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 March 30, 2003




In continuation of our provincial rally, at about 10am today March 29th 2003, we were in a convoy to Umuahia, Aba and Port-Harcourt via Okigwe for a rally but were halted at Onuimo by a combined team of Nigerian armed mobile police men, who on sighting us opened fire recklessly on us without consideration to life. As at the time of this release, our leader Chief Ralph Uwazuruike and 150 others are still missing while in our custody are 300 biafran men battered by bullets and 50 others instantly dead. (MASSOB)


After weeks of speculations that the National Assembly may reconvene to discuss the knotty issue of the Electoral Act and the April 19 presidential elections, the Senate President, Anyim Pius Anyim yesterday summoned Senators to Abuja for an executive meeting. Traditionally, an executive meeting is closed to members of the public. "All Senators are endeavoured to attend this all important meeting as matters of interest to the Senators would be discussed," Anyim's statement said yesterday. The Guardian learnt that beyond issues affecting the Senators, the Upper House may take a stand on the April 19, 2003 elections. (Guardian)




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


March 30, 2003


INEC Rules Out Civil Servants For Election

Suicide Bombers Step Into Iraqi War

Senate Meets On Electoral Act

Attack On ANPP Team Claims One In Rivers

Seven killed In Police, MASSOB Clash

Danjuma Decries State Of Army Barracks

Reprieve Underway For Sacked CBN Workers

Atiku Indicts Ex-Military Officers Over Violence

NEPA's N10 Billion Debt Recovery Suffers

4,450 Deported Through Kano Airport
NDLEA Nabs 12 Suspects In Cross River
Groups Flay Assault On ANPP Rally
Election Of President: Akpata Suggests Electoral College

Saro Wiwa's Death Echoes At Mothers Burial

Crime Notes
Poor Strategic Plans Frustrate US-led Forces Against Iraq
Pope Says War Cannot Divide World Religions

WHO Doctor, Founder Of Killer Pneumonia, Dies
Alhaji Shehu Musa, on INEC's preparation

A Test Case For The Police

Aspirants On Politics And Economy

The North and the virtues of Ahmadu Bello
Editorial & Opinion

Putting the Houses Before The Masses

To Save The BiafraNigerian Law School

An encounter with LASTMA

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March 28, 2003

BiafraNigeria Delta crackdown order

BiafraNigeria's general strike threat
Iraq warns of more suicide missions

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March 28, 2003

UPDATE 1-Oil climbs on fear of long war, BiafraNigeria outage

OPEC on Alert for Possible Oil Glut
Oil Firms Wait to Resume BiafraNigerian Output

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Washington Post
March 28, 2003

Oil Ends Above $30 on Iraq Fears, BiafraNigeria

BiafraNigeria Chief Orders Arrest of Militants
Global Markets: Dollar Down, Bonds Up

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Daily/Weekly Trust
March 28, 2003


NNPC’s N302bn is still missing –Revenue Commission

64m BiafraNigerians eligible to vote –INEC

Court nullifies Kuta’s report

It will be a prolonged war –Bush, Blair

Police discover bombs in Ilorin

BiafraNigeria loses .8m
Polls: US worried over allegations of planned rigging
Bala Usman criticises reliance on prayers

Wounded U.S. soldiers shocked at Iraqi resistance

Baath official throws down challenge to coalition
Iraqi resistence causes jitters over Battle for Baghdad

...militia pin down US-led forces in south
Niger Delta crisis: Killers of soldiers will not escape –Obasanjo

Political violence will destroy democracy –Maitama Sule

Atiku begins campaigns in Adamawa

"Northern BiafraNigeria is a meaningless colonial formation"

Chad Basin oil exploration: Consulting firms to study data

Govt urged to check deforestation in Cross Rivers

Oshiomhole turns 50

We’ll give priority attention to payment of workers’ salaries –Guber candidate
Gov Kure suspends campaign to tackle water crisis

Media challenged on polls

Gov Aliero to be turbaned Saturday

Oba Lamidi wants role for traditional rulers

Open varsity: Applicants decry non-availability of forms

‘African women passive actors in nation building’

Hausa community endorse Ayogu for Enugu guber race
Proprietor blames MFCT over poor sports facilities

ID card registration exercise moves to ministries

Police quiz contractors over collapsed building
Protests mar PDP campaign in FCT
Meningitis: Bebeji people advised against over crowded rooms

