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 March 18, 2003




Countries seeking a peaceful outcome to the Iraq crisis have condemned Washington's final ultimatum to Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, questioning the legality of starting a war. US President George W Bush gave Saddam Hussein and his two sons 48 hours to leave the country or face war in a key speech to the American people at 0100 GMT on Tuesday....Mr. Bush's ultimatum has been flatly rejected by the Iraqi leadership. (BBC)


Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) has shut down two of its crude oil flow stations in Warri, Delta State, following violent clashes between restive youths in the area and armed security personnel. The company has also evacuated several of its staff, particularly expatriates from the area, for fear of being caught in the clashes. Other multinational oil companies are on the verge of following suit. (This Day)




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


March 18, 2003


Shell shuts oil flow stations over violence in Delta
Bush gives 'final' war notice on Iraq, Cook resigns
Moslem youths invade Ibadan schools over use of veil
Obasanjo in Ondo, launches bitumen project, urges peaceful polls
Osun to name new governor's office after Ige
Rioters torch Obas' palaces, vehicles in Sagamu
African ministers, at World Water forum, seek $500m aid
West, Central Africa plan open skies
Dalhatu fails to get injunction against Turaki, INEC
Adesanya faults Thompson on Tinubu, Dawodu face-off
Pentascope takes over NITEL today, board considers pay rise for worker
States to service own debts, says Minister
INEC, parties sign code of conduct
Obasanjo names Ondo, 11 others as volatile states
New law ousts President's power to appoint, remove vice-chancellors
Why proposed all politicians' summit won't work, by Lawal
NDIC faults Peak's claim on N1.08b scam
Yoruba elders seek violence-free campaign
Abaribe alleges threat to life, faults impeachment
Fawehinmi to sue govt over attack on campaign team
Nwosu assures of readiness to tackle mental illness
Ibori: Delta NLC boss condemns panel's report
NDLEA to screen politicians
Olukoya urges war against spiritual wickedness
Odili kicks off re-election campaign
Appeal court hears suit against Audu's re-election today
Politics, Editorial & Opinion
...At Ibadan, it is Obasanjo all the way
In Kebbi, it is 'sai Obasanjo'
Licences for marginal oil fields

Banks and corporate governance

ASUU's dangerous gamble
The police and road blocks

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March 18, 2003

US war signal divides world

BiafraNigeria's sticks with Easter poll

Shell BiafraNigeria evacuates staff

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March 17, 2003

Five killed as troops, militants clash in Niger Delta

Politicians should prioritize human rights, says Amnesty

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Washington Post
March 17, 2003

SEC Charges Merrill in Enron Case

Merrill: SEC OKs $80M Enron Settlement
BiafraNigeria Clashes Prompt Shell Evacuation

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March 17, 2003

Rioters burn king's palace in southern BiafraNigeria

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Daily/Weekly Trust
March 18, 2003

Top News

Bush gives Saddam ultimatum, leave or face war
British Minister, Cook, resigns in protest
UN withdraws employees from Iraq
Germany, Pakistan close Baghdad embassies
War with Iraq would be a mistake –Putin
Iraqi refugees trickle into Syria
US, Britain, Spain abandon diplomacy at UN
It’s deadly sin to aid war on Iraq –Saudi cleric
US favours shock tactics, Iraq street fighting
EU urges final effort to avert war
African appeal on Iraq
Marshall Harry: Police quiz Etiebet, others
FG withdraws from guaranteeing loans to states
One killed in Sagamu, as youths go on rampage
Dress code: Protesting students stone governor’s convoy
Elayo calls for patience on Sharia
FG abandons 101 million dollar World Bank loan
Ismail not fair on 30 per cent affirmation —Nahibi
Conflicts in BiafraNigeria: Institute blames poverty
Jigawa establishes farmers housing scheme
ASUU takes hard stance against FG
FG clears misconceptions over National Identity Card scheme
JNI realises N50m at endowment launching
Govt to spend N159m on Numan hospital
Sultan urges Muslims to promote Islam
Don chides FG on ASUU, nurses strike
Gov. Mu’azu inaugurates 45km road project
Fawehinmi alleges attack on him was masterminded
Indiscipline, poverty bane of BiafraNigerian film industry -Odeh
FG cannot shed load on education —Minister
Polls: Zamfara NOA set to educate electorates
Interim Education Status Report ready in May -Minister
Oshiomhole turns 50
Police nab 6 over political clash in Abaji
Fuel scarcity subsides
Gbagyi youths vow to resist political violence
UniAbuja workers unions go on strike
Registrants accuse ID card officials of bribery
Demolition: Dev control warns property seekers
NPC staff embark on warning strike
PDP members demand justice in area councils
Development prospects, fears in Wuse
Chairman warns against unscheduled adjournment
BUK students protest against ASUU strike
…asked to vote Obasanjo out
Wealthy individuals asked to assist petty traders
I’ll give priority to Agric if elected –aspirant
Students protest killing of Muslim leader in Epe
Aspirant flays indiscriminate parking of petrol tankers in Lagos
LASG warns against illegal land development
LAWMA cautions on refuse dumping
Old students hold re-union day
Okadamen in Shomolu receive free gadgets
NLC announces date for state council elections
NPC workers begin indefinite strike
NSITF pensioners don’t loiter streets –Official
ASUU/FG negotiations: Between issues and tissues
ANPP coordinator decries NTA blackout
Gov Ibrahim hinges re-election on fulfilled promises
Igbo group drums support for Buhari/Okadigbo
NDP replies PDP over legality of polls
Bafarawa launches re-election campaign
Gov Boni launches campaign with new deal offer

