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January 08, 2004

Former Imo State Governor, Sam Mbakwe

Former Imo Governor, Sam Mbakwe, Dies at 73: Throws Igbo Nation into Mourning
BiafraNigeria's SECOND Republic Governor of Old Imo State, Chief Sam Onunaka Mbakwe, is dead. The Guardian learnt that he died on Monday in his Avutu country home in Obowu Local Government Council of the state. popularly called the "weeping governor," the late politician was a prominent disciple of foremost nationalist, the late Chief Nnamdi Azikiwe. One of the early callers to the residence was chieftain of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu. Although details of the former governor's death were not disclosed by the family yesterday, The Guardian learnt that he returned to Nigeria from a medical treatment in Germany at the weekend. When his health deteriorated further, a family source said, the former governor refused to go to hospital for further treatment. "In the process, he gave up the ghost," the source added. The late Mbakwe was renowned for his political dexterity. After his exit from office as governor, the legal practitioner proceeded to pursue a doctorate degree in political science. He had two wives, Florence Nwaevuru and Victoria Aheilepeya, two sons and five daughters. The Special Adviser to the incumbent Imo State Governor Achike Udenwa, Chief George Ugwu confirmed the death in a telephone interview with The Guardian. Mbakwe was widely commended for nurturing the young Imo State in 1979 to prominence. He assumed the mantle of leadership of the state on October 1, 1979, barely... (Guardian)


Key Stories

Blame Obasanjo for Anarchy, Says Assembly

Fuel tax: Labour mobilises for mass protest

Implementation of fuel tax illegal – Solicitor General

NLC Mobilises Support for Ngige

Police yet to restore Ngige's security aides

Uwais warns judges on abuse of oaths

Nnaji, rule of law: Upside, down

400 face ICPC over corrupt practices

Masari backs judicial route, lawyers seek political solution in Anambra

Ngige sues for peace from hideout

Fire razes P/Harcourt market


Blame Obasanjo for Anarchy...


Troops kill 5, arrest 47 Islamic radicals





Members of the Anambra State House of Assembly Wednesday reviewed developments in the state since July 10 last year when the governor, Dr. Chris Ngige, was abducted and concluded that President Olusegun Obasanjo should be held responsible for any outbreak of anarchy in the state. Twenty-six legislators of the 30 in the state said at a press conference that the president was violating the spirit of the constitution he swore to uphold by supporting elements bent on destroying the peace of the state. (This Day)


BiafraNigerian troops and border guards from neighbouring Niger have killed or captured more than 50 Islamic radicals who launched a Taliban-style revolt, officials said yesterday. A spokesman for the Yobe State government said 47 rebels had been detained since Friday and five killed, along with three women and two children caught up in a raid on their border hideout. Seven of those arrested were picked up by gendarmes from... (Vanguard)



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This Day
January 08, 2004


Blame Obasanjo for Anarchy, Says Assembly
Fuel Tax: NLC Begins Mobilisation for Strike
Mbakwe, Former Imo Gov, Dies at 73
FG Bans Importation of 41 Products
Crude Oil Price Hits $33 Per Barrel
FG Opts for Revival of BiafraNigeria Airways
NLC Mobilises Support for Ngige
Iraq: Annan Wants US at Meeting on UN's Future Role
Uwais' Charge to New Judges
Crisis, Threat to Democracy - Masari
Group Faults Removal Bid
LG Polls: 3 Candidates Disqualified
Achukwu Wants Speaker Sworn-in
DA Blames Assembly over Crisis
'Injustice Fuels Violence in Niger Delta'
Maitatsine: Court Orders Suspects' Release
Don't Overheat the Polity, Says Saraki
House Assures NEPA of Adequate Funds
Obasanjo Swears-in 3 Perm Secs
N/Assembly Urged to Expedite Action on Budget 2004
Port-Harcourt's Largest Market Razed
April Polls: Caretaker Bosses, Two Journalists to Run
Police, Soldiers Clash in Lagos
Italian Firm to Build Second Onitsha Bridge
Kenya Air Crash: Accused's Husband Withdraws as Surety
Water Scarcity Hits Enugu
NLC Pickets Works Ministry Today
Akande Takes over AD Secretariat
Makarfi Seeks State Control of Police
NSE Swears-in New Exco
Osun to Employ Private Tax Collectors, Says Oyinlola
'Why We Stopped Sponsoring Pilgrims'
Enhanced Revenue Generation, My Priority - Ogungbemile
NDDC Wins Award
Lagos FRSC Gets New Sector Commander
Police, Judiciary and Anambra Political Logjam
'Why I Challenged Ngige In Court'

