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January 22, 2004


Privitization or 419: Senators stage walkout over privatization bill
For the first time, senators from the political divide overwhelmingly opposed the Privatisation and Commercialisation of Public Enterprises Bill (2003) which the Senate leadership wanted debated and passed on Wednesday. As Senator Dalhatu Tafida, in his capacity as the Senate Leader, wanted to lead debate on the Bill, Senator Sule Yari Gandi (All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) Sokoto State, argued that it should be withdrawn as it is yet to be gazetted or brought to the knowledge of several other senators. Gandi said Tafida would be misleading the Upper House if the debate went ahead as the old Bill on privatisation had gone with the last Senate and a fresh Bill from the executive must now go through a fresh process. Tafida took exception to this, saying he had never misled the Senate, having been “tested and found reliable,” and that, in anyway, the Bill would not require an indepth debate. Many Senators disagreed. The uproar generated by the stout opposition, led by Gandi, culminated in the clearing of the gallery of visitors and newsmen. At about 2.50pm, Senate President Adolphus Wabara ordered the gallery cleared. The house went a.... (Daily Independent)


Key Stories

Anambra Assembly Okays New Deputy for Ngige

Ojukwu warns against emergency rule in Anambra

Election petition tribunals: 4 more judges suspended

Labour suspends strike, Obasanjo travels out

Obasanjo's Govt Worst Ever - Abubakar Umar

President withholds Reps' N2b

Respect immunity of state govs, NBA boss, Odili warn judges

Banks Set Aside N20bn for SMEs

Obasanjo replaces Akwanga

Fuel Tax: Will Strike Threaten Democracy?

I'll Not Succumb to Pressure to Join PDP, Says Peter Obi


New Deputy Gov for Ngige


Ojukwu warns against emergency rule...





Anambra State Gov Chris NgigeAnambra State House of Assembly yesterday confirmed Governor Chris Ngige's nominee, Chief Ugochukwu Nwankwo, as the new deputy governor of the state. And in Abuja, President Olusegun Obasanjo sent the name of Dr. Hassan Lawal to the Senate for confirmation as Minister. If confirmed, Lawal will, like the former Minister of Labour and Productivity, Alhaji Husseini Akwanga, represent Nasarawa State in the cabinet. Akwanga was sacked after his arrest for alleged... (This Day)


OjukwuOjukwu has warned the Federal Government against declaring a state of emergency in the crisis-torn Anambra State. Ojukwu said that declaring emergency rule in Anambra, for whatever reason, would amount to a call for another civil war in the country. [He] said though the memory of the 1967-1970 Biafra-Nigerian civil war was a bitter one, the Igbo would not continue to fold their arms and watch their land turned into a political battle field. (Guardian)



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This Day
January 21, 2004


FG Withdraws Fuel Tax
...Police Beef Up Security
Anambra: Ngige, Uba Reach Fresh Deal
Anyaoku Rises for Democracy, Law
Senate Passes Onshore/Offshore Bill
Oshiomhole Chides Senate for Encouraging Dictatorship
Emir Flees over Election Violence
Stop Overheating the Polity, Speaker Tells Obasanjo
'$220m Invested in Calabar Free Trade Zone'
Hajj: Pilgrims Warned Against Carrying Drugs
Lawyer Seeks Police Protection
VC Decries Strike in Varsities
NEPA Gets Customers Care Centre
Kogi Pays Pensioners
Forum Flays LG Committee
Abana Vs Obi: Appeal Court Adjourns to Today
Fuel Tax: Will Strike Threaten Democracy?
I'll Not Succumb to Pressure to Join PDP, Says Peter Obi

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January 21, 2004

Cover Stories

Court suspends strike, asks FG to withdraw N1.50 tax
Ngige, Uba agree to fresh peace accord * Igbo would resist state of emergency —Ojukwu
N/Assembly okays Oil Dichotomy Bill
PPPRA orders fuel marketers to suspend N1.50 tax * Strike still holds today — NLC
National News
States to have equal number of persons in N-Assembly bureaucracy
Proposed NLC strike hikes oil prices
Obasanjo describes Anyaoku as perfect gentleman
SMIEIS: CBN withdraws N2bn from defaulting banks
Fuel Tax: Has Masari broken ranks?
Removing prejudice from republican democracy

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Daily Times
January 19, 2004


