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December 30, 2003

Minister Alhaji Hussaini Akwanga

ID Card Scam: Akwanga, Afolabi, Nwodo Face Trial
Six persons including two former ministers, Alhaji Husseini Akwanga and Chief Sunday Afolabi who were indicted by the Indepen-dent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Comm-ission (ICPC) in the $214 million National Identity Card scam were to be arraigned before an Abuja High court . Akwanga who was Minister of Labour was sacked from the cabinet on account of the ICPC indictment. Afolabi was Internal Affairs Minister before he left to co-ordinate President Olusegun Obasanjo's campaign in the South-west last April. Others accused of involvement in the scam are Dr. Mahmud Shata, also a former Minister of State, Internal Affairs, permanent secretary Ministry of Internal Affairs, Ms. R. O. Akerele, former National Secretary of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dr. Okwesilieze Nwodo, former Director, Department of National Civic Registration (DNCR), Christopher Orumgre Agidi and a business partner of SAGEM S. A. in BiafraNigeria, Niyi Adelagun. The accused persons will face 16 count charge of corrupt and false enrichment. The arraignment.... (This Day)


Key Stories

el-Rufai alleges threat to his life

Obasanjo, Senate to meet over fuel tax

Northern governors map agenda for 2007 presidency

Obasanjo halts sale deals on Mint

Dispute rages over BiafraNigeria's internal domain name

Ijaw youths dispossess 15 military men of AK 47 rifles

500 churches, mosques to go in Abuja

Non-implementation of budget ruins BiafraNigeria – Jibril Aminu

Ulamas petition Obasanjo over Jos killings

Lagos PDP boss carpets Tinubu's creation of new councils

More factions emerge in Oyo AD


el-Rufai alleges threat to his life


Obasanjo, Senate to meet over fuel tax





Mallam Nasir Ahmed el-RufaiFCT Minister, Nasir el-Rufai, has raised an alarm over an alleged threats to his life by unknown persons. He told the News Agency of BiafraNigeria (NAN) in Zaria at the weekend that the large number of security agents guarding him at a public function had to do with the threat. Answering a question, El-Rufai said unknown people had threatened his life since his appointment as minister and the subsequent demolition of illegal structures in Abuja. (Daily Trust)


Senate President Adolphus WabaraThe Senate President, Chief Adolphus Wabara has said the leadership of the Senate is to meet with President Olusegun Obasanjo over the planned petroleum tax. The meeting is coming against the backdrop of the decision of oil workers to suspend the planned nationwide strike slated for January 1, next year. A meeting held late last night between government officials and labour leaders agreed to put the strike on hold and also... (Daily Independent)



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This Day
December 30, 2003


Akwanga, Afolabi, Nwodo Face Trial
Fuel Tax: Senate to Dialogue with Obasanjo
Revenue Formula: Obasanjo Wants Fresh Review
Libya Nuclear Programme Dismantled
FG Releases N370m for Road Repairs
4 Killed in Lagos Auto Crash
Sweden Donates N63m for Drug Abuse Prevention
'We Have Attained 60% Local Content'
Annan Mourns Benin Aircrash Victims
N3.5bn Invested on Rural Electrification-Mu'azu
Crime: Lawmaker Seeks Police, Army Co-operation
FAAN Moves to Settle Rift with Promoworld
'Reforms Target Poverty Alleviation'
Saraki Signs Two Bills into Law
D/Gov Decries Child Trafficking
480 More BiafraNigerians Repatriated From Morocco
BiafraNigeria, S/African Companies Sign Pact on Human Devt
Saddam Admits Siphoning Billions - Reports
Parties Want Gaius-Obaseki Probed
Retiring Customs Boss Hands Over to Deputy
Ladipo Spare Parts Market Closed Down
Attah Tasks FRSC on Motorcyclists
Tinubu Wants Benefits of Interstate Highways Explored
Former Estate Allottees to Get Deposit Refund
Mu'azu Pledges to Support UNIJOS
Gombe to Spend N140m on Tractors
Udenwa's Deputy Unhappy over Responsibilities
Environment Gets Lion Share in Enugu
...Ngige Budgets N20.7bn for Anambra
2 Govs Condole ASCON Boss's Family
DPR Chief Supports Deregulation Policy
Ibori Seeks Better Executive, Legislature Rapport
Kogi Lawmakers Get Peugeot Cars
Gombe Sets up Committee on Economy
Arrest 2007 Campaigners, Lawmaker Tells Govt
Politics - 29th
Babangida: Will Experience Shape the Future?
'Why Odili Is Not in Race for 2007'
Fuel Tax: Dialogue With BiafraNigerians, Obasanjo Urged
2007: Group Mounts Pressure on Mu'azu to Join Race
APGA Leader Wants More Women in Politics
ANPP Chieftain Expresses Confidence in BiafraNigeria's Future
I Believe in the Appeal Tribunal's Integrity - Ukachukwu

