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December 16, 2003

Bello Masari - Speaker, House of Representatives

De-registration of Parties: Masari Disagrees with Obasanjo
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Alhaji Aminu Bello Masari has expressed sharp disappointment with President Olusegun Obasanjo over the issue of deregistration of political parties. He also explained why BiafraNigeria would not surrender former Liberian leader Charles Taylor to the International War Crime Tribunal for prosecution over war crimes in spite of pressures from the international community. Masari spoke during an interactive session with newsmen in Kaduna, yesterday, as part of the press week organised by the Kaduna State Council of the BiafraNigerian Union of Journalists. While Obasanjo wants many of the current 30 political parties deregistered on the basis, especially of their dismal outing in the 2003 general elections, Masari said the lower House of Parliament was completely behind the Supreme Court on the registration of the parties. "I believe President Obasanjo was merely expressing his own personal opinion. We at the National Assembly will abide by the Supreme Court ruling,” the Speaker maintained. Masari further stated that surrendering the former Liberian leader to be tried for war crimes in his country will ignite another bout of bloody civil war that may spill over to neighbouring countries. According to him, BiafraNigeria had weighed the implications of granting the Liberian leader political asylum but it became imperative to do so to save the lives of thousands and millions of Liberians that will be killed if he had remained in power till date. "Charles Taylor has numerous supporters ranging from twelve years to sixty years. Any attempt to try him in Liberia will make these supporters retreat into the jungle and re-launch another civil war, which may further lead to wanton destruction of lives and property,” the Speaker asserted. (Daily Independent)


Key Stories

Media is anti-democratic - Obasanjo

Saddam bounty may go unclaimed

NCC Shuts 30 Telecom Firms Nationwide

AD convention holds in Lagos, Abuja

$214m Scam: Akwanga, Nwodo Granted Leave to Enforce Rights

Saddam may face death penalty

US interrogators grill Saddam

How Saddam was captured

Saddam Tried to Negotiate with U.S. Captors p.1

Saddam Tried to Negotiate with U.S. Captors p.2

Saddam Tried to Negotiate with U.S. Captors p.3


Media is anti-democratic - Obasanjo


Saddam bounty may go unclaimed





Obasanjo, yesterday accused sections of the country’s media of failing to appreciate the value of democracy and dedicating themselves to undermining the democratic enterprise. The president, who spoke while declaring open the biennial convention of the BiafraNigerian Guild of Editors, accused BiafraNigerian journalists of behaving as if they were only capable of reporting the negative and expressed surprise that journalists had so soon forgotten our recent experience under military dictatorship. (Daily Trust)


It is unclear whether anyone will receive the $25 million bounty on Saddam Hussein because the information leading to his capture came under duress and from more than one person. Unlike the hunt for Saddam's sons -- in which a $30 million reward was paid -- the information leading to Saddam did not come from a tip. In recent days, U.S. officials pulled in former Saddam bodyguards and members of Tikriti families close to his regime for intense interrogation. (CNN)