Stockpile food, NLC warns BiafraNigerians
FG, states, LGs to share N236.6bn
Race for 2007 office premature for now – Buhari
NDLEA arrests 10 BiafraNigerians, foreigner over hard drugs
Fuel tax, Anambra crisis top agenda as Council of State meet
No compensation for injured corps members on unapproved trips — NYSC boss
FCT Minister seals off fuel station for violating sanitation laws
Obasanjo, economic team, off to Switzerland today
Three presidential jets for sale
Wabara urges govt to hasten human resources development
Airlifting of US-bound stranded passengers ends
Lawmaker donates N.6m to families of 6 dead journalists
The Nation
NLC, TUC clash over Oyo union membership
Check official corruption in ministries – ASCSN
CFTU flays govt’s spending on tollgates’ demolition
Journalists implored to encourage political participation
Agagu blames collapse of pension system on poor management
15,000 moslems may miss hajj
Editorial & Opinion
The brouhaha over fuel tax
Good governance and the media (II)
Basden’s theory of illogicality and our polity
Thoughts for M.C.K. Ajuluchuku (1920-2003)

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Januardy 19, 2004

Polio immunisation to remain suspended, says Kano State

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January 21, 2004

BiafraNigeria court orders strike ban

Agali cautions BiafraNigeria
The Tunisia exodus
Kanu return boosts Posh

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All Africa
January 20, 2004


Bring Back Nations Cup Obasanjo Orders Eagles, Approves N187m for Nations Cup
Militant Youths Threaten Warri Port
Panic Fuel Buying in Abuja, Lagos
Gov. Controversy
The Murder Option
Anambra: a Vote Forthe Owerri Accord
The Man Sonny Kuku
Untangling BiafraNigeria's IT Registration Palaver
Falcons in Killer Mood
Oladipo Backs Adamu for CAF Seat
KAI Scares Yaba Traders
Police Descend On Okada Operators
Works Ministry to Issue C of O to House Owners
Expert Rates GSM Operators Low
Policemen Warned Against Corruption
Oshodi LG Revokes Contractors Permits
Police Arrest Youth Corper Over N7m Fraud
Police Warn Demonstrators
FG Moves to Stop Strike
Obasanjo Set to Travel Out 'Don't Try It', Aides Beg
Transport Owners Reject Fuel Tax Strike
Police Flout Court Order
We're Ready for Ghana - Akide
Okocha Delays Eagles
The Ban of Leather Imports And Others

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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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Business News
January 21, 2004

Cost of Fund Crashes on Stock Market

AP to Acquire Controlling Interest in IMB
Unfunded Pension Liabilities Hit N3 Trillion
How Feasible is Off-shore Banking in BiafraNigeria?
Bomb Blast: Cornerstone Pays N74m to Dana Group
Insurers' Association Proffers Solution to Ports Insecurity
Unpaid Tax: LASG Takes on Mutual Assurance
AIDS: Beauty Queen Raises N1m for Endangered Babies
Bahrain Insurance Sector Set for Growth
Illinois Lawmakers Struggle with Crisis
NIA Advises Athletes to Get Insured
Ex-NAICOM Boss Lists Merits, Demerits of Mergers
NIA Satisfied with Achievements in 2003
Insurer Turns to Psychology to Detect Fraud
How Prudent Bank Adds Value to Customers
What Value Do You Get for Banking Your Money?
Big Banks Ranked Worst for Customer Service
Shongai Packaging Eyes the Capital Market
WAPCO Goes for Fresh Capital Injection
Stock Market Borrowing: Yobe State Meets Other Obligations
Japanese Corporate Bankruptcies Fall in 2003
Botswana Lists Incentives for Foreign Investment
The Budget's Likely Impact on the Capital Market
Naira Stability Threatened as Demand Soars
Global Bank Opens New Branches
Fortune Bank Re-enforces Corporate Values
Liberty Bank Records Huge Transactions
US Investors Trade Cautiously After Results

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Sports News
January 21, 2004

I Want to Help Eagles Lift Nations' Cup - Utaka

Tunisia 2004: Eagles Fly Over Koln 3-2
N14m for Chukwu
Carling Cup: Okocha Plots Cup Glory for Bolton
NFA Bigwigs Head to Tunis for Adamu
'Don't Underrate Foes'
New Coaches Meet With NFA Feb 3
Lions Unveil New Strip
Mugabe Boosts Warriors

