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 April 05, 2003

Slaughter of MASSOB Activists: Nigerian Police Fabricates Gun Charges
The leader of the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State Of Biafra (MASSOB), Chief Ralph Uwazurike has been arrested while seven members of the group were shot dead in a gun battle wth policemen. Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO) Chris Olakpe made the disclosure yesterday in a statement. He added that police authorities have begun a clampdown on members of the banned group across the country, an action that has resulted in the arrest of several people believed to be MASSOB members. MASSOB and similar ethnic associations have been banned by the Federal Government. Olakpe, a deputy police commissioner said Uwazurike's arrest and death of the seven suspected MASSOB members occurred when the group attempted to reclaim its operational headquarters in Okigwe-Imo State. The police had last year dislodged the group from the operational headquarters following an order by the Inspector General, Mr. Tafa Balogun, outlawing all such groups nation-wide. (Guardian)


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Saddam Appears in Public, Promises 'Unconventional Warfare'

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Mark-Odu: She Saw Death, But Chose Life

Abuja National Stadium opening: COJA To Use Tickets For Guests, Spectators

ANPP, UNPP in Court, Want Polls Postponed

Workers strike attributed to official indifference

Shata: Minister for incitement affairs


Obstacles to April Polls


My Regrets in National Assembly


Chevron Resumes Operations

In spite of repeated avowal of readiness to conduct the twin elections of April 12th and 19th, 2003, INEC's assurances are being lost on a growing number of sceptical political stakeholders and across civil society. (Weekly Trust)


Senate President, Anyim Pius Anyim has taken a cursory assessment of his stay in office and noted that his major regret in office was the inability to speak the truth when he would have loved to. (This Day)


Twelve days after a major shutdown of operations in the Escravos area caused by ethnic clashes in Warri South West Council, Chevron Nigeria Limited yesterday announced a gradual return to production. (Guardian)




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


April 05, 2003


Mark-Odu: She Saw Death, But Chose Life
Iraqis Hug, Mob Saddam In Baghdad Street Show
NNPC Sanctions 47 Firms Over Diversion Of Petroleum Products

Ogunjobi Protests Over CAF Eleven

Champions League: BiafraNigeria, 11 Others Get Extra Slot
Abuja National Stadium opening: COJA To Use Tickets For Guests, Spectators

Chevron Resumes Operations In Escravos

Police arrest MASSOB leader over gun duel in Imo

Ibori :Lawyer Writes On Case Discontinuation

Omisore asks court to quash charges on Ige's murder

Iraqis Won't See Americans As Liberators
21 Missing Tourists Sought In Sahara
South Africa To Conduct AIDS Trials With Microwaves

Iraq Could Distract Donors Form Other Crises - UN

Ugandan And Rwandan Leaders To Meet In South Africa
Wanted: Rules On Political Fund-Raising

My Word, My Bond For Imo
Police Will Apprehend Imo Assassins - Oghomone

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Daily/Weekly Trust
April 05, 2003


Obstacles to April Polls
Critical lapses in Electoral Act 2002

INEC fully prepared for polls Dr Baba-Ahmed

NDP wants constitutional compliance - Counsel
We should avoid creating vacuum - Farouk Lawal
There could be uprising - University don

What are we going to election for? - Dr Izah

We have no problem with election date - Anglican bishop
There must be conducive atmosphere -Wada Nas
Invasion of Iraq: Is Baghdad falling?
Workers strike attributed to official indifference
FG establishes healthcare in Gombe, Zamfara

Party executive interacts with SIECOM
Zaria-based Bauchi indigenes support Mu'azu

Weekly Trust staff loses mother
Weekly Trust bags ?tudent-friendly paper·award
Muslim leaders unhappy with Edo governor

National Roundup
Shata: Minister for incitement affairs
I have faith in the election process -Sha'aban

NDP promises unity government in Nasarawa
Guber Race: The fierce battles for government houses

Between Dariye and his opponents
Poets and scholars: The challenge of Sakkwato models

Literature in Kano
Quote of the Week
A moment to treasure
Two sisters die in fire tragedy
Great April Fool's Day Hoaxes
A vote for peace
Reasons why we need peace

Hi Trusters!

Amazing Facts

Why Obasanjo must halt extra judicial killings
Fuel crisis: Who is benefiting from our anguish?
ABUTH Shika achieves international standard

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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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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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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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Sports News
April 05, 2003

Who needs a foreign coach?

