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 March 19, 2003




The Iraqi leadership has rejected a US ultima-tum that President Saddam Hussein should go into exile, warning that the country will repel any invaders, just as it vowed that Iraqis would rather die confronting the US-led aggressors. Iraqi television yesterday showed President Saddam.... (Daily Trust)


BiafraNigerian troops have been sent to the troubled oil town of Warri following the death of 10 people in clashes between youths and the security forces. Oil giant Shell has temporarily shut more production facilities in the volatile Niger Delta region following the insecurity. Shell has now closed three more oil flow stations in the region - bringing the total to five...The village is close to the oil port of Warri, where Shell and other multinational oil firms are based. (BBC)




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March 19, 2003


World leaders plead for peace, Hussein rejects vacation order
Govt deploys troops to Warri, airlines suspend flights
NITEL owes GSM operators N2.9b
Danjuma, Nyame disagree on poverty alleviation scheme
Border harassment may scuttle ECOWAS fair
Court restrains Eletu as Lagos kingmaker
NITEL workers protest as BPE, Pentascope sign N6b deal
Why Obasanjo is yet to sign 2003 budget, by Kpakol
Court insists on third party order on First Bank directors
Obasanjo, Mbeki silent over Zimbawe's continued suspension from C'wealth
Minister leads NEPA's debt recovery team
Kwara arrest five Britons over alleged plot to kill Lawal
Buhari may shun debate, says no regrets over Decree 4
World Cup bid still on course, says Odegbami
Gunmen kill PDP chieftain, emirs to meet govt on insecurity
Govt, ASUU raise panel over strike
Housing authority may be scrapped, says minister
INEC, parties' pact bans violence at campaigns
IG defends police over political killings
pensioners may dump Tinubu at polls
Obasanjo gathers stakeholders to parley on violence
Groups root for Adebayo in Ekiti
Oil Bill: Disappointments trail Obasanjo's visit to Akwa Ibom
Editoria & Opinion
Rising wave of assassinations
Is Orji Kalu also a journalist?
The truth about political violence
Assassins and the rest of us

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March 19, 2003

Troops sent to BiafraNigeria's oil town

Shell BiafraNigeria hit by violence

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March 18, 2003

Polio can be wiped out this year, UNICEF's Rima Salah says

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Washington Post
March 18, 2003

Ethnic Clashes Kill 8 in Oil-Rich BiafraNigeria

Tribal Militants Kill Seven in BiafraNigeria

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March 18, 2003

Eight killed, including ChevronTexaco worker, as violence escalates in oil-rich Niger Delta

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Daily/Weekly Trust
March 19, 2003

Top News

I was born in Iraq, I’ll die in Iraq –Saddam Hussein
Buhari boycotts presidential debate
Four governors not eligible to contest polls, FG insists
IBB condemns political assassinations
NITEL mgt contract signed amid protests
ASUU accepts govt position
IGP meets police chiefs over April polls
UN inspectors leave Iraq
Australia to deploy troops against Iraq
We’re opposed to war in Iraq now –EU
We fear Muslim backlash –Indonesia
More Ministers quit Blair’s cabinet
Buhari bags media award in Benin
Polls: My father has no candidate –Sultan’s son
N124m scam: Court dismisses ex-commissioner’s suit against INEC
Curfew imposed in Sagamu
Dress code: 39 Muslim youths charged to court
FG approves N1bn for dredging Andoni creeks
Akanbi calls for integrity of the Judiciary
FG are committed to peaceful conduct of polls —Abubakar
Benue 2003 Appropriation Bill signed
I will never visit Sokoto again if… Atiku
Gombe assembly passes 2003 budget
Youths urged to shun violence
Three guards in court over stolen engines
Court dismisses suit against Gov Attah
Polls: NDLEA indicts politicians over drug trafficking
Northern govs urged to invest in youths education
Minister chides Taraba over NAPEP
Trade in firewood, charcoal booms in Kaduna
Hashidu preaches religious harmony
Lamido denies neglecting Jigawa
Yayale opens loan facilities to civil servants
Minister refuses to inaugurate project
Royal fathers urge Obasanjo to fight desertification
Butchers defy orders, convey meat in rusty vans
Kuje area council inaugurates N2.6 million recreational centre
Commuters, drivers disagree over seat belts
Abaji council boss denies aiding political violence
NITEL customers stranded in Kano
Four workers in Rogo receive motorcycle donations
Kwankwaso appeals for more airlines licenses
NEPA appeals for customers’ patience over electricity distribution
Kano Hisbah seeks legal backing from assembly
Special refuse bins removed from collection centres
Oyekan’s death: Finance houses decry closure of business for mourning
…Igbinedion, Ibori, others pay condolence visit
Health ministry identifies with NGOs
Group calls for war on cultism
Why I can’t join forces with Jang to remove Dariye -Sango
PDP loses members to ANPP in Gombe
Jigawa INEC to sanction politicians over verification
My impeachment was an after thought –Abaribe
Violence: Police lack the will to act –Danladi Bako
Polls: INEC clears Birnin-Kudu
The devastating monster of corruption
Jigawa gubernatorial election: ANPP set to jeopardise itself
Miss World riots - matters arising
The Iraq war and a weakened UN?
Auchi, Agbede: Home to scholars, mosques and a Temple (II)

