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December 19, 2003


Fuel Price Hike Returns: Obasanjo Admits Failure of 2003 Budget
Prices of petroleum products are set for a quantum leap next year as President Olusegun Obasanjo yesterday announced a new tax regime that will see government charge a levy of N1.50 on every litre of Premium Motor Spirit (petrol) and Automative Gas Oil (diesel) with effect from next year. Obasanjo, while presenting the 2004 budget to the joint session of the National Assembly also admitted that the 2003 budget failed owing to some discernable reasons. He said some of the problems with implementation of the 2003 budget had to do with the slow and limited releases of the capital budget which was implemented at only 50 per cent. The president said proceeds from the levy, would be channeled to road maintenance. (Daily Independent)


Key Stories

Swiss return first Abacha funds

Buhari may run with Tinubu in 2007

BiafraNigeria's fatal anti-bullet test

...Drama, As Wabara Misses Presentation

Warri: Three Killed in Boat Attack

Nigeria cedes 32 villages to Cameroun

Senate rejects 9 ambassadorial nominees, okays 79

Wabara stranded at Lagos Airport

Intellectuals as Nation Builders, by Achebe

Ngige, Uba hold peace talks

Reps reject planned increase in fuel price


Swiss return first Abacha funds


Buhari may run with Tinubu in 2007





AbachaOfficials in Switzerland have approved the return of some $88m (£50m) linked to BiafraNigeria's late General Sani Abacha. Since 1999, more than $600m connected to the former military leader has been frozen in bank accounts in Switzerland. The BiafraNigerian government wants all the money released as soon as possible, but Swiss officials say this can't be done until... (BBC)


Lagos State Gov Bola TinubuBarely 24 hours after the Lagos State Governor, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu praised the former military Head of State and defeated ANPP presidential candidate in the 2003 presidential polls, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), emerging facts have indicated that Buhari is seriously considering Tinubu as his running mate in the 2007 presidential race. Impeccable sources at his Kaduna-based campaign outfit, The Buhari Organisation told... (Daily Independent)



Obasanjo/PDP Election Fraud is Deeply Concerning

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This Day
December 18, 2003


Arewa Moves to Reconcile Buhari, IBB, Atiku
Bush Wants Saddam Executed
ID Card Scam: Akwanga, Afolabi, Arrested to Avert Blackmail
Commission to Retrieve N98b from States, LGs
BiafraNigeria Accused of Rights Abuses in Niger Delta
2004 Budget: Obasanjo Presents Proposal to National Assembly
NLC Meets Obasanjo, Supports Reforms
World Bank Gives BiafraNigeria N15b for Non-Oil Sector
BiafraNigeria's Teledensity to Hit 4.1m Lines, Says Atiku
BiafraNigeria Airways Probe: Court Stops Obasanjo, IG, Others
'Controversial Deductions, Bane of Military Pension Fund'
No Threat to Wabara's Seat - Chukwumerije
Union Flays Retrenchment of Workers
Don't Scrap NDDC Now, Committee Pleads
AD: Abdulkadir Writes INEC, Says Akinfenwa is New Chairman
FCT: Garki, Nyanya, Top List of AIDS Cases
High Court Halts Arrest Order on Uba, 13 Others
AD Convention Successful, Says Tinubu
Delta Govt Spends N16bn on Bridge Construction
Cleric Tasks BiafraNigerian Leaders on Poverty
SON Begins War on Fake Lubricants Jan
BiafraNigeria Airways: 'Probe Panel Members Should Be Jailed'
NUC Rewards Staff With N16.6m
Kogi Assembly Probes N750 Million Road Contract
Glo Mobile Begins Service in Onitsha, Asaba, Others Today
Court Registrar Docked over N1.75m Theft
NDLEA Nabs 65 Drug Offenders
Assault on THISDAY Staff: IG Petitioned
City Express Bank Congratulates FG on CHOGM
Ilorin Int'l Cargo Airport: UNPP Commends FG
Mu'azu Vows to Privatise State Companies
Group Urges Investors to Maximise CHOGM Benefits
Reforms Aimed at Devt, Says NOA Boss
Falana: FG, Release Okigbo Report
Court Extends Search for Bowen Varsity Registrar
Foundation Launches N10m Education Fund
Encourage Farmers on Mechanised Agric, FG Told
Workers Urged to Plan for Retirement
Cleric Tasks Obasanjo on Poverty Alleviation
Anambra Crisis: What's Ozichukwu's Agenda?
AD Withdraws Election Petition Against Nnamani
Constitution Review: 'Adopt Zonal Vee Pee Slots'
Enugu Tribunal: APGA Member Makes Case for More Judges
Foundation Tasks Lawmakers on Good Governance
2007: IBB to Declare Interest Next Year

