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October 17, 2003

And Now, the Gag: PDP gags el-Rufai, senators over bribery scandal
The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has ordered the Deputy Senate President, Alhaji Ibrahim Mantu; Deputy Senate Leader, Dr. Jonathan Zwingina; and the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, against further public statements or remarks on the controversial bribery allegation by the minister against the senators. The order, communicated to the three men on Wednesday, is part of a frantic trouble-shooting by the party’s leadership and the Presidency in the wake of el-Rufai’s testimony before the Senate Ethics and Privileges Committee where he gave details of his encounters with the two principal Senate officers during which he alleged they made the demand for bribe. Earlier in the week, President Olusegun Obasanjo was said to have reached the two senators and prevailed on them to drop their plans to seek legal redress against el-Rufai. A party source quoted the President as telling the two senators that taking the matter to court would merely open another circus for further ridicule of the protagonists, the Senate and his government’s campaign against graft without resolving the key question of whether or not the demand for bribe was made. The inner caucus of the PDP had met on the issue after a meeting of the National Executive Committee earlier in the week and determined that the controversy needed to be urgently quenched to avoid prolonged embarrassment to the party and government. In the wake (Daily Independent)


Key Stories

INEC joins Buhari, ANPP against Obasanjo at Supreme Court

PDP moves to reconcile with Ekwueme

Fuel: Stakeholders Insist on N34 Per Litre

Minister Gives Reason for Foreign Reserves Slump

Refineries: Why We Ignored Due Process - BPE

Army to Bid for Road Contracts

New judge warns against delay in trial of Bamaiyi, others

FG moves to audit key oil earnings since 2000

Senate insists on proper presentation of bills by presidency

I did not bribe Senators – Yuguda

Supreme Court rules on competence of Buhari’s petition Nov 14


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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) yesterday joined the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) and its presidential candidate, Major- General Muhammadu Buhari, in asking the Supreme Court to dismiss President Olusegun Obasanjo’s appeal against a decision of the Appeal Court. A Court of Appeal panel hearing Buhari’s petition against the President’s re-election had dismissed Obasanjo’s preliminary objection that the suit be struck out. The reason for the... (Daily Independent)


The board of trustees of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has set up a reconciliation committee to bring back former vice president and one of the party’s presidential aspirants in the run up to the last presidential election, Dr. Alex. Ekwueme, to the party. This followed the meeting of the Board held in Abuja on Monday to review the state of affairs of the party as well as the state of the Nation. Chief Ekwueme will be 71 next week. A source at the meeting told Vanguard yesterday that the reconciliation... (Vanguard)



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This Day
October 17, 2003


Fuel: Stakeholders Insist on N34 Per Litre
Minister Gives Reason for Foreign Reserves Slump
Refineries: Why We Ignored Due Process - BPE
Army to Bid for Road Contracts
Polls: S'Court to Rule on Obasanjo's Appeal Nov 4
Economy: PDP Govs, Ministers, Others to Parley
Why Investment Commission Boss Was Removed
Anglican Leaders Divided over Gay Bishops
Child Trafficking: IGP Hands over 74 Rescued Victims to Benin Rep
'2004 Budget Won't Be Based on New Revenue Formula'
Shares: BPE Considers Management Buy-out Option
Fund Stalls Resolution of N314m Nestle/Unilever Shares Scam
Bamaiyi, Others Trial Adjourned Again
AD, Afenifere are Sick, Says Akande
16 Killed in Auto Crash
I Had No Hand in Speaker's Removal - Igbinedion
BiafraNigeria Receives 100 Stolen Vehicles from Benin Rep
House Condemns Abduction of LASU Registrar
Overdependence on Oil, Bane of Devt
Hard Time Awaits Tax Defaulters
Commissionership:Turaki Submits 25 Nominees
ANTP to Manage National Theatre on Concession
FG Blamed over Neglect of Niger Delta
UNIJOS Students' Sent on Compulsory Break
High Speed Train Planned for South-west States
Cultism: Saraki Tasks School Heads
Cameroon to Take over 33 Lake Chad Villages
Independent Marketers Embark on Warning Strike
Kwara Raises 5-man Committee on Education
Ogun to Computerise Judiciary Operations
Ibori Promises Mass Food Production for Deltans
National Health Act Coming - Minister
How to Develop BiafraNigeria - Wabara
JORA Not Illegal, Tax Board Told
Govt Urged to Allocate 5% to Reproductive Health
Group Bemoans Govt Neglect of Domain
Okocha Renews Buddie Endorsement Deal
Tribunal Declares APGA Witness Hostile
'Why Ohanaeze's Restructuring is Imperative'
Blame FG, PDP for Nation's Woes, Says DA
ANPP Chief Berates Adamawa Assembly

