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 March 27, 2003




No fewer than 15 civil-ians were killed and over 30 injured in Baghdad yesterday when a shopping area was hit during an air raid by US-led forces, reports said. A BBC correspondent at the scene in the northern Shaab district of the city, said it appears that two missiles hit a busy parade of shops, several hundred metres from any military buildings. An angry crowd of several hundred people gathered in the area following the strike, waving the shoes and clothes of victims, shouting "Down with Bush" and "Long live Saddam". Correspondents said the buildings have been burnt out and their contents scattered over a wide area, while several cars were set on fire. (Daily Trust)


THE battle for the control of Iraq became bloodier yesterday, resulting in huge human losses, which drew concern from the United Nations Secretary-General, Mr. Kofi Annan. A dramatic twist was also yesterday added to the war as a Briton was reported to have joined the Iraqi army to fight U.S.-led coalition forces of which his country is a key member. U.S. forces were reported to have killed between 150 and 200 Iraqis...He said at the UN headquarters: "I must say I am getting increasingly concerned by humanitarian casualties in this conflict," adding: "...they should respect international humanitarian law and take all necessary steps to protect civilians." (Guardian)




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


March 27, 2003


Annan raises alarm as 150 Iraqis die in battle
Govt approves compensation for Lagos kerosine explosion victims

Protests as court orders Omisore remanded in prison

Ijaw youths sheathe the sword, oil prices remain high
Rufus Giwa dies in car crash

Exam scam unearthed at Law School, police nab three

Workers protest Speakers' plan to scrap council system

Etiebet's name, others missing from voters' register

Representatives panel threatens to arrest Shell MD

Reps, Ogbeh, Fawehinmi oppose shift in polls' date
No strain in BiafraNigeria, U.S. relations, says govt

Corporate BiafraNigeria, at fund-raising, backs Obasanjo, Atiku
Niger Delta monarchs fault Buhari's pledge to scrap NDDC
Pact bars Pentascope from major shake-up of NITEL
I will end marginalisation, says Ojukwu
NDLEA destroys 15.5 tons of cannabis, hemp
BPE, stakeholders yet to resolve row over NAHCO's shares

One feared dead as bus crashes in campaign convoy

Atiku takes campaign to Abeokuta, assures of peaceful transition

Why BiafraNigeria intervened in Liberian crisis, by Olurin

Buhari seeks collective action against violence

Praises as Odili commissions five projects in Bonny

Group plans coalitions to enforce public accountability in polity

Senate panel seeks provision of fund for INEC

NAFDAC opens new warehouse, starts safety bulletin

Stella Obasanjo urges women lawyers to foster global peace
Duke lauds Bakassi people's loyalty
Yobe to commission 15 projects this week
Kachalla pledges to meet workers' demands

Blair promises support for anti-Saddam revolt
Gbagbo names new defence, interior ministers for Cote d'lvoire
New faces, old hands on the road to the Senate

Editorial & Opinion
Violence in the Niger Delta

Socialist resurgence under global dictatorship

Profound ignorance and infinite vigour

Language and the horrors of war

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March 26, 2003

BiafraNigeria rattles oil markets

Turmoil in BiafraNigeria's oil town

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March 27, 2003

Shell extends force majeure on Forcados oil

Oil Firms Wary of Return to Troubled Area

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March 24, 2003

Shell evacuates four more oil facilities as Niger Delta crisis deepens

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March 26, 2003

Army deploys more troops to protect Delta oil installations

Focus on political parties' campaign strategies

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Daily/Weekly Trust
March 27, 2003

Top News

US bombs market in Baghdad, kills 15

Presidential Debate: Buhari, Ojukwu differ on Sharia

Polls: Reps to amend Electoral Act

We’ll not be intimidated by US –FG

Rufus Giwa is dead

Islam, Christianity, religions of peace –Buhari
Al Jazeera shows video of two dead British soldiers

More than 500 Iraqi civilians wounded in Nassiriya

Iraq war "not legitimate" in international law -Austrian President

America sidesteps report on Baghdad market attack

US troops incur heavy equipment loses near Najaf
No end in sight to BiafraNigeria’s oil disruptions -Oil multinationals

