Historic Newspaper Headlines : November 2000 To April 2001

November 1, 2000:

-Drama in House of Reps

*Members exchange blows

*Ghana must go bags of money displayed

-President denies offering bribe

-Factions threaten AD convention

-Oputa panel: Coup convict, accuser embrace


November 2, 2000:

-Abacha’s hitman opens up on Diya coup

-Budget 2001: Obasanjo cancels address to Assembly

-House of Reps: Another free-for-all averted

-PDP raises true panel

-Two chairmen emerge at AD convention


November 3, 2000

-I was chained for four months –Obasanjo tells Oputa Panel

-Federation Account: FG may rely on oil windfall

-AD convention: INEC dumps Mamman, backs Abdukadir

-Budget 2001: Senate okays Obasanjo’s request


November 4, 2000

-Dikko weeps

…as he narrates 1984 kidnap incident

-Impeachment:  Police invade Osun Assembly

… Speaker manhandled

-Na’Abba: Tension in South-South governor’s meeting


November 5, 2000

-You can’t remove me – Akande tells Assembly

Adebisi Akande

-Presidency/Assembly face-off: Ambassador blames PDP

-Na’Abba: S/South leaders defend Odili

-Oputa Panel: Diya accuses NTA of bias


November 6, 2000

-AD crisis: Adesanya rejects convention result

-NLC shelves march on House of Reps

-Arewa not a sincere group- Umar

-Licences for digital cellular unlikely in December

-Impeachment move against Akande thickens


November 7, 200

-Obasanjo won’t appear before Reps

– Presidency

-AD factions head for court

-Reps probe panel may indict NNPC


November 8, 2000

-N80bn Abacha loot for 2001 budget

-Obasanjo, Na’Abba trade claims over estimate

-Ciroma, Assembly leaders meet

-Bribery allegation: Court stops Reps probe


November 9, 2000

-Bribery Probe: Na’Abba heads for court

-2001 budget: FG expects N862bn from oil

-Akande escapes impeachment


November 10, 2000

-Let’s come together, Obasanjo tells Assembly

-Why he changed his mind

-Saro-Wiwa: Government guilty of executive murder –Nwabueze

-Security men bar AD leader, others from joint session


November 11, 2000

-Lagos clash: Millionaire’s 50 workers arraigned

-US judge stops vote recount

-As election  crisis deepens

-AD crisis: Ige, legislators disagree with Adesanya

-Obasanjo turns down invitation to visit Kaduna refinery

-Obasanjo receives festival torch


November 12, 2000

-Why South/South caucus dumped AD – Oyegun

-Fuel scarcity: No end in sight

*Petrol price hits N60

*Kerosene N50

-Oputa Panel summons Fasehun


November 13, 2000

-Under-50 politicians in crucial meeting

-Na’Abba sacks opponents…from committees


November 14, 2000

-Fasehun freed, re-arrested

*Moved to Ilorin

-Obasanjo gives NEPA ultimatum

-Anyim advises lawmakers

-Privatisation yields N23bn, enters new phase


November 15, 2000

-Obasanjo, YCE in four hours’ meeting

-Rewane’s murder: Panel summons Gwarzo, Omenka, Mustapha

-States can’t control mineral resources – Obasanjo


November 16, 2000

-Fasehun regains freedom

-I’II tell Nigerians the truth – Mustapha

-FG budgets N1bn for scholarships



November 17, 2000

-Senate, House head for showdown

…over NDDC nominees

-FG floats new-power transmission firm

-Presidency V. House: Ekwueme panel drops probe

-Senate summons Ciroma, others


November 18, 2000

-Fresh tension in Kano

*Non-natives flee, hoteliers close shop

-Abdukadir sacks Mamman, Adebanjo from Obasanjo’s panel.

-OPC can’t die – Fasehun as Lagos court discharges him

*FG says the battle continues

-Oputa panel, a waste of time – Gani


November 19, 2000

-Lagos killing: Northern governors threaten to retaliate

-They want to kill me – Fasehun

-Falae in Ibadan, snubs Adesina


November 20, 2000

-Northern governors’ threat is blackmail – Adesanya

-Obasanjo to reconcile Afenifere, YCE

-Cellular licences: NCC cancels $100m deposit

-NITEL: plans N88bn cellular firm


November 21, 2000

-Obasanjo, Yar’Adua planned coup

– Witness tells Oputa panel

-Nigeria’s sovereignty is sacred

– Obasanjo

-2003 polls: Atiku launches campaign machinery

-Na’Abba names Presidency’s agent in bribery saga

-Senate plans public hearing on fuel crisis


November 22, 2000

-I’II serve Abacha again – Mustapha

-Senate, House begins  debate on 2001 budget.