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October 17, 2003


NLC gives marketers Tuesday ultimatum
Oputa identifies poverty as threat to democracy
FG warns ASSU against fresh strike
Govt offers investors 51% stake in refineries
Senate raises panel for new revenue formula
5 killed as gov’s convoy crashes
Lagos, Oyo plan joint rail services
Supreme Court rules on Buhari's petition Nov. 4
For Ndigbo, not yet eureka on self-rediscovery
Editorial & Opinion
Failed World Cup bid
Why now, El-Rufai?
Happy indeed!

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Daily Times
October 15, 2003


Obasanjo increases Supplementary Budget
Finance Ministry plans oil account unit
Six NLC leaders docked, remanded till October 20
Reps give Internal Affairs Minister 7 days to submit report on ID card
Governors, NLC condemn arrest of labour leaders
Government doles N1 million to medal-winning boxers
JVC threatens COJA over N1.9bn debt
Chieftaincy title excites IOC chief
Dialogue, a tool for democracy, says UNEAP
Giving democracy a bad name
Mantu, Zwingina advised to go to court
10,000 jobs to be created through expatriate quota review
Abuja Games Village for sale in Dec
Allow peace in Enugu, indigenes in US tell politicians
How to achieve progress in society – Tinubu
Masari calls for improved human rights protection
N75bn debt: NEPA embarks on mass disconnection next month
NAFDAC arrests six master bakers over potassium bromate
Editorial & Opinion
Now that el-Rufai has spoken, what next?
In Ogun, a Daniel revives farming
Oil industries, host-communities and crisis management (II)
Triumph of people’s will

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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 15, 2003

120 child workers repatriated to Benin

Research improves nutrition value of staple foods
Focus on efforts to remove small arms from Niger Delta

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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 16, 2003

BiafraNigerian star defends Games cost

Fredericks quits competition

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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 15, 2003

Two more charged in Enron-Merrill BiafraNigerian deal

Fredericks Upstaged by BiafraNigerian Emedolu at Africa Games
UPDATE 3-Shell sees Bonga starting BiafraNigeria oil output H1 '04
RPT-Shell BiafraNigeria recovers 40,000 bpd in delta swamps

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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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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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October 17, 2003


Petrol to sell for N34 till end of talks with NLC
Monetisation to cost N27b yearly
New judge warns against delay in trial of Bamaiyi, others
Senate will work with executive, says Ibru
BPE names adviser on sale of refineries, MINT's managers
UN Security Council okays troops, cash for Iraq
Govt threatens to stop salaries of striking varsity teachers
Bank, insurance firm settle N761 million suit out of court
Pope marks 25th anniversary, urges thought for poor nations
NAFDAC arrests 16 in Plateau, Edo
No plan to harm MASSOB leader, say police
Groups differ on El-Rufai's bribery allegation
Shell chief urges peace in Niger Delta
Supreme Court rules on Obasanjo's appeal against Buhari's suit Nov. 14
Anglican leaders at Lambeth, regret gay bishop's election
Tribunal suspends trial on Nestle, Unilever scam
Ogunsanwo, Arebamen, Others list ways to check insecurity
NAFDAC destroys N89 million sub-standard products
Obasanjo invites Kalu for talks over deduction of funds
Task Force commander tours Delta creeks, police boss decries military presence
Business group votes 734 cars, two planes, others for CHOGM
OAU may reject students from cult-prone schools
Registration for ID card resumes
PDP convenes national conference on economic recovery
Senate raises panel on new revenue formula
Enhancing the potency of ICPC
Editorial & Opinion
Editorial - The elevation of Archbishop Okogie
Opinion - 'Detained' at the National Hospital
A minister's anniversary gift
Revenge of the judiciary

