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August 28, 2003

Mars Attracts!: Earthlings Love the Red Planet
This week, the Red Planet is closer than at any time since Neanderthals roamed the forests of Europe, nearly 60 millennia ago. Anyone who takes the trouble to step out of the house in the late evening will see Mars hanging in the southeast like a pinkish, Christmas-tree light. It will be bright enough to throw shadows, although this particular trick will go unnoticed unless you’re someplace very dark. There are five planets we can see with our naked eyes, but no one doubts that the most appealing is -- and long has been -- Mars. Mars attracts. Why is this? What’s so special about this planetary neighbor? Well, of course, it sports a bit of color, looking slightly reddish-orange to our eyes. In contrast, Mercury, Venus, Jupiter are all blandly white, and Saturn is only faintly yellow. Mars’ ruddy complexion might remind you of blood, as it did the Romans – which is why they named this object after their god of war. (With blood in mind, the Romans could have opted for their god of medicine, Aesculapius. But who could pronounce that?) Mars has visual appeal. But let’s face it: the Red Planet developed a fan club only after the invention of the telescope. (SETI Institute)


Key Stories

FG Moves to Reform Electoral Laws, INEC

Customs Seal Off Apapa Jetty Over Illegal Importation

More Changes Imminent at NNPC

Shell Workers Protest Planned Job Cuts

New law bars foreign firms from insuring abroad

Ijaw count toll as Ibori, Ibru sue for peace in Warri

Kachallah, Kingibe bid for AD chairmanship

Warri: The neglect of a nation

Biafra Nigeria owes N5.4 trillion

Globacom rolls out

Don’t muzzle judiciary, Oputa urges politicians


Stoning appeal in Biafra Nigeria


PDP alleges plot to kill Omisore





An appeal hearing is due to get under way in northern Biafra Nigeria for a woman convicted of adultery under Islamic law and sentenced to death by stoning. Amina Lawal arrived at the court house and was immediately surrounded by photographers and journalists. The case has caught the attention of human rights groups around the world and has become a focus for opponents of the criminal punishments of stoning... (BBC)


The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) alleged, yesterday, plot to kill Senator Iyiola Omisore in Agodi Prison, Ibadan where he is currently in prison custody over his trial for the murder of Chief Bola Ige. Leader of the party in Ife/Ijesa senatorial district of Osun State, Chief Joseph Obadare, told newsmen in Ibadan that following claims by the police that there was "no evidence to link Otunba Omisore with the... (Vanguard)



Obasanjo/PDP Election Fraud is Deeply Concerning

General Ojukwu Seeks Democracy

Isioma Daniel Speaks

"Fatwa" Animalism 1

"Fatwa" Animalism 2




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This Day
August 28, 2003


FG Moves to Reform Electoral Laws, INEC
Customs Seal Off Apapa Jetty Over Illegal Importation
More Changes Imminent at NNPC
Shell Workers Protest Planned Job Cuts
Oputa Canvasses Judicial Reforms
Vaswani: Stallion Group Workers Seek N/Assembly Intervention
Tariff May Crash As Globacom Launches Service
FG Approves N4bn for Geophysical Survey
'Why We Want to Handle Ige, Igwe Cases'
FG to Review Directives on Police Orderlies
Ngige: House Moves to Exonerate Uba, Udeh Others
Ibori Tasks Leaders on Warri Crisis
Lagos Targets N10 bn Revenue by 2007
15 Pupils Arrested for Alleged Cultism
NIPC Attracts N2.7 bn Foreign Investment
2 Soldiers Nabbed for Robbery
Allocation Committee Draws N37.246 bn from Excess Crude
Insurance Firms Urged to Re-Capitalise Soon
Anambra at 12: Nothing to Celebrate, Says Gov
Lake Chad Basin: Senate Wants FG to Release $5m for Resuscitation
Ajaokuta: House May Review FG/Solgas Pact
300,000 Unemployed Youths Register in Ogun
Amina Lawal: Sharia Appeal Court Judgement Sept. 25
Osun Recalls 41 More Sacked Workers
UITH Doctors Continue Strike over Salaries
World Bank to Build Abakaliki Roads
Wabara Names THISDAY Man Aide
NAFDAC DG Decries Drugs Hawking
ACF Calls for Bamaiyi, Others' Release
PAN Shut over Workers' Protest
Ex-Gov Accused of Stalling Road, Water Projects
Olusola, Momoh Seek Forgiveness for Taylor
Owo Poly: Govt Needs N25.5m to Effect Change
Ige: Omisore's Kinsmen Allege Threat
Attack on Kure: Police Beef Up Security
'Rid Police of Bad Eggs'
Cleric Advocates Prayer, Honesty
NAFDAC to Hand over 4 Suspects
Enugu: FG Accused of Plot to Remove Tribunal Chairman
2007: Group Vows to Go on With Campaign
Anambra Assembly Sets Target for Ngige
... Joins NDDC Soon, Senator Assures
Anambra: 'Why PDP Opted for Political Solution'
Enugu Tribunal: Of Relocation, Jurisdiction and Threats

