December  1, 2002

-Quran does not sanction killings –Okogie

-Falae under pressure to run for Ondo  guber race

-Kaduna riot latest: Stabbed 78-year-old Catholic priest dies

*Church authorities to meet

*We must act – Okogie

-INEC may ban all senators over N300m scam


December  2, 2002

-Nuclear agency bans LUTH’s cancer machine

-2003 presidential race: Ekwueme woos Abdulsalami

*Okadigbo dumps PDP for ANPP

-Cut in MRR likely in January

-Ocean Energy may win disputed oil block

-NITEL: Management contractor emerges Dec.13

-Interest rate: MAN threatens to blacklist errant banks

December 3, 2002

-British scientist gets grants to make rain machine

-AP probe: Key witness absent at tribunal’s sitting

*We warned investors –BPE

-Fresh spending may recede economy –CBN

-2003: Obasanjo, Ekwueme hold secret talks

-INEC releases election timetable today

-Robbers kill six in Lagos

*Worker lynch Plateau special duties director


December  4, 2002

-Bakassi: Nigeria, Cameroun set up boundary commission

-INEC registers 22 more parties

-Faces behind the parties

-PDP, ANPP, others welcome new parties

-AP probe: Tribunal orders refund of N80m commission

-NITEL: Management contractor begins operations in January


December  5, 2002

-UN team searches Iraqi nuclear site

-CBN to introduce national saving certificate in 2003

-Eid-el-fitr holiday stalls African Re’s appeal

-Alleged N2.4bn scam: Na’Abba must be probed, Reps insist

-Conduct Bureau, Anyim in crucial talks

-PDP govs reject automatic ticket

-CBN’s war against 419 pays off

December  6, 2002

-Pilot concession of Lagos ports begins in March

-NAL sale: Proceed already shared –BPE

-Firm upgrades warning on lung cancer drug

-Travails of Lagos primary schools

-PDP woos aggrieved guber aspirants

-New parties may push for parliamentary system

-Riots: CAN accuses FG of delaying probe

December  7, 2002

-Crying lowers blood pressure

-Miss Nigeria emerges today, Miss World

-Obasanjo meets IBB, Umar in Aso Rock

-2003: Actualise your ambition elsewhere –Lamido tells Rimi


December  8, 2002

-Sallah tragedy: 32 perish in auto crash

-Miss World 2002: Miss Turkey succeeds Darego

-2003: Obasanjo begins campaign says ‘I love igbo’

-AWC: Akide, Okpodu blame pitch

-Why Fashanu stepped down

*NFA chairmanship

-Okocha hits goal No.2

December  9, 2002

-WTO meets over access to cheap drugs

-World Bank okays N184bn credit facility for Nigeria

*Surpass last year’s mark

-MTN to reduce tariff

*NCC packages new interconnection model

-Financial crimes deadlines: Reps reconvene Thursday

-Fatwa: Soyinka wants Zamfara Deputy Governor tried

-Pirates go underground after NCC’s raid

December 10, 2002

-Obasanjo blames Nigeria’s woes on bad leadership

-Shareholders okay UINPETROL/Agip merger

-FG orders DPR to ensure compliance

-PDP bars Rimi, Gemade, Nyame

-1999 constitution, prepared by despots –Eso

-Punch titles remain the most widely read –Survey

-Our roads lack proper construction –Orangun

-Why we registered more parties –INEC

-Anxiety heightens as Reps recovene

December  11, 2002

-Igwes’ killings: NBA opposes bail for Mbadinuju’s aides

-AP: Ex-manager flees, deposits 60m in foreign accounts –Witness

-Export market most viable for gas development –NNPC

-Buhari not fit to rule –Soyinka

-AD suspends Mamman

-Lagos Assembly moves to impeach Kofo

-No sovereign conference, no election –OPC

-Cote d’Ivoire: Youths respond to calls to fight rebels

December  12, 2002

-Financial crime: Nigeria escapes sanction

-Revenue may drop by 15bn –BPE

-AP: Tribunal rejects request for Abba Gana’s arrest

-Obasanjo refuses assent to onshore/offshore bill

*says it would generate hostilities

-INEC needs N30bn for 2003 elections

-Airways: FG moves to recover N51bn from firms, individuals

-Interest rate: CBN to monitor banks

-Igwes’ killings :Mbadinuju’s aides freed

December  13, 2002

-BPE nets N3bn from four transactions

-FG targets N635bn from gas export

-Ilorin bomb: Police quiz gov’s aide, move him to Abuja

-I’ll defeat Ekwueme again –Obasanjo

-Afribank, Magnum Trust admit irregularities in loans to AP

-OPEC agrees to production cut, higher quotas

-Supreme court upholds 50-year jail term on NAF officer

-Bayelsa Assembly clerk dies in Minna

-Anyim sues Akanbi, DCP


December  15, 2002

-Ekwueme is no threat to Obasanjo –Adedibu

-‘Obasanjo has kept Nigeria together’