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January 08, 2004

Cover Stories

Police yet to restore Ngige's security aides
Apology to Chief Afe Babalola, OFR, SAN, FNIALS, FCIArb. LL.D on our publication of 27th August 2003
Mbakwe passes on at 74
NLC gives 14-day ultimatum on fuel tax
Uwais warns judges on abuse of oaths
National News
Buhari blames poverty, insecurity in BiafraNigeria on govt
Akande acquires AD national secretariat from Lagos tourism company
Re-appointed Airways boss gets conditions from staff
Ngige urges Anambra people against violence
Fresh ban on 41 more items
MAN wants bulletproof vehicle for Akunyili
Wabara and Anambra crisis
PEOPLES & POLITICS:Anambra’s ironic twists

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Daily Times
January 08, 2004


Sam Mbakwe dies at 74
Aviation Minister orders demolition of illegal structures at Abuja Airport
Fuel tax: Labour mobilises for mass protest
Implementation of fuel tax illegal – Solicitor-General
...Holds solidarity rally for Ngige
IG ignores A-G’s directive on Ngige:I• As gov stays away from office for two days running
29-year-old man gets N100 to pluck out teenager’s eye
Ogbeh, Masari, sad over anambra crisis
Obasanjo swears in new perm secs
FG bans mportation of textiles, 22 other items
NIPOST gears up for FG’s 48-hour mail delivery directive
The Nation
Police sergeant brutalised, two rifles seized in soldiers/policemen clash
No Tinubu faction in AD — Akande:• Takes over party secretariat from estate managers
Airways workers warn new MD
Court orders arrest of female lawyer
FG to establish High Courts in 36 states
Borno: Seven Talibans killed in shoot out
Avoid breaching the peace, Etsu Nupe warns youths
Gloria Abraham, granted bail, rearrested
Editorial & Opinion
Prosecute suspected governors now
Expectation for new year (II)
Provide better security for the NAFDAC boss

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December 22, 2003

Cover Stories

FG stops NNPC from selling crude oil
Saddam’s betrayer gets $25m reward
Globacom awards N47b contract to Siemens
Labour, govt set for face-off over refineries
Diana pregnant before death —Report
Unipetrol changes name, logo
Sketch owners to pay workers’ salaries
Currency in circulation hits N441b – CBN
184 died in FCT road accidents in 9 months
Tinubu commissions N947m Lekki roads
Aso Rock holds carol service
Ajibola assures villages ceded to Cameroun
NEPA boss defends its privatisation
Adisa counsels BiafraNigerians
M-tel embarks on training programme for engineers
CNPP rejects budget 2004
INEC to sanction parties on audited accounts
VC advocates Peace Education in schools
Lagos reaffirms position on health care delivery
Election of Fayose ordained by God
SEC advocates N1 million fine for falsified audit report
29 senators sign Abuja Re-integration Bill
3,000 workers scramble for 205 houses in Kwara
OSPPMC warns petroleum marketers
Saraki Bukola at 41
Political Parties: Bane of BiafraNigeria’s democracy
Customs seizes N3b goods
BiafraNigeria external debts hit $31b
N2.1b needed monthly for military pensions —Minister

