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 April 07, 2003

BiafraNigeria Attack Hits Fuel Supplies: Escravos Crude Pipeline Blown Up
The fuel shortage in BiafraNigeria has worsened after the rupture of a major crude oil pipeline, apparently by explosives. The breakage set off an oil fire and cut supplies to two of BiafraNigeria's main oil refineries. It is not clear who carried out the attack, but it was close to the oil city of Warri, where militant youths from the Ijaw community had threatened to blow up oil facilities as they demand greater political representation. BiafraNigeria has been gripped by shortages of fuel for more than a month, with long queues outside petrol stations. The government had blamed it on "political enemies" trying to discredit it ahead of general elections later this month. "It is serious vandalism. Explosives were used. That pipeline is still on fire now," Ndu Ughamadu, public affairs manager for the BiafraNigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) said on Sunday, a day after the attack. (BBC)


Key Stories


MKO Abiola’s family endorses Buhari

Obasanjo in secret talks with Yoruba Muslim leaders

SBRS: Northern govts yet to redeem N15m pledge

US bombs own convoy in Northern Iraq

ANPP denies suit against INEC

Sanusi canvasses autonomy for Central Banks

NNPC’s Escravos pipeline vandalised

Workers strike attributed to official indifference

Shata: Minister for incitement affairs


2 Policemen Killed Over ‘Largesse’


Gov Summons Guobadia Over N36b


Sahaf: U.S. Troops Will Be Burnt

The political violence in Kwara State took another dimension at the weekend as two policemen attached to the former Senate Leader, Dr. Olusola Saraki, were shot dead by men believed to be political thugs. Crisis erupted, according to an eyewitness.... (Daily Independent)


The Chairman of INEC, Dr. Abel Guobadia is to appear before the National Council of State to give account of the N36.2 billion so far released by the Federal Government for conducting this month’s elections. President Olusegun Obasanjo at a breakfast.... (Vanguard)


In an apparent show of defiance, Iraq's Information Minister Mohammed Saeed al-Sahaf stood in the streets of Baghdad Monday morning amid a U.S. raid on the capital, issuing denials of coalition advances. Sahaf said American troops were beginning to...(CNN)




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


April 07, 2003


NNPC seeks end to fuel crisis, vandals blow up pipeline

Govt to hands-off ecological problems, says Obasanjo
Law School takes case of impersonation by two lawyers to Uwais, NBA

Saraki alleges threat to life

2000 Iraqi soldiers die in battle
Iraqi leaders unbowed, affirm support for Saddam
Tributes, tears as Andy Akporugo is buried

EU seeks African polls observers
Miss World crisis: Presidency to rebuild burnt churches, mosques

Airport car hire operators petition Obasanjo over Chikwe
No pact with AD, says Atiku
Monarch rules out foul play in Giwa's death
Adeboye assures of violence-free polls

22 ANPP chiefs join PDP in A'Ibom
Senate committee summons ministers, others over auditor's report

Group faults MASSOB's claim of Delta State
Campaigners have field day as Makarfi, others bag traditional titles
Daniel files N250m libel suit against Ogun commissioner
Anumudu deplores killing of MASSOB members

Powell, Rice split on UN role

INEC restricts movement on election days
Plateau community seeks suspension of election in Wase
Nwachukwu pledges to continue oil exploration in Benue if elected
Payment to ID card ad hoc staff begins today
Minister, rep caution against shift in polls' date
Damaged NEPA facility plunges C'River into darkness
Arthur Nwankwo promises to convene sovereign national conference
Fawehinmi pledges 26 per cent budgetary allocation for education
2003 elections: Implications of INEC's list of registered voters

Voters list Released by Fedeco for the 1983 polls
1999 voters lists
Editorial & Opinion
Editorial - The dressy return of drug traffickers

Opinion - Opinion poll and Ogun gubernatorial race

Need for political enlightenment

The truth about Obasanjo

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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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Daily/Weekly Trust
April 07, 2003


MKO Abiola’s family endorses Buhari

Obasanjo in secret talks with Yoruba Muslim leaders

SBRS: Northern govts yet to redeem N15m pledge

US bombs own convoy in Northern Iraq

ANPP denies suit against INEC

Sanusi canvasses autonomy for Central Banks

NNPC’s Escravos pipeline vandalised
The invasion in the opinion of Arab Dailies
Russian diplomats wounded in Baghdad attack