-N1.3bn allegation: Makarfi dragged to anti-graft panel

-Omisore’s impeachment: Ooni moves to avert violence

*Uneasy calm in Osun

*Omisore reacts Tuesday

December 16, 2002

-LUTH seeks lifting of ban on cancer machine

-BPE in talks with four new groups

-Nigeria toll plazas not enough –Minister

-WAEC exams: Nigerian students record worst score in W’Afrca

*Survey shows declining performance in English, Maths

-Federation Account: S’Court bars FG from paying LGs directly

-Zoning: Rimi, Gemade sue PDP

-38 more courses in varsities get full accreditation


December  17, 2002

-N226m fraud uncovered in police salary section

-AP:Tribunal orders arrest of ex-manager

-Gana, police chief leave for Europe

-Lagos Deputy Gov, Kofo, resigns

*House rejects action

-Afenifere wants Omisore arrested

-Northern govs reject onshore/offshore bill

*Mamman’s AD faction gets letter of invitation from Obasanjo

-Court rejects PDP’s request to transfer aggrieved  guber aspirants’ suit

-Extra-judicial killings: We’ve no defence –DIG


December  18, 2002

-AD welcomes Kofo’s resignation

*Gani warns Lagos Assembly

-External reserve rises to $7bn

-Shell begins production at offshore field

-Forex scam: CBN pardons 21 banks

-Why we struck –IBB

-INEC registers two more parties

-AD meeting with Presidency: Mamman fails to turn up

December  19, 2002

-National ID card: Registration shifted to Jan.15

-NLNG begins shipment from train III

-Budget: FG dumps oil firms’ recommendation

-Ibori, Odili, six other PDP govs returned unopposed

-Onshore/offshore: Obasanjo didn’t veto bill –Aide

-NDDC: President cautions Bayelsa governor

-FG rejects plea to send troops to Cote d’Ivoire


December  20, 2002

-NLNG, Consortium seal pact on $1bn loan

-Inflation rate slips to 13.6%

-2003: INEC to review voters’ registration in January

-Four accused persons lose bid to stop trial

*Associates call for justice

-Osun writes Obasanjo over Omisore’s impeachment

-Another cabinet reshuffle under way

*Senate gets names of 3 new nominees

-Tinubu warns against Sharia in Lagos


December  21, 2002

-PDP suspends 10 governorship aspirants

*Primaries now Monday as court lifts injunction

-Presidential election holds April 19 –INEC

-2003: IG raises alarm

*Says politicians are funding arms production for elections

December  22, 2002

-Ige foresaw his death –Agunloye

-More trouble for Omisore

*PDP bars him

*We may quiz him over Ige –IG

-Gunmen invade PDP primaries

*kill sergeant


December  23, 2002

-Shake up imminent in INEC

-Cash calls: NNPC to settle $266m arrears by May 2003

-Banks credit to economy down to N1.1 trillion

-Voters’ registration: Underage voters’ registered in 14 states –TMG

-PDP inaugurates panels to screen 155 guber aspirants

*Guber primaries hold today


December  24, 2002

-Rural telephony: N1.7bn lost to faulty execution

-Worker serve strike notice

-Omisore: Why we cant withdraw security detail – Police

-PDP presidential primary: Security agents screen Obasanjo, Ekwueme, others

*primaries suspended in Delta, A’Ibom, Kano, Abia

-Obasanjo names three ministerial nominees

-Reps threaten to revive impeachment plot

December  25, 2002

-Ministry budgets N40bn for completion of NITEL project

-Police intercept buses laden with ammunition in Kano

-Fire guts N1bn NNPC building

*Group claims responsibilty

*Police arrest guards, firemen

*Obasanjo sets up probe panel

-Mbadinuju dropped from guber race

-PDP wades into fresh bid to impeach Obasanjo

-Why I want Obasanjo’s job –Ekwueme


December  26, 2002

-Nigeria’s debt down by $460m

-NITEL invests $43.7m in submarine cable

-S’Court confirms death sentence on two brothers

-NNPC building fire: Poilice hunt suspected arsonists

*NNPC orders inventory

-Hospital-acquired infections cited for deaths, high cost of treatment at LUTH

-Jolly Nyame, too out of guber race

*Panel says he’s been elected twice


December  27, 2002

-PDP may axe controversial candidates

-NNPC building fire: SSS detains chief suspect

*Police arrest 18 security men

-Tinubu, Osoba renew call for national conference

-Obasanjo lauds Awo’s virtues, urges fight against killer diseases

-Iraq: Prolonged war may shoot up oil prices

-Fire razes 400 stalls in Abuja new market


December  28, 2002

-Primaries: PDP cancels Saraki, Kalu, Ibori’s election

-Omisore arrested

*To be arraigned for murder

-Police recovers N21m from former INEC commissioner

December  29, 2002

-2003: My fear for Nigeria –Adegbite

-I haven’t breached impeachment accord –Obasanjo

*writes Gowon, Shagari

-Presidential primaries: PDP sets pass mark for Obasanjo, Ekwueme

… says no automatic tickets for winners of guber primaries


December  30, 2002

-Kibaki elected Kenyan president

-NCC unveils new spectrum, fees, pricing strategy

-2003 guber race: PDP makes U-turn, clears Mbadinuju

-PDP’s game plan in the North

-27 banks report N1.1bn frauds in one month

*US SEC lists signs of investment frauds

-Fire razes Bodija market in Ibadan

-Omisore moved to Alagbon

December  31, 2002

-Kibaki assumes power in Kenya

-High oil prices threaten global economic recovery

-Nigeria to review airline deal with Aerospace

-PDP returns 20 govs

*Mbadinuju faces primary today

-Obasanjo, govs in two-hour talks

-Xmas break mars ASUU strike

*FG sets up committee

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