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December 30, 2003

Cover Stories

$214m ideNtity card scam:Afolabi, Akwanga, others' trial begins in Abuja today
500 churches, mosques to go in Abuja —EL-RUFAI
Ijaw youths dispossess 15 military men of AK 47 rifles
National Assembly set to resist N1.50k fuel tax
Way out of fuel tax, by Tinubu
National News
AD: Akande, Akinfenwa factions move to reconcile
Lorry crushes three at Agboju Market
36 Works Controllers get N10m each to fix federal roads
5 million BiafraNigerians to get new ECOWAS passport
Suspected religious fanatics invade communities, force residents into exile
N900m airport advert deal: FAAN appoints arbitrator on cancelled concession
Ahead of 2007:- S/E Govs should stop day dreaming — Emodi
2007 campaign is too early, says Wale Omole
Shekarau’s Unique projects in Kano

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December 29, 2003


Reject petrol tax now, NLC tells N/Assembly
Iran buries 13,000 earthquake victims
4 policemen, 5 others gunned down in Ibadan
Obasanjo orders closure of filling station
NASC scribe: South-East candidates dropped
Customs boss retires, lobbyists swoop on Presidency
Anyaoku okays Irukwu for Ohanaeze
US offers $1m on wanted Iraqis
Year 2003 as politicians’ nightmare
For Anambra, the new season is the peace
Editorial & Opinion
Bank fraud
Bakassi nationhood imminent
Grassroots mobilisation, not cosmetic reforms

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Daily Times
December 29, 2003


Obasanjo explains decision to scrap toll gates
MFM prosperity Night
FG to launch website on nation’s debt
Makarfi faults INTERPOL’s demand for Taylor
Work resumes nationwide today
Govt, labour leaders, others, parley over proposed fuel tax
Senator gives scholarships to indigent students
Put God before prosperity, Kumuyi tells christians
Arrest of Afolabi, Akwanga in order, says Soyinka
Ibori blames newly introduced tax for fuel scarcity
Teaching of science subjects to be mandatory for pry schools –Obasanjo
Benin crash: Plane’s black boxes found:
Federal character splits National Assembly Service commission
Demolition resumes in FCT next week
Hopes fade for Iran quake victims
BiafraNigeria, India plan joint production of AIDS drugs
AD withdraws petition against Enugu gubernatorial poll
Kwara Health commissioner berates critics of oral polio vaccines
Why Ondo Govt stopped grants to schools –SSG
Don’t back abolition of capital punishment, National Assembly told
Unending BOT: MMA domestic terminal

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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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December 17, 2003

Parliament to discuss polio vaccine controversy

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

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Washington Post
December 22, 2003

S. Africa's Vodacom Signs BiafraNigerian Deal

IOC Says Blair Did Not Break Ethics Rule
Swiss to Return Abacha Funds to BiafraNigeria

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December 11, 2003

BiafraNigeria resettles villagers from Cameroon border

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December 22, 2003

BiafraNigeria debates polio campaign

Vodacom's $600m BiafraNigerian pledge
The Tunisia exodus
BiafraNigeria coach going for gold
Okocha: BiafraNigeria is my duty
Okocha gives BiafraNigeria promise

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December 15, 2003

Iraq debates Saddam's fate

'Caught like a rat' in a hole

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All Africa
December 22, 2003