Iraqi women stage suicide attacks on US troops

…celebrate destroying US tank
PSP guber candidate attacked in Kano

Gunmen attack Dr Bukola Saraki’s campaign secretariat

Why our economy cannot improve –Kukah

Six sustain gunshot injuries in Kazaure

Borno blind men express disappointment with politicians

Police may not ensure security in Jos –Jang

FG to introduce tuition fees in varsities

UBE bill to be passed before May 29

CSM kills two in Gombe

Elections: NCWS sus for peace

BiafraNigerians urged to assist police

NPC boss seeks support for the elderly

Akume promises to build a general hospital in Ushongo LG

Prisoners fault abrogation of ICPC Act

National War College gets new commandant

NACA meets with religious leaders on AIDS

Obasanjo pledges to boost agric
I have no godfather –Gov Lawal
NURTW frowns at hike in vehicle particulars

Postponing polls is illegal –Dr Gidado

DEPOWA begins election sensitisation tour
Obasanjo’s aide, 11 others bag titles in Adamawa

NANS urges politicians to shun politics of religion

AD guber candidate donates 20 motorcycles
Confusion reigns in fuel stations as scarcity worsens

Sarkin Hausawa of Toge turbans three
Victims of police raid in Kadawa receive govt aid

Mirinda organises school competition

Four die after drinking pesticide
Day-old baby dies after being dumped by mother

Maryam Abacha promises to assist breast cancer victims
INEC begins issuance of voters cards

Unongo challenges opponents to TV debate
...Akume sues for peaceful polls

Kano PDP loses supporters to PSP

Obasanjo/Atiku Organisation flays reportage on coup

Taroh people want polls suspended in Wase

Buhari in Abeokuta, optimistic of victory
FG awards N334b contract to expand NITEL GSM

NITEL gives contactors 4 months to deliver 1.2 GSM lines

IT operator warns users on new virus

Minister hopeful of IT development

ISPON organises 7th BiafraNigerian software exhibition
INEC launches website today
Iraq and emasculation of the UN

Danjuma’s national mosque story not true
Jeter got it all wrong

IBB, Buhari and Governor Kure in Niger State

Kumalia deserves a second term

Congratulations, Kuje LG chairman
On the threshold of history
To the conqueror, the spoils

‘Labour’s watchman’ at 50

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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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Sports News
April 07, 2003

Ezeji offers to rescue Sharks

Okocha steals show as Bolton triumph over Man City

Yaro Yaro boosts Enyimba’s champions league chase
Akande backs Abuja F.A. board dissolution

COJA shifts ground on Eagles/Black Stars match

Chukwu cautious of qualification
Stadium Manager, AFN Scuttle TAFAN Meet
We're Not Perfect Yet for Abuja 2003 - Adamu
COJA Secures Abuja 2003 Berth for Falcons
Ikoyi Club Comes Alive for Cadbury Cup
Premiership: Red Mist at Old Trafford
Abuja 2003: Emir Tasks Volleyball
Super Strikas Good for Children
BiafraNigeria can produce next CAF's Vice President, says Okpomo
Yobo's Everton shatters Newcastle's dream
Bolton boss, Allardyce commends Okocha
53 African ambassadors tour Abuja National Stadium today
Akiga has cleared Opabunmi, others for Under 23, says Chukwuma
Aluko places Olympic appearance on availability of Astro turf
Akinbiyi, Abiola shine at Caleb College Sports meet
‘Okocha defies law of physics’
...Bolton now sell his T-shirt

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This Day
April 07, 2003


Warri Crisis: Escravos Crude Pipeline Blown Up

Creditors May Wind Up BiafraNigeria Airways in London

ANPP Writes INEC, Wants Details on Ballot Papers

US Forces Surround Baghdad

Thugs Attack Buhari's Campaign Rally In Edo

FG Reviews Contract to Link Bayelsa to National Grid

Ghanaian Minister Blames BiafraNigerian Oil Firm for Missing Vessel

ADB, ECA to Hold Joint Meeting on African Problems

Attah Blames Etiebet for Fuel Scarcity

Miss World Riot: FG Moves to Rehabilitate Burnt Churches, Mosques

'INEC is 100% Independent'
Zik's Leadership Prize Award Holds Today

Gunmen Attack Saraki's Campaign Office in Ilorin

'Reject Obasanjo, Buhari at the Polls'