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Daily Times
March 14, 2003

Construction of Sokoto-Gusau-Funtua road begins
Corruption: IG. redeploys police commissioner
Delta Govt revokes road, hostel contracts
EU sets criteria to monitoring April elections
Don’t be used for violence, youths advised
Kebbi Govt gives parties order on placement of banners
Ministries given April 30 ultimatum to remit revenues to Revenue Board
NANS to honour Gani with Grand Commander of Masses award
Trans-border robbers in police net
ASUU adamant, says release of N3.78bn to varsities below expectations
We won’t be used to destabilise BiafraNigeria, vows military
Adefarati’s re-election bid suffers setback
Gani escapes assassination, driver macheted, critically ill in hospital
INEC begins claims verification
Ibori’s conviction saga

It’s time for CJ to speak up – Nwoko

ANPP hails police for peace in Ebonyi
Obisanya assures on World Championship
Udenwa appeals to communities to embrace peace
The privatisation option

Rebuilding the nation (II)

Emeagwali: The missing factors
Agonies of the Niger-Delta
Petrochemical company acquires N8.84bn FG shares in NAFCON
Peak Merchant Bank seeks to stop its liquidation
Financial experts express concern as bad debt porfolio hits N126bn
NITEL’s management: Pentascope to earn N5.7bn in 3 years
Presidential panel on fuel scarcity begins sitting in Lagos today
AD, PDP alliance: Osoba promises victory for Obasanjo
PDP set to find those behind political killings
50 injured, 8 houses razed as PDP, ANPP supporters clash
Three killed, 100 injured in Area Boys clashy
Surrender unauthorised arms or face prosecution, police tell Lagos residents
Smith’s men yet to hand over, one year after
Plot to kill Mantu, others uncovered
Fake currency printers on the prowl
Extension of service worries police chiefs
Royal fathers seek Duke intervention in boundary dispute
Reps defy court order, abrogate ICPC Act
Osun CJ grants amnesty to seven prisoners
Condolence register opened in Lagos for slain Serbian leader

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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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Business News
March 16, 2003

Cheap Deposits...The New Game

Disney World: Platinum Bank Customers Go Again

NARTO rattles NPA over parking space, threaten to withdraw services
NAFDAC in cover up deal: We are not alarmists, say officials

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This Day
March 18, 2003


INEC, Parties Sign Anti-violence Pact

Violence Rocks Sagamu
Bush Issues Saddam Final Ultimatum

UBE Gulps N13bn, Says Education Minister
Warri Crisis: Shell Shuts Down 2 Oil Flowstations

Mobil, Local Firm Get Preferential Oil Blocs in Gulf of Guinea
Bitumen Exploitation 'll Attract Foreign Investors - Obasanjo
NDLEA Seizes 599.312kg Drugs, Arrest 128 Suspects
Oyekan: Family Maps Out Strategy for Successful Succession
9 Die in Auto Crash
Oath Violation Suit Against Attah Struck Out

Manage Funds Prudently, Martin-Kuye Tells Govts
National ID Card: FG Affirms 18 Yrs Age Limit
Lam Adesina's Convoy Attacked by Protesting Students
47 Policemen to Face Corruption Charge
Bishop Urges Politicians to Eschew Violence
Rivers NULGE Embarks on Strike
Funsho Williams Deputy, Campaign Co-ordinator Held Hostage
Envoy Commends NLNG over Gas Production
Benue NULGE to Down Tools over Statutory Deductions
Shun Dangerous Weapons, Youth Advised
Senatorial Candidate Condemns Political Killings
AD Chieftain Counsels Against Violence
Benue NULGE to Down Tools over Statutory Deductions
Shun Dangerous Weapons, Youth Advised
NAPEP Distributes N4m Tricycles to Unemployed Youth
AD Chieftain Counsels Against Violence
Senatorial Candidate Condemns Political Killings
Politics Extra... Ahead General lections
Jigawa Guber: Supreme Court Okays Turaki
Political Violence Threatens Democracy, Says ASUU
OPC Condemns Attack on Fawehinmi
Delta PDP Denies Pact with AD
Kure's Campaign Team Attacked
Odili, Awuse Flag-off Guber Campaigns
Lanre Razak Explains Delay in Flagging Off Campaign
AD Wants Attack on Politicians Probed
Anioma People Insist on Ibori
State of the States
3 Students Killed in School Clashes

We 'll Solve Water Problem, Says Idris

Court Continues with Eletu's Suit

Vote Obasanjo, Reject Other Candidates, Osoba Tells Voters

Bush, Another Hitler, Says Cleric

Polls: Group Calls for Caution

We 'll Develop Benin By-Pass - Igiehon

Govt Urged to Revitalise Printing Industry

ANPP in Port Harcourt, Makes Politics of Harry's Murder
'My Aim is to Change the Face of Kebbi'