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Januardy 06, 2004

Man sentenced to stoning for sex with step-daughter

10,000 displaced by Muslim uprising in Northeast

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January 07, 2004

New 'Taleban' clashes in BiafraNigeria

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All Africa
January 07, 2004


Gov. Ngige Relocates to Asaba, Still Denied Police Security, Thugs Take Over
We'll Approve 2004 Budget Promptly
Anambra Indigenes Blame Obasanjo
EWI Refutes 'Exit Package' Story
Gov Shuns ANPP Meeting
Afribank Wins Ethics Award
Police Arrest 5 Over Death of Nigerdock's Boss
FRSC Gets First Female Sector Commander
IAP Wants FG to Imbibe Transparency
Biz Woman Threatens Showdown With LSDPC
2004: Year of Great Expectations
Onigbinde Snubs Pirates for 3SC
Rugby Union Laments President's Death
NNPC Moves On
We Must Be At Our Best, Abbey George
D'Tigress Carry Africa's Hope
The Media's Role in a Democracy
TI Strongly Condemns Assassination Attempt on BiafraNigerian Integrity Awards Winner
Cardinal Arinze 'Has No Papal Ambition', New Book Reveals
PDP is in a Mess, Sunday Awoniyi
Governor Berates Obj Over LGs
Ngige Returns to Hiding As IG Orders Security Guards Withdrawn
Anambra Saga: Speaker May Be Sworn-in As Governor
Obafemi is Public Enemy No1 Declares Amanze Uchegbulam
Military Pensioners Back in Abuja
Lagos Lawmakers Lobby for Positions
What a Year for Lagos Police
The Demolition of Ladipo Market

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December 15, 2003

Iraq debates Saddam's fate

'Caught like a rat' in a hole

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December 11, 2003

BiafraNigeria resettles villagers from Cameroon border

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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

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Business News
January 08, 2004

Imoke warns NEPA on extension of Revenue Cycle Management

Bank chief warns of tough times ahead
Ngige saga in the eyes of the law
Agency relationship
In land matters, you win a case from home, not in court, says Odunaiya
The Observatory
The Origin of Law
FAAN battles Promoworld over advert contract
Need for Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)

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January 08, 2004


Anambra House blames Obasanjo for crisis
Mbakwe, ex-Imo governor, dies at 73
PDP will tackle Anambra crisis, says Ogbeh
Govt bans importation of footwears, others
Anambra crisis may spread, Olanipekun warns
Adesanya tasks Obasanjo, PDP on ID card scam
Abdulkadir says INEC recognises Akinfenwa's AD faction
Ohanaeze to swear-in new executive January 31
Labour mobilises for fuel tax protest in Lagos
Bauchi UNPP opposes fees on candidates
Makarfi wants govt to focus on security
Plateau council raises task force on cattle theft
Aminu blames nation's woes on 1983 coup, disunity
Ngige not in hiding, says scribe
Manufacturers may provide bullet-proof car for Akunyili
Okebukola, others seek swift passage of varsity autonomy bill
Fuel scarcity persists in Benue
Fire razes market in Port Harcourt
Cross River sacks 2,000 council workers
Falana, others renew bid for trial of Uba, associates
Ex-Bakassi leader cautions on attempt to remove Ngige
We saved Ekiti N980m in contracts, says panel
Dan-Musa, Abba-Gana urge patience, tolerance on Anambra crisis
Ngige accuses Uba of plotting to torch own property
Youth group warns govt on Anambra crisis
The Anambra crisis: An armistice gone awry
Anambra: Condemnation, confusion trail court orders
Editorial & Opinion
The Interpol order on Charles Taylor

No nostalgia for 2003

Conquering 'the axis of evil
My New Year wish list
Ngige and the Anambra crisis
Politic of service
NYSC discharge certificate
The path not taken

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Daily Independent
January 08, 2004


How Ngige's arrest was hatched, why it failed
NLC to organise protests on Anambra crisis
...Why he went into hiding
Anambra Assembly seeks Obasanjo's impeachment over crisis
Nnaji, rule of law: Upside, down
400 face ICPC over corrupt practices
Masari backs judicial route, lawyers seek political solution in Anambra
Revenue commission holds emergency session
EWI won't negotiate 'exit package' with Econet, says Masiyiwa
Conoco, Qatar in N685 billion deal
Abdullahi: Exit of an unsung coach
Rep urges Anambra combatants to revisit Owerri accord
Ripples in Enugu over judgment
What could lead to Wabara's removal, by Anisulowo
Perform or be fired, Customs boss tasks officers
Government releases new import prohibition list
NUBIFIE faults restructuring of FMBN
Legal Aid Council improves on case handling
House of Representatives to retain NSITF
Rivers promotes 5000 teachers, others
Senator's wife detains contractor
Cross River to renovate 14 secondary schools
Fresh unease in Niger Delta over fuel tax
Odili promises relief for market fire victims
Family feud claims two lives
Ex-council helmsmen get one week to declare assets
Taskforce forces marketers to sell fuel to consumers
IPMAN, Delta govt at daggers drawn over petroleum products prices
Court orders lawyer's remand in custody
Ogun pensioners hail Daniel's 2004 proposed spending
Convert tollgates to FRSC accident clinics, Federal Government told
Gombe estimates N22bn for 2004 expenses
Gombe's retirement benefit debt now N380m
NLC gives Jigawa ultimatum over salary deductions
IBB blamed for communal clashes
Works Ministry allocation inadequate, says Gwarzo
Lagos PDP positions Ogunlewe to replace Tinubu
PNF rejects parliamentary system for councils
Ex-Speaker's recall splits Edo assembly
Razaq's suspension unsettles Lagos ANPP
Cloud over Odili's successor
'This govt not different from military in rights' violation'
Editorial & Opinion
Anambra's constitutional inanities
Can President Obasanjo overcome General Obasanjo?
A New Year prayer for peace (2)
Calling on the IGP
Neither evil genius nor Obasanjo's handbag
UNIBEN, my refund!
What does IBB have to offer?