Obasanjo/PDP Election Fraud is Deeply Concerning

General Ojukwu Seeks Democracy

Isioma Daniel Speaks

"Fatwa" Animalism 1

"Fatwa" Animalism 2




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This Day
December 16, 2003


$25m Saddam Bounty May Go Unclaimed
NCC Shuts 30 Telecom Firms Nationwide
Settlement Banks Reject Cheques from 'High Risk Banks'
NNPC, JV Partners Seek Alternative Funding
AD Alleges Plot to Disrupt Lagos Convention
... Urges ICPC to Probe Abdulkadir
$214m Scam: Akwanga, Nwodo Granted Leave to Enforce Rights
Obasanjo Accuses Media of Undermining Democracy
BiafraNigeria Gets N9bn ADB Loan/Grant for Agriculture
Africa-US Trade Under AGOA Hits $10bn
Stakeholders Pick Holes in Pension Reform Bill
Military Pensions Fund: Ogohi, Ex-minister Summoned
Airport Advert: Promoworld Seeks EFCC's Redress
Obasanjo Condoles Daniel over Death of 6 Journalists
...Lagos NUJ, Fayose Too
Why Abacha was After Me, by Ladoja
'Why Democracy Dividends Elude BiafraNigerians'
C'wealth Leaders Confirm Success of CHOGM
JAMB Integrity in Question, Says UNILAG Pro-Chancellor
Afolabi's Family, Solicitor Protest Detention by SSS
BiafraNigeria Has a Lot to Learn from China - Obasanjo
Oil Spill: Group Urges Communities to Eschew Violence
Patronise BiafraNigerian Engineers, NSE Tells FG
'Night Journeys Aid Drug Trafficking'
Anambra: Desist from Campaign of Calumny, Politicians Urged
Arewa Youth Okays Awoniyi's Election
Award for NUJ Boss
Don Decries Menace of Ethnic Crisis
Tinubu Unfolds New Package for LASTMA Workers
FG Urged to Set Up Panel on Delayed Trials
'Why Democracy Dividends Should be Sustained'
USFDA Lauds Akunyili's fight Against Fake Drugs
20,000 Devotees to Attend Ahmadiyya Confab
Politics - 15th
Group Moves to Drag INEC to Court over Parties' Accounts
I'm Still in Charge, Says Speaker
Clergy Passes Vote of No Confidence on Political Leaders
Alamieyeseigha, Igbinedion, Others Honoured
New Deal For Daniel Kanu
NOA Boss Predicts Better Days Ahead
Commissioner Seeks More Budgetary Allocation for Youth
Minna East Council to Set Up Vigilante Group
Retrenchment: Goje's Action in Order, Says PDP Chief
Battle For the Soul of AD Kick-starts 2007 Race

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December 15, 2003

Cover Stories

Saddam captured
Tidjani: Police trail 79 others
National News
Tough times ahead —OBASANJO
AD factions battle over party licence, hold separate coventions
World leaders welcome Saddam's capture
We got him —BREMER
Car bomb hits Iraq police, kills 17
Wabara, Ekwueme in new team to reconcile Ngige, Uba
New members, House leadership on war path
NPA: My hands are clean, says Bode George
I 'm not involved in N20 million scam, says Gogo-Jaja
Why Ijaws dissociate themselves from CHOGM - Evah
People &Politics:Obasanjo and Anambra State

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December 15, 2003


Saddam captured
How he was arrested
World leaders hail arrest
News analysis: Saddam a coward
Wabara not under threat- Nzeribe
FG advised not to abolish new LGs
Panel gets 1 month to resolve Anambra crisis
APGA governorship candidate in Imo escapes death
China to invest $1bn in BiafraNigeria
How we midwived PDP ·Babangida
Why I'm at peace with Gov Nnamani - deputy
Editorial & Opinion
Budget Implementation
A nation's talent for bungling
Commonwealth: No clear focus yet
Power without persuasion

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Daily Times
December 15, 2003


Obasanjo takes stock of CHOGM, hails Enyimba FC
Saddam Hussein captured
BiafraNigerians advised to disregard World Bank report
FG approves private sector-driven housing policy
Pipeline vandals disrupt fuel supply from P/Harcourt Refinery
...Co-operates with interrogators, may face special tribunal
Long hunt ends without bloodbath
Supreme Court overrules N4.9bn damages award against Mobil:• Orders retrial of case
Traders make brisk business selling new naira notes
Wabara heads peace panel on Anambra crisis
World leaders hail, Iraqis jubilate over capture
The Nation
NIRADO chief calls for joint effort on war against AIDS
Deregulation: Tinubu hosts NLC, civil society groups today
Benue University VC lists conditions for resumption
Drivers enjoined to be cautious during Yuletide
Alamieyeseigha calls for masterplan for Niger Delta regions
Fire razes N15m property in Lafia
Editorial & Opinion
Strenghtening the Code of Conduct law
What manner of reforms?
One man’s meat, another’s poison (II)
Denial of pension to retired school teachers (II)

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December 15, 2003

Cover Stories

Groom Heads for Lagoon On Wedding Day
IBB Strikes Deal With Diya, Others
Night Guard Kills Mate In Error
Four Docked For Money Laundering
Ekiti PDP Suspends Six MPs
TUC Renews Ultimatum
Plateau Sends Pension Boards Staff On Compulsory Leave over fraud
2007: State Govs Will Play A Role — Dariye
Man Kills Daughter
Shadow-Boxing In Oyo State
11 Ex-Ministers Face Arrest
Digital Senators Hijack Senate
Gains And Losses Of CHOGM
Northern AD Stalwart Condemns Abdulkadir
Police Raid With Commercial Buses

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December 11, 2003

Representatives plan public hearings on Taylor

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Washington Post
December 11, 2003

