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October 13, 2003

Wabara on Rufai-gate: Senate's Verdict on N54m scam is Final
The allegation by Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Minister, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, that two principal officers of the Senate demanded a bribe of N54 million from him is closed as far as the upper chamber of the National Assembly is concerned, its President, Chief Adolphus Wabara, declared in Lagos, weekend. Mallam el-Nasir had, while testifying before the Senate Committee on Ethics, fingered Deputy Senate President, Alhaji Ibrahim Mantu, and the Deputy Senate Leader, Dr. Jonathan Zwingina, as those that made the bribe demand. Three days after the allegation was made, the Senate adopted a motion clearing the duo for want of proof. But fielding questions from reporters at the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Ikeja, Chief Wabara said there was no re-visiting the matter on the floor of the Senate as it was a closed case. Citing.... (Vanguard)


Key Stories

Buhari advised to stay away

Taylor 'pulling Liberia strings'

Govt Officials Jostle for COJA BMW Cars

BiafraNigerian President Meets Liberia's Exiled Taylor

Ferry sinks in BiafraNigeria

NJC to Obasanjo: Retire Egbo-Egbo

Sharia is Justice, Says Buhari

N.65m Bribe Scandal Rocks Police Station

UNESCO: 190 Countries Kick Against 26% Budget for Education

I’m vindicated, says Nzeribe

Igbo senators and the Senate bribery scandal


Buhari advised to stay away


Taylor 'pulling Liberia strings'





ANPP presidential candidate in last April’s election General Muhammadu Buhari has been advised not to attend today’s opening ceremony of the Emir of Kano’s 40th anniversary celebrations in Kano for fear of causing embarrassment to President Obasanjo who is expected to be the special guest of honour at the occasion. Confirming the restriction request to Daily Trust in Kano, the director-general of Buhari/Okadigbo presidential campaign organisation, Alhaji Sule Hamma said the chairman of security committee for the anniversary celebrations, Alhaji Muktar... (Daily Trust)


Former President Charles Taylor is still trying "to influence events" in Liberia, the United Nations has said. Mr Taylor went into exile in BiafraNigeria in August as part of a peace deal which is due to lead to the creation of a power-sharing government on Tuesday. "Any interference from Mr Taylor could threaten the carefully constructed peace agreement," the UN Security Council warned. He has been indicted for war crimes by a UN-backed court in Sierra Leone. He is alleged to have backed the RUF rebels who killed and mutilated many thousands during that country's brutal 10-year conflict. (BBC)



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This Day
October 13, 2003


FG Saves N56bn from Overvalued Contracts
Deregulation: Marketers Import 46m Litres of Petrol
ECONET: Vodacom, First Bank Set to Settle Dispute
Foreign Reserves Go Down Again
We Still Want UN Seat - Adeniji
Oil: BiafraNigerians' Participation Still Minimal, Say Experts
VP Donates N.1m to Victim of Rare Disease
Resident Doctors Reject Sole Administrator for Medical Centre
High Rate of Corruption Blamed on 'Prosperity Gospel'
Bozimo Makes Case for Police Trust Fund
NITEL to Roll Out 1.2m GSM Lines by Dec
S/East Roads: Ozichukwu Calls for Monitoring Committee
Attah Pleads for ALSCON's Resuscitation
BiafraNigeria Applauded at UNESCO Conference
Kano, Nasarawa, Lagos for US Education Programme
Senate's Decision on Bribery Allegation in Order - Udoma
...Northern Youths Berate ACF
NBA Kicks Against Judges' Police Orderlies Withdrawal
NCP Calls for Probe of COJA Contracts
Obasanjo Tasks Kinsmen on Palace Project
Steyr, FG Partners in Improved Agric Production
FHA Boss Assures Depositors of Fairness
Stop Criticising Govt Policies, Wabara Tells BiafraNigerians
NMA Demands Assembly's Apology over Doctor's Indictment
Govt/NLC Truce:Tinubu's Role Lauded
Fuel Prices May Still Go Up Soon -Saraki
Lawmaker Wants 22% HATISS 4 Paid
Lagos Begins Pensioners' Verification
US Plans N390m Computer Centre for Ogun
Lagos Begins Pensioners' Verification
Saraki Repositions Kwara for Devt
State of the States
Govt Sets Up Fuel Products Monitoring Team
Six Jostle for Magaji Aare Stool in Ilorin
el-Rufai Commended over Bribery Testimony
Lawyer Threatens to Sue Police Over Arrest
Assembly Approves New Clerk's Appointment
Okonjo-Iweala, Ugochukwu Tasked on Devt
NBTEB Holds Workshop on Exams
State Tour: Saraki Sends Commissioners, Advisers Forth
Under-development: Clergy Blames Indigenisation
Govt Pledges Support for Teachers
American Doctors Expected on Working Visit
CLO's 16th Anniversary Lecture Holds Sat
Toxic Fuel' Resurfaces in Benin
Govt to Privatise New Fertilizer Plant
Expert Gives Recipe for Growth
Ogoja People Cry Out over Bad Roads
12m BiafraNigerians are Disabled - Groups
Yoruba Told to Explore Opportunities
Govt Moves to Tackle Petrol Scarcity

