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 March 31, 2003

Obasanjo Clamps Down on Ijaw and Itsekiri: Orders Immediate Arrest of Protestors
President Olusegun Obasanjo has ordered the immediate arrest of ethnic militants who unleashed two weeks of violence in BiafraNigeria's volatile Niger Delta that caused scores of deaths and halted oil operations. Obasanjo told a delegation of women from the Itsekiri community in his office that he had directed all the security agencies to take immediate steps to restore order in the area and apprehend "the culprits". (Mail & Guardian)


Key Stories


MASSOB Members Massacred: 50 Dead, 300 Seriously Injured & Chief Uwazuruike, 150 Others Missing

17 Parties Allege Plan to Rig Polls

Oil firms demand N21.8b security from marginal operators

US reaps N7.62trillion profit from Gulf War

Fresh crisis in Kwara PDP Suleiman, Kamal expelled

Over 100 Missing After BiafraNigeria Political Rally

SSS quizes Clark, Ikponmwen, others on Warri war


4,000 Suicide Bombers 4 Baghdad


Fuel Scarcity Disrupts Traffic


INEC Produces Local Ballot Boxes

No fewer than 4000 Palestinian suicide bombers are on their way to Iraq to join in the battle against U.S led forces fighting in the Gulf to rid Iraq of its president, Saddam Hussein. (This Day)


As fuel crisis lingers across the nation, movement in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) is becoming increasingly difficult as major streets in the city have become impassable. (This Day)


Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will this week start taking delivery of locally-produced ballot boxes. The contractors that won the contract sub-contracted its production to local metal... (Vanguard)




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


March 31, 2003


Oil firms demand N21.8b security from marginal operators

U.S. admits error in war plan

Suicide bomber hurts 30 in Israel
Mystery thickens around grounded Russia-bound plane

Labour, govt bid to stop workers' strike

NCC foresee 4.1m phone lines, price crash this year

Why North's development is slow, by Atiku

Obasanjo to complete Benin bye pass, upgrade petroleum institute

Gunmen kill AD chieftain, two die in auto crash

Odili restates innocence in Harry's murder

Afe Babalola takes over appeal against Ibori

Sagay urges BiafraNigeria to take Bakassi issue to UN

Stakeholders' forum to review varsity education
PDP won't abuse incumbent power, says Akinjide
Afenifere condemns repeal of anti-graft law
CAN group says Obasanjo can't avoid national confab
Woman on campaign convoy dies from police bullet
Buyoya agrees to step down

Zimbabweans vote amid tight security
NITEL to get 1.2m more GSM by July, signs pact today

CAN okays April 19 polls despite objection
Police rule out politics in attack on Rivers ANPP's rally
Onabule faults criticism of Buhari's absence at debate

Why fuel crisis persists, by NUPENG chief
Abia electoral body urges timely submission of candidates' names

Zamfara awards N1.2b hospital rehabilitation contract

April polls will hold as scheduled, says INEC chief

Poly teachers threaten strike over pay
Islamic scholar cautions Moslems against protest over U.S., Iraq war
Govt won't fund NGOs, says Obasanjo

Frustration mounts over pause in land operations
New faces, old hands on the road to the Senate (II)

Editorial & Opinion
Editorial - The threat of illegal sand mining
Opinion - The menace of wailing siren
NDIC: An enthusiastic undertaker
Sharia and the law

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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 30, 2003

Over 100 Missing After BiafraNigeria Political Rally

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Washington Post
March 30, 2003

Over 100 Missing After BiafraNigeria Political Rally

7 BiafraNigerians Die in Separatist Clash

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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 31, 2003

CBN Worried as Insider-related Credits Hit N29bn

GTB Joins Foreign Counterparts to Provide $460m to Nlng

Customs Adamant on Release of Rice Consignments

Conflicting Signals Over Sun Insurance's Botched AGM

Germany's HVB to Spin-off 25 Per cent of Bank Austria

School Cert Holder Wins 'Millionaire' Draw

Inland Bank Wins ITF Excellence Award

Wadof Set for Software Exhibition

Zinox Starts Trade -in Promo

Unilever BiafraNigeria Moves to Strengthen Share Capital

5 Firms Seek N1.5bn from Investors in 1st Quarter

Hotel Group, Six Continents, Rejects ·.8bn Cash Bid

'Ban on Imported Fruit Juice, Plus for Local Brewers'