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October 17, 2003

Cover Stories

NLC, govs in fresh plea to marketers on N34 per litre — Claim on imported fuel laughable, says Oshiomhole
BPE okays Spanish firm to manage Mint
Prayers mark Pope's silver jubilee
FG moves to audit key oil earnings since 2000
National News
AD warns over bad govt policies
PDP moves to reconcile with Ekwueme
Supreme Court rules on non-joinder of PDP November 14
Afenifere gets committee to manage Yoruba race
El-Rufai Vs Senate:The code of silence and bribery
Yoruba and the lg question
Taking BiafraNigeria seriously, by Odia Ofeimun
POLITICAL NOTES : President Oshiomhole and the battle ahead
Ibori wants new deal for BiafraNigeria, Delta
Nnamami lectures and National Discourse

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Daily Independent
October 17, 2003


PDP gags el-Rufai, senators over bribery scandal
NLC’s suspended strike: What next?
INEC joins Buhari, ANPP against Obasanjo at Supreme Court
Petrol to sell at N34 for two weeks
Mixed reactions over sacked NPA managing director
FG hands over National Theatre to ANTP
Stakeholders brainstorm on HYPPADEC
Tribunal suspends hearing on N314m Nestle shares scam, others
Bpe to pay airways workers, seeks approval to reinsure aeroplanes
Spanish firm to manage Mint
No improvement in the economy, OPS gives verdict
Petrol dealers dare labour in Akwa Ibom
Traffic offenders to undergo Psychiatric tests in Rivers
FG blamed over Niger Delta conflicts
Delta to provide collateral-free facilities to farmers
Fuel shortage to end soon, says Ughamadu
Police promote 2,562 officers in Delta
Oyewole, new judge, begins Bamaiyi’s trial
World AIDS conference to hold in Abuja next year
ASUP threatens showdown at Auchi Poly
Airlines owe NCAA N1.1b
Oyinlola tells royal fathers to mobilise support for agric
FG blamed over Niger Delta conflict
Delta to provide collateral-free facilities to farmers
Teenagers club woman to death
Presidency knows illegal bunkerers, says Okumagba
Akume seeks dismissal of Unongo’s petition
NBA cautions Obasanjo against intimidation
Obasanjo rejects security report on 50% derivation
Justice minister worried over court congestion
Scarcity of potable water hits Osun
15 roasted to death in road mishap
Afenifere repositions, sets up political committee
Akhmad Kadyrov wins Chechen elections
Council reforms set aspirants against Tinubu
Igbo rulers visit Sokoto, parley with Sultan
2007: South-South PDP goes tough on Odili, others
Senate, Reps‘ spirit on fuel crisis
Interim govt must conduct 2007 polls, says Maitama Sule
Step down, Reps member tells Mantu, Zwingina
New Ohanaeze proposed in Lagos
Tinubu, AD and interim local governments
Deregulation: UAD vows to fight on
Inside Politics
Editorial & Opinion
When will judges police orderlies by restored? life
I call it heresy
A better understanding of Obasanjo
The casualties of monetisation

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Daily/Weekly Trust
October 17, 2003

