FEBRUARY 15 – 28, 2003

February 15

-Ex-DG, WHO, Prof. Adeoye Lambo laments

… says ‘No more role models, only thieves in Nigeria’

-Corruption: Conduct Bureau writes Adefarati

-Iraq: We won’t heed Bin Laden’s call – NSCIA

-Stella: How I celebrated Valentine with Obasanjo


February 16

-God is using Okotie to teach others a lesson – Okogie

-US/Iraqi face-off: Nigerian army, police on red alert

*US-British planes bomb Iraqi missiles site

-Beware of Buhari, Obasanjo, Atiku warn voters

-Presidency: Chris Okotie raises alarm

*‘My life under threat’


February 17

-Missing N300bn: Revenue Commission claims fresh facts against NNPC

-FG increases NITEL’s capital share to N60bn

-Violence: Britain warns citizens about visits to Nigeria

*It’s unnecessary alarm – FG

-Poor training, logistics hamper police performance

-April polls: Parties demand display of voters’ register

-Presidency: AD to announce decision on Tuesday

Wife of the former Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Justice Atinuke Ige with Sir Deji Ige, an uncle of the late Chief Bola Ige at the Ibadan High Court (1)


February 18

-Police arrest 4 bankers over diversion of FIRS N53bn

-Govt under-funds JV operations by $4.6bn

-AD adopts Obasanjo

-We’ll vote for him, but… –M’belt

-INEC redeploys commissioners

-Obasanjo, Lawal, Saraki, meet

*Saraki calls for state of emergency

*He’s daydreaming – Lawal

-NUC releases N2.4bn to federal varsities

-National ID Card scheme begins today


February 19

-Banks disburse 14% of SME fund

-Nigeria loses $42bn to capital flight… in 30 years

*Experts blame poor operating environment

-Ibori: Court offiicials released, insist records were genuine

-INEC overrules UN agency on Information Centre

-19 candidates to contest presidential poll in April

-Court vacates order on Lagos N1.7bn fraud

-Private mortuaries under pressure in Enugu

… as public facilities pack up


February 20

-Missing N300bn: House to summon Agabi

-Explosion rocks oilfield in Ogoni

-Protesters sack Ogbeh, others at peace meeting

*Gunmen attack Bukola Saraki’s house

-Cancer treatment threatened

*Radiotherapy machines breakdown

-Interpol declares Etete wanted

-Nigerian diplomat shot in Prague

-April polls: INEC, parties to sign MoU over security

-FG orders agencies to pay judgement debts

Ekiti State Governor, Adeniyi Adebayo, AD Nat. Vice-Chairman, SWest, Sen. Ayo Fasanmi, Borno State Governor, Malla Kachalla after the visit to President Obasanjo in Abuja


February 21

-Oil workers suspend strike, as panic buying spread

-GSM: FG approves 1.2m more lines for NITEL

-20 parties boycott parley on consensus candidate

-INEC lobbies CAN over election at Easter

-Africa’s prosperity depends on Nigeria, S’Africa – John Mayor

-Audu, others: Court hears FG’s appeal on March 25


February 22

-Arewa threatens to reject outcome of ID card registration

*They can’t speak for the North. They are being narrow-minded

-Continuity: Atiku backs Na’Abba

-Oil dichotomy bill: Senate may ignore Obasanjo’s fresh proposal

-PDP primaries: Ekwueme goes to Court of Appeal


February 23

-1997 coup: Adisa, in his hottest account, recalls…

*The night Diya and I were to be shot

-ANPP in dilemma over Buhari

-National ID card registration: Lepers cry out

*We’re being maligned

-April polls: Axe dangles over violent flagbearers, others

*Police begin probe


February 24

-FG, domestic airlines may clash over multi-destination policy

-Govt’s White Paper stalls release of 2,000 tokunbo cars

-PDP shops for new candidates

… to replace controversial ones

-Udenwa’s principal secretary shot dead

-Obasanjo’s adoption: PDP sets up committee to meet AD

-False returns: CBN to revoke errant banks’ license

National Chairman of PDP, Chief Audu Ogbeh with his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Thompson Abu at a press conference in Abuja (1)


February 25

-31 indigenous firms on marginal oil blocs

-GSM: Nigeria tops airtime spenders’ chart

-Afenifere gives conditions for backing Obasanjo

-Probe panel reports rot in SSS archive

-Bank robberies worry police

*Authorities write Bankers’ Committee

-Privatisation: Britain supports BPE with ₤8m grants

-Ige: Omisore moved to Ibadan

-Nigeria’s external debt up by $1.2bn


February 26

-Investors may forfeit $50m on ISM band

-NITEL, Siemens revive damaged submarine cable

-Gunmen hold up governors’convoys

*As FG vows to tackle political violence

-Ige: Suspects’trial stalled again

-Fuel scarcity may worsen

… spreads to P’Harcourt, Warri, Asaba

-Closure of Savannah Bank final

-Five states get oil blocs

-Robbers snatch Oshiomhole’s jeep

-Kano drug test: Victims sue Pfizer in US

-April polls: Only courts can determine eligibility of candidates – INEC


February 27

-SME funding: CBN, OPS differ with banks on disbursement

-Nigeria pays $6.77bn to creditors in four years

-Security reports stop PDP’s rally in Kaduna

*28 parties pick consensus candidate today

-We didn’t sack Azie as Auditor-General – FG

*Gani takes up case

-Britain defends travel advisory on Nigeria

-Onshore/Offshore: Niger Delta govs, law-makers give condition

-Ekwueme’s illness delays reconciliation

-NUC reviews processing fees for private varsities

-National conference is the solution to Nigeria’s problem – Ojukwu

National Chairman of the party, Chief Audu Ogbeh with some chieftains of PDP at the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Ikeja, Lagos before visiting the Idumagbo blast scene

February 28

-Crude oil price hits $40, highest in 12 years

-House to probe nine firms over N100bn oil money

-No second chance

… to replace disqualified candidates – INEC

-Anxiety over Oyekan’s health

… Tinubu dismisses death rumour

-Suspended PDP rally: We are not involved – ACF

-Reps repeal NCC Act

-Why we stopped MTN, others from selling more lines

-Boy Adam: investigation moves to Nigeria

*British Police offers N.5m for information

-Mamman fails to stop AbdulKadir

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

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