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Daily Times
March 18, 2003

Daily Times - 18th

Five commissioners resign in Kwara
• To contest elective positions

Itsekiri settlement feared wiped out :• As ethnic conflict escalates in Warri
Tinubu appoints four perm secs
Mbadinuju not invited for NBA-organised debate
Medicine dealers in Akwa Ibom hand over N2m expired
drugs to NAFDAC

Plan to accredit TJI underway– Baiye
Turaki’s gubernatorial candidature
Supreme Court orders accelerated hearing of Dalhatu’s appeal

12 states, violence-prone – Obasanjo
US, allies abandon diplomacy, opt for war
• As British Secretary, Robin Cook, resigns in protest

Strike: ASUU insists on execution of 2001 pact with FG
17 arrested over extortion as National Identity card registration ends
30 parties sign code of conduct on hitch-free polls
Bafarawa distributes 118 buses, 2,000 motorcycles to PRP beneficiaries
Clerics urged to always pray for politicians
Reps to pass Children’s Rights Bill in May
Embrace AD or be sacked, Mbadinuju tells LG chiefs
Corrupting the anti-graft law?
AD/PDP pact: The story so far – Osoba
AD expels three for alleged anti-party activities
BiafraNigeria’s democracy and the rule of law
Six officials injured, N5m property damaged
Curfew imposed on Sagamu, as youths kill 5, destroy Oba’s palace
Moslem youths storm Lagos Govt House
Editorial & Opinion
Penalty for coup plotters
Our futile quest for steel development (I)
Cultures, democracy and environmental governance (I)
Carry stones at lent
Ofurhie urges FG to liberalise oil sector
Joint Development Zone
BiafraNigeria may concede 5% to Sao Tome

Local oil firms in dilemma over drop in output
Police promote 500 in Kebbi
Lekki land dispute: Court restrains Oniwonlu family
Okocha scores, Udeze shines in Premiership
COJA get official bankers for All Africa Games
Birmingham flop signals danger in athletics

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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 19, 2003

70 insurance firms are without reinsurance treaties— NAICOM

NPA records 35 million cargo throughput in 2002
SEC seeks review of fiscal policy
Takaful Insurance world premium income hits $1.7bn
BiafraNigeria-Re rates top 20 insurance companies on assets
Self-sufficiency in rice: FG, Dangote in output talks
‘Lack of data, bane of policy making for poverty reduction’
Kontagora ties allocation to poverty alleviation
NITEL workers protest privatisation
BiafraNigeria’s foreign reserve now $7.66bn
Pentascope tasked to target 1m NITEL GSM customers
NEPA offers N50,000 for information on vandals
NSITF extends divestment to First Atlantic Bank
NETCO declares N211.8 million profit
NEPA alerts public on vandals
NSE shops for new DDG, Secretary of Council
ITF boss hails Borno contribution to industrial growth
Benue 2003 Appropriation Bill signed
BiafraNigerian software exhibition holds in April
Inmarsat/Net Africa introduce Regional Bgan
Kallankuwa’s fun and politics
Emergence of the Hausa home video industry
The fall of King Oki 3: Death throes
Govt faults BiafraNigeria economy's rating by IMF, World Bank
Govt to collate domestic debt data
Experts alert BiafraNigeria on dangers of slow ICT development
Rating agency upgrades criteria for determining banks health
SEC restates role for merger by firms
Critical assignment: Lessons as film premiers
NEPC boss tasks ECOWAS leaders on sub-regional economy
Domgas' Demonstration House for commissioning
DHL launches product