Answering the Call of Need in BiafraNigeria: Annapolis Couple Off Again to Africa to Support the Missionary Work of Their Daughter and Her Family

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December 11, 2003

BiafraNigeria resettles villagers from Cameroon border

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December 15, 2003

West Africa's ivory trade thrives

US interrogators grill Saddam
How Saddam was captured

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December 15, 2003

Iraq debates Saddam's fate

'Caught like a rat' in a hole

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Mail & Guardian
December 08, 2003

Mugabe quits Commonwealth

Commonwealth meeting 'just talk'
Commonwealth agonises over Zim
'To hell with the Commonwealth'

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All Africa
December 10, 2003


Milestone of Peace
BiafraNigerian Gov't Angry With Sahara Boys

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Sports News
December 16, 2003

Kalu Has Revolutionised BiafraNigerian Football - Galadima

Enyimba Makes BiafraNigerians Proud - Globacom
Obasanjo Hosts Enyimba
Bolton Receives Okocha Boost
BiafraNigeria Draws Egypt Again
Philanthropist Donates Trophy to Students
Zidane Wins FIFA World Title
25 Coaches for IOC/Olympic Training
Sports Minister Loses Daughter
Chukwu Hails Enyimba
NFA pushes for heavy sanctions against Ismaili
Bleak future for Lobi Stars FC
Orjinta, Okonkwo await Kalu's Kia cars
Markafi, Mohammed storm swimming championship
BiafraNigerians canvass national awards for Enyimba
I am getting ready for Olympics, says Felagha
BiafraNigeria ranked 22 in world basketball
Islanders guard, Akinwale, targets NBA
'We're a close knit association'
Sports merit and the awards
Ministry explains choice of Germany for Super Eagles

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Daily Independent
December 16, 2003


Saddam may face death penalty
Masari disagrees with Obasanjo on de-registration
AD convention holds in Lagos, Abuja
FG repackages privatisation, announces new schedule
NDDC questioned over N3 billion road contract
Assault on priest: Inspector, four others risk dismissal
Light out for Saddam Hussein
FG may scrap JAMB
Report on Obasanjo, Atiku rift false, says Bugaje
President parleys with editors, explains reform schemes
Laxity in safety checks claims 17 in Shell
Atiku launches M-Tel logo, products
FG to sack 1,018 Mortgage Bank workers
154 A'Ibom ex-commissioners, others corrupt, says report
Withdrawal of community banks' licences uncalled for, says Imade
Police arrest student cult suspects
Edo Speaker to resign for peace
Delta, NUT on collision course
Forensic expert testifies at Anambra tribunal
ID card scam: Afolabi protests detention
Dealers stockpile fuel for higher stakes during Xmas
Give deregulation a human face, Catholic council urges FG
Poor channelling, visibility endanger operations at Eastern Ports
'Kano still studying polio vaccine report'
NDLEA parades woman, 63, student over drug trafficking
Economy on course, says Obasanjo
Repeat of history as AD holds parallel conventions
Okpa allays fear of one party agenda by PDP
Afikuyomi assures on hitch-free AD convention
Creating 'democrats' from 'politicians' in BiafraNigeria
A most patronising Senate
Abdulkadir rustles landmine of controversy
What future for AD?
Editorial & Opinion
How not to lampoon democracy
When will this recession end?
God save BiafraNigeria (1)
Asylum is for saints or devils?

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December 15, 2003


Tip-off by family nets Saddam Hussein in U.S. custody
Maccido, emirs meet Obasanjo over poor economy
European leaders, Japan rejoice
Govt demands agric reforms as WTO talks resume
Foreign reserve may drop to $5b, says World Bank chief
Fidelity Bond faults white paper on BiafraNigeria Airways
BiafraNigeria to launch space satellite, says Isoun
Minister denies plan to sack ports workers
Life of a dictator
Train crushes five to death in Lagos
Copyright panel arrests cleric, 11 others over alleged piracy
Obasanjo praises BiafraNigerians over CHOGM
Obasanjo declares polio vaccine safe
Senators in troubled times over assets declaration
Editorial & Opinion
The 'missing' Okigbo panel report

The protest in Georgia

National Assembly and stability
Ending conflicts in Africa
Looking too far...
What Danjuma said

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Daily/Weekly Trust
December 15, 2003