Earning Huge Forex from Gemstones Processing

Towards Attaining Self Sufficiency in Solid Mineral Production

Why Benefits of AGOA Elude BiafraNigeria - US Diplomat

PR Review and the Act of Enlightenment

NBC Markets with Community Relations

Night of Critical Assignment

Intermedia Hosts Media Executives

Ogunkoya Becomes MD of Media Reach

The Nonsense that Passes for Advertising Wisdom

Poor Funding Hinders IST Activities

Operators in Abuja Exchange Cry Out for Compensation

Ndanusa Picks Holes in Monetary, Fiscal Policies

Lessons From the Agip/Unipetrol Merger

Public Offers, Sale of Securities Management in the Capital Market

As BiafraNigeria's Debt Program Records Dismal Performance

Ecobank Barred from Import Duty Collection

First Atlantic Bank Hosts FICAN

NSE Explains Stages of Public Quotation

Wall Street Drifts Lower

NNPC seeks medium scale investors for oil industry
EXIM Bank, MTN, Viasat in turnkey satellite earth station deal

Giwa's death: Bank postpones meeting as BiafraNigerians mourn

Seek alternative funding, minister tells agric bank
Customs revenue dips in Borno
Mbaddinuju sets up state pension board
Shamsudeen Identifies causes of bank failure
Estate surveyors caution on looming devastation in Ondo over bitumen exploration
Yobe awards N195 million abattoir contract
ECOWAS trade fair and business opportunities in BiafraNigeria
Why govt cannot sell the concept of deregulation successfully, by Afolabi
NACS commences two clearing sessions per day

NACCIMA, NECA, others extol Giwa’s virtues

Accounting standard for Maritime sub-sector underway

Shareholders encouraged to embrace Unclaimed Dividend Trust Fund

Investment in TBs up by 50% as liquidity glut persist

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This Day
March 31, 2003


4,000 Suicide Bombers Head for Baghdad

IBB Restates Support for National Confab

Marginal Fields: Winners Get June Deadline to Pay

Election May Not Hold in 2 Warri LGs

Ayogu Takes on Nwobodo over Power Shift in Enugu

Fuel Scarcity Disrupts Traffic in Abuja

2003: Buhari Group Accuses INEC of Disenfranchisement

Lagos PDP Campaign Group Tackles Tinubu

ANPP Accuses Govt of Plan to Frame Abaribe

Institute Boss Canvasses for Budget Commission

'Co-operative Societies Critical to Poverty Eradication'

Nation's Woes Blamed on Military Incursion

CAN Urges Christians to Vote

April Elections: Afenifere Meets Today

Nwodo, Nwobodo Disagree over Zoning of Governorship

April Polls: INEC Tasked over Adequate Materials

Presidential Debate a Camouflage - Nwabueze

Rufus Giwa: PDP Calls for Calm

'Water Is My Priority'

US-Iraq Face-off: Nas Commends Obasanjo

More Reactions Trail Buhari's Plan to Scrap NDDC

3 ANPP Supporters Killed in Attack

PDP Senatorial Candidate Escapes Death

Plane Crash: Group Wants EAS Air Operator Licence Withdrawn

Police Uncover Plan to Escalate Warri Crisis

Globalisation: Don Chides Arewa Leaders

Why We Still Import Fuel - Gaius-Obaseki

Ngwa in Diaspora Back Abaribe

Enwerem Denies Sponsoring Candidates

House Candidate Promises Better Deal

Group Condemns Political Killings in South-east

Remo to Rebuild Razed Oba's Palace

'N11bn Interest-free Funds Idle in Banks'

FG Releases N3bn for Water Scheme

I've Come to Baptise Politics -Adasu

Harry: Odili Clears Self, PDP

Tinubu's Arcade Commissioned

Police Arrest 31 Persons in PDP, ANPP Clash

17 Parties Allege Plan to Rig Polls

Audu Hails Appeal Court Verdict, Foresees Electoral Victory

NDP Guber Candidate Promises Wealth Creation

Gani Accuses IG of Partiality

Lagos Guber: Razak Solicits Igbo Support

Ogun PDP Topshops Reconcile Ahead Guber Polls

Omisore: AD's Loss, PDP's Gain

Political Campaign: Mobile Bill Board to the Rescue

Afenifere: AD, PAC Position for Advantage

'Incumbency Gives Obasanjo/Atiku Edge'