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August 27, 2003

Cover Stories

Major shake-up in NNPC *PPMC's MD, 3 directors, 24 managers fired
PDP alleges plot to kill Omisore
UNCTAD warns on dangers of $8.8b scanner contract to COTECNA
National News
NLC warns against further fuel price hike
Chief Whip dismisses reports of agitation against Masari
FG rejects petition by Vaswani brothers
Strengthening the structures of democracy in Biafra Nigeria

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August 27, 2003


New INEC chiefs: ANPP back in court
AS NBA confab begins: Lawyers flay colleagues over ex-parte motions
Abia federal lawmakers begin hunger strike
Shekarau warns new commissioners
Beef up security, 4 govs task FG
Govt gives NIS N2bn to settle unpaid allowances
SAHCOL general manager sacked ...Saliu Bello takes over
How Order 53 tore Senate apart
God fatherism cannot be wished away — Nwanyanwu
Editorial & Opinion
Attack on UN in Iraq
On Anambra liberation
Politics: The only language we know
Women must be involved in HIV/AIDS campaign

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Daily Times
August 28, 2003


Wabara writes Obasanjo over state of South-East roads
Boat fire claims seven in Lagos last, Globacom rolls out, to charge N39 per minute
Shell workers strike over company’s globalisation policy
24 years after inception: Ajaokuta Steel Plant starts partial commercial operations December
Siamese twins: US Consulate debunks Lagos commissioner’s statement on visas
CBN bars 5 firms from forex market
Solid mineral exploration: FG okays N4 bn for geophysical survey
Six more SAHCOL officers redeployed to airways
Stakeholders doubt SOLGAS’ ability to handle Ajaokuta Steel Plant
Shun violence, avert conflicts, AREF boss urges Biafra Nigerians
2007: Campaigns, not early, group insists
Between Tell and Fayose
Daniel’s deal for unemployed youths
NCP chief condemns asylum for Taylor
Sarah advocates prosecution of erring polilticians
Editorial & Opinion
Okonjo-Iweala’s 10-year economic recovery plan
Between Obasanjo, Atiku and the media
Mr. President, Sir...
What makes an individual unpatriotic?

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August 27, 2003

Appeal court to rule on Lawal death sentence in September

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Washington Post
August 27, 2003

Biafra Nigerian stoning appeal heard

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August 27, 2003

Woman at center of international outcry over stoning appears in court

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August 28, 2003

Biafra Nigeria delays stoning decision

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August 27, 2003

Biafra Nigerian stoning appeal heard

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Mail & Guardian
August 27, 2003

Amina Lawal appears in court

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Agugust 28, 2003

Union locks out Shell Biafra Nigeria staff for second day

Biafra Nigerian Court Postpones Ruling in Stoning Case
Shell Biafra Nigeria says union locks out senior staff

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All Africa
July 03, 2003

Transcript of President Bush's Briefing of, African journalists

President Must End Impunity for Human Rights Abusers
Police Arrest And Beat Up Journalists During Street Protests in Abuja

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June 08, 2003

Shekarau blames moral decay on neglect of Sharia

Mu’azu commissions multi-million Naira Community Resource Centre
Govt officials locked out of meeting with Shekarau
Voters are politicians’ employers - Ogbeh
Kano govt takes N228m loan to pay salaries, others
Shippers Council warns of increasing cargo traffic at ports
Power rationing continues nationwide -- NEPA
NAFDAC urged to sanitise bakery sector of economy
Identifying collapsed building contractors not easy -- NSE
he suspicious Road Map
June 4th
Gov Shekarau: The task ahead
PDP now recharged - Udenwa
PDP, NASS and cognate experience: An Analysis by Ibrahim Mammaga, News Agency of Biafra Nigeria
Kano people have high hope for legislators -- ANPP chief
LDPN condemns fees charged by SIECs
Challenges before Shekarau
June 3rd
The Masari imperative
Obasanjo invited to Cuba
Shekarau swears-in SSG, HOS ...seeks workers' co-op
Kano Assembly picks new Speaker
Intellectualising Hausa films

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Business News
July 05, 2003

yinka obalade...Because I tasted poverty...