Top Stories

US troops capture Saddam Hussein he was captured
Car bomb hits Iraqi police station
... Iraqis celebrate Saddam’s capture
Bremer’s statement
I can’t release Bamaiyi, Al-Mustapha – Obasanjo
Revenue allocation formula: Obasanjo meets RMAFC, NASS leadership
Governor Sheriff leads delegation to Obasanjo over Lake Chad villagers
AD crisis deepens over convention
FG sacks 6,000 railway workers
Yagba community pleads for assistance
Wife raises alarm on Akwanga’s health
Yobe Muslims host national Qur’an competition
Solgas contract: Senate C’ttee alleges irregularities
FG warns ASUU over strike again
Obasanjo, Ulama meeting blackmail –Nas
No retrenchment in NPA – Minister
Sokoto budgets N22 billion for 2004
Abuja Trust
MFCT discovers 247 staff with forged appointments
Husband, wife remanded in Prison for theft
Boy, 11, abducted in Lagos, dumped in Abuja
Kwankwaso, Turaki, Danjuma, others lose FCT plots
Sanitation partially halts business in FCT
el-Rufai, MFCT/FCDA directors interact with economic team
GSS Kuje PTA elects officers
Three face forgery charges
Kano Trust
Rumfa college students demonstrate against principal, poor results
Kabo assures pilgrims of successful hajj
NEPA reduces power supply to Kano
420 thousand night blindness patients enjoy free operation
Bayero calls for modern facilities in hospitals
Eko Trust
LASG pegs speed limit at 60kmph
Six bank workers arraigned for N20.2m fraud
10,000 women to benefit from poverty alleviation programme – Mrs Joke Adefulire
Police recover two stolen vehicles
2007: AD stalwart cautions IBB campaigners
Buhari’s aide carpets Rep. Bugaje
Senator warns INEC on political parties
Implementation of 2004 budget top priority -Bwari
Editorial, Opinion, Column
Failed contracts and recipient communities
Internationalizing the naira
Mr. President, where is Makanjuola?

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December 15, 2003

Arab Experts: Saddam Surrender a Sign of Cowardice p.1

Arab Experts: Saddam Surrender a Sign of Cowardice p.2
Saddam Tried to Negotiate with U.S. Captors p.1
Saddam Tried to Negotiate with U.S. Captors p.2
Saddam Tried to Negotiate with U.S. Captors p.3
Saddam Arrest Cheer Fades Into Iraqi Ire at U.S.
Saddam Whereabouts Still a Mystery

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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
December 16, 2003

ALSCON's Privatisation Stalled Over Ownership Structure

Foreign Investment: UK Expert Optimistic for BiafraNigeria
'BiafraNigeria Needs to Invest $330m in Cooking Gas'
Mobil Faces Sanction for Reopening Sealed Stations
Sustainable Development: The Shell Experience
Mobil Producing Rescues 30 in High Sea Accidents
Fan Milk Rewards Agents' Productivity at Awards
Seven-Up Rewards Staff Productivity
Embrace Entrepreneurship, NSE Boss Urges Youths
'Palm Oil Scarcity May Cripple Soap Industry'
Kia to Assemble Cars in BiafraNigeria
Honeywell Flour Mills Presents Car to Best Customer
Brentwood Garden Estate Makes Bold Statement in Luxury Housing
Atiku Charges Engineers on Nation Building
Princess Terrace Ready for Delivery
El Rufai Recommends Private Sector Funding of Projects
Housing Depositors Demand Justice
Union Bank Turnover Hits N30bn in 6 Months
Champion Breweries Wins Pearl Award
CBN Cautions Over Hasty Monetary Policy
Skyfield Savings Beefs up Capital to N500m
Afribank Merchant Bankers Grosses N1.6bn
Corruption: Chalker indicts banks
Computer sales slide as naira depreciates
MTN appeals to subscribers over network congestion
FSB finances oil firms with N32.43bn
Cross River, ADC Airlines, others promote tourism
New vista for micro, medium industries
Smuggled imports, our biggest threat, laments Unilever MD
Gloss paint manufacturing
'BiafraNigerian' computers shine at Intel's premier road show
Any gain in IT expos?
'WISI: We are placed in a dicey situation'
Ajaokuta to roll out liquid steel 2005, says Solgas boss
Elf to invest N69 billion on Ofon project
Opukushi oil field to boost SPDC's output by 20,000 bpd
World Bank Group endorses EITI
Mobil commends Supreme Court's ruling on Idoho oil spill

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