Kumbotso residents cry out over water scarcity

Govt stresses commitment to boost commercial activities

Commission maintains Abacha ordered mosque construction
Bichi LG warns against trespassing pasture land
Education ministry suspends students over indiscipline in Gbagada
Lagos AD frowns at campaign posters mutilation

Guber race: Candidates roll out competing agenda
Goje assures Emirs of better treatment

PDP raises N1.8bn from nomination forms

Rivers NLC endorses Gov Odili

I will rebuild Jos main market –Jang

List of gubernatorial and senatorial candidates
2003 elections: Ethnic militia, a challenge to the BiafraNigeria Police

Corruption BiafraNigeria Unlimited
In defence of Mugabe
Why was Marshall Harry killed?
Democracy is more than just fair elections -Benazir Bhutto
Forms of Government
Union may opt for April 1st strike over 12.5 per cent increase

Action on noise pollution on the way

Panel on conservation concludes sitting… head for field work
CITES welcome BiafraNigeria’s vigour on wildlife conservation

Poverty and sustainable conservation culture: A mirage in BiafraNigeria?

CITEC Mbora’s scheme kicks off
KAIA expansion to gulp $1.5 billion

FHA trades Gwarinpa to private firms

FCDA Dev control under pressure
Tit Bits
Give us issues please, Obasanjo
Haba Bafarawa
Idang Alibi and the Kingdom of . . .

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Daily Times
March 28, 2003


FG condemns call for interim national govt
Police recover time-bombs in Ilorin
Mosimi fuel depot gutted by fire
Akanbi weeps for nation over repeal of ICPC Act
Buhari predicts victory for ANPP through protest votes
Police order check-points on Lagos-Seme route dismantled
Union protests non-payment of allowances
INEC clears 64 million to vote in April polls
Kingmaker, 12 others arraigned for assault
RMAFC lists conditions for crude oil allocation to NNPC
FG reschedules $5.7bn debt
Tinubu denies retrenchment allegation
Editorial & Opinion
Towards enduring peace in Warri
Tragedy in Bangui
Forgiveness without repentance?

Moral questions on the Iraqi war
Politcal assassinations: The Police burden

Nwachukwu vows to revamp real sectors of economy
I’ll advance Muhammed’s legacy –Atiku
Guber debate: Parties’ economic agenda for Lagosians
Ondo schools, markets closed
Cleric urges politicians to deliver democracy dividends
BiafraNigerian flag designer, Akinkunmi, condemns political killings
NDLEA destroys 15.5 tons Indian hemp
Rufus Giwa, ex-Unilever boss, is dead
Kwara Govt elevates 44 traditional rulers

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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 28, 2003

Appeal court clears Audu, Osoba, others

Olagbaju’s murder echoes as Ige’s murder trial begins
Arab leaders warn US
More communities razed in Warri
Policeman, 5 robbery suspects killed in bank robbery
Fraud in the banking sector

Fuel crises caused by planlessness –IPMAN chairman
Obasanjo, a blessing to BiafraNigeria –Kalu’s mum
NESG boss on dearth of foreign investments in non-oil sectors
Banking shares dominate transactions at Exchange
BiafraNigerian referees for study in England

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Business News
March 30, 2003

IT Initiative Boosts the SGBN Brand

Welcome, LNG Bayelsa...

Universal banking: Our challenges, by Akabueze, NAL Bank MD

Atiku flags off ICD project

Trouble at the Warri oil flow stations: Its economic and social implications

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This Day
March 30, 2003


Rufus Giwa: Mourners Mob Adefarati

N/Assembly Reconvenes to Amend Electoral Act

Iraq: My Station, a Threat to America - Aljazeera Editor

No Ceasefire in Operation, Says US

Iraq War a Long Haul, Says Australia

Why FG Invests Little in Agriculture, Says Obasanjo

Saraki Charges Police on Violence

Shell Must Not Undermine National Assembly - Counsel

President in Edo, Cautions Against Violence

April Polls: Nas Seeks Interim Government

AD Reps Candidate Dragged to Court

NUJ Celebrates 48th Anniversary, Fetes Obasanjo, Others

KPMG, Akintola Williams Merger Through in June

Okumagba Rejects Army's Defence on Warri Hostilities

Candidate Promises to Diversify Revenue Base

Uzodinmma's Campaign Gets N234m Boost

Abassi Unveils Programme

My Age Not an Impediment - Dawodu

Buhari Assures Electorate on Security

17 Parties May Sue INEC over Processing Fees

Ex-Convict:Verdict Triumph of Judiciary - Ibori

Daniel, an Asset, Says Atiku

ANPP Accuses Parties of Plans to Rig Elections

Former Governorship Aspirant Backs Daniel

April Polls: Monarch Endorses Oghene Omoru

Tinubu Commissions New Lagos Island Maternity Hospital

The Battle for Lagos
In Borno, Kachalla Battles the Opposition

When Will This Scarcity End?