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January 21, 2004


Appeal Court halts fuel tax, Labour strike
Lagos judges reject judicial council's assessment
Senate, Reps approve govt's review of oil bill
Police caution against breach of peace
Obasanjo cancels trip, honours Anyaoku at book launch
Labour faults Senate's romance with executive
Ojukwu warns against emergency rule in Anambra
23 die in Algeria refinery blast, search for survivors begins
Edo decries under-payment in derivation fund
U.S. donates N8m anti-AIDS materials to Army
Why early January rains in Lagos, by agency
NUC updates information system for varsities
Minister faults UNESCO's budget allocation for education
Ladoja confirms March 27 election date, Gombe dissolves new councils
Appeal Court adjourns as Obi contests Abana's pleas
Ijaw, Itsekiri raise joint panel for peace
Four feared killed as robbers attack bank in Sapele
Legal body urges dialogue on fuel tax
Jerusalem pilgrims call for dialogue, AD insists on strike
Anambra House passes motion against emergency rule
Akande denies probe by anti-graft panel
Again, Ngige, Uba end feud, okay Owerri accord
Police beef up security in Onitsha over threats to burn market
Commissioner's absence stalls suit against Ekiti electoral body's chief
Finally, Ngige arrives Supreme Court with lorry load of prayers
The police are selectively effecting court orders says Anosike
Editorial & Opinion
African Cup of Nations 2004

Obasanjo and disillusioned BiafraNigerians

Overpopulation is not the problem
Of hope and happiness
A total strike
The drift towards anarchy
Corruption at the restaurant

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January 21, 2004


Strike’ll go on despite court order
Robbers storm bank in 3 bullion vans, kill 8
Police not corrupt, says IG
Wabara raises panel to enforce Owerri accord
Security alert in Onitsha market
Orjinta, best option –– Ugbade
N7bn SMIEIS fund disbursed
Deputy speaker overrules Reps’ rejection of budget
Anambra crisis: Why we are against Elders’ Forum – APGA chieftain
Order to remove Ngige, a declaration of war on Anambra State
Editorial & Opinion
Still on the Shobowale twins
Predictions for 2004
Ngige, 2; Allied forces, O.

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Daily Independent
January 20, 2004


FG, NLC talks deadlocked
50 killed in Port Harcourt revenge attack, residents flee
Ngige challenges Obasanjo in Supreme Court
FG may shut varsities, polys for six months
Council of States okays white paper on LG reforms
10 feared dead in Itsekiri, Urhobo clash
Obasanjo to South East governors: I only listen to Attorney-General
Appeal Court rules on Achukwu's objection Wednesday
Elegy for Mbakwe
No going back , say Beko, Falana
Coalition criticises fuel tax, appeals to NLC
Senator urges suspension of planned strike
Foreign group backs Labour's decision
NLC shuns meeting with Wabara
Tinubu urges Obasanjo to withdraw fuel tax
Governors' Forum splits over Ngige
NIPOST to computerise post offices
Police deny arrest order on Uba, others
Strike: Govt, Labour meet again
Igbo leaders move against imposition of state of emergency
Senate speaks on fuel tax, passes 2004 budget in Feb
I-G obeyed Court of Appeal ruling, police counsel insists
Ijaw group seeks probe of Port Harcourt killings
Odili reads riot act to Kalabari warlords
Akwa Ibom PDP adopts caretaker chairmen as candidates for council polls
2007: Southern Kaduna ditches Balax
Jigawa, NLC sign N300 million leave grant pact
Dasuki suggests ways to curb high crime rate
Auditors-general advocate uniform auditing system
Stranded World Airways passengers finally airlifted
NUC packages universities for Internet
Political parties petition National Assembly
Don't dictate to SIECs, Ogbeh warns PDP governors
Ambassadorial nominees: Group alleges marginalisation
Group cautions Nnamani over Anambra crisis
How protocol deepened Makarfi, legislators' feud
CDHR restates call for national confab
ANPP, AD show interest in Edo LG polls
Attah's unyielding resource control battle
Editorial & Opinion
Re-engineering the National Teachers' Institute
Will Babangida rule BiafraNigeria again?
IBB and verdict of time
Tunisia 2004 … Contact Prof. Okunzua ex parte
Ban on imported goods
Let's safeguard this democracy
Tafa Balogun must be straight with the nation

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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 21, 2004

BiafraNigeria Strike Partially Observed Despite Court Ban

French Judge Probes Unit of Halliburton

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Mail & Guardian
January 21, 2004

BiafraNigerians stockpile as fuel strike looms

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January 20, 2004

Court orders BiafraNigeria unions to suspend fuel strike

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January 16, 2004

BiafraNigerian court rejects govt attempt to stop strike

UN Enlists Broadcasters in Battle Against AIDS
Asia Crude-Trade in Mideast grades set to pick up
U.N. Agency Launches Final Push to Eradicate Polio
Vodacom says BiafraNigeria market big enough for four p.1
Vodacom says BiafraNigeria market big enough for four p.2
Shell,ChevTex forced to study joint BiafraNigeria plan p.1
Shell,ChevTex forced to study joint BiafraNigeria plan p.2
BiafraNigerian villagers argue with Shell over oil spill

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December 11, 2003

BiafraNigeria resettles villagers from Cameroon border

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