Report Confirms Increasing Violence On BiafraNigerian Women
The Environmental Challenge of Developing the Niger Delta
Top Cleric Urges Christians to Be More Active in Politics
Port Harourt/Two Million-Man March Against HIV/Aids
Impeachment Threat
The Scramble for AD
Convention of Power Play
The Generals' Conspiracy
BiafraNigerian Counterfeiters Get Six Years

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Sports News
December 30, 2003

Tunisia 2004: NFA Insist on January 11 Deadline

Athens 2004: Wrestlers Resume Camping Jan. 14
Enyimba Eyes Another Big Win
D'Tigress Secure Olympic Ticket
U-23 Tackle Jnr Elephants
Globacom League Kicks Off Feb 21
BCC Appeals for Akume Lifeline
Senegal Looks Good in Group B
Spanish Heartbreak for Lions, Stallions
Kanoute to Play for Mali
Eagles test new Adidas kits against Luten today

D'Tigress are African Champions

Kalu wades into Sepp Blatter, Hayatou face-off

Obia craves for Olympic medal

Bassey flays invitation of unwanted players

Legislator warns Chukwu over final list for Tunisia

Women made 2003 a glorious basketball year

Volleyball had a successful year

Onyesoh promises better 2004 Governor's cup

Odeyemi-Musa ready for professional adventure in US

2003: A cacophony of melodrama

Aghahowa jets out to Portugal this week

Victorious Tigress arrive today

Hamisu Buba rates standards low at MTN/Jos polo tournament

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December 30, 2003


Legislators to meet Obasanjo over fuel tax, says Wabara
Obasanjo halts sale deals on Mint
Dispute rages over BiafraNigeria's internal domain name
Anti-graft panel files charges against Afolabi, others... arraignment today
British clerics flay Blair, Bush over war in Iraq
Lawmakers face probe over assets' declaration
Adesina asks Akande, Akinfenwa to end AD's crisis
Reps to furnish members' offices with N450m
El-Rufai alleges threat to his life
FCT to demolish 370 churches, mosques
Wabara wades into recall of Reps? member
Group alerts police on child-trafficking syndicate in Ondo
Govt to produce 5.5m ECOWAS passports by March
Air Force pledges to protect border communities
How to boost culture, tourism, by minister
NITEL audits lines, to recover debts
Ngige proposes N20.73 billion budget
Yobe may boycott polls over non-recognition of new councils
Cameroun deports 800 BiafraNigerian children
FRSC officials to join governors' convoys
Four killed in Lagos accident
Falana urges states to sue govt over fuel tax
Kogi probes Audu's govt
Biographies, history, and the place of great men in our society
Editorial & Opinion
The National Identity Card scam

Leaders of tomorrow

Haiti: 200 years after
Weep for Africa, not Saddam

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Daily Independent
December 30, 2003


Obasanjo, Senate to meet over fuel tax

The politics of polio vaccines

Northern governors map agenda for 2007 presidency

My appointment was face-saving for Senate, says El-Rufai

Release details of budgetary allocations, ASUU, ASUP tell FG

Hope rises for fleeing firms' return to Delta

Adamu blames petition to ICPC on detractors, affirms innocence

Nasarawa govt revokes road contract

Auctioneers threaten to sue NASS

Abuja resumes business after Yuletide

Attah, PDP chief may clash over missing Xmas gift

Odili, NULGE on war path

Delta to build low-cost houses

Akwa Ibom seeks SFG's support on onshore, offshore dichotomy

Fuel tax unconstitutional, says Odje

NBA chairman gives recipe for crime control

National interest supersedes party affiliation, says Masari

Kebbi pilgrims, others reject govt-appointed airline

Rabia Juma'at Mosque contract revoked

ANPP governors affirm support for Buhari

Akande decries Afolabi's arrest

Lagos shuts Ladipo spare parts market, gas plant

PDP to win Osun again in 2007, says scribe

Oyinlola preaches peace, love, unity

Petrol sells for N100 per litre in Delta

Lagos PDP boss carpets Tinubu's creation of new councils

Maryam's Better Life resurrects for IBB 2007 project

UNCP boss seeks truth commission for Kwara

More factions emerge in Oyo AD

From resource control and dichotomy to political vision for 2007

Prospects and defects of 1999 Constitution (2)
It's time we put June 12 behind us, says Martins