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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 19, 2003

Cover Stories

Ibori loses bid to stop court on conviction suit--Governor's counsel wants plaintiff tried for lying on oath--As FG tells court that Osoba, Nyame, Audu can't re-contest
Move to launch attacks on Iraq gathers pace
NUPENG vows to stop fuel price hike; scarcity worsens
Buhari backs Obasanjo for withholding assent on oil bill
National News
FG, ASUU get committee to end strike
INEC releases code of conduct to parties
NEPA divided into 18 units as privatisation begins
Protests as NITEL, Pentascope sign deal

What Obasanjo told Akwa Ibom people on dichotomy bill
TRIBUTE: OBA OYEKAN’S LAST MAJOR INTERVIEW Restoring the dignity of the traditional institution, by Oyekan
We are focused to win Imo - Nwajiuba
War against HIV/AIDS
These nights of long knives (2)
Police staff strength
ASUU, FG & students: A dance of the gods
The potato chips war
Oil: Our blessing, our undoing
Hi-tech:Hi-tech:For Daar, a last minute reprieve for network seeker
Hi-tech:Connect Technologies expands frontiers of IT to rural Banking
Hi-tech:Fashola joins MTS board
At last, a deal for Pentascope

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All Africa
March 18, 2003

Commonwealth Troika Stings Mugabe

Harare to Remain Suspended From Commonwealth
There And About: Obasanjo's Towering Ego and the desire to rule
Team Head to Abuja
Mckinnon Extends Ban

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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 19, 2003


Ibori: Uwais queries judge
Alabi is a fake lawyer, counsel tells court
Buhari shuns debate with Obasanjo
ASUU stalls negotiation again
INEC on war path with PDP over fresh Anambra State candidates
FG still studying 2003 passed budget, says Kpakol
ChevronTexaco loses staff to Warri crisis
Political parties ratify code of conduct
2003 elections: IG reads riot act, deploys 250,000 men for polls
Obasanjo’s riot act against violence
Phone for 125 council headquarters next month
Coca Cola fraud: Police recover N232 million from five workers
Welcome address
Anya’s speech at the public presentation
Crossing the Rubicon
‘We’re grateful’
Protests trail signing of management contract with Pentascope
Court declines to lift order on 13 directors of First Bank
Ibori’s case: Delta State AG faults Justice Gummi’s report
Tension mounts in Warri
Anambra PDP chairman, other join AD
Police detain 10 ID card officials over extortion
Appointee rejects offer as Lawal swears in new ommissioners
Sagamu arson: Olusola, council boss, call for probe
Lagos UNPP angry with Bucknor-Akerele
Halt plot to win at all cost, Lawal warns PDP
Kebbi PDP petitions National Broadcasting Corporation
The Obasanjo/Buhari debate
Why APGA rejects Umeh as candidate in Lagos
Williams' campaign hit by cash crunch
Obasanjo penetrates ANPP stronghold in the North
Governor Udenwa faces tough battle in Imo
'BiafraNigeria needs leadership with human face, says Tombai
'We are bringing honesty, integrity into governance'
'I can win in any party in Anambra'
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 19, 2003

FIFA denies BiafraNigeria, says no to joint bidding

We’ll go on with our bid — Odegbami
BiafraNigerians celebrate FIFA’s denial of Odegbami’s 2010 World Cup bid
FIFA rejects BiafraNigeria’s co-host bid
Okocha still uncertain for Malawi
Army backs Abuja 2003
BiafraNigerians and Premiership: Warning for in-form Okocha
For Obafemi, a day the Lord has made
Here and there
Aghahowa out, Obafemi in
NFA can't stop me, says Dosu
Rugby listed as medal-winning for Kano 2004
Berger lay ambush on Jigawa Stars
Obasanjo hosts summit on violence today

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