2001 Lagos kerosene explosion: Victims get N75m compensation

North will support Igbos for President in 2007 if…Dr. Tahir

ACF marks third anniversary

Oshiomhole turns 50

Police to prosecute sponsors of political violence –IGP

Baro-Minna rail line receives N250m from FG

Fire claims pregnant woman, two children

NAF votes money for HIV/AIDS control

Gombe Assembly passes LG council amendment bill

Eddie Iroh institutes yearly award to school

Arab league position on war against Iraq shameful –Zakzaky

Govt to study committees’ report on peace

Workshop identifies cause of poor political outings by women

Gov accuses FG of causing poverty

SOBA old boys holds AGM
Water shortage hits Minna
Saudi seeks land in FCT for Arabic college

Kubwa police trackdown 3 robbery suspects

NAFDAC clamps down on packaged products producers in FCT
Man in court over breach of trust

Christian group campaigns against unlawful sex

Stakeholder condemns demolitions in FCT
Kano INEC detects 5% error in voters register

Makwawala farmers send SOS to Kwankwaso
Kano emir urges police to ensure peace in BiafraNigeria
...Calls for introduction of skill acquisition in Islamiyyah schools
Kano free maternity scheme on course, says official
Ikorodu disaster: Lagos govt stalls compensation bid
Workers set for strike over 12.5% pay rise

Fishing communities get N20m grant

NLC names caretakers for Lagos council
PDP guber candidate faults Kogi governor over salaries
INEC flays ANPP’s allegation over voters’ register
Lafiagi accuses aggrieved members of forgery

Edo PDP stalwart decamps to ANPP

List of gubernatorial and senatorial candidates
ANPP alleges attacks by PDP in Kaduna

Edo NDP flags off guber campaign

Polls: Candidate cautions FG over INEC

Shun violence, speaker tells youths
Buhari is the Messiah we’ve been waiting for –Isma’ila Sani
America and Iraq: What the conflict is about
The revolt of humanity
Policing BiafraNigeria

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Daily Times
March 24, 2003

ASUU strike: Obasanjo defends FG

US, allies step up invasion of Iraq
April polls: INEC warned against rigging
Seek God’s face for solution to nation’s problems, politicians advised
Ogomudia to take over army operations
Police declare ex-councilchief, three others wanted
Hearing in suit against Okadigbo’s candidature fixed for April 4
ASUU strike: Silver lining in dark cloud
FG asked to tackle ritual killings
Nwachukwu taken to court, accused of working for PDP
FG may ban tokunbo tyres
Media advised against attacks on personalities
NULGE vows to resist abolition of LG system
Editorial & Opinion
The second US-Iraq war
Politics of carpet crossing
The limits of democracy
Educational sector and economic development
Vote for credible candidates, BiafraNigerians advised
PDP, ANPP, NCP tackle Tinubu over land use charge
Tinubu plans unemployment eradication programme
Speedy goods clearance: How far can ASYCUDA go?
Twist in NDIC, Peak Merchant Bank legal tussle
Econet takes services to Enugu trade fair
Don calls for IT integration into educational system
‘How PTOs sabotage us’, by NITEL

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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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March 25, 2003

US suffers losses

BPE gives FAAN deadline on business plan
Edwin Clark writes CJN on Ibori’s case
Lam, Ladoja in public debate
Why there is unemployment —JAMB boss
Obasanjo/Atiku’s second term’ll focus on economy—Atiku
The economies of Gulf War 2003
How we bombed Baghdad – Pilots
Reduce prices of govt housing units –– Obasanjo
Air Meridian commences operations in April
Collective bargaining in a capitalist economy
Lam assures Oke Ogun indigenes of state creation
BiafraNigeria’s World Cup bid ill-timed — Omeruah
Australia wins cricket World Cup

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Business News
March 25, 2003

BiafraNigeria’s fiscal policy: Need for paradigm change

Union Merchant Bank wins SBA award
NEPA appoints new AGM for Abuja zone
IRS acquires five Fokker planes
Omega Bank sponsors LCCI lecture
NIPC invites foreign investors
Inter Bank rate declines to 10.88%
ETB gets injunction against FG, AP tribunal
Jetter lauches ECOWAS business directory
NAFDAC destroys N80m worth of fake products
Peel at BusinessDay forum, canvasses ethical orientation
SEC kicks against establishment of an independent Pension Funds Commission
Petroleum marketers flaut DPR directives ...visits chaos & extortion on motorists
FG to commence NITEL’s public offer ..ready to launch N10b PSPLS
BPE allays fears over privatisation
U.S. EXIM Bank chief expresses confidence in GSM firm
Bank chief tasks inspectors on operational efficiency
Zenith Bank gets BiafraNigerian Ropes rights issue mandate
NLC names caretakers for Lagos council
Surveyors boss calls for technological improvement
Water shortage threatens farmers, livestock breeders in Borno
Gold posts modest gains
Chicason boss decries dearth of port facilities