Polo: We're planning big for Lagos -Mohd Babangida

Eagles set to sail to Tunisia

UCL: Obafemi set to lift Inter to the semi-finals

. . . Confronts Cassano in rookie's battle
Utaka, the rare gem unfolds
Abuja Stadium... Eagles New nest

Diouf Rules Again

Whither New Okocha?

Chukwu is Outdated for Eagles

Triumphant Entry For Blantyre Conquerors

Ogunjobi Protests Over CAF Eleven

Champions League: BiafraNigeria, 11 Others Get Extra Slot
Abuja National Stadium opening: COJA To Use Tickets For Guests, Spectators
Who Will Be The First To Score At Abuja Stadium?
'BiafraNigeria Needs A Co-ordinated Athletics Programme'
Ethiopian Runner's Boyhood Dreams

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This Day
April 05, 2003


ANPP, UNPP in Court, Want Polls Postponed

Saddam Appears in Public, Promises 'Unconventional Warfare'

Shell, Chevron Resume Operations in Warri

No Pact with AD on Governors - Obasanjo

My Regrets in The National Assembly - Anyim

IG Orders Arrest of Political Thugs

Fuel Scarcity: ANPP Accuses Obasanjo, Gana of Sabotage

Let's Test Our Strength at the Polls, Tinubu Challenges Opponents

NPO Calls for Urgent Step to Strengthen Print Media

Ige: Court to Rule April 17

Don't Use Judiciary to Scuttle Democracy, Tinubu Warns Politicians

Govt./Labour Relationship Should Be Devoid of Acrimony - Obasanjo

Court Quashes Order on Six Companies

Mbadinuju's Commissioner Resigns After Swearing-in

Parents Urged Not to Shirk Responsibilities

Ahead Elections: Lagos NUJ Postpones Congress

Why the Church Should Participate in Politics - Anyaoku

NUJ Condemns Calls for Election Postponement

Clerics Proffer Solution to Warri Crisis

Bukola Accuses Lawal of Wasting Public Funds

NFA Meets, Decides on Super Eagles' Manager

Plateau Club Hosts Northern Teams

Moyes Fears for Rooney

Six Births......and Four Funerals

Ajuwon: A Town in Mourning

'It's The Government That Killed My Babies'

'I Told Her the Fifth Was Coming and She Fainted'

'We Will Buy More Incubators'

What Went Wrong?

Promises '99... Promises '99... Promises '99

Imo Case is an Emergency, Says Agbaso

'To Me, Politics is a Way of Life'

'Why ANPP-Controlled States are Prone to Violence'

Ireti, Kingibe's Wife, Gets Set for Senate

'Kwara Has Been in Bondage for 38 Years'

Obasanjo, Buhari: Campaign, No; Calumny, Yes

Humulin - A Brand and the Diabetes Scourge

Fedex Red Star Express Plans for the Future

Oshiomhole: The Strike That Never Was

When It is Night, It is Equally Day

The Awori... We Are Called By Our Belief

Endangered: Diploma Holders
A Tale of Two Government Owned Companies

Boom Time For Printers
Keeping Vigil for Fuel

Enwerem's Election Destroyed Us, Says Ogbeha

Alfa: My Retirement Was Premature But...'

It's A Story of Promises Fulfilled

Aliero: Beyond Sambawa's Rhetorics

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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

BiafraNigeria elections: one family's view

BiafraNigerian oil comes back onstream
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

ChevronTexaco Workers Return in BiafraNigeria

Oil Drops as Forces Advance in Iraq
Oil Workers Cautiously Return to BiafraNigeria
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 05, 2003

Let's Look Into the Future

4th - No Need for 'Troika' Meeting - Mbeki

Cameroon-BiafraNigeria : Mixed Commission Approves Preliminary Report of Boundary Sub-committee
Ethiopian Under-17 Team Gets BiafraNigeria in African Nations Cup Draw
Gov't Unit to Target 419 Scams
Pope Appoints Three New Catholic Bishops for Africa
Government in Muddy Waters!
Deposit Protection Scheme Contains Risks
More Troops to Niger Delta

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April 04, 2003

ChevronTexaco workers begin returning to BiafraNigeria's restive delta

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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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Business News
April 05, 2003

....Our Conflict with nse Was Normal

Like Father Like Daughter...

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