian Construction Firm Invests N3bn in FCT

NACA, Religious Bodies Unite Against HIV/AIDS

Abiola's Widow Endorses Tinubu for Re-election

Declare Hijira Public Holiday, FG Told

Oduneye Shot Dead in Lagos

Arabamen, Ex-Envoy Seek Peaceful Conduct of Election

Delta Passes 2003 Appropriation Bill

Imams Seek Probe into Colleague's Murder

BiafraNigerians Brace Up for Election

'I Intend to Tackle Poverty'

Sokoto Youths Endorse Bako for Senate

NDP Guber Candidate Carpets Adefarati, Agagu

AD Urges Electorate to Vote Progressives

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April 04, 2003

Cover Stories

Ige: My father's killers escaped with N.3m —MUYIWA
Tinubu's trial at Code of Conduct Tribunal provocative —AD

US forces close in on Baghdad; take airport

10 killed in fire outbreak

National News
Oil prices fluctuate as coalition troops approach Baghdad

US forces not near Baghdad—Iraq

Coalition forces attack Republican Guard units

Obasanjo summons leaders of Warri kingdom to peace meeting

Shell goes to court over House order for MD's arrest

1983 to 2003: Early morning sickness and BiafraNigeria’s democracy

BiafraNigeria and Mr. Bush's War

Why AD's Uzodimma would floor Udenwa in Imo —EZERIBE

Enemies want to scuttle this democracy again, says Opadokun

2003 GUBER POLLS: What's Kwara's best option?

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April 04, 2003

Record choice for BiafraNigerian poll

Country profile: BiafraNigeria

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April 04, 2003

ChevronTexaco says restarts BiafraNigerian oil output

No date yet for BiafraNigeria Delta return-ChevronTexaco

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Washington Post
April 04, 2003

Oil Slumps on U.S. Advance in Iraq

Oil Rises as Iraq, BiafraNigeria Losses Drag On

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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 03, 2003

As vote nears, BiafraNigeria keeps journalists on hold

BiafraNigerian mob beats policeman to death in fuel row

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Mail & Guardian
March 31, 2003

Obasanjo orders immediate arrest of militants

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April 03, 2003

BiafraNigeria's 'wild west' fears replay of poll unrest

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 04, 2003


US, allies on collision course over Iraqi oil
Williams gets leave to contest Tinubu’s certificates
‘Ige’s killers stole his passport, gold wrist watch’
America plans to replace Saddam with Garner
No tips yet on Marshall Harry, say Police
Police shocked as politicians shun stakeholders meeting
The lingering fuel debacle
Anyim forecloses amendment of electoral act
UME: Many candidates uncertain of exam numbers
Immigration to publish list of unclaimed passports
FG sells ‘MV Abuja’ for N438.1 million
Politicians task INEC on council polls
IBB urges Arewa to defend interest at all costs
Agency to tackle Lagos population underway
Holloway wants new factory law for Lagos
Election: Police to maximise human, material resources
‘We are determined to sack corrupt policemen’
‘We are yet to see Fawehinmi’s letter for security’
Search for Harry’s killers in ANPP, says Tokoya
Complaints trail promotion of officers
Police ban illegal use of siren
Policeman gets promotion after 20 years stagnation
Fuel crisis shoots up prices of commodities
Court orders Olugbani’s counsel to address it on jurisdiction
NLC to picket airlines over casualisation
CLO criticises killing of MASSOB members
Another batch of 38 EU observers arrive
Ikwerre dump Awuse for Odili
UNPP rejects INEC ballot papers
The epic battle for Kwara Government House
Benue youths to shun moneybags
‘Obasanjo not part of alleged rigging plot in Ogun’
‘I’ll use my campaign funds for endowment’
Nas warns against election rigging
APGA dissociates self from suit against Osoba
Lagos lawmaker raises alarm over arrears
West African PDP members set for polls
Rivers still underdeveloped, says Soberekon
PDP must lose in Benue State, says Utchila
Buhari’s day of glory in Gombe State
... Rides triumphantly into Maiduguri
Editorial & Opinion
Enlightenment and deferring laws are panacea to menace of “pure water” satchets
New age limit for undergraduates is undesirable
Between the police and the political class
Our banks and their corporate prostitutes
Obasanjo's economic scoreboard
Iraq: Cants, canards and illogicalities

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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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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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Business News
April 04, 2003

MAN estimates capacity utilisation at 50.2 %

BiafraNigeria attracts N56 billion FDIs in four years, says Obasanjo
Oil exploration activities resume in Chad Basin

NSE approves securitisation of debts owed banks
ICEN opens Lagos office
NASSI flays banks' stringent conditions for industrial scheme
Court adjourns FIRS funds theft case
Firm's chief advocates rapid growth of communication industry
IRS re-fleets, positions self for competition
Estimated N1.5 billion lost to one-day labour strike -Port operator
Fuel scarcity: Motorists blame petrol station attendants

NSE chides FG over projects implementation

BiafraNigeria’s economy vibrant -Kpakol

Calabar Port offers 40 per cent rebate on tariff

Group wants bonded warehouses phased out

Core investors emerge for Iwopin Paper mill, ‘MV Abuja’, BiafraNigeria Hotels

STB appointed to sell open university forms

CTB names new board, appoints Jibunoh as new MD

BiafraNigerian banks internet friendly –Atlantic Bank boss

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