-I have no presidential ambition – Atiku

-Obasanjo cautions oil investors


November 23, 2000

-Why Abacha killed Onagoruwa’s son

– Ogboru

-Nigeria’s unity not negotiable

– Obasanjo

-US polls: Supreme Court orders manual recount

-Nigeria to pipe gas to Ghana, Togo, Benin

-Tinubu proposes N48.9bn budget


November 24, 2000

-Budget: Senate’s debate takes ethnic turn

-Reps indict Obasanjo

-Generals wobbled me for Abacha’s job – Mustapha

-Ogunshola, Adefarati back state police


November 25, 2000

-Abacha’s man begs coup plot victim

-Panel undecided on IBB’s request

-Nigerians want constitution review

– survey

-Airline operators threaten to suspend flights


November 26, 2000

-MKO Abiola’s death: Generals threaten to kill Mustapha

*Brother raises alarm

*I know how MKO was killed – Falomo

-Anyim sacks Okadigbo’s son

*Sends Shagari’s son on leave

-Christians/Moslems set to clash

*As Northern CAN dares Ulama on Bonnke


November 27, 2000

-Confession on M.K.O: Mustapha’s brother cries out again

*He must not die – Gani

-We are committed to Ngieria’s unity

-Why I joined YCE – Ige

-25,000 digital phone lines coming for Lagos


November 28, 2000

-M.K.O’s killers: Let me testify in camera – Mustapha

*M.K.O. was killed slowly – Falomo

-Rimi, Nwosu, Kalu differ on Obasanjo’s performance.

-Fuel crisis worsens as PENGASSAN begins strike


November 29, 2000

-No to secret evidence by Mustapha

-Oil blocs bid: Texaco takes case to Presidency

-GSM licences won’t be ready till Feb – Official

-Patriots indict Assembly

-Okadigbo returns, explains absence

-SSS bombed Omatsola – Abubakar Tsav


November 30, 2000

-Oputa panel: Gowon’s govt on trial

*Bank chiefs recount ordeal

-2001 budget: Power and steel get N69.8bn

-Conduct Bureau can probe Na’Abba

– F.R.A.

-Obas deny Mustapha’s allegation


December 2000


December 1, 2000

-50 killed in Lagos pipeline explosion

-Obasanjo reaffirms stand against  resource control bid

-Coup victim, Abiola’s aide reply Mustaha, Mujakperuo

-Senate sends 2001 budget to finance committee


December 2, 2000

-Oputa panel shocked

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… as victims allege secret renovation of Abacha horror chamber

-Party leaders disagree on independent candidates

-Tinubu indicts PPMC over pipeline explosion

-AIDS: I’ve not been cured – Abalaka’s patient


December 3, 2000

-Abubakar, others must face trial – Gani

-Unknown soldiers: Fela’s family demands N160m

-Obasanjo begins campaign for second term

-FG insists on justice for slain Damilola

December 4, 2000

-Oputa panel, a waste of time

– Adesanya

-Under-50 political group not Arewa agenda – Igbinedon

-Probe panel summons BPE boss

-400,000 cellular phones likely by 2002


December 5, 2000

-Oputa panel: Abdusalami wanted Obasanjo, Yar’Adual shot  – Mustapha

-Outage: FG declares war on generator sellers

-Rufai accuses NITEL chiefs of sabotage

-ID card scheme will benefit Nigerians


December 6, 2000

-Oputa panel: Diya, Bamaiyi lock horns today

*Abdusalami, Malu to testify

… I’II expose all – Adisa

-Obasanjo warns ambitious ministers

-CBN, bank chiefs parley over interest rates


December 7, 2000

-Assassination attempt: Diya implicates Arisekola, Gwarzo

* He’s a liar – Arisekola

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-Why Alli, Madueke were retired