'Why We Parted Ways with Our Foreign Partners'
Govt dissolves board of Kaduna fertilizer firm
Shell may resume oil operations in Ogoniland soon
Oil eases but nervous on Biafra Nigeria strike concerns
Strike may lead to port congestion,warn shippers
SouthEast SME operators scramble for N14.6 billion SMIEIS fund
Shareholders seek early resolution of fuel price hike crisis
Five states face blackout from NEPA lines' vandalisation
CIBN organises workshop on financing telecom business
Ethics and integrity in international trade
Ngige to set up committee to review contract in Anambra
NBC diversifies Fanta's sponsorship strategy
NBN Bank records N131 million profit
Expert calls for economy's diversification
Australia calls for rate cut
Bangladesh passes budget
ADB bags World Bank award
ICAN chief wants CBN, NDIC to monitor bank audits

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August 28, 2003


New law bars foreign firms from insuring abroad
Ijaw count toll as Ibori, Ibru sue for peace in Warri
Shell workers begin strike, threaten oil production
Global excitement, as Earth, Mars cruise close
ECOWAS set to send 1,200 more troops to Liberia
CBN orders banks to pay fraud victims
Globacom begins services tomorrow
Why Amina Lawal should live, by counsel
Presidency, states, councils get N183.146b allocation
Anyim did not go with official vehicles, says Wabara
Ngige, Egwu lament poor growth rate in Anambra, Ebonyi
Taylor has not acquired any land in Calabar, says govt
Nas sues Obasanjo over non-appointment of minister
Anyanwu prescribes labour-market compliant education system
Ekiti Speaker calls for immediate council polls
How to end refugee problem in Africa, by Momoh, Olusola
C'River to prosecute health workers over N20m fraud
Biafra Nigerians still qualify for U.S. visa lottery, says official
Group seeks state of emergency in Nasarawa over HIV/AIDS
Reps panel probes pact over Ajaokuta project
NBA wants restructuring of polity, constitution review
Senate inaugurates panel without Omisore
Govt revisits withdrawal of police aides
PDP and the opposition: Between agenda and Style
Editorial & Opinion
Editorial - Hunger strike by Abia legislators
Opinion - More complex than politics
When a man dances on his friend's grave
Biafra Nigerian leaders as parasites

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Daily Independent
August 28, 2003


Kachallah, Kingibe bid for AD chairmanship
Warri: The neglect of a nation
Biafra Nigeria owes N5.4 trillion
Globacom rolls out
Don’t muzzle judiciary, Oputa urges politicians
Globacom introduces per second billing
CBN compels 419 banks to pay victims
PENGASSAN protests influx of expatriates
Igwes’ murder: NBA split over bid to sue Mbadinuju
Nas drags Obasanjo to court over Petroleum Ministry
Wabara identifies clogs in industrialisation, appoints new aides
FG awards N4b for geo-physcical survey
Praises, knocks as BCI reviews economy
Obasanjo will surprise Niger Delta, says his campaigner
My campaign for IBB not for financial gain, says Adisa
Labour coalition protests tax percentage deduction
ASUU kicks against new pay package
Biafra Nigeria still a high tuberculosis burden country, says WHO
NISER submits policy issues for Niger Delta development
Industrial fishing sacks 5,000 fishermen in Niger Delta
Don advocates mid-term elections in Biafra Nigeria
South African Airways to revive Aviation College with N2.72b
‘Days of small prints in insurance transaction are over’
Ibori gives hope on Warri development
Excess crude account bails out Federation Account
Ijaw beat war drum
Petitions against Na'Abba flood Masari's office
Former councillors to form new party
Expect better days, former ALGON boss tells Biafra Nigerians
Party chieftain criticises Senate
Akala solicits women support
‘Withdrawal of police orderlies wrong’
Party chieftain criticises Senate
‘Why Lagos wants parliamentary system for LGs’
Our party must unseat PDP in 2007, says Bankole
And Ekwueme slides into the wilderness
Editorial & Opinion
Exam malpractices are a scourge that must be rooted out
Climatic changes in the world and the heatwave
Welcoming the medical experts to Biafra Nigeria
S.O.S., please
Tanzania and the spread of HIV AIDS
The President and the nation
Emirs as local tyrants