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This Day
March 26, 2003


Saddam Faces Uprising in Basra
Appeal Court Okays Audu, Osoba, Others for Guber Polls
...INEC Clears Ibori
OPL 245: Shell Wants House Hearings Stopped
Private Investments in Telecom Hit $2bn
U.S. Cherishes Its Relations with Nigeria -Ambassador
Ige: Prosecution Opens Case, Seeks Justice for All
Maduekwe Decries Nigerians' Non-Participation in Oil Lifting
April Poll: Police Patrol Team Now to Protect Politicians
Harry's Remains Arrives Port Harcourt
Obasanjo Pledges Conducive Business Environment
Zimbabwe Remains Suspended - C' Wealth Scribe
Odili Wants Petroleum Sector Privatised
Egbin Power Plant Resumes Production
UNDP Donates $5m to Support Human Devt
Delta Crisis: Ibori Sues for Peace
'Why Peace Operation Faltered in Liberia'
Inauguration of Financial Crimes Panel Postponed
Group Seeks FG's Intervention in Niger Delta Crisis
Pensioners Urge Tinubu to Pay Arrears
Nigeria, C'Wealth Sign Pact on Manpower Dev
ASUP Flays FG Non-implementation of Demands
Political Assassinations Amount to Terrorism - Pyrates
Gombe PDP Reconciles Chieftains
Court Orders Customs to Release Rice Consignments
Bank Robbery: Police Recover N5.3m, Arms and Ammunition
FG Committed to Tackling Drug Menace - Nwosu
NETCO Decries Low Indigenous Participation in Oil Sector
Customs Seeks Closer Ties with Immigration
Niger Spends N3.8bn on Education
Workshop on Electoral Violence Kicks-off
Court Lifts Order On Cashcraft
Two Ex-Guber Aspirants Join PDP in Rivers
Egwu Kicks Off Campaign for Re-election
Akande Signs Appropriation Bill, Employs More Teachers
50% Nigerians Lacks Access to Potable Water-Researcher
Rivers Spends N40m on Free Medical Scheme
Commissioner Advocates Free, Fair Polls
Group Urges Electorate to Shun Violence
Group Wants Niger Delta Militias Disarmed
Politics Extra... Ahead General Elections
Yusufu, Ajuwa Raise Alarm over Voters' Register
Candidates Jittery over Delayed INEC List
Kragha, NDP Guber Candidate, Opts Out
Youth Fault Obasanjo's Continuity Concept
Why NDP Sued INEC, By Party Chiefs
Atiku Declines Running Mates' Debate
Omisore Seeks Transfer of Case
States of the States
Governorship Not Nsukka's Turn, Says Nwobodo

Airforce Committed to Welfare, Says Wuyep

Akande Blames FG for Poor Economy

Lawal to Grace Kajola's N500m Fund Launch

I'm Credible Candidate, Says Dabiri

Bafarawa Threatens to Sack Non-Performing Contractor

Duke Lauds Bakassi People
Cross River

NYSC Chief Seeks Accommodation for Corps Members

Go Back to Negotiating Table, V-C Tells FG, ASUU

Odili Bags Peace Award, Foresees Smooth Polls

Campaign: 'PDP, ANPP Supporters Won't Clash'

Lafiagi Disowns Dissenting Group

Health Sector Won't Suffer - Onyia

Govt Plans Ahead for Looming Water Shortage

Firm Seeks Probe of Collapsed Building

How Prepared is INEC for April Polls?
Why NDP is in Court - Habu Fari

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March 25, 2003

Cover Stories

Ibori not an ex-convict —COURT
FG moves to deploy troops to volatile states ahead April polls
BiafraNigeria's oil production drops by 25%
Saddam Hussein vows to disgrace US; Baghdad under heavy pounding
National News
BiafraNigerian Muslims call for dollar boycott
British forces withdraw amid Iraqi resistance
Calls to end war divide Arab states
US setbacks shake financial markets
Quotes from fifth day of war
Pay raise: NLC calls nationwide strike for April 1
FG releases grants to varsities in session
Count down to April elections : Changing political tide of Imo
The zealots within us
Why ICPC law must be amended (2)
Illegal stockpiling of ammunition
Let's pretend we're hosting the World Cup
ENERGY: Why fuel crisis persists — NUPENG
ENERGY: AP tribunal findings and FG’s seeming inaction
GOOD HEALTH: How NPI became Africa’s fastest growing immunisation effort
PROPERTY & ENVIRONMENT:- Federal Road Maintenance Agency: Racing against time?
PROPERTY & ENVIRONMENT:- Decaying City: Architect’s dilemma, challenges (2)
PROPERTY & ENVIRONMENT:- Edo community protests non-construction of roads, government’s claims