-No regrets working with old people

– Obasanjo


December 8, 2000

-Please, forgive me – Rogers

-How Abacha used Malu, Bamaiyi against me – Diya

-Anyim threatens absentee senators

-Oputa panel extends Lagos sitting

Justice Chukwudife Oputa

December 9, 2000

-Layi Balogun shot dead

-Diya apologises to Obasanjo

-CBN may introduce N5, N10, N20 coins

-Oputa panel: Witnesses must face the music  – Human rights groups

-Mustapha to testify in public – Oputa


December 10, 2000

-Oputa panel: You can’t summon IBB, Akilu, Togun – Court rules

-No vacancy in Aso Rock – Anenih

-Arewa’s call for Bamaiyi, others’ release: Plot to turn Obasanjo against Yoruba


-Damilola: Witness reports to police

-Mourners besiege Balogun’s house


December 11, 2000

-2003 presidential race: Enahoro under pressure to run

-Budget 2001: N’Assembly shifts deadline

-Fish out Balogun’s killers, Olubadan tells FG

*State police a must now – Tinubu


December 12, 2000

-Coup video: Diya prostrates for Abacha, weeps

* I only pleaded, not begged – Diya

-Oputa clears air on compensation

-Why we can’t release N111bn capital vote – FG

-External reserves rise to N10bn


December 13, 2000

-We planned coup – Adisa

-Mustapha names Abiola’s killers tomorrow

-Atlas Cove fire: Lagos Assembly summons – NNPC chiefs

-Gani demands N2bn from IBB over Dele Giwa

-Controversy over Balogun’s murder deepens


December 14, 2000

-1997 Coup: How we planned to kill Abacha – Bamaiyi

-No regrets kneeling for Mustapha

– Adisa

-Budget 2001 ready before Xmas

-Paris Club reschedules Nigeria’s $23bn debt

-US Supreme Court rules in Bush’s favour

*Gore considers next options

-Oputa panel summons Malu over Diya’s property


December 15, 2000

-How Abacha, Abiola died – Mustapha

-Bush reaches out to Democrats

*Diya, Adisa, others have lost ranks

-Dele Giwa: Tony Momoh, Gani trade tackles


December 16, 2000

-Bamaiyi planned Abiola’s killing – Gen Sabo, former DMI boss

-Abiola’s lawyer may go to UN

-Why CBN delays N500 note

-FG audits National Hospital


December 17, 2000

-Diya, Bamaiyi planned coup – Fadipe

-Juju found in Diya’s house – Mustapha

-I’m ready for IBB anywhere – Gani

-Adefarati raps AD leaders over Abdulkadir

-Americans want to invest in Nigeria


December 18, 2000

-Revenue sharing: Governors, LG bosses at war with FG

-Fuel scarcity bites harder in Lagos

-Ekwueme panel clears presidency

… Over Budget 2000


December 19, 2000

-Six Nigerians ranked among world’s richest

-No going back on Bamaiyi, Mustapha’s  trial, govt insists.

-Presidential panel seeks review of pension scheme

* Recommends six new laws

-We’re being ripped off – OPEC

-Anyim: My hands are clean – Okadigbo


December 20, 2000

500m Abacha loot linked to London banks

S’west governors raise alarm over revenue formula

FG may revisit Eso panel report

National Assembly passes Budget 2001


December 21, 2000

-Another fuel tanker explosion in Ibadan

*Four killed, 10 vehicles burnt

-NLNG signs pact with Shell

-Nigerians to enjoy fruits of democracy next year – Obasanjo


December 22, 2000

-Bleak Xmas, Sallah for federal workers

* Payment of salaries runs into a hitch

-IBB may face Senate panel

…Over ID card scam

-Obasanjo signs budget 2001, praises National Assembly


December 23, 2000

-Britain begins probe of Abacha loot

… Fall-out of Obasanjo’s latest request

-FG releases names of bidders of GSM phones

-Afenifere wades into Moremi shrine demolition

-Anxiety as CBN liquidates three more banks


December 24, 2000

-Sharia crisis latest: Over 100 arrested in Kano

-Fresh crisis rocks PDP

* Faction wants constitution amended

-No truth, no reconciliation yet

– Gowon

-Northern govs’ threat, reply to OPC

– Gemade


December 25, 2000

-Debt servicing: States, FG in fresh battle

-Crime rate soars

-Xmas: Pope, Obasanjo, others seek peace


December 26, 2000

-31 killed in Xmas tragedy

*Whole family wiped out

-OPC scare: Security beefed up around Emir of Ilorin

-Senate fine-tunes budget Jan. 3

-Ogun set for Obasanjo


December 27, 2000

-Moon sighting: Oyo Muslims ignore Sultan

… Mark Eid-el-Fitri today

-Xmas/Sallah: Governors, clerics hinge development on religious harmony

-No decision yet on new revenue formula – Economic Commission

-We’re improving infrastructure to boost economy – Atiku


December 28, 2000

-10 Nigerians killed in Cote d’Ivoire

-219, 000 lines idle on NITEL network

-Afenifere, Yoruba elders hold peace talks


December 29, 2000

-National ID Card project: Nigeria loses N14bn

*FG to start afresh

-Privatisation: 15 firms to emerge from NEPA

-Tears, as Balogun’s body arrives Ibadan


December 30, 2000

-IBB  visits Obasanjo

*Meet behind closed-doors in Ota

-Cabinet reshuffle imminent – Okupe

-Kano epidemic: Minister orders Pfizer officials to appear before panel

-FG freezes ministries, parastatals’ accounts


December 31, 2000

-Polytechnic crisis: Oyo sacks 700

-Northern states want own ‘NDDC’

-We have not failed-Obasanjo

-Stock market soars in 2000


January 2001


January 1, 2001

-From Obasanjo to LG bosses: Stop embezzling allocations

-New Year: Anyim, Okogie, others preach hope

-Share purchase fund now ready

-NITEL invests N60bn in treasury bills


January 2, 2001

-NEPA takes case to churches, mosques

-PDP stalwarts, vice-chairmen at loggerheads

-New Year: Be patient, Obasanjo tells Nigerians

-Pope seeks global peace

-NLC insists on 25% pay rise for workers


January 3, 2001


-YCE-Afenifere feud: Yoruba elders confer with Ooni

-Guidelines on universal banking out

-Sharia fundamentalists give Igbo man 50 lashes…. Over alcohol

-2003 election: Lamido rallies support for Obasanjo


January 4, 2001


-Civil servants are too slow, corrupt – Obasanjo

-National Assembly fine-tunes budget 2001

-Lagos clashes: Probe panel summons 11 LG bosses

-Budget: Obasanjo orders release of funds


January 5, 2001

-Cheaper Tokunbo cars coming

… as FG slashes tariffs

-National Assembly members wade into Afenifere, Yoruba elders’ feud

-Southern A-Gs work out legal framework for control

-FG goes tough with fuel marketers.