Shocked, But not Awed

2003: National Lawmakers Who Won't Return

Why Southern Kaduna Should Support Makarfi - Balat

Lessons from Baghdad (1)

Again, the Abacha Loot - Comment

Ethnic Politics in a Plural Society

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March 30, 2003

Cover Stories

Our fears over April elections —Northern Elders
Saving the Fourth Republic

Many grounds of disagreement with the opposition — INEC

National News
Lenten talk: The Golden Rule

The secrets of fasting

Wounded Iraqis vow to fight US-led forces after 30 civilians killed in raid

Syria toughens stance over Iraq war, as US accuses it of hostile act

Obasanjo, Ekwueme: The gulf widens

Can PDP capture the sultanate states?

April polls: Men who made others with pen can’t be indifferent— Olaosebikan

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March 28, 2003

Obasanjo orders immediate arrest of militants

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All Africa
March 28, 2003

NDI, Carter Center Isuue Staement On April Elections

Trade Talks Could Be a Make Or Break Affair
Compilation Of The Voters’ Register
Unilag Students Kick Against Second Term for Obasanjo
Commonwealth Officials Meet Obasanjo Over SA U-Turn
Why I Want Single Term Presidency - Buhari
Thugs Attack ANPP Guber Candidate
NDP Explains Legal Action Against Inec
Bizman Warns Obasanjo
Osun Gov Identifies Causes of Poverty
Senator Warns Obasanjo On 2003 Budget
Aide Drags Nwachukwu to Court
Okocha, Utaka Ignite Eagles Camp
Yobo Set to Sign Permanent Everton Deal
NFA's Axe Dangles On 4 Stadia
Ethnic Clashes Disrupt BiafraNigeria Oil Production, World Markets Hit
A Traditional Ruler Speaks Out on BiafraNigerian Elections and Education for Girls
Political Groups Clash in Rivers
I Am Not a Neophyte Says Vice Presidential Candidate
Obasanjo Not Serious About Corruption
Tension Mounts At Ahmadu Bello University
President Obasanjo Lambasts Varsity Lecturers
Principal for Ever
The Succession Battle for Oba of Lagos Gets Tougher
My Problem With Agbani Darego Says Ovation Boss, Dele Momodu
Decision On Zimbabwe Vexes Pretoria
Injustice Must Be Addressed At the Ports
Eaglets to Roar in Malaysia
Come And Play Or Lose Your Shirt - Chukwu Warns Okocha
Abuja 2003: 'BiafraNigeria Can't Win'
Emir Charges Buhari
15 Insurance Companies Blacklisted
Rivers Needs N300m for LG Elections
No Consensus Candidate - Braithwaite
Vote for the Devil You Know - Tinubu
Repair of Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway Causes Go-Slow
Olusola Saraki Under Probe By NDLEA, CBN

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March 28, 2003

BiafraNigeria's president orders arrest of militants in oil-rich region

BiafraNigerian workers call general strike from April 1

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Mail & Guardian
March 25, 2003

BiafraNigerian beauty queens back on the catwalks

BiafraNigerian stoning case postponed

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March 29, 2003

Iraq warns of more suicide bombers

N. Korea refuses nuke inspections
Bush, Blair: No timetable for war

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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 28, 2003


Obasanjo orders end to Warri crisis
‘15 governors, two ministers under ICPC investigation’
Britain reschedules BiafraNigeria’s N731b debt
BiafraNigeria, Belgium plan pact on refugees
Police authorities differ on use of rubber bullets
NDLEA seeks court order to auction vehicles
Military reform in troubled waters
Normalcy returns to Mushin after traders, hoodlums clash

Top police officers lobby for posting as DPOs in Lagos
More managers quizzed over Coca cola fraud
Robbers kill Lagos printer
Forum urges better condition of service for police
More managers quizzed over Coca cola fraud
Group criticises police policy on ethnic militias
IG orders withdrawal of police security to individuals