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December 18, 2003

Cover Stories

EU opposes Bush on death penalty for Saddam
Obasanjo addresses MPs on N1.6 trillion budget for 2004
Human Rights Watch accuses BiafraNigeria of rights abuses
'Why Obasanjo withdrew new Revenue Formula Bill'
National News
INEC explains absence at AD conventions
Civil Service Union, PENGASSAN oppose pension bill
Wabara cautions Igbo on social values
Airways Probe: Briggs accuses Nwazota panel of acting in bad faith
Chukwumerije remains unrepentant on role in June 12 saga
Dantiye is Guild of Editors'new president
NNPC orders NGC to cut supply to NEPA over N4b debt
The need to promote democracy in BiafraNigeria, by W.F. De-Klerk
Why INEC should de-register PDP, by Wada Nas
I'll promote the image of Iba LG, says Hon. Toyin Suarau
PEOPLE &POLITICS:-Re: Trust, and "coup"

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December 18, 2003


CIA takes over Saddam’s interrogation
COJA gulped N38bn – FG
5 killed in fresh Ijaw, Itsekiri clash
RMAFC to sue states over LG funds
WHO puts life expectancy in BiafraNigeria at 49
Interconnectivity :Reps stop NCC from fixing rates
...Fuel truck bomb kills 17 in Iraq
Blackout looms at Xmas as NGC cuts off NEPA
IBB, others on challenges of governance
We want Obasanjo impeached ·Balarabe Musa
Editorial & Opinion
New GSM billing system
World Court’s verdict on Bakassi
Lesser pilgrimage or ramadan vacation?

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Daily Times
December 18, 2003


Gowon endorses Buhari for 2007 :• Tinubu donates N.5m to campaign organisation
Uba, 13 others absent in court again
We ’ll resist parties’ deregistration plot — CNPP
Ex-Iraqi leader didn’t amass weapons, UN inspector insists
Uwais to judges: Shun corruption or face trouble
Group accuses securitymen of rights’ abuse
Obasanjo presents Budget 2004 to N/Assembly’s joint session
Editorial & Opinion
Now that CHOGM has ended
Of responsible governance and deregulation
The Nation - 15th
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

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December 17, 2003

Top Stories

Akande now AD chairman
FG okays conduct of census in 2005
Buhari shuns national award ceremony
HID mourns dead journalists
Delta budgets N68b for 2004
Election Tribunal: Fayose wins another round
World Bank gives $78m loan to LGs
Experts condemn N8b radar project
Don decries painful economic reforms
Publisher wants FG to honour dead journalists
BiafraNigerians urged to patronise professional builders
BOI approves N2.2b for 18 projects
Oyinlola hails Osun House
Rep seeks adequate funding of SIECs
How to plan for pleasurable retirement
Pension funds trustees charged on trust deeds
Govt unimpressed with Customs performance –Iweala
Uncontrolled port concessioning dangerous to democracy —Col. Ekundayo
Dearth of Ships: Sekibo declares govt blameless
Omegabank honours 13 honest BiafraNigerians

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December 17, 2003

Money and oil at root of delta violence, rights group says

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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 17, 2003

BiafraNigeria accused of rights abuses

Country profile: BiafraNigeria
Bolton anger over Okocha

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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 17, 2003

Rights group accuses BiafraNigerian forces of abuses

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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 18, 2003