January 6, 2001

-Ogoni set for Oputa panel –Nitel

–           NDIC takes over assets of three liquidated banks

-Israel deports Nigerians

-Obasanjo orders ministers back to constituencies

-Govt offer hope to infertile couples.


January 7, 2001

– Poor performance of health sector: Obasanjo raps minister

– GSM: Bidders’ list out tomorrow

– Land Use Act to be reviewed – Rep

– Tension in Kano over flogging of Igboman


January 8, 2001

-Afenifere shuns parley with Obasanjo

-Flogging: Kano, Igbo leaders meet

-SSCE: FG lifts ban on WAEC

-Budget deficit may overshoot N34bn projection


January 9, 2001


-20 feared killed in River communal clash

-FG expects N1tn revenue this year

-Obasanjo makes case for army’s self- reliance

-Commissioner links Lagos ethnic clashes to unemployment

-Draft bill to amend VAT decree ready


January 10, 2001


-Balogun: Nine suspected killers arrested

-Presidency  defends IBB’s visit to Ota

-NCC confirms five firms for GSM

-FG retires five DPR chiefs

-Obasanjo in Iran


January 11, 2001

-Eso panel: Axe dangles over indicted budget

-FG awards N2.6bn contract for Lagos Airport repairs

-Why new revenue sharing formula is delayed – Panel

-Obasanjo, Iranian leader hold talks

-Restructuring, a must – Southern governors


January 12, 2001

-Obasanjo escapes plane crash

-Finance ministry, NSE may clash

-Tension in Kano, as moslems protest

-Emir of Ilorin dragged to court


January 13, 2001

– Balogun’s family faults police probe

– Assembly seeks to reduce president, governors’ power

– NITEL/M-TEL merger: FG orders new firm to take-off today

– No to state police – Reps panel tell governors


January 14, 2001

-One killed as Eagles beat Zambia

-Killing of two students: DPO granted bail

-Bribery: 60 policemen arrested

-Ijaw youths vow to implement resource control bill

-Zamfara postpones flogging of teenage mother

-NEPA blames airport official for averted plane crash


January 15, 2001

-Afenifer set for reforms

… raises 14-member panel

-Pipeline supply of gas begins

-Cadbury is first beneficiary

-FG  scraps Education Bank

-Oputa panel resumes sitting in

Port- Harcourt


January 16, 2001

-Abuja Airport boss, others suspended

-Over outage during Obasanjo’s arrival

-Ohaneze backs state police

-GSM: Mock bidding holds today

-Council lists new rules for

NITEL/M-Tel privatisation


January 17, 2001

-Oputa summons Bamayi

-Orders Kirikiri Prison chief’s arrest

-Chief of Naval Staff to appear today

-I have nothing against Igbo

– Obasanjo

-GSM: Today is D-day

-FG prepares N25bn extra budget


January 19, 2001

-At Oputa Panel: Akhigbe linked with illegal bunkering

  • Summoned to testify

-Igbo leaders hold crucial talks today

– … Anyim, Ekwueme, others arrive Enugu

-Outage:  FAAN directors invited to Abuja

  • Acting MD named


January 20, 2001

-How soldiers raped us – Ogoni women petitions Oputa panel

-We’re ready to amputate more hands in Zamfara

-Three firms win GSM auction


January 21, 2001

-Shake-up fever grips Senate

-Oputa apologises to Ogoni

-Bush becomes America’s 43rd president

-2003 poll: IBB campaign coordinator backs out

-Derivation fund: Don’t pay Ondo, court  tells FG


January 22, 2001

– Oputa panel: Gani, Falana, Agbakoba lead Ogoni defence

*Diya to testify

– N16bn scam: NITEL probe panel moves to Lagos

– GSM: FG to approve $285m for NITEL

– Inaugurate FCDA board, Obasanjo orders Bunu


January 23, 2001

– Ogoni four: Families demand N400m compensation

*MOSOP withdraws petition

– Obasanjo changes ministers next week

– PDP, APP governors form new group

– Nigeria loses N24bn to oil over-lifting


January 24, 2001

– How we killed Layi Balogun – Chief suspect

– Kudirat Abiola: Driver implicates Mohammed Abacha

– OPEC cuts Nigeria’s quota by 123,000 barrels

– FG changes gear, returns subsidy on fertilizer


January 25, 2001

-Obasanjo sacks ministers

– … Falae, El-Rufai, Dele Cole, Lukman may make new team

-Layi Balogun’s family replies police

-Tunji Oseni replaces Okupe

-We shot Adesanya – Mohammed Abacha’s driver

-14 ThisDay editors, others survive plane crash


January 26, 2001

– Senate gets ministers’ list today

– Saro-Wiwa’s son demands N10bn compensation

– Governors insist on new revenue formula

– Anyim, Okadigbo meet


January 27, 2001

– Obasanjo makes last minute changes

… on ministerial list

– Britain makes progress on Abacha loot

– Teacher in court for drawing salaries from two states


January 28, 2001

-World Cup qualifier: Agali, Kanu sink Sudan

-Obasanjo speaks on new cabinet

-Sharia: Na’Abba warns Zamfara


January 29, 2001

-CBN, Ebhodaghe face Oputa panel today

-Nigeria not ripe for universal banking

– Insurance Brokers’ boss

-Ogoni Four: MOSOP demands probe

-GSM: NITEL begins talks with foreign partners


January 30, 2001

-Saro Wiwa: Oputa panel visits execution site

-Obasanjo’s plane breaks down in Switzerland

-GSM: NCC okays payment in naira

-Anxiety over new cabinet takes toll on govt  business


January 31, 2001

– Sarumi, Jemibewon, Sango, others dropped

*New ministers’ list out

– Abacha killed Claude Ake – Witness tells Oputa panel

– GSM: New policy saves local winners N200m


February 2001


February 1, 2001

– Ogoni four families, MOSOP reunite

… sign peace accord

– Ministerial list: we won’t lobby senate-Presidency

– GSM: NITEL raises N40bn

– FG, AGIP sign pact on power purchase today


February 2, 2001

-Sovereign conference, state police: No way, Obasanjo insists

-Sharia protects Christians, Uwais tells Carey

-Oputa Panel: Petitioner indicts ex-NBA boss

-Fuel scarcity: Transporters give FG 30-day  ultimatum

-NNPC, oil workers meet


February 3, 2001

– 94 new television stations coming

– Senior civil servants advocate downsizing

– GSM: FG inaugurates NITELS board

– Sharia court dissolves marriage conducted by Emir

– Carey, visiting British Archbishop’s bag stolen


February 6, 2001

-Governor attacked, six dead

-Alleged pact with military: Speak out, Reps tell FG, parties

-Obasanjo sacks NAMA board chairman over contract scam


February 7, 2001

-New ministers to wait

  • Senate suspends screening

-Anyim dismisses alleged pact with military

-GSM: Why winners delay fee payment

-June 12: Humphrey Nwosu speaks


February 8, 2001

– Resource control: FG drags governor to Supreme Court

-Senate clears new ministers

  • Swearing-in today

-GSM: NITEL pays $285m licence fee

-Ibru: Bamaiyi supplied gun to Rogers

– Witness


February 9, 2001

-Four ministers moved, 35 retain posts

-CBN gets new weapon against excess liquidity

-You’re not in govt to make money, Obasanjo tells ministers

-How to sustain democracy – Carey


February 10, 2001

-Why Obasanjo appointed 4 defence ministers

-Governors spend derivation fund on 2003 campaign

-GSM: CIL beats deadline

-My grouse about Zamfara Governor – Carey


February 11, 2001

-2003 election: No vacancy for Northern President – Balarabe

-Fraud in banks too high – Union Bank MD.