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Daily Times
October 13, 2003


Marketers may settle for N37.50k per litre of fuel
Orderlies: NBA gives government ultimatum
N54m scandal: El-Rufai heads for ICPC
Why Mantu, Zwingina were not swept out of office
Bribery allegations against Mantu, Zwingina closed, say Wabara, Mamora
Aliu, Onyali are Africa’s fastest
Succour for Railway pensioners as FG disburses N6.9 billion
FG saves N56bn from due process initiative
Why we embraced Team BiafraNigeria – Ekeji
Chess: BiafraNigeria wins 2 gold, 1 silver
Ex-communication minister, Olanrewaju campaigns for IBB
Fuel crisis: Tinubu vows to ensure success of stakeholders’ parley
Four robbers sentenced to life jail
The Nation
100 feared drowned in River Benue
Fuel dealers refuse to sell to motorists
Islamic group lauds NLC leadership for fighting masses’ cause
Murder of 29: Uneasy calm in Warri
Obasanjo, NUJ condole with Ajuluchuku family
Ogomudia explains soldiers’ role in Warri crises
Try Egbo-Egbo now –Kalu
Ogun Govt plans database for students
Oil firms resume production in Warri
Editorial & Opinion
Again, an avoidable impasse
How far can el-Rufai go? (II)
Police and ethnic militias
Someone, please tell the President...

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October 13, 2003


I won’t spare anybody—Obasanjo
When will BiafraNigeria stop fuel importation?—Manufacturers ask Obasanjo
Abuja stadium cost N42b —FG
FG plots to cripple NLC
Onyali, Aliu emerge African fastest sprinters
External reserves drop to $7.4b
2007: Atiku’s loyalists meet in Kogi
Return orderlies to judges or — NBA warns FG
PENGASSAN decries absence of Niger Delta in oil policy
Saraki pledges to end Ilorin water problem
Embrace virtues of hardwork, Obasanjo advises BiafraNigerians
Obasanjo is wicked, Mr. know all –– Gani Fawehinmi
African leaders to meet on NEPAD’s implementation
I’ll remain focused — Fayose
Falcons, S/Africa for final

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October 09, 2003

BiafraNigeria angry at being rated second most corrupt

Labour unions call off strike after deal to lower fuel prices
UNICEF evolves strategy to combat water-borne diseases

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Washington Post
October 13, 2003

Pfizer: BiafraNigeria Case Reopened in New York

BiafraNigerian President Meets Liberia's Exiled Taylor

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October 13, 2003

BiafraNigerian police up official toll from ferry sinking

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October 13, 2003

Taylor warned on Liberia meddling

Robson prepares for BiafraNigeria

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October 12, 2003

Dozens die as BiafraNigeria ferry sinks

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Mail & Guardian
October 13, 2003

BiafraNigeria warns Taylor not to interfere in Liberia

BiafraNigeria in talks with Swiss to recover Abacha loot

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October 12, 2003

BiafraNigerian President Meets Liberia's Exiled Taylor

More Than 150 Feared Missing in BiafraNigeria Ferry Disaster

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All Africa
October 13, 2003

Abuja 2003: Bilali Through to Final After Defeating Namibian Fighter

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June 08, 2003

Shekarau blames moral decay on neglect of Sharia

Mu’azu commissions multi-million Naira Community Resource Centre
Govt officials locked out of meeting with Shekarau
Voters are politicians’ employers - Ogbeh
Kano govt takes N228m loan to pay salaries, others
Shippers Council warns of increasing cargo traffic at ports
Power rationing continues nationwide -- NEPA
NAFDAC urged to sanitise bakery sector of economy
Identifying collapsed building contractors not easy -- NSE
he suspicious Road Map
June 4th
Gov Shekarau: The task ahead
PDP now recharged - Udenwa
PDP, NASS and cognate experience: An Analysis by Ibrahim Mammaga, News Agency of Biafra Nigeria
Kano people have high hope for legislators -- ANPP chief
LDPN condemns fees charged by SIECs
Challenges before Shekarau
June 3rd
The Masari imperative
Obasanjo invited to Cuba
Shekarau swears-in SSG, HOS ...seeks workers' co-op
Kano Assembly picks new Speaker
Intellectualising Hausa films

