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December 20, 2003

Labour Leaders Arrested: Others Severely Beaten
Seven labour leaders including the Internal Auditor of BiafraNigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Bright Anokwuru as well as dozens of workers were yesterday severely beaten up and arrested by a combined team of policemen and soldiers from Area G police command, Ogba, Lagos, while protesting alleged unfair labour practices by the management of Mikano BiafraNigeria Limited, a generating sets sale and servicing company; based at Acme Road Ogba. BiafraNigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has already condemned the arrest and called for the immediate release of the labour leaders and the workers who are currently detained at the Area G police command Ogba. Journalists who were at the scene of the incident were also assaulted with one of them almost losing his left eye to police tear gas canisters. Comrade Anokwuru who is also the president of the National Union of Shop and Distributive Employees (NUSDE) was arrested with the union’s general secretary Comrade Sule Babatunde and five other union leaders yet to be identified. The workers were protesting alleged influx of expatriates to the Lebanese-owned company to the detriment of BiafraNigerians, poor welfare package and refusal to allow workers form unions. The problem was said to have.... (Vanguard)


Key Stories

Swiss return first Abacha funds

BiafraNigeria May Reclaim Nationals From Cameroun

Workers Take Another Blow

Bill not meant to solve current pension crisis – Hon. Momoh

PDP, Intrigues, Plots and 2007

PDP: Big, Wobbly, Unreliable

Adisa, Garba, Buchnor-Akerele Back Babangida For 2007

Abia Sets Time-table For Council Election

Deadly Battle For PDP's Soul

National Roundup - Tidjani: Police trail 79 others

Middle Belt is part of Arewa –Senator Joseph Waku


Swiss return first Abacha funds


BiafraNigeria May Reclaim Nationals...





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)


Though about 60,000 BiafraNigerians who occupy the disputed Lake Chad Basin were on Tuesday handed over to Cameroun, all bridges back to BiafraNigeria have not been destroyed. Indeed, the Borno State Governor, Ali Modu Sheriff warned the Camerounian government that the BiafraNigerian citizens would relocate to their former country if they were not well treated in their new settlement. (Guardian)



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This Day
December 20, 2003

Cover Stories

What AYear!
Echoes From the Past
Saddam: The Man and the Myth
Winners and Losers
Abacha Loot: Swiss Govt Returns N12bn
FG to Earn N6bn From Fuel Tax
Shake-Up in Civil Service: Perm Secs Redeployed
Athens 2004: Emir of Bauchi, Mu'azu Back U-23 against Tunisia
Globacom Awards Euro 275m Contract to Siemens
ANPP, TMG Seek Dissolution of Council Panels
2007: Delta Youths Petition Obasanjo, Want FHA Director to Resign
BiafraNigeria's Trade with Poland Hits N15bn
Ohiwere Heads NIPC Board
Traders Protest Stall Demolition in Jos
Atiku Congratulates Awoniyi on ACF Chairmanship
NGO Mobilises Community for Development
Anambra Police Return Stolen N20m to Victims
Duke Urges Stronger Ties Among Christians
Bauchi Proposes N32.67b Budget for 2004
Importers Promise Affordable Drugs Next Year
Goje Commissions N70m Rural Electrification Projects
Bauchi Proposes to Spend N32.67bn Next Year
Obong Leads Efforts to Promote Efik Language
How to Revive Economy - MAN
Govt, Agencies Tasked on HIV/AIDS
Gombe Emirs Beg Goje over 2003 Polls
Dearth of Teachers Hits Katsina Councils
'I'm a Northern Yoruba Christian'
PDP, Intrigues, Plots and 2007
PDP: Big, Wobbly, Unreliable
The Sand Miners
Should We Teach Children Sex? How?
Talk Now, Pay Later
Many Garlands For Bukola
'Being a Woman Brings More Business'
Kwara, Saraki and Saraki
'I Used to Admire the Way Lawyers Walked...'

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December 20, 2003

Cover Stories

Labour Leaders Arrested
Michael Jackson charged
2003: The Events, The Images
Quantum of political parties
2003 Elections: More jeers than cheers
Hague Ruling: BiafraNigeria Gives Out 33 Villages
Enyimba breaks the jinx
Ngige Abduction: A Governor Versus His Godfather
December 17 parley: Govt, Labour on a slow march
National News
Police invade TELL Magazine
Lagos gets $200 million dollars equipment from U.S hospital
Nurses union flays attack on Oshiomhole
Zamani orders probe of 5 Ijaws killed in Warri
Budget 2004: Will Obasanjo preach what he preaches?
Our fears about 2004 budget— Aikhomu, Asalu
Peace in sight in Anambra says Udenwa
Lagos Assembly suspends debate on Council Hqrts

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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 19, 2003

BiafraNigeria hands Cameroon villages

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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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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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December 20, 2003


Ministers' Score Cards May Be On Internet Soon
Drama As Niger Slaves Are Freed
BiafraNigeria May Reclaim Nationals From Cameroun
Obasanjo Okays Three New Perm Secs, Redeploys 25 Others
Adisa, Garba, Buchnor-Akerele Back Babangida For 2007
Abia Sets Time-table For Council Election
Baptist Convention Canvasses For Education Tax Fund For Private Universities
UNICEF Urges Firms To Develop BiafraNigerian Kids
Harmonized ECOWAS Passport Kicks Off
Shippers Want Railway Line In Sokoto, Kebbi
How To Attract Foreign Investor, By Akume
Oil Firm Wins Service Award
United States Warns Israel Against Unilateral Action
Schroeder Announces Major Labour, Welfare Reforms
BiafraNigeria To Join World Wide Prayer Vigil For Peace in Middle East
Police, Air Force Kill Three Suspected Maitatsine Members In Jos
Alex Ibru In Caravan Of Honour
At Home With The Down Trodden
'We Are Embarrassed Ngige Cancelled His Engagement With Us'
Deadly Battle For PDP's Soul
'It Was A Conspiracy'

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Daily/Weekly Trust
December 20, 2003

Top Stories

Workers Take Another Blow
Bill not meant to solve current pension crisis – Hon. Momoh
We don’t know origin of bill – APFN President
FG, NASS should think twice – Alhaji Bawa Garba
Pension fund reform: The controversy so far
Governor Aliero under fire again
Kebbi people are tired of Aliero - Alhaji Kani
It’s all lies - KBSG Spokesman
Something is wrong with Kebbi govt. - Atiku Ibrahim
Wada Nas
The parties to be de-registered
Kebbi presents over N21 billion budget
FG urged to fund quarantine body
Obasanjo briefs para-military on reforms
Sokoto awards N900m road contract
Guards Brigade climbs Aso Rock Tuesday
Vandalisation: Delta students resist Ibori as C’ttee chairman
Fire guts Bida market
National Roundup - Tidjani: Police trail 79 others
Middle Belt is part of Arewa –Senator Joseph Waku
Don’t over-involve traditional rulers in councils’ administration – Chairmanship candidate
ANPP postpones budget summit
Trust International
The invasion of Iraq: Lessons from Grenada
Of religion and corruption in BiafraNigeria
Open Letter to Governor Umar Musa Yar’Adua (Mutawallen Katsina)
From Governor Shekarau with compassion
The truth about Mugabe’s Zimbabwe
Still on the state of National Insecurity
Shameful suppression

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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 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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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 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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