-Freeze looted funds, Ajibola tells Britain

-Fuel  Scarcity: NNPC awaits 200m litres of PMS


February 12, 2001

-Alleged pact with military: It’s a lie

– Atiku

-S’East governors want Igbo presidency in 2003

-CBN replaces universal banking licence


February 13, 2001

-We won’t quit till 2003 – LG Chairmen

-Debt relief: Obasanjo seeks C’Wealth’s help

-Resource control, a national agenda – Nnamani

-Shell begins gas supply in pipes May


February 14, 2001

– Rumble in Niger Delta: 40 feared killed, many missing

– Debt relief, Sharia top Obasanjo carey’s talk

– CBN set to check capital flight

– No to sovereign National conference

– Senate


February 15, 2001

– 25% pay rise: NLC gives FG ultimatum

– FG set  to raise fuel prices again

– Anyim shuffles senate committees

– GSM: our story –CIL


February 16, 2001

– Why Igbo want presidency in 2003

– Ohanaeze

– 36 states in fresh face-off with FG

… Over 1.8b oil windfall

– Monthly allocation stalled

– Tribunal convicts 124 public officers over assets

– Obasanjo visits Odi

… 15 months after solders sacked the town

– CIL loses licence


February 17, 2001

-Why Igbo want presidency in 2003 –Ohaneze

-CIL loses licence

-36 states in fresh face-off with FG

… over $1.8b oil windfall

  • Monthly allocation stalled

-Obasanjo visits Odi

-Tribunal convicts 124 public officers over  assets


February 18, 2001

-Opposition mounts against fuel price increase

  • Gani, Balarabe, Ejoor, Monguno, others speak

… Atiku says no going back

-Rampage in Osogbo over Akande, 50 arrested


February 19, 2001

-12 PDP, governors plan alliance

-CIL to lobby Presidency over revoked GSM licence

-Igbo presidency: Mantu in Onitsha, keeps mum


February 20, 2001

-Resource  control: Bola Ige on trial

… as Afenifere restates stand

-House of Reps distances self from deregulation

-GSM: NCC offers three options on revoked licence

-Lagos Assembly okays return of mission school


February 21, 2001

-N198bn oil windfall: CBN dashes states’ hope

-FG gives Customs N113bn revenue target

-Resource control suit is in order –Ige

-New constitution out November


February 22, 2001

Obasanjo tackles fuel scarcity

– Orders NNPC to flood states with petrol

– Lack of forum forces senate to adjourn

– State of the nation: Watch your step Okadigbo warn FG

–  Debt cancellation won’t help Nigeria-IMF


February 23, 2001

-N’Assembly men, governors join forces

-GSM operators get numbering plans

-Sharing oil windfall won’t hurt economy, Tinubu replies CBN

-Bad weather stalls Obasanjo’s visit to Adamawa


February 24, 2001

-Lagos sacks 2 perm secs, 1,000 others

-Resource control: Police, Niger Delta youths clash in Abuja


February 25, 2001

– People see you as corrupt, Obasanjo tells ministers

– South-East speakers back MASSOB

– Okadigbo rap PDP

-Why we oppose resource control-Hashidu


February 26, 2001

-Na’Abba backs state police

-Obasanjo takes debt relief campaign to Egypt

-Ministers, others adopt new ethical agenda

-Afribank: No shares certificates, no privatisation


February 27, 2001

– I won’t appoint oil minister-Obasanjo

-Mbadimiju seeks six year term for president

-IBB, Shonekan, others may lose seats in council of state

-Atiku fixes April 11 for suit against press review


March 1, 2001

-Ajaokuta debt buy- back scam: Refund N16b to FG-UK court orders Abacha’s family

-FG halts sack at NITEL

-Our terms for deregulation-oil marketers

-Pope preaches forgiveness at lent

-Civil war was another coup-Ojukwu


March 2, 2001

-NAMA contract scam: Chikwe shuns Reps

-Oshiomhole launches fresh attack against Gana

-Deregulation: Obasanjo decision not final –Senate panel

-Sirem: senate may bar manta, ministers, others.


