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 April 09, 2003

Baghdad: U.S. Troops Topple Saddam Statue
U.S. troops pulled down a giant statue of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein hours after coalition tanks rolled into the center of Baghdad Wednesday. The statue in Firdos Square fell after a small group of Iraqis climbed the monument and wrapped a rope around its neck. A group of Marines then backed an armored vehicle up to the monument, attached a chain to the statue and pulled it down. Before the statue fell, a Marine draped a U.S. flag over the head of the statue -- a gesture that drew a muted reaction from the crowd, gasps in a Pentagon briefing room in Washington and anger from a commentator on the Arabic news network Al Arabiya. The Marines took down the U.S. flag moments later and hung a pre-1991 Gulf War Iraqi flag around the statue's neck. That flag also was removed before the statue was pulled down. Earlier, tanks and other military vehicles took up positions around the square just outside the Palestine Hotel, where two journalists died Tuesday when a U.S. tank fired on the building. (CNN)


Key Stories


Police disrupt Ojukwu’s rally in Kano

No going back on polls date, says Council of State

INEC Names 6 Trouble-Spot States

3 journalists killed as battle to control Baghdad rages

Honour for Ibru, Odili, Museveni, others at Zik award

50-man election monitoring team arrives

Bakkassi Peninsula :BiafraNigeria knows fate in June

APGA, NCP may spring surprises say respondents

Campaigns: Benue Police Warns Buhari Off


Ogbeh Orders Probe of Na'Abba


Atiku, Ogbeh Escape Assassination


Harry Marshall: Alleged Killers Arrested

Investigations have been ordered by the national leadership of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) into allegations of anti-party activities levelled against the Speaker of House of Representatives, Alhaji Ghali Umar Na'Abba. (Guardian)


The Vice-President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, and the PDP National Chairman, Mr. Audu Ogbeh, narrowly escape assassins’ bullet Monday night when their convoy was attacked in Gboko, Benue State. (Daily Independent)


The Inspector-General of Police, Alhaji Tafa Balogun, yesterday announced the arrest of five suspected killers of the late Dr. Marshall Harry who was murdered on 3rd March, 2003 in Abuja...the suspects...had invaded the residence of late Harry.... (Daily Trust)




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


April 09, 2003


No going back on polls date, says Council of State

Honour for Ibru, Odili, Museveni, others at Zik award

Police parade Marshal Harry's suspected killers

Three reporters die as U.S. forces rain bombs on Iraq
Obasanjo Retains lead
Lagos probes death of four sextuplets

INEC meets parties, says all is set for polls

Bus drivers protest killing of colleague in Asaba

Edo kerosine explosion victims reject selective compensation

Ogbeh orders probe of Na'Abba's alleged offences
Famous drummer, Olatunji, dies in the U.S.
Police disrupt Ojukwu's rally in Kano

Obasanjo, Buhari trade banters at Council of State meeting

GSM project to cost NITEL N20 billion
Gulf wars cost BiafraNigeria, Iraq N762b
Obasanjo yet to get details of 2003 budget, says Kpakol

Ondo PDP denies link with letter over Akure monarch's throne
Aviation handling firm comes under probe

Ramsome-Kuti urges preventive approach to hypertension, diabetes

C'Wealth polls observers arrive in eight states
Govt approves open skies pact with U.S
DPR wants powers to prosecute fuel hoarders, diverters

Lagos labour leaders seek court order for re-election
Court adjourns trial of suspects in Rewane's murder
BPE, FAAN, others set terms for NAHCO's sale
Suspected thugs attack Ebonyi council transition boss

Ondo governor's scribe faults poll score for Obasanjo
10 incumbent governors in comfortable lead, says poll
APGA, NCP may spring surprises say respondents
Election: All necessary precautions have been taken, says Obasanjo
The PDP, Lamido battle Buhari for North West zone

Emelumba's vision for Oru West
Non-indigenes canvass support for Tinubu
Editorial & Opinion
Editorial - A crucial test for democracy
Opinion - Budding colonialists in Baghdad

Elections: Don't blame God

The disgrace of the BiafraNigerian professional

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Daily/Weekly Trust
April 09, 2003