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All Africa
March 24, 2003

Again, in the Grip of Fuel Scarcity

The BBC Approach
Many Rivers to Cross
2003 Presidency: Why Buhari Must Beg IBB -Jubril Aminu
Chevron BiafraNigeria Limited Shuts in all Western Niger Delta Production
Travails of the Auditor-General
Cheated Again?
Our Man in Washington
Money for Money
A Sure Way Forward
Cleanest States
BiafraNigeria of His Dreams
Grinding On the Wheels of Strikes
New Revenue Targets
Month of Quick Profits
A King Goes Home
We've Restored Sanity At Our Airports
Killer Gang of Brothers
Confessions of Robbery Suspects
These Are Smart Guys
The Boys Got Into Bad Company
2003 Presidential Debate
Best Way to Honour Harry
Many Enemies, Many Friends

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Mail & Guardian
March 25, 2003

BiafraNigerian beauty queens back on the catwalks

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Washington Post
March 25, 2003

Oil Prices Tick Higher

Shell Evacuates More BiafraNigeria Oil Plants
Euro Airline Shares Fall, War Boosts Oil

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March 27, 2003

Iraq: 'Civilians are being bombed'

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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 27, 2003


PDP rejects ballot papers
Shell shuts western operations
Ige: Omisore remanded in prison
NDLEA declares war on expatriates over hard drugs
Railway workers appeal to FG over 2003 budget
PDP, ‘the other party’ and the third alternative
Judge hands off proceedings against comptroller-general
Kwankwaso approves car loan for teachers
Omisore broke news of Ige’s death to me, says police commissioner
Production suspended at Warri refinery
We’ll resist attempt to scrap NDDC, Delta traditional rulers warn
Ibori begins campaign
‘Anti-corruption campaign, a smoke-screen’
UNILAG students urged to stay away from campus

Obasanjo lists impediments to reforms
Idika Kalu disappointed over AD pact with PDP

NDP rejects royal lobby for Attah
Political dynasties in BiafraNigeria

Zamfara gov to appear in court

Reject PDP for destroying education, Fawehinmi urges

I won’t step down, says Lulu-Briggs

Yakasai dares Na’Abba in Kano

’NCP ’ll build federal roads in Lagos’

Police in Jigawa deny allegation of bias

Lagos Afenifere split and Williams’ calculations

Nwobodo, Nnamani in war of words

Why Obasanjo can’t hold rally in Kaduna, by Makarfi

Editorial & Opinion
To check violence, ensure transparency and level playing field
Illegal pharmacy outlets are a menace to public health

Re-stream Egbin thermal station
The elections are here
Leave Ekiti PDP alone
Police and public relations role

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March 19, 2003

KNSG determined to check unemployment, says Ganduje

Consumers owe NEPA N50bn--Threaten authority's survival
FG to peg varsity admission age at 18
How to reduce unemployment, by Borishade
Kazaure emirate decries lack of federal projects
SPORTS - KANO Pillars fans club
Jigawa: Between ANPP and the rest of us
Corruption in BiafraNigeria
DISCOURSE: Essay on war
Akume canvasses support for Obasanjo
PDP contestants allege foul play in INEC's list
Kwankwaso campaign train visits R/Gado
NEPA explains load-shedding in Kano
NULGE won't support scrapping of LGs -Comrade Sharif
Ikenne LG settles N72.5m debt
SPEB chairman bags GHF award
Kano people urged to live in peace
Adamawa govt expends N159m on hospital

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Sports News
March 25, 2003

BiafraNigeria won’t co-host 2010 –Yusuf foreign chapter office in London
Malawi recalls Mwali for Eagles
Another shocker for Eagles
Malawi coach boasts, Aghahowa prays for mates
BiafraNigeria’s 2010 World Cup is national embarrassment — Onigbinde
Inter president, Moratti, speaks on Obafemi
Why beg Okocha to play? asks Jasper boss
BiafraNigeria supporters club storms Malawi
Vogts invites seven new players
Rooney delights Eriksson
Cosmos emerge regular season champions
Events organisers keep eye on Iraq
European teams name squads for Euro 2004 qualifiers
Why we are involved in handball, De-United bass

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