March 3, 2001

-Ige won’t quit AD board of trustees-Aide

-Suspected ritual killer reports self to police

-Senatorial contest: Supreme Court orders fresh polls… in Enugu west

-FG probes & 1.9m siho contracts


March 4, 2001

-Atiku raps Hausa/Fulani

-Fasehun accuses police of plot to kill him

-2003: Igbo presidency not feasible

-Anambra cautions Bakassi Boys


March 5, 2001

-Ige: Resign now or be fired – Afolabi

-Falae backs deregulation

-Airways’ privatisation tears Aviation Ministry, BPE apart

-Obasanjo heads for Russia


March 6, 2001

-Falae, Rimi, Mbakwe to float party

-Eid-el-Kabir: S’West defies Islamic Council

-Afenifere, Awo family reconcile


March 7, 2001

-Resource control: Why Northern leaders are jittery – Mbakwe

-Nigeria, Russia target $500m from bilateral trade

-Deregulation: APP predicts crisis


March 8, 2001

-21 female students burnt to death

-Governor declares three-day mourning

-World Bank, BPE set for pact on $76m credit

-Ige replies Afolabi

-Let’s build a strong nation, Atiku tells Nigerians

… says NLC can’t speak for Nigerians


March 10 2001

-Student killed, 14 vehicle damaged

…as Unilag  students, police clash

-FG advertised sale of NITEL

-We won’t build refinewories  unless… Atiku

-Dialogue with OPC, Soyinka tell FG


March 11, 2001

-Eagles vow to crush Ghana

-FG to adopt new revenue sharing formula

-UNILAG mayhem: Death toll rises

-Four policemen missing

-Reps caution FG over monetization of benefits


March 12, 2001

-Deregulation: NLC begins protests March 20

-New political group won’t admit

ex-military collaborator – Falae

-FG to encourage use of natural gas


March 13, 2001

– Oputa panel throws out Mustapha’s petitions

– BPE targets $2bn from privatization

– Deregulation: Don’t dare NLC, APP warns FG

– SSS branded Falana, The News editors terrorists – Biu


March 14, 2001

-Constitutional review: Five-year  term likely for president, governor

-Obasanjo can’t be scared away from Bayelsa – Oseni

-School  fire: Senate, Reps to visit Plateau

-NAICOM to list firms for FG assets insurance


March 15, 2001

-Obasanjo wants $47m plane

…Sends supplementary budget to Senate

-Okadigbo, Enwerem, others absent from Anyim’s dinner

-Nigeria, E’Guinea, Sao Tome meet on oil fields

-Oputa panel: Mustapha indicted for Kaltho’s disappearance


March 16, 2001

-Resource control: Obasanjo rejects political solution

… says court must decide

-Adesanya: Abacha’s driver’s trial, stalled

-N500 note out April

-GSM: CIL loses out

  • Banned from govt auction

-Licence put on reserve

-The lessons of Odi – Obasanjo


March 17, 2001

-Powerful men behind Aso Rock’s policies

-Eight injured in Obasanjo convoy

-Free-for-all at Oputa panle over Mustapha

-More facts on CIL’s revoked offer


March 18, 2001

-Fuel price increase: Gana warns NLC

-Stop bickering, Obasanjo tells varsities

-Total power failure imminent


March 19, 2001

– Obasanjo defends Sharia

– Revenue allocation: LGs seek equal share with states

– Deregulation: Gana can’t stop our protest – NLC

– It’s too early to endorse Obasanjo for second term


March 20, 2001

-Nigerians can afford higher fuel prices – Obasanjo

-Resource ontrol suit: Supreme Court begins hearing April 9

-Deregulation: NLC kicks off protest rallies


March 21, 2001

-Protest rallies: NLC, police flex muscles

… as Lagos takes turn

  • Protests in seven states

-Oputa panel  transfers Abacha, Mustapha’s case to Abuja

-Senate panel okays four-year term for LG chiefs


March 22, 2001

-FG plans higher fuel prices for April

– Oshiomhole

  • Lagos, Oyo, others hold rallies

-ECONET, NITEL, MTN get licences Friday

-Privatisation: 42 firms slated for second phase


March 23, 2001

-Fuel won’t cost more than N40

– Obasanjo

-Anyaoku wants national conference after review of constitution