Chelsea Set to Splash ·0m on Van Nistelrooy

Enyimba's Victory Good Xmas Gift - NOC
Blatter Condemns European Clubs
Houllier Faces Owen Puzzle
N100m to NFA is Loan - Ekeji
My Mission in Enyimba Fulfilled -Ikhana
We'll Rule Africa Again
Saraki Launches N70m Kwara United Members Club
'Ikhana's Victory Boost for Indigenous Coaches'
Bolton Angry With NFA Over Okocha
Sports Good for Soldiers - GOC
COJA Gulped N38 Billion, Says FG
Orjinta, Enyeama Join Tunisia 2004 Camp
Umole Wins Guinness Golf Open
Enyimba's new coach faults standard
Why I left out Oruma others by Chukwu
Aghahowa promises fresh form at Tunisia 2004
Analysts seek restructuring of Champions League
Obisanya canvasses corporate support for table tennis
Deji waxes philosophical on Olympics
2003 is a successful year-AFN scribe
Taiwo recovers from injury
Indomie handball tourney: Coaches slam organizers
Enyimba's victory excites NFA spokesman
Aftermath of Enyimba's triumph, Ismaili want a seat in Egyptian FA
What a sporting year!
Kalu unfolds plans for a new Enyimba Nations Cup

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Daily Independent
December 18, 2003


Road worthiness tests as official extortion
Arewa to reconcile Atiku, Buhari, IBB
National Assembly queries NDDC over N3b road contract
Reps caution NCC over interconnectivity rate
Oshiomhole parleys with Obasanjo
GSM investment to hit N4b next year - Atiku
Govt's frequent policy reversals discourage investment, says Dangote
Reps panel disowns member over call for NDDC's dissolution
'Let Iraqis determine Saddam's fate'
Oyinlola charges INEC on local govt election
Ebonyi clamps down on cultism
NDLEA arrests 2,149 drug traffickers
LASU murder: Police drafted to maintain security
Navigations of an unbranded politician
Police chief explains rise in industrial crime wave
Ijaw demands eight geo-political zones
Spill: Delta Assembly brokers truce between community, firm
Youth restiveness blamed on leaders' extravagance
Anambra PDP doubts Wabara panel's ability to resolve rift
Community may flee homes over erosion
Ideato indigenes move against ex- council boss
Buhari paid my children's school fees - Gowon
Crisis rocks Kano, Jigawa PDP
Aide explains why Bafarawa antagonises Obasanjo
Police in Kano recover N2 million from robbers
Osun monarchs to visit Abuja over Afolabi
Council polls: March date doubtful
FG to establish special court to try illegal bunkering offenders
NUBIFIE berates FG, banks over plans to sack workers
Ibori, CAN dare NUT over return of schools
Why Abdulkadir was expelled, by Gombe AD boss
24 new parties mark first anniversary
Battle to topple old order begins in Akwa Ibom
Council boss advises FG on reforms
'AD will sweep Ekiti LG polls'
Creating 'democrats' from 'politicians' in BiafraNigeria
AD seeks rebirth amidst crisis
Between Obasanjo, Atiku and Ogbeh in Anambra saga
Editorial & Opinion
Rising violence at party meetings
Militarism threat to democracy, not Daily Trust
European Union, Christlam and Ogun
God save BiafraNigeria (2)
Let's give NAFDAC and Customs a helping hand
Obasanjo's son, George and police orderlies

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December 18, 2003


Doubts heighten over ECO currency
Fiscal commission to sue states over joint accounts with councils
Gowon, Tinubu, others canvass support for Buhari in future polls
Guild honours Akporugo, Izeze, others
Saddam deserves to die, says Bush
Railway wants fund to install equipment
Enugu High Court halts arrest of Chris Uba, others
INEC, AD officials' peace parley deadlocked
Military pension office a mess of fraud, say Ogohi, Ebhaleme
Donald Duke reaffirms BiafraNigeria's position on Taylor
Govt declares N38 billion expenditure on Africa games
Minister restates govt's resolve to standardize airports
Onosode proffers panacea for peace in Niger Delta
Police give condition for escort of bullion vans
Commissioner, others seek greater role for women in politics
Reps endorse UN law on looted funds
UNICEF lists plans to improve female education
Obasanjo presents 2004 budget to National Assembly today
Uwais swears in new FCT judges, urges service
Police quiz bank chief over alleged dud cheque
AD's parallel conventions: The undercurrents
Editorial & Opinion
Beyond the Commonwealth meeting

