Historic