-NLC protests in Osun, Anambra, Benue, others

-Afenifere queries INEC’s power to register parities


March 24, 2001

-ECONET, MTN, NITEL receive licences

-NCP approves share allotment to investors

-Ajaokuta project gulped $4.14bn

-Britain explains new defence plan for Nigeria

-Afenifere, YCE, disagree on Obasanjo’s second term


March 25, 2001

-2003 presidential election: No more power shift – Arewa

-Why workers’ salaries are delayed

-APP suspends Bafyau, others

-Presidency: Igbo not behind any candidate – Ohanaeze


March 26, 2001

-No going back on strike – ASUU

-Resource control: Anyaoku urges political resolution


March 28, 2001

-Revenue allocation: Southern governors head for court

-Don’t  go on strike,  FG pleads with ASUU

-No fuel price hike in April

– Gbadamosi

-Rallies continue


March 29, 2001

-INEC, Anyim want more parties

-BPE names advisors for NITEL Privatisation

-Airways, British Airways joint venture threatened


March 30, 2001

-NLC grounds Abuja

-Ibru: I was forced to implicate Bamaiyi – Ex-aide

-NLC not fair to FG – Obasanjo

-IFEM: CBN may unban 25 banks


March 31, 2001

-Free-for-all at PDP convention

-FG to bridge gap in exchange rates

-27 speakers oppose oil sector deregulation

-Resource control: Southern governors lobby northern counterparts

-LASU VC dies


APRIL 2001


April 1, 2001

PDP lacks discipline, cohesion-Obasanjo

-FG can afford fuel subsidy –Ex- minister

-Convention amends constitution


 April 2, 2001

-Sharia is supreme-Sani

-Fuel depot: independent marketers misled Obasanjo-DA PPMA boss

-AD may contest Enugu West senatorial election in court


April 3, 2001

-Governors condemn Senate’s decision on council chiefs’ tenure

-Issuance of National ID card begins next year

-ASUU not on strike yet

*Each Varsity to hold referendum, says NEC

-Oil marketers adjust fuel pumps


April 4, 2001

-Kuta to Obasanjo: Deregulate fuel, quit Aso Rock

-No money is missing at ETF, Accountant-General tells Reps

-Senate okays N5.5bn for presidential aircraft

-World Bank rejects Nigeria’s bid for debt relief


April 5, 2001

-Oil contracts: Nigeria loses N300bn to UK – Senator

-How I escaped assassination

– Adesanya

*Afenifere chieftain relives encounter with assassins

-Obasanjo launches N500 note

-N11bn boost for poverty alleviation scheme

-Government does not own mineral deposits in states, argues Lagos


April 6, 2001

-Lecturers’ strike: NLC joins forces with ASUU

-Ghost workers in Aso Rock-Obasanjo

-NITEL boss on forced leave

… to retire June


April 7, 2001

-50 killed in communal clash!

* 40 houses razed

… As Kwala, Tiv Tesume ethnic war

-”I may part ways with Tinubu”


April 8, 2001

-Rights groups threaten to sue Obasanjo, others

-Tension in NAHCO over privatisation

-Army demotes two officers

-Customs chief in the dock over N25m heroin


April 9, 2001

-Resource control: Battle royale at Supreme Court today

-Stormy session likely in Senate

-The seven wise men

-We’re set for this landmark case

– Governors

-We must participate in next election, say Progressives

-Ondo State will boil again if there is rigging – Adefarati


April 10, 2001

-Unprecedented crowd storms Supreme Court

*Canvasses support for 36 state governors against FG in constitutional tussle

-Three governors, 5 senators witness landmark case

-I didn’t sue states over resource control – Ige

* I only asked for the interpretation of Section 162 (2) of the 1999 constitution.

-Northern governors seek special allocation for ecological problems

-Marginalisation of Igbo, bane of Nigeria –Okadigbo


April 11, 2001

-At last, Senate adopts Kuta panel’s report

– Okadigbo, Enwerem, others guilty

-Anyim escapes impeachment

-Gowon breaks silence, preaches unity as Northern governors talk tough

-150,000 youths to get NAPEP job

-Govt returns 43 oil wells to Abia State.