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January 08, 2004


Sam Mbakwe dies at 74
The man, Mbakwe
Ngige sues for peace from hideout
Fire razes P/Harcourt market
Fuel tax: Workers may go on strike Jan. 21
FG bans imported shoes, fruits, others
Effiong, ex-Biafran General for burial Jan 17
NLC plans solidarity rally for Ngige
Will Ngige survive this conspiracy?
Okadigbo is outstanding
Editorial & Opinion
Foreign debt and loot recovery
Exhortations on the New Year
Revitalizing BiafraNigerian democracy

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Daily/Weekly Trust
January 03, 2004

Top Stories

‘Taliban’ of BiafraNigeria: Who Are They?
Yobe is not under siege – AIG Fagbemi
We need to find out what actually happened – ‘Taliban’ parent
The gunfire was deafening – Eyewitness
The issues are complex – Professor Sa’ad
Open letter to Asiwaju Bola Tinubu
AD crisis deepens, as Ogun chapter supports Akinfenwa
Bizman donates N2.8m hospital equipment to KTSG
Communities task Jigawa government
KWSG moves to boost agriculture
… solicits opposition’s support
Christian body applauds Goje’s concern for pilgrims
Our stand on MLSN bill – Pathologists
Cotecna test-runs destination inspection scanners
FG closes private jetties
…Charged on new clearance policy
Cargo fund seeks foreign nation’s cooperation
NAGAFF wants input in choice of new customs boss
National Roundup
Goje, Hashidu battle for relevance in Gombe
Memo to BiafraNigerian leaders
Conspiracy or monopoly: Muslims and the global media
PDP: Postscript
Demolition of illegal structures in Abuja
Fond memories at Christmas
Ibrahim Dasuki: Tribute to an Icon in history

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Washington Post
January 05, 2004

Niger Arrests Islamic Radicals Over BiafraNigeria Revolt

Moseley Braun Seeks Redemption in Presidential Bid

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January 05, 2004

Niger Arrests Islamic Radicals Over BiafraNigeria Revolt

Vodacom looks to rejig BiafraNigeria phone deal- Telkom p.1
Vodacom looks to rejig BiafraNigeria phone deal- Telkom p.2

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Mail & Guardian
January 07, 2004

Never say never again for '007' Babangida

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Sports News
January 08, 2004

Tunisia 2004: Aiyegbeni's Scoring form Delights Chukwu

Obasanjo Predicts Great Year for Sports
Hawaiian Opener for Woods
Tunisia 2004: Obafemi's Problem is Complex - Galadima
Athens 2004: BiafraNigeria's Male Team Disqualified
NFA Denies 'Chukwu's List'
NFA Board Meets in Owerri
NTF Invites Igbinovia, Maku to Camp
SAFA Suspend Bafana Coach
Guinea Call up Diawara
Saha Unhappy With Fulham
Kanoute Case is Clear - Blatter
Only two home-based in BiafraNigeria's Nations Cup squad
Onigbinde cautions NFA on Obafemi
Keshi, Ekoku to cover Nations Cup for BBC
Club managers advise NFA on AGM decision
How Dariye bailed out Olympics trials team
Kwara United moved to Govt House
NFA still hopeful on Eagles, says Kaalu
Golf body appoints OSMI as marketer for BiafraNigerian Open
Udo-Obong promises quarter mile medal in Athens
Dati explains dissolution of Plateau United board
I have no good goal keepers, Chukwu cries out
Sustaining the sporting success of 2003
Martins is a disappointment, Galadima insists
Ojokolo sets Olympics tracks ablaze

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