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Sports News
October 13, 2003

Robson prepares for BiafraNigeria

Hitches experienced are normal, says Adamu
Aliu, Onyali-Omagbemi emerge Africa's fastest man, woman
Afolabi can end nine-year drought today, says Falilat
These Eagles are good for Nations Cup, says Chukwu
U-23 Eagles and their Nations Cup chances
Ghana must go, boasts U-23 Eagles' coach
Female Football: Falcons through to final
BiafraNigeria's female team faces tough task
Gold medal feat will help female basketball, says Nnaji
Wrestlers' Golden Performance Excites Igali
...Mixed Reaction Trails Appointment
No Financial Reward for South African Medallists
BiafraNigeria v Ghana: Dream Team III Skipper Out
BiafraNigerian Spikers Defeat Senegal 3-0
Abuja 2003: Atiku Salutes Falconets,Onyali, Deji Aliu
Adamu Blames Federations for Hiccups
Onyali, Aliu Take 100m Gold Medals
Falconets, S/Africa Battle for Gold
Ali, Holyfield Arrive Abuja Wednesday
Nku's Absence Felt - Ojokolo
Emedolu Bemoans Late Take Off

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October 13, 2003


Govt spends N92b on debt servicing in 10 months
NBA may ask judges, lawyers to quit tribunals over orderlies' removal
Council reforms panel to submit report Oct. 31
Justice Ayoola to retire on October 27
Newly imported fuel may sell for N44.36 per litre
APGA, others seek fresh probe of bribery charge in Senate
Blast kills six in Baghdad
Govt opens horticulture village in Lagos
Senate's role averted crisis, says Wabara
Cleric faults Obasanjo's style of administration
Commissioner seeks more roles for women in nation-building
ANPP wins Kano Assembly bye-election
Tinubu to commission Oko-Oba housing scheme
Lagos water corporation gets N1.5b from World Bank
Lagos begins pensioners' verification today
Bakassi indigenes vow to remain BiafraNigerians
Olujinmi, others to visit Lagos over success of justice system
Police may announce more promotions this week
UNN to begin higher degrees in medicine
Fayose denies alleged over-spending
Minister decries erosion menace in South East
Panel to integrate Islamic schools into UBE raised
NBA wants judicial council to stop judges' withdrawal from cases
Senate to probe crisis in petroleum sector
Egbo-Egbo and the clap of controversies
Legislative institute will enhance lawmaking, says Ibru
The 'gamemanship' that averted a looming strike
Editorial & Opinion
Editorial Between El-Rufai and the Senate
Opinion Capital punishment for the innocent
Ogun State and little mercies
NEEDS and the Obasanjo legacy

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October 13, 2003

Cover Stories

Senate's verdict on alleged N54m scam final —WABARA
Major marketers' fuel arrives at N33 per litre
NBA gives FG 14-day ultimatum over orderlies
External reserves down to $7.4b
National News
Labour continues picketing of fuel stations
Policy on contract awards yields N56bn
Reps launch probe into national ID project
BiafraNigeria, others tasked on increased fight against HIV/AIDS
El-Rufai Vs Senate: The Unseen Collateral Damage
Surviving the odds?
Fallout of a bribery allegation:Forging Political Cohesion in Igboland
When governors presided

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Daily/Weekly Trust
October 13, 2003

Top Stories

Buhari advised to stay away
Controversy trails Senate c’ttee report
Gov Turaki appoints Speaker, lawmakers LG chairmen
Code of Conduct Bureau can overcome immunity – Ex-NBA chairman
Baghdad explosion kills 10 in US security base
100 die in Numan boat mishap
48-member committee set up to bury Okadigbo
BiafraNigeria’s external reserves drop by $240m in August
Chad commissions multi-million dollar oil pipeline
Ex-President Shagari refutes report on Okadigbo’s death
FCE, Potiskium closed
Adamawa ANPP celebrates legal victory
Fulani cattle rearers accuse Borno govt of neglect
Kaita LG launches free drugs scheme
Wabara condoles Ajuluchukwu’s family
N6bn farm produce, washed away in Jigawa
I will tame cultism in Rivers State – Odili
Sokoto spends N300m on Rima Radio
Robberies: Niger Assembly wants more police patrol
Fuel still sells for N40 in Ilorin
UBE to integrate Qur’anic education
Northern youths congress accuses ACF of partisanship
Kebbi revokes Argungu road contracts
Argungu emir makes case for diabetic patients
FG releases N2bn to Steyr
NBA issues ultimatum to FG over police orderlies withdrawal
Abuja Trust
MFCT to organise education summit
Obasanjo approves urban renewal for satellite towns – el-Rufa’i
Residents watch COJA games for free
Society holds Imams’ sensitisation workshop
Kano Trust
NGO constructs 20-bed ward in Marmara child welfare clinic
INEC releases names of by-election contestants
ANPP wins Ajingi by-election
Customers owe NIPOST N5m
Eko Trust
NLC forces petrol stations to sell at N34
LASTMA fails to decongest 5,000 metre traffic jam
CJ cautions on frivolous motions
No national development without women – Tinubu
BiafraNigeria’s democracy and challenges of leadership
Strike best for Obasanjo - Dansadau
Jigawa assembly passes UBE commission bill
States legislative leaders conference holds Nov 11