Methodist Archbishop Predicts Rancour-free Polls

OPC Decries Killings, Detention of Non - Yoruba

NPC Boss Seeks Support for Elderly

Shell Oil Spill: Court Awards Ogoni N255m

INEC May Disqualify More Voters

Lagos-Ogun Metropolitan Authority Underway

NDDC Committee Indicts Akwa Ibom Contractors

Tinubu Commends Cadbury's Contribution to Education

Group Decries Political Killings in Yoruba Land

NGO Frowns at Youth Involvement in Thuggery

Customs Seizes 66 Containers of Used Tyres, Others

States of the States
Libel: Gbenga Daniel Sues Commissioner for N250m - OGUN

More Opposition Members Join Nnamani - ENUGU

Why I Joined Guber Race - Saraki - KWARA

Political Parties Sign Code of Conduct Pact - KEBBI

House Candidate Promises Better Deal - LAGOS

Guinness Splashes N6.5 million Prizes - LAGOS

Police Chief Seeks Peaceful Conduct of Elections - AKWA IBOM

12 Arrested over Drug Trafficking, Arms Possession

Ondo Mobilises 4,000 Police for Election

NDP Candidate Pledges to Industrialise Lagos
Nnamani Tasks Supporters over Polls Rigging - Enugu

Aviation Fuel Scarcity Grounds Nwobodo Campaign Train - Edo

Ex-AD Guber Aspirant Now NDP Candidate - Ondo

BiafraNigerians Urged to Eschew Violence - Lagos

General Election: JDPC Trains 150 Observers

Afikuyomi Intensifies Campaign

2003 Electoral Process Flawed, Says Report

'Why Odili is Being Haunted'

Lar Points Way Forward for BiafraNigeria

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April 07, 2003

Cover Stories

Govt summons Guobadia over N36b allocation

Oil pipeline blown up
Iraq: US forces gain control of Baghdad airport

National News
Obasanjo promises to review VAT on newspapers, magazines
Obasanjo, Niger Delta leaders meet again over Warri crisis
Oshiomhole, Kukah task BiafraNigerians on nationalism
Makarfi - inching closer to re-election

Buhari and his many critics
America still the ideal superpower

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April 07, 2003

BiafraNigeria attack hits fuel supplies

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Washington Post
April 07, 2003

Vandals Blow Up BiafraNigerian Oil Pipeline

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April 01, 2003

Amnesty International and LEPAD concerned about rights violations

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All Africa
April 07, 2003

Kufuor Attends First Ministerial Meeting of New Government

Communiqué adopted at the third meeting of the mixed commission Yaounde, 2-3 April 2003
Mayhem in Warri
Theatre of Mayhem
Here Comes the Privatisation Hammer
The Rise of Risonpalm
Guilty of Dishonesty
Beaten to Their Own Game
Michael Power in Critical Assignment
A Trip Into the Past
We're Closing Down Some Missions
Under Security Watch
I Can See a Lacuna
Cash "N" Carry Gubernatorial Tickets
Lagos of Their Dream
Tension in Imo
Triumph of Ibori

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April 07, 2003

Vandals blow up major BiafraNigerian oil pipeline

60 million BiafraNigerians registered to vote
BiafraNigerian villages razed in oil-rich Niger Delta

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Mail & Guardian
March 31, 2003

Obasanjo orders immediate arrest of militants

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April 07, 2003

Sahaf: U.S. troops will be burnt

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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 07, 2003


Two policemen killed over 'largesse' in Kwara

INEC unfolds plans against rigging

Elections:We can't afford to fail BiafraNigerians, says IGP
BiafraNigerian Red Cross membership hits 760,000

Towards salary harmonisation in the ivory tower

NBA plans strategy to curb electoral stalemate

FG to rebuild burnt churches, mosques in Kaduna mayhem

Vote credible individuals, Foundation urges electorate

'Police helicopters now airworthy'