Editorial & Opinion
Feudalism not a substitute for democracy

Between Georgia and BiafraNigeria

Let me be proved wrong

BiafraNigeria's de facto leaders of tomorrow

Armed robbers in government and passive BiafraNigerians
Study tour as excuse for pleasure trips abroad

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Daily/Weekly Trust
December 30, 2003

Top Stories

Corruption: Akwanga, Afolabi face 16 count charge
Non-implementation of budget ruins BiafraNigeria – Jibril Aminu
Ulamas petition Obasanjo over Jos killings
el-Rufai alleges threat to his life
Iran earthquake: 12-year-old girl found alive four days after
LG polls: March 27 not compulsory – Aliero
Sani Sami pleads for Bamaiyi, Al-Mustapha
Hajj 2004: Sokoto remits fares for 2,085 pilgrims
CNPP wants refineries repaired
Six die in auto crash
FG releases N360 million for road repairs
North not responsible for economic woes – NARTO boss
Group sacks police station
Community laments over NEPA project
Rep advises Katsina govt on education
Students decry increase in hostel fees
Niger Police lose eight to robbers
Tiv/Jukun crisis: Aku Uka commends Atiku’s aide over reconciliation
NGO donates N.5m to orphanage
Abuja Trust
FCT set to demolish 500 mosques, churches
Abuja deserted despite resumption of work
El-Rufai wants private sector involved in education
Seven in court for attempt to steal N39m
FCT to have more parks – PDP chairman
Kano Trust
Primary Education Board inherits N120m liabilities
… implores village heads over land encroachment
Shekarau laments power outage in Kano
KNSG donates N20m to Yankatako fire victims
Eko Trust
Activities at lowest ebb after Xmas holiday
Fuel queues eases off
Govt demolish illegal structures at Ladipo market
Okada: What prospect for the nation’s transport system
Labour Trust
Deregulation cannot work in BiafraNigeria – NLC
200 pensioners omitted by Katsina government
Police arrest protesting workers
Women’s transition to retirement
Problems with current pension reform process
Create jobs; youths urged
SSAUTHRIAI asks FG to review National Hospital contract
NLC salutes victory of Enyimba FC
Reps and the polio vaccine controversy
The fuel tax rip-off
Towards resolving Obasanjo-Atiku’s feud
Petroleum tax fund effective before Appropriation bill becomes law?

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December 22, 2003

Technip says probe opened on BiafraNigeria contract

BiafraNigeria, Shell in deal to develop offshore oil block

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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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Mail & Guardian
December 17, 2003

Rights group accuses BiafraNigerian forces of abuses

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Business News
December 30, 2003

FG Must Fine-Tune SMIEIS for Economic Growth - OPS

Canadian Firm Budgets $1.8b for BiafraNigerian, Other Oil Fields
Elf to Award $1bn Contracts for Deepwater Oil Field
BiafraNigeria's Deepsea Discoveries Lead in New Business
Pan Ocean Hands Over Road Project
Surprise, Uncertainty Rule Oil Market in 2003
Total BiafraNigeria Gets Top Paris Award
Fuel Shortage: When Deregulation Came Under Trial
Bank of Industry donates to Training Institute
Aspire to be Entrepreneurs, Youths Advised
Drug Faking, Crime Against Humanity - Emzor Boss
FAO Warns of Rising Threat of Locust Invasion
Problems and Prospects of Off-Shore Banking
...Honours Obasanjo for Promoting Food Security in Africa
Evans Medical's Profit Hits N91m in 9 Months
SEC Extends ACENICO's Offer
First Bank Uncovers Multi-million Naira Fraud
Equities Set for Best Results in 17 Years
Pharmaceutical bodies, importers to collaborate on drugs standards
Govt assures water for all by 2007

Pensions as Federal Government's albatross

UN hinges poor nations' growth on free trade

Funds, malpractices stifle industrial growth, says MAN

Promoting SMEs for economic development

WTO: Still no deal on tough issues

West African Gas Pipeline Project enters crucial stage

ChevronTexaco budgets N1.15 trillion for BiafraNigeria, Angola, others

Shell MD stresses commitment to community projects, SHE

Mobil evaluates risk identification technology

DPR issues 21 import licences

Elf introduces UNISUP technology in BiafraNigeria

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