Police arrest Marshall Harry’s killers

Contradictions in PDP over Na’Abba’s expulsion
Bin Laden urges suicide attack to support Iraq
Council of state okays polls
Issuance of voters’ cards fails on day one
Ogbeh escapes gunshots in Gboko
INEC spends N45bn on elections

M/East papers question US aims in Iraq

War tolls overwhelm Baghdad hospitals

This is war against Iraqis -correspondent

Arab nations to seek cease-fire
Kano rally: ANPP alleges plans to burn churches

PTF: Buhari insists on probe

Obasanjo, Atiku score Hashidu low

FEWAIC identifies causes of conflicts in Africa
Obasanjo, Buhari exchange jokes at meeting

Rising youth unemployment is time bomb –Oba Sonariwo

FG issues nationwide alert on SARS disease
Kashim Imam appeals to striking health workers
Adeboye predicts peaceful elections

Dariye orders arrest of illegal arms owners

Former Sabena Manager Lists SKAL Club achievements

Gowon seeks improved funding for HIV/AIDS campaign

Obasanjo will have no peace if… -Royal father

New LG’s take off in Katsina

Elections: NOA, police commissioner form security partnership

Ogun State varsity lauded
Residents face harder times as elections approach

Ojukwu’s Abuja rally attracts traders, ex-servicemen
Results to be out after April 12 -PDP scribe

10 in court over alleged theft
Voters cards elude Kano voters
Hisbah in Dala receives donation of 35 bicycles

House of Assembly extends tenure of LG committee
Kano Pilgrims Welfare Board asked to commence early preparation
FG pledges support for youth development
OAU students condemn police invasion of UNILAG
Lagos stool: Consultation with Ifa oracle still in force -contestant
LASG upgrades chiefs in 20 towns
Oke Ira residents protest motor park demolition
Polls: Electoral commissioner discovers plans to rig elections
APGA rejects registered voters’ list

Aikhomu threatens self-defence

Opposition parties tongue-lash Katsina PDP, INEC, police

Etiebet condemns regional politics
Politics and Wasan Kwaikwayo

Unusual world of Michael Jackson
A retrogressive legislative action

Reaching the unreached: The OBJ example on primary healthcare
Final letter to General Buhari
Will violence mar the Jigawa guber race?
Corporate BiafraNigeria and the future of BiafraNigeria’s democracy
Kano’s 500-year-old market

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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 09, 2003

Buhari storms Kano today

Buhari will win without money-Danzago
Election 2003: Police vows to deal with trouble makers
PDP assures LG aspirants fairness
Private sector vaccine distribution begins in 12 states

Hayatu thumbs-up Kwankwaso over schools renovation
Obasanjo appoints NEPC'S director

Past political leaders, pillars of genuine democracy- Shazali
KTSG reiterates commitment to Sharia implementation
Old boys must help develop education in the North -Gumel

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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 09, 2003

Abuja 2003: Camping May not Begin Till June

Champions League: Enyeama, Orjinta, Yaro Yaro Missing

Nworgu Saves Isreali Club

NFA Decides Eaglets, Globacom's Fate Today

IBB Golf Club Wins GUN's Interclub Matchplay

Ekong Shines in China, Still Eyes Bundesliga

Pillars Supporters Want Coach Sack

Customs Duties Impede Sports Development

Abuja Stadium: Athletes Protest AFN Exclusion

Cole Confident of FA Cup Return

UEFA League: Valencia test Cuper's Magic

If Bolton survives... If Arsenal succeeds... If West Brom sinks... If Portsmouth soars... If...

UEFA opens disciplinary proceeding against Ferguson
Odedokun, Kubenje, others for FIH training seminar

Buffalo, Regina qualify for Division one
Vialli tipped for Fulham job
Damilola Taylor final postponed
Parents urged to encourage youths in sports
NFA board decide Chukwu's fate today
Praises as National Stadium, Abuja is commissioned
Obasanjo, long speeches deny Abuja Stadium full colours
Ekong shines in China