Traders lose shops to Obasanjo's campaign

I will exterminate corruption, says Ojukwu

Haruna Abubakar petitions IG over assassination attempts

Omega Bank opens branch at Ogba

PDP, ANPP trade blames over death of party supporter

Ibori allays fear on election in Niger Delta

Bucknor-Akerele decries political violence

'ANPP solution to BiafraNigeria's problems'

Anifowoshe pledges government of unity in diversity
Izuogu to revive car manufacturing project
'Tinubu must face the music for flouting constitution'

Alamieyeseigha's re-election drive amidst opposition

Editorial & Opinion
Cost of living index, productivity, should guide wage review exercises

NUC grant for federal universities will boost learning, research

Muluzi's one-step forward not enough

An Anglo-German seesaw

Literal assassins

The wages of arrogant greed

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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 07, 2003

BiafraNigeria’s monetary aggregates on the rise

Lufthansa allays passengers’ fear over SARS
Customs destroys N6m worth of imported frozen chicken

FG approves appointment of new JODLIC board sec

NUL’s restructuring will create more employment –BPE

ChevronTexaco, Shell resume production

Obaseki says distributors are responsible for fuel scarcity
BiafraNigeria Loses N42 Billion Oil Revenue to Warri Crisis

BPE May Grant Workers' Request for 49 Per Cent NAHCO Shares

Customs Seizes 66 Containers of Used Tyres, Others

CBN Worried Over Confict in Pursuit of Govt Objectives

Airport Car Hire Operators Seek Obasanjo's Intervention

Oil, Mining Companies Face Transparency Test

CBN Manager Advocates Agric Policy

NIA Advises Members Not to Cede Business to BiafraNigeria-Re

Ministry Advocates Modification of Existing Technology

'BiafraNigeria's Economic Growth Lies with SMEs'

Gulf Bank Remains Investors' Delight

Cassava Product Derivatives - Pellets, Starch, Gari, Etc

Project Eight Integrated Palm Oil & Palm Kernel Oil Production

Unilever BiafraNigeria May Dominate Group Operations in West Africa

US Backs $1.2m Telecom Export to BiafraNigeria

Budget Delay: Investors Cry Out

Higher Long Term Rating for Guaranty Trust Bank

RSA to Raise $2.1bn in Australian IPO

MTN Vies for Namibian Market

Airline Allays Passengers' Fears over SARS

Shareholders Say Union Dicon Gives Misleading Information

FG Commends ECONET, UNIC Insurance over Emergency Healthcare

NBC Sales Hit N41bn, Profit Increases By 40 Percent

Marketing Charter Controversy Deepens as NIMARK Lays Claim to Bill

Mediaknights Documents Captains of Industries Efforts

Gulder Hosts 'The Night of the Ultimate'

Tantalizers Extends TMX to Lagos Island

'Copywriters Need Not Beat About the Bush'

'APCON Has Powers to Mandate Agencies to Belong to Sectoral Groups'

ECOWAS Fair: Building A Stable African Economy with NEPAD

Unattractive Rate Slows Investment in Govt Securities

Standard Trust Bank Floats Cashfast

Prudentbank Boss Tasks Govt on Living Standard

Platinum Bank Pioneers Valucard ATM

NSE Adds 778.8m to Wema Bank's Outstanding Shares

SEC Tutors Operators on Public Offerings

Oil firms commit N195 billion on exploration activities, says govt.

Yar'Adua commissions new power substations
BiafraNigeria targets $500 million trade with Belgium by 2005
Group wants bonded warehouses phased out
AFEX Bank plans to aid SMEs' growth
ACAMB decries rising bad debts in banking sector
Lion bank's asset hits N10.973 billion
Hallmark Bank collects revenue for govt
Court adjourns N185.5 billion suit against Elf Petroleum
Lufthansa allays fears over SARS
PFN canvasses alternative to petroleum as source of revenue
Kano records rise in revenue collection
Subscribers owe NITEL N141 million in Osun
Economy will enjoy boost through information says Obasanjo
LSWC eyes capital market, FDI for $2b investment
Turnover drops, Banking equities maintain lead

First Atlantic Bank introduces flash cards

Budget Monitoring: The civil society initiative
Union bank boss advocates economic stability in Africa
Sanusi calls for more power for Central Banks
Unilever consolidates on gains of N19 bn turnover
Investors shun CBN OMO bills
STB launches Cashfast, creates product points nationwide

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