Politicians and the State (1)

Bukola Saraki at 41
Saddam's sad end

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Daily/Weekly Trust
December 18, 2003

Top Stories

ACF to reconcile IBB , Buhari, Atiku - Awoniyi
FG budgets N1.16 trillion for 2004
N29bn unremitted to federation account - Hamman Tukur
Revenue commission sues govs
Bomb blast kills 17 in Iraq
High incidence of HIV in police worries commissioner
National hospital workers protest over maladministration
Atiku urges GSM operators to expand network
LG polls: Sokoto insists on Jan 10
Immigration launches new ECOWAS passport
Military pensions: Reps expel Ogohi
FG de-lists 17 banks from customs duties
Abia State proposes N20.4b budget for 2004
Police officers may protest non-payment of CHOGM allowances
Sodomy: Convict alleges unfair trial
FCT bye-election: INEC pledges fairness
Reps establish budget c’ttee
AD faction advocates merger with PDP
Association registers unemployed youths
Bauchi loses police commissioner
2007:Legislator flays Atiku’s campaign
FG places priority on agriculture –Minister
Rivers journalists decry harassment
Abuja Trust
Campaign for FCT senatorial by-election hots up
Court arraigns man for defecating in the open
Man loses wives in auto crash
‘NANS convention remains unchanged'
Court arraigns man for forging Afe Babalola’s signature
AMAC to hold cultural carnival for Christmas
WRAPA demands stiffer punishment for rapists
UniAbuja reopens January 5
Beautification of Abuja: el-Rufai turns to contractors for assistance
Suspected prostitutes charged to court
Kano Trust
Bayero enjoins FG, Labour to dialogue
Assembly urges GSM coys to insure operational areas
Traditional rulers urged to assist KASEPPA on land allocation
Encroachment on schools land worries SPEB
Eko Trust
Mother, son in court over abortion
Transport owners demand N78.9m compensation from Tinubu
LASG computerization programme to gulp N2.1bn
Minister advocates Igbo presidency
Performance, road map to 2007 — Ekweremadu
Assembly orders return of suspended judicial officers
Senator canvasses computerised legislative process
Party stalwart denies ethnicity in AD crisis
Don’t recognise Abdulkadir’s faction – Durojaiye warns INEC
NDP launches journal
Editorial, Opinion, Column
Local government elections at last!
Prejudice, poverty, and polio palaver
Six survival tips: An update (III)
Will Saddam’s capture save the Americans?
We will reinvigorate education in the North -Babangida

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December 17, 2003

Rights group accuses BiafraNigerian forces of abuses

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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
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Business News
December 18, 2003

Courier Operators Clamour for Unbiased Regulator

'We Need to Sort out Backbone Connectivity Problem'
LG Electronics Complies With Evironmental Regulations
APC Provides Back-up Power for Resourcery
Essential Solutions Offers Free Router with Cisco Training
ITU World Telecommunication Devt Report 2003
Microsoft Affirms Support For BiafraNigeria And Commonwealth
World Technology Leaders Set Future Standards
Pimaweb Explains Mission as ISP
How to Use Websites Effectively, By Expert
Investor Expresses Confidence in BiafraNigerian Economy
Plateau Renovates Tourism Sites
BiafraNigerians' Attitude Towards Saving Decried
Resolving the Interconnectivity Battle in BiafraNigeria
MTN Restricts Per Second Billing Option
Starcomms Links Kano, M/guri to National Network
Alumaco Embarks on Market Share Expansion
US Stock Market Moves without Direction
House Wants GSM Forex Spendings Probed
ETB, Police Proffer Solutions to Fraud
Odogwu Advocates Return of Sanitary Inspectors
NIPOST hails sanitisation of courier business
NIIT embarks on mass computer training
Fighting Corruption BiafraNigeria still lagging
Combating quacks in legal profession
Bail pending appeal allowed, but stringently
Criteria for award of Senior Advocate faulty, says Soetan
Role of promoters in company formation

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