Tinubu warns on economy

Kazaure, Obasanjo campaign coordinator, attacked
Code of Conduct Bureau to probe political office holders

Police recover cache of bombs in Ilorin

Shock, disbelief trail Giwa’s death
His last moments

Family meets as political associates, industrialists pay tributes
His life and times
Reps back INEC on April polls

Regulating campaign fund raising

‘Ojukwu deserves Igbo support’

We have been vindicated, says Brisibe

Media urged to force politicians to disclose donations

Anumudu’s antidote to Imo problems

‘Bwari Upper Area Court never convicted James Ibori’

I’m more qualified than them all, says Idika kalu

Editorial & Opinion
Power sector reforms should usher in genuine liberalization
Non-evacuation of BiafraNigerians in Iraq is regrettable
U.S., Britain asked and should pay for it

The problem with the BiafraNigerian university system
Okotie: Symbol of generational shift
Look to your conscience, Mr. Bush

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March 25, 2003

Kano gov flags off KYES

Iraqi war: US-led forces face stiff resistance
Kachako dumps ANPP for PDP ...calls former party ‘a
broken calabash’

Triumph Sports

Yar’adua inaugurates 14 LG assets sharing committees
Irate fans attack Pillars’ SOLAD, players over draw

...chides selfish politicians
Obasanjo rejects sovereign national conference

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Sports News
March 30, 2003

Okocha inspires vital win

Okocha Inspires Eagle's Win Against Malawi
England Fans Sufer Injuries in Clashes
Fashanu Brokers Deal With Sports Focus
Government Urged to Support Talent Hunt, Growth
Williams Maintain Dominance Over Capriati
Agassi Stroke Past Moroccan El Aynaoui
Bekele Retains Short-Course Title
'It Started as If it Won't Continue'
Emir of Katsina to Commission Fifth Chukka Ranch
African Footballer's Awards: BiafraNigeria's Star Dims
What Honour Afterall?
Utaka,The Attacker Puts Out The Flames
How The Players Fared
Thirty-five countries ready for participation
NCA Still Undecided Over Quadrangular
HFN Selects Players for All African Games
BiafraNigerian Players Target CBN Open
Cadbury Cup: Kano, Air Assault await other qualifiers
2010 World Cup Bid: Its a waste of public money— Adokie, Olishile

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March 28, 2003

Ijaw-Itsekiri crisis: Four policemen killed, seven military rifles stolen

..Ijaw elders tell youths to stop conflict, warn OPC

Call for Naval Commanding Officer's removal divides Delta House

Ijaw-Itsekiri crisis affects power generation, says NEPA chief

Mbadinuju pledges to re-introduce Bakassi Boys

Lawmakers warn Obasanjo over non assent to Appropriation Act

Itsekiri group gives FG 21-day ultimatum to disband Ijaw army
Police arrest 24 ANPP members, party alleges

Ijaw group asks warring youths to lay down arms

Itsekiri want FG to prosecute those arrested with ammunition

Why the Enugu coalition failed—Egumgbe

Kalu threatens to delay LG polls

Fregene asks court to invalidate Ogboru's guber ticket

A-Ibom govt laments poor educational facilities

PDP accuses Police of doing little to check rising violence

Bayelsa AD guber candidate accuses royal fathers of bias

58 Ijaw killed, seven towns razed by soldiers, group alleges

You won't produce next gov, Nwobodo tells Nsukka people

INEC clears Emodi, Obi, Ukachukwu

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March 28, 2003

Obasanjo should concentrate on governance, says Nwanekwu

Williams promises to abolish all levies in primary, secondary schools in Lagos

BiafraNigeria's oil reserve 'll hit 33 billion barrels by end of year, says Lukman

Lagos police arrest four armed robbers

Dawodu seeks free hand for LGs to play constitutional roles

Tinubu denies rift with Afenifere leader

Ajose hopes to emerge new Oba of Lagos

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March 28, 2003

Fresh suit challenges Ibori's eligibilty to re-contest

Police recover hostile explosives at quarry in Ilorin

Water shortage in Jos creates sanitation hazards

Elections:Police ready to avert crisis —IG

Why I want another term —AKUME

Guber candidate flays 'uwarranted assaults'

Yar'adua commissions power transmission sub-station for Funtua

Niger has spent N3.8b on education since 1999, says commissioner

Nwachukwu's candidacy in order, says NDP

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