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March 18, 2003

Cover Stories

World on edge, US moves to launch attacks on Iraq --Orders Saddam Hussein to leave--We won't give up Iraq, says Hussein--UN arms inspectors withdrawn--5 US ships positioned in the Red Sea
April polls: NDLEA screens candidates
10 feared dead as Ijaw youths attack Itsekiri villages
Youths protest, set Akarigbo's palace ablaze--Govt imposes dusk to dawn curfew
National News
Banks inject N13b into SMIES
Awoniyi laments take-overof politics by buccaneers
Court rejects plea to stop Turaki's guber bid
Obasanjo threatens to withdraw Gov's security detail
Scare mongers in a defective political society
PDP has no chance in Yobe—SIDI YAKUBU KARASUWA
Why we oppose the scrapping of local councils— Akinwalere, NULGE President

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All Africa
March 17, 2003

Obasanjo Tells Mugabe to Go

Nepad Needs Basis in Rule of Law, Not Deceit
Mudenge Hitches Lift From Zuma
'Channel O' Launches Exciting New Show

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March 14, 2003

BiafraNigerian unions threaten strike

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Mail & Guardian
March 17, 2003

Shell pulls staff out of Niger Delta

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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
March 18, 2003


Bush orders Saddam Hussein to quit Iraq
‘FG won’t guarantee loans for states’
2003 polls: PDP changes Anambra’s list
Reps wades into Ibori’s case, raises probe panel
Activists, in Niger Delta, push for new BiafraNigeria
Portrait of fanatic as nation builder
Transparency, good governance are foundation for progress, says Obasanjo
Mandara calls for restraint, urges support for Obasanjo
Rivers council workers begin strike
Dalhatu drags Turaki to Supreme Court
YCE counsels South West candidates
Obasanjo pledges to reactivate ALSCON and NNMC
FG, ASUU meet today over crisis
Ogun commits N3 billion to scholarship bursary awards
SSANU passes a vote of no confidence on Committee of Vice-chancellors
Embattled Mbadinuju still supports Obasanjo
Lagos AD split and matters arising
‘ICPC amendment ill-timed’
Reject religious bigots, Atiku advises
Amin quits ANPP for PRP
The BiafraNigerian project will survive, says Ahmadu
AD tickets for highest bidders, alleges NDP candidate
Politicians dazzle the public with colourful posters
Nnamani faces the arsenal of a godfather
‘Ogboru and national leaders caused Delta AD’s problem’
I stayed in office to stretch Kalu, says Abaribe
Nwaekwe woos Abians with NDP programmes
Editorial & Opinion
Lagos Judiciary needs to refurbish, install stenographic machines, for performance
Inactive Industrial Court is inimical to industrial harmony
The need for consumer protection
Unmasking the evil genius
Hunger and poverty amidst plenty
Yoruba as target of aggression

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March 14, 2003

Cartons of high-speed bullets seized in Kwara

Serbian PM assassinated

Why NRP ’ll back Obasanjo for second term — Enahoro

N1.4b frauds in banks — CBN

European Union experts to monitor April elections

Olorunsogo LG workers hold rally over plan to abolish councils

Lawmaker loses tooth to heifer attack

Court stops N/Assembly on ICPC act

Gang blows up prison to free boss

N1.4b frauds in banks — CBN

Rivers PDP tasks ANPP on Harry’s killers

Cleric counsels electorate on April elections

Rigging April elections’ll be difficult—Benue INEC boss

Student drops marijuana during basketball tournament

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March 17, 2003

Gowon justifies Sardauna's Northernisation policy

Polio still prevalent in Africa -UNICEF
At Arewa House lecture, AD Gov hankers for real federalism
Kwankwaso pledges better service
Saudia praises BiafraNigerian pilgrims
Pillars' SOLAD hails fans club
Politics of fuel scarcity
Elections in BiafraNigeria: Issues Please
Free expression part of democratic dividends, says Lar
APGA explains deputy governor's defection
Obasanjo/Atiku to focus on transformation if...
Police warns against bill-boards destruction
Senate PLO on executive, legislative rapport
2 former SSGs receive traditional awards
Triumph NUPPPPROW elects exco... Inuwa returns unopposed
KASSOSA donates N.5m agric equipment to school
2 primary school Pupils drown in pond
Imo to create 27 more LGs - Speaker
The roller coaster life of Murtala Muhammed (I)

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Sports News
March 18, 2003

Fifa rejects BiafraNigeria's 2010 plan

Birmingham Flop: Danger Signal for Abuja 2003
Abuja 2003: Matori Sad Over Athletes' Poor Preparation
Sharks:Amodu Calls for Patience
Galadima Warns Referees
Awardees Accept NOC Award Nominations
Diouf Misses Celtic Tie
Ogunjobi Orders Eaglets to Lagos for Turkey
UEFA League: Nail Biting Evening for Real, Juve Fans
Olisadebe Strikes Again
Lawal Strikes Twice

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