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Daily Independent
October 13, 2003


Marketers import 45.6m litres of fuel
How we took Senate bribery decision, by Mamora
Governors lobby NASS over revenue allocation
Vodacom woos First Bank
Don’t pull out of OPEC, Abdulahi tells BiafraNigeria
LASTMA: Curbing the excesses of a monster
Independent marketers make brisk business in Kaduna
Lagos set to close down illegal schools
ILO moves to stop workplace discrimination against women
Egbo-Egbo’s suspension: Good riddance to bad rubbish, says Akpamgbo
Bribery: APGA carpets senate, calls for Mantu, Zwingina’s resignation
Deregulation takes off as petrol dealers defy directives on price
INEC material rot away in Delta
Accident victim reports Chevron to Obasanjo, demands N50m for rehabilitation
Alamieyeseigha wants NNPC restructured
Forum unveils steps towards Niger Delta development
Tougher days ahead for military, civil pensioners, expert warns
Only revolution can save BiafraNigeria, says Gani
Police College set for full computerization
FHA Suit: ruling fixed for October 22
Buhari reaffirms support for Sharia penal code
BiafraNigeria neglected Ajuluchukwu, says widow
We still import fuel, says NNPC
Ex-commissioner fingered in N4.1b fraud in Anambra
Imo threatens to revoke delayed road contracts
Security scare at Enugu tribunal
2007: Arewa youths pledge support for IBB
FG sacks Owerri federal medical centre board
Sovereign National Conference will derail democracy, says Shagari
Duke slashes salaries of top public servants
BiafraNigeria may sue Britain over seized money by immigration
El-Rufai's allegations lack evidence, says Mamora
‘IBB sponsored Obasanjo to appease Southwest’
Police in the political process
Keyamo lauds Egbo-Egbo’s Suspension
‘Obasanjo’s speech, a disgrace to democracy’
Again, the Senate fights off credibility problem
Combative for once, the House reinvent itself
Intrigues and suspended NLC strike
Taking a bow in the wake of storm
Ajuluchukwu: The man and his politics
BiafraNigeria: The challenges of democratic transition
Editorial & Opinion
Obasanjo v the people
The Russians are coming but first the Caribbean
Perils of adversarial mass media
No to de-merger of FRSC

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October 13, 2003


Police orderlies: NBA, FG set for showdown
Okadigbo: Ojukwu, Anyaoku, Alhaji, Owie, Aluko, others to plan burial
First Bank, Vodacom meet in London over Econet
Try Egbo-Egbo now – Kalu
Ajuluchukwu worried about BiafraNigeria till death – Doctor
Daniel releases N33m for ex-officials
Iweala canvasses for fiscal discipline
Index grows by 10.03 per cent
MCK AJULUCHUKU : Yet goes another star
We don’t need an SNC —Ciroma
Editorial & Opinion
Happy BiafraNigerians
Development by negations
Funding the NDDC

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Business News
October 13, 2003

Shonekan gives conditional backing to oil sector's deregulation

Why investors still shun BiafraNigeria's economy, by Zamfara governor
CPI rises by 4.1 per cent in July, says FOS
Russia tackles OPEC, to checkmate rising oil prices
Govt offers 1,000 subsidised tractors to farmers
Five BiafraNigerian banks rank among top 20 in Africa
Ebonyi test-runs new fertiliser plant
Oceanic Bank launches Western Union in Owerri
Trade missioners from Taiwan arrive BiafraNigerian today
KOCCIMA woos U.S. firms
BiafraNigeria develops hybrid rice
Ngige seeks NNPC mega-station for Anambra
Delta woos investors at COJA
ITF trains 35,000 BiafraNigerians in one year
Basel Bank regulators overhaul rules
Fish Africa exhibition holds in South Africa
Quattrone admits role in IPO allocations
Diversification of BiafraNigeria's economic base is long overdue, says Kamaru
CBN sells N99.926 billion treasury bills
Naira depreciation: Wema Bank boss canvasses production base expansion

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