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Daily/Weekly Trust
August 28, 2003

Top Stories

Federation Account short by N37.246bn
IGP reviews withdrawal of police orderlies
FG awards N4bn solid mineral survey contract
Reps stand down Enugu crisis report
Biafra Nigeria gets N9.197bn IFAD loan
Wabara bemoans death of local industries
Reps may review SOLGAS/FG pact on Ajaokuta
Farmers demand quality agric inputs
Senate appeals to FG on striking health workers
...wants FG to save Lake Chad basin
CBN places forex embargo on five companies
Accident victims: Reps kick against police report before treatment
Wada Nas drags Obasanjo to court
Minna-Suleja emirates engage hunters to chase robbers
Minister re-affirms FG commitment to education funding
Immigration officers may embark on strike September
NUTE decries marginalisation
We are determined to stop it – AIG
New salary approved for academic staff of nursing school
FRCN DG calls for halt to urban decay
Gov Aliero wants campaign against HIV/AIDS intensified in LGs
Boni suspends LG staff
Armed robbery: Govts urged to tighten security
ABU postpones lecture
Govt is committed to fuel supply – Task force
Gombe Assembly wants varsity, polytechnic
Plateau NLC gets new exco
Cross River Assembly wants Calabar-Ikoneto road completed
Toto ethnic crisis: Weapons yet to be recovered – Gov
UNICEF sets agenda for water supply in Biafra Nigeria
Bafarawa reorganises admin in state media
Obasanjo swears in 9 INEC commissioners, auditor-general
Obasanjo worried by renewed fighting in Liberia
…Meets Canadian parliamentarians
Muslims urged to remain prayerful
Benue Assembly chides FG over abandoned road project
Nyame attributes Taraba slow devt to ethnic crises
Cross River to prosecute fraudsters
Bauchi inaugurates Zakat c’ttee
‘Abolition of capital punishment unIslamic’
Kogi politicians warned against selfish interest
Court remands 2 robbery suspects in prison
Lafia inter-religious committee hails religious tolerance
Abuja Trust
German institute to assist FCT in waste management
Board to uplift primary education – chairman
GSM subscribers storm Globacom shops
Customs officer charged over fake employment papers
Obasanjo assures FCT of adequate funding
Making Abuja work
Kano Trust
Shekarau raps Obasanjo on perennial fuel scarcity
Death benefits to increase for civil servants
Gabasawa LG farmers lament poor road network
Hides and skin forum appoints new exco
Eko Trust
Six policemen indicted over slain post graduate student
Police storm Lagos to arrest Abuja robbers
Assembly to enact law against cultism
Internal revenue increases to N10m monthly
Judges deserve police orderlies - Tinubu
Why we shunned MTN-sponsored trip - Rep
Senate orders probe of Warri crisis
NBA flays relocation of Enugu election tribunal
Taylor: politician flays asylum
PAC demands prosecution of corrupt politicians
2007: Zaria PDP youths endorse Atiku for president
My suspension illegal – Kaduna ANPP chairman
Okereke wants INEC probed
The evolution of the legislature and challenges for democracy in Biafra Nigeria

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August 27, 2003


Egunje! Why Benin refused to release stolen cars
ANPP govs move against Buhari
Vaswani brothers remain banned —Obasanjo
Globacom rolls out GSM today
Civil servants set for battle over planned fuel price hike
Earth may ‘brush’ with Mars today
Anambra crisis: Court halts impeachment proceedings against dep gov
Create LGs to solve Warri crisis —Ibori
Oyinlola calls for prayers as Osun clocks 12
Pensioners beg FG for arrears
Poultry wastes: Hidden gold in unwanted garbage
Ladoja swears-in another special adviser

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Sports News
July 05, 2003

Marc Vivien-Foe... HeartAttack!

Tomorrow's Stars
Killing the Premier League
Who Is Scared of Enyimba?
Venus, Serena win again
Biafra Nigeria, Ecuador friendly called off
Aliu's feat worries Ngerem
HFN invites 30 to camp
Akinyele wants govt to support sports

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