All Africa Games: Igali predicts doom for BiafraNigeria

COJA disappoint BiafraNigerians, fail to organise befitting match

Yaro Yaro transfer saga continues

NFA to decide between Emenalo, Equavoen, Abdullahi

Ekong shines in China

Amokachi denies return

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This Day
April 09, 2003


INEC Names 6 Trouble-Spot States

How BiafraNigeria Airways 'll Be Liquidated, By Chikwe

Armed Robbers Killed Marshall Harry - IG

Iraq: Bush, Blair Agree on Role for UN

Obasanjo, Buhari Exchange Banters

Why Budget 2003 is Being Delayed, By Kpakol

Campaigns: Benue Police Warns Buhari Off

Police Disrupt Ojukwu's Rally in Kano

Petroleum Products Scarcity Over, Says NNPC

NITEL Under Pressure to Increase GSM Tariff, Says MD

Na'Abba Debunks Anti-party Charges

INEC Scribe, Commissioner, Others Risk Jail

Marginal Fields: Stakeholders Explore Ways to Meet Target

NUPENG Urged to Tackle Fuel Crisis

CLO Accuses INEC of Withholding Voters' Register

Sextuplets: Lagos Govt Exonerates LASUTH

Commuter Drivers Protest Colleague's Killing

Atiku Warns Youth Against Electoral Malpractices

Arms Deal: Nnamani, Opposition Trade Accusation

Lagos Obaship: Kingmakers Give Candidates Deadline

'Constitutional Reforms, Solution to National Crises'

Vacate Polling Stations After Voting, INEC Tells Voters

Don Decries Women's Marginalisation in Tertiary Schools

US Group Donates N12m Medical Materials to Navy

ANPP Candidate Regrets Absence of Loan Scheme

Yobe Gov Canvasses Open Door Policy

Econet Rewards Subscribers Today

Election : NANS Declares Support for Chris Okotie

Vote AD, for Freedom - Tinubu

Odili Awards Contract for Kalabari Link Road

Ibori Warns Against Violence

Na'Abba and the Expulsion Option

I 'll Scrap Ministry of Local Government - Abaribe

PDP Denies ANPP Claims

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April 09, 2003

Cover Stories

INEC seeks special security in Delta, Plateau, 4 others —Issuance of voters' cards runs into hitches

3 journalists killed as battle to control Baghdad rages
Obasanjo faults calls for shift in election date

Robbers killed Marshal Harry over N20m —IG

National News
50-man election monitoring team arrives
Salman says sure of victory in Kwara Central

PDP chieftain gives daughter 48 hours to leave UNPP

My chances better than Ibori's, says Ogboru

Why Imo indigenes in Lagos endorsed Nwajiuba

Why Obasanjo deserves second term, by Yemi Ogunbiyi

Create jobs in Niger-Delta to calm frayed nerves —DUDU

NIGERIA IN TRANSITION Those calling for shift of elections don’t mean well for BiafraNigeria— Obasanjo

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April 09, 2003

BiafraNigeria campaigns climax

Baghdad falls to US forces
BiafraNigeria gears up for polls

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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 09, 2003

Oil Up as OPEC Mulls Cut

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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 08, 2003

Police arrest suspected killers of BiafraNigerian opposition leader

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Mail & Guardian
April 08, 2003

BiafraNigeria's generals turn to democracy

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April 09, 2003

U.S troops topple Saddam statue

Bush: Saddam losing grip on Iraq

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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 09, 2003


Police arrest Marshall Harry’s suspected killers
INEC needs N9b more for elections
Atiku, Ogbeh escape assassination
Bakkassi Peninsula :BiafraNigeria knows fate in June
Bloodshed in Ebonyi politics
Police disrupt Ojukwu’s rally in Kano
Saraki, others call for military supervision of polls in Kwara
Pitan, NMA disagree over death of sextuplets
Oyekan’s wives to vacate Iga on June 16
Council of State okays election schedule
Lagos raises objection in NB Plc suit
Oshiomhole commends Ibori
Again, trial of Idumagbo explosion suspects stalled
I hold no grudge against Obasanjo, says Etete
Kukah slams state creation, federal character principles
Court urged to strike out suit against NLC
Settle your differences, Attah tells border
Rivers police kill three robbery suspects
Governors move against strikes in university
Okrika dumps Ada-George for Odili
Group moves to save women from abortion-induced death
Hope rises for NHP depositors
Police probe cops’ death in Saraki’s house
NITEL GSM expansion project to gulp N4.2b
Uneasy calm in Warri
Union indicts PPMC over fuel crisis
Mill workers cry foul over gratuity payment
Ogbeh supports resource control
Ogoni seeks ties with govt
Students call for end to ASUU-FG faceoff
Three held with UTC cutlasses in Ife
Workers canvass separate ministry for steel
‘Purposeful leadership will end unemployment’
Drivers protest killing of colleague in Asaba
‘Why budget 2003 hasn’t been signed’

