FEBRUARY 1-14, 2003

February 1

-PDP delegation to meet Ekwueme

-N30m paternity suit against Gowon: Supreme Court orders Lagos High Court to expedite hearing

… dismisses states suit over revenue formula

-Hot kiss at FEC meeting: Male and female ministers at it again with their joke

-4 feared killed in Warri political violence

-Exclusive: Senate spokesman, Zwingina says: Igbo politics destroyed our Senate

… ‘I hope I’d be forgiven for this comment’

A sack stuffed with looted money from the Idumagbo explosion site

February 2

-22 killed in Lagos blast

*100 seriously injured

*10 arrested for looting bank

*43 buildings destroyed

-April polls: Foreign firm may clinch contract for ballot papers

*Academy Press, Triple Gee lose bid

-30 houses torched in renewed violence in Warri

-Board rejects disabled CEO for NITEL

-Ibori: Case file moved to Chief Judge’s office


February 3

-Obasanjo ‘ll win again – Ooni

-Incredible: Man owns four sleek cars selling herbs

-Lagos Govt alerts on fake documents

-Abacha’s death: Jerry Useni opens up

*‘Indian girls gave Abacha apples to eat? You mean we don’t have apples here?…


February 4

-NNPC may refund N201 crude oil revenue

-Nigeria presents case for higher production quota

-Lagos blast: 10 more bodies recovered

*FG, Lagos set up centres for displaced residents

*Police pursue two leads

-Delta imposes curfew on Warri

… police station burnt

-April polls: PDP committee reconvenes, meets Na’Abba, Nwuche, Mbadinuju

-Ekwueme petitions I-G over Ogbeh


February 5

-Bank frauds: CBN advised to register equipment vendors

-NNPC can deduct money from Federation Account – Obaseki

-BPE approves new technical partners for Nigerdock

-PDP dumps Mbadinuju

*Stakeholders converge on Abuja

*3 candidates for consideration

-Fake lawyers, touts infiltrate courts

*Investigation in 13 states show why quackery is the Bar’s No. 1 headache

-FG links Lagos blast to commercial explosives

*5 more bodies recovered

-Otokoto seven moved to Port Harcourt prison

-Afenifere’s expulsion from AD, a joke – Adesanya

Pilgrims at the Grand Mosque in Makkah, Saudi Arabia. Inset Medics attending to one of the seriously injured pilgrims at Mina

February 6

-GSM: Revenue from SMS less than 20% – operators

-Global economy in sluggish recovery – IMF

-Lagos blast: Police recover explosives

*Bank manager, seven others arrested

-Onshore/Offshore: Obasanjo, governors reach accord

-April polls: De la Rue, four other foreign firms to print ballot papers

-Fake voter’s card code traced to Imo

-Customs seizes 15,000 live ammunition in Lagos

-Mbadinuju lobbies Ogbeh over fate

*May defect to AD


February 7

-Kwara PDPs ding dong guber primary

-12.5% salary increase: Obasanjo, NLC disagree

-N600m shares scam: SEC blacklists 17 operators

-PDP may still drop Alamayeseigha, Ibori

*Why Mbadinuju was dropped

-Soldiers intercept lorry ladened with arms

-INEC’s screening fees illegal – Court

*Parties to save N5.4bn

-Missing N301bn: NNPC ordered to publish record of crude oil sales

-Lagos challenges court’s jurisdiction on N1.75bn loan suit


February 8

-War inevitable!: Bush calls up 111,603 reservists

-Idumagbo tragedy: Mother’s stunning story of how 1-year-old baby escaped death

-Live coverage of league excites Nigerians


February 9

-Lagos blast: 2 year-old thrown down from second flour survives

-Rape accused bathes witness with acid

-Adewale Thompson to Buhari: Forget votes from S’West

The scene of the oil spill at Yorla, Khana Local Government, Rivers State.

February 10

-Foreign investors: increase stake in Nigerian banks

-Annual returns: CAC compiles list of errant firms

-Jumbo pay in public service for review

-Drug trafficking: I-G, US clear Tinubu

-Corruption, poor funding, cripple Nigerian prisons

-ACF chairman joins race, vows not to step down for Buhari

-Anambra guber race: PDP picks Ngige


February 11

-‘Atiku can’t intimidate ANPP in Adamawa – Modibbo

-Pentascope provides insurance cover for NITEL deal

-Iraq: Crude oil prices fall as NATO splits

-Ekwueme loses again

… vows to appeal

*Obasanjo’s aide hails verdict

-FG appoints Ajiboye as Acting A-G

-April polls: 12 parties beat INEC’s deadline

-Nigeria to launch first satellite in Russia

-N500m scam: Trial of Ondo Finance Commissioner begins

-ANPP submits Turaki’s name to INEC

Two men going through the INEC list of eligible voters in Abuja

February 12

-Presidency: 28 parties meet on consensus candidate

-14 killed in Hajj stampede

-Laundering: Nigeria faces fresh threats

-‘Why NITEL IPO is delayed’

-Anti-trust: Microsoft’s rival file new complaints

-No pact with any godfather – Ngige

-Dawodu picks PAC guber ticket


February 13

-Pentascope: NITEL’s chairman vows to boycott agreement signing

-Envon: Creditors may recover $5bn in assets

-UN body backs INEC on April elections

… sets up information/media centre for results’ collation

-UBE records partial success amid problems

-28 parties alliance: PDP, ANPP dismiss threats

-Privatisation: BPE picks 7 for NICON insurance

-2003: One more hurdle for Osoba, Audu, others


February 14

-NITEL: We’re implementing FG’s order – BPE

-Lar, Akinjide, 3 others to reconcile PDP, Ekwueme

*Ekwueme in cautious response

-Afenifere group in AD joins APC

-April polls: Security agencies get marching orders on violence

-19 students arrested in Makurdi as Obasanjo begins campaign

-Ajiboye assumes office as acting Auditor-General

The three-storey building on Idumagbo Avenue where the explosion occured

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