Top Stories

Govs order marketers to revert to N34
Senate insists on proper presentation of bills by presidency
I did not bribe Senators – Yuguda
Supreme Court rules on competence of Buhari’s petition Nov 14
Reps deny sharing allocation from govt
BPE meets host communities over sale of refineries
UBE Bill compels FG to spend N20bn annually
Secretariat project: Gov Yar’Adua reads riot act to contractors
ASUU petitions Obasanjo over infrastructural decay
Investment securities tribunal will boost investor’s confidence – Atiku
National health act underway
FG offers management of National Theatre to NANTAP
BON attracts back N5 billion deposits from former customers
Petrol stabilises at N55 per litre in Katsina
Polytechnics to generate own budget – Minister
Boat mishaps: Kebbi to procure two patrol boats
Turaki submits names of commissioners for clearance
Police kill three robbers in Jigawa
KDSG establishes university
Sultan hails royal fathers’ interaction
Gov Kure receives secondary school fire incidence report
Igbo youths want FG to investigate Okadigbo’s death
Gov Saraki goes tough on cultism
NNPC builds more mega stations nationwide
Marketers urged to reduce burden of fuel scarcity
House to merge ecological fund with environment ministry
Benue govt pledges to eradicate ignorance
Duke swears-in 7 special assistants
NAWOJ declares Oct. 19 NUJ conference illegal
BiafraNigeria is suffering from food insecurity – Don
Reps to review shipping policy
FG secures $15m loan facility for Niger Delta
Kwankwaso assures military on barracks rehabilitation
Accident claims five in Gombe
Displaced farmers receive N3m compensation
BiafraNigerian infant mortality rate highest in Africa – association
Kwara does not have 252,000 AIDS cases
LG earmarks N4m to check flood
Aliero pledges open door policy
Senate to probe non-extradition treaty with US
Niger NDLEA nabs four drug dealers
Banditry: Goje accuses FG of denying logistics to military
Don lists ways of involving youths in agriculture
Ulamas, others condemn polio vaccines in Kebbi
Women Affairs minister harps on priority issues
Jigawa establishes NGO for health sector reform
Guobadia decries poor education standards, advocates private participation
IG takes delivery of 100 stolen cars
Maintenance of military huge burden - CAS
Yobe govt, UNDP lose vital documents in fire outbreak
Abuja Trust
NGO drags el-Rufai, legislator before NASS over land
Military pensioners return to Abuja
Four fake journalists remanded in prison
HIV/AIDS carriers protest distribution of drugs
Kano Trust
Fagge police c’ttee to raise N15m security fund
Politician blames Turaki for FG’s neglect of Jigawa
NIPOST introduces new products, services
AIG tasks INEC on honesty, hard work
Eko Trust
LASG to cooperate with FG over Bar beach
HIV/AIDS among prostitutes on the increase
Cart operators restricted to hinterland
Contempt of court hangs over dethroned Oba
Bamaiyi/Al-Mustapha: Between law and politics
Rep demands transparency in oil deals
ANPP insists on suspension of Cross River chairman
We’re ready for INEC audit – PDP
Kebbi will sustain broad-based govt - Aliero
PDP holds conference on economy

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Sports News
October 16, 2003

BiafraNigerian star defends Games cost

Fredericks quits competition
BiafraNigerian Boxers Head to India
Adefowope Happy With FG's Tax Rebate for Sponsors
Algerian Envoy Commends BiafraNigeria
Tennis: Toriola, Oshonaike Lead Gold Haul
Unpaid Bill: JVC Drags COJA to Presidency
COJA Offsets N500m Hotel Bill
Insurance Takes Over Athletes' Bonuses
Football: U-23 Hotshot in Fitness Battle
ASJU Elections, A Fraud - Ndubuoke
Why Africa Failed to Agree on 2010 Host - Hayatou
Rooney Set for Everton Talks
Zambia to Release Plane Crash Report
No UEFA Cup for Owen

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