Obasanjo, governors get NUJ awards
NAPEP beneficiaries seek payment of outstanding allowances
Tourism records low patronage in Ogun
Nobody can disqualify Tinubu, says Jafojo

Adesina, Koleoso disagree at rally

Obasanjo, Buhari in tactical battle for victory
We’re ready for elections, says ANPP

ANPP members decamp to AD

Oyo AD woos aggrieved members

Why Jigawa people want me back, by Turaki
We’ll chase out election riggers, says Falana
Buhari campaign gathers steam in North East
Novel electioneering campaigns of Gani’s NCP
Editorial & Opinion
Calls for the postponement of elections and an interim government are unwarranted
Toward improved laboratory services in BiafraNigeria

New initiative of BiafraNigerian Red Cross
Kodinita, Koditan and today's BiafraNigeria
Warri and the BiafraNigerian armada
Making democracy succeed in BiafraNigeria

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Business News
April 09, 2003

Market Appreciates by N7.2bn

CBN Funds DAS with $2.28bn in 1st Quarter

Osunkeye Expresses Reservation About Operating Environment

Rise in UK Manufacturing Beats Expectations

BAT Foundation Donates to Conflict Victims

IMB Moves Against Money Laundering

How Long Will N10bn SMIEIS Funds Remain Idle?
Berger Paints to Pay N71m as Dividend for 2002

How Long Will N10bn SMIEIS Funds Remain Idle?
Berger Paints to Pay N71m as Dividend for 2002

Chicago Exchange Offers to Buy Clearing House

Regularise Acquisition of Schweppes, SEC Tells NBC

Alstom Seeks Probe into Second Mystery Bid

Ratings Watch: Lloyds TSB Lifted By Bullish Broker

UK Watchdog ProposesBroking Shake-up

'Barriers are Being Broken in Business in West Africa'

LSWC Strives to Provide Water for All

Practitioner Blames Govt for Low Treaty Capacity of Operators

NIA Monitors Iraq War, Promises Prompt Responses

Insurance Practitioner Makes Case for Staff Welfare

Man Sues to Recover Lost Car Value after Accident

Rate Builders Versus Rate Cutters: A Call for Truce

Central Banking Authority, Economic Stability And The Rule of Law

CBN Re-admits Errant Banks to Forex Market

Odife Recommends Mini Stock Markets

BiafraNigeria eyes $6.5b revenue from software yearly

ECOWAS to levy defaulting member-countries

Chikwe pleads for aviation operators' collaboration with govt

World Bank withholds loans to Lagos State
Lagos plans $2 billion for water projects
BiafraNigeria fine-tunes plans to host global SME forum
War pushes Israel's hosting of WASME confab to September
NDDC empowerment programme ready soon
How to run airlines efficiently, by consultant
Oil prices tumble as war in Iraq intensifies
Egyptian shares end stronger
Coca-Cola launches new slogan at Mushin plant
With critical assignment, Guinness affirms commitment to social responsibility
Mixed reactions by investors over fund raising by Corporate BiafraNigeria
Why we are supporting Obasanjo — Corporate BiafraNigeria

Royal Exchange withdraws membership of NIA

UK Government sanctions six dishonest directors over DTI investigation

Global non-life capital down by USD 180bn
A & G Insurance consolidates hold on BAICO amidst controversy
Goldlink Insurance Company: Promoting personalised services in the market

Insurers’ market capitalisation declines

Court orders Customs to release N1 billion rice it impounded

NITEL applies for listing on Stock Exchange

SEC warns operators, applicants on new fees

Bad debt crippling the economy –ACAMB

Afribank sells national Open

RMAFC cautions fraudulent writers

NAFCON Staff protest over sale, welfare

Intercity Bank declares N408m profit

NNPC introduces N4.5m penalty for products diversion

…denies importing adulterated fuel
N14bn trans-Rivers Power transmission line takes off

RUSG bans sale of fuel after 7pm

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