April 12, 2001

-Obasanjo summons CBN Governor over falling naira value

-Senate probes Abacha’s toxic fuel

* Moves to investigate Haruna Abubakar’s tenure at PPMC

-Stop attacks on police, Tinubu tells OPC members

-FG orders retraining of mobile policemen


April 13, 2001

-Government declares May 29 national constitutional conference day

… Revokes road contract to Ekewueme’s country home

-Senate sends Oyofo’s  report to justice minister

*Asks Okadigbo, Abubakar to return government property

-CBN government gets presidential directive to protect the naira

-Enwerem ready to return N25m furniture to Senate


April 14, 2001

-Tears, sorrow trail police, OPC clash

-Be humble at Easter, Nigerians urged

-NBC halts illegal TV station


April 15, 2001

-Angry Okogie walks out on congregation

-Xtians celebrate the risen Christ


April 16, 2001

-HRVIC sitting in Enugu: Ohanaeze’s N8.6tn reparation demand tops Oputa panel’s agenda

-Obasanjo needs fresh ideas – Falae

-Reps want prices of cement cut

-Pope calls for a better world as Christians and Easter festivities

-5,000 declare for PDP in Ondo

-Obasanjo orders destruction of illegal bunkering vessels


April 17, 2001

-Afenifere accuses FG of evading SNC

*Plans meeting to take stand on May 29 national conference

-Maduekwe replies critics, calls on Ndigbo to back PDP government.

-Ijaw threaten to disrupt activities of oil companies over resource control suit

-INEC stops council elections in Ondo State

-NITEL embarks on mass demotion of management staff

-No going back on NPA’s privatisation – Maduekwe


April 18, 2001

-Aftermatch of communal clash: 1,000 displaced persons die in refugee camps

-Ondo defies INEC, holds by-elections in Ilaje council

-NITEL’S privatisation slated for September

*Obasanjo directs NCP, BPE to ensure its realization

-Government raises panel to implement pact with ASUU


April 19, 2001

-Senate uncovers plans to defraud government of N6.5tn

-FG approves payment of N1.65bn to agric bank

-Oputa panel calls for genuine reconciliation

* NEPA forces adjournment of first sitting in Enugu

-No going back on fuel deregulation – Atiku

-APP challenges campaign for Lam Adesina’s re-election

*Wants INEC to halt him


April 20, 2001

-Fuel deregulation: Government, NLC to raise joint panel

-Oputa summons Buhari, Ofodile

-Gana lied, Oshiomhole insists

-GSM take-off may be delayed

-Presidency, Senate face-off looms over NPA privatization


April 21, 2001

-Gani predicts crisis over local government polls

*Wants constitution amended before council elections

-NSE boss, Okereke-Onyinke, suspended from office


April 22, 2001

-NLC loses 23-year monopoly: Rival labour body emerges

-Alive in the rubble: Miracle kids survive mosque disaster


April 23, 2001

-FG, states face-off imminent

*No one can negotiate wage structure for me, says Tinubu

-SEC, NSE on war-path

-Anyim, predecessors’ feud deepens

* Documents accusing him of reckless spending in circulation

-Human Rights activists set for 2003 polls –Falana

-Rivers, Abia on collision course over oil wells


April 24, 2001

-Senate resumes to explosive session

* To set up panel on toxic fuel, reshuffle standing committees

-PDP ends meeting, promises raw deal for disgruntled elements

*Obasanjo wants all hands on deck

-CBN Governor, bank chiefs meet to shore up naira value

-Merger of 3 political associations under way

*Aikhomu’s FD, Ezeoka’s NF and Jambo’s NSA may seal deal Thursday

-Odili raises alarm over plot to blow up gas turbine project.


April 25, 2001

-Obasanjo fires service chiefs

*Ogomudia, Afolayan, Wuyep take over

-Ex-army chief, Malu, summoned by Oputa panel

-Senators demand apology from Okadigbo, raise panel on toxic fuel

-Five feared dead, 20 injured as PDP, AD supporters clash in Ondo


April 26, 2001

-Mass purge imminent in the armed forces

*17 generals may be affected

-World leaders in Abuja for African HIV/AIDS summit

-Gana defends change of service chiefs

-Battle against malaria fever: Obasanjo announces tax, tariff waivers on insecticides, yams


April 27, 2001

-Obasanjo escapes bomb attack

-N1.05tn needed to combat AIDS

– Annan

-FG, States, LGS to share N97.125bn

-Oputa panel: Ohanaeze seeks post-war commission

-Okadigbo finally apologises to Senate


April 28, 2001

-Don, 52, slain over new car

… corpse burnt to avoid detection

-Abandoned property Act may be dropped


April 29, 2001

-Another succession battle in Celestial Church: Assassins trail Jesse

-More troubles for Okadigbo

*May have to refund N10m advance

-Fresh fears over success of GSM

-Akinyele defends IBB boys


April 30, 2001

-Why I retired Malu, others – Obasanjo

-North says no to IBB’s presidential ambition

-Ohanaeze earmarks N50bn to actualise Igbo presidential bid

-Naira won’t be devalued – CBN

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