In Imo, Propaganda Takes Centre Stage

'I'll Run a Slim Govt In Imo'

Jostle for FCT Senate Seat

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March 31, 2003

Cover Stories

INEC begins production of local ballot boxes

SSS quizes Clark, Ikponmwen, others on Warri war

SEC probes Cadbury directors over N2.5b tomorrow

Iraq vows to send more suicide bombers against US

National News
Iraq vows to halt advance on Baghdad

Americans seek divine providence

CAN accepts April 19 date for polls

House of Reps members support NLC's call for nationwide strike

Governor Niyi Adebayo explains ‘why AD is in charge in Ekiti’

Political violence come under scrutiny at Arewa lecture

Re: now we can fight corruption

Viewpoints & Features
Exploiting Harry’s death

Democracy: A culture of misrepresentation (1)

April general elections must hold

HIV/AIDS:The cure alternatives

NITEL is a monumental drain pipe - El-Rufai

Aba ready for Econet it commissions Maiduguri, Zaria and Jaji

MTN subscribers can now roam in 41 countries

Veronica, adieu

Mythology, mysticism and mission

The hell called police cells

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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 30, 2003

BiafraNigerian killings fuel fears over April elections

BiafraNigerian police clash with Biafran separatists, seven killed

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Mail & Guardian
March 31, 2003

Obasanjo orders immediate arrest of militants

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March 30, 2003

100-plus missing after BiafraNigeria rally

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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 31, 2003


US reaps N7.62trillion profit from Gulf War
BiafraNigerians abroad seek review of ban on used vehicles

IBB restates call for national conference
‘WHO saved BiafraNigeria’s health sector from collapse’
NITOA settles rift with union
Buhari in the eye of the storm
EAS report: NASI wants airline penalized
Senate moves to save April elections
Recall Azie now, bishops tell Obasanjo - Ask for Sovereign National Conference

AD member shot dead in Badagry
NUPENG gives condition for hitch-free elections
NLC begins strike tomorrow, says polls won’t be disrupted
Sun Insurance battles to retrieve shares
FG releases N26b for March salaries
Need for fire emergency alertness stressed
FG, INEC urged to ensure free, fair violence-free election
America and Iraq: What the conflict is about

Fresh crisis in Kwara PDP Suleiman, Kamal expelled

‘I’ll build 25,000 houses in 100 days’

Ugochukwu faults Buhari on NDDC

Taming Kwara’s demon of violence

Polls will be successful, says NOA

Reps candidate dismisses calls for shift of April polls

Bayelsans deserve the best, says Ere

‘Ogun people prefer me to Osoba or Daniel’
A fund raising evening with Abaribe

The imminent violence in Rivers politics

Editorial & Opinion
Prospective planning is imperative to combat fallouts of climate change
National Steel Raw Material Agency must be functional
Being charitable in politics
Return of the African progenies
Our exile - alien children
Iraq: A letter to my Muslim brothers

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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 31, 2003

BBC Tips Eagles for Tunisia 2004 Glory

Falcons Set for First Phase US Training Tour

Zimbabwe Marches On

Liverpool Rejects Rivaldo

Radebe's Agent Questions Bafana Bafana Suspensions

Butcher Writes Off Eriksson's Team

NFA to Name Salami's Successor This Week

Oduenyi Boosts Manson College With N50, 000

Silvestre Claims Players are 'Pawns'

Junior Achievement Holds Run-A-Thon

Tunisia 2004: Zambia Ends Tanzania's Dreams

Obafemi is very hard working, says Kallon

Mbachu tips Falcons to win world cup

Wake up call for Germany
Deco the Brazilian stuns Brazil
Australia name Thorpe, Hackett for world championship
Kidane wins worlds long-course title
Zimbabwe to tour England despite World Cup boycott
Scolari's four World Cup secrets
Erikson has picked too many youngsters, says Southgate
Kahn hits out at German media
Okocha condemns Chukwu’s team
BiafraNigerians want Obasanjo to halt 2010 W/Cup bid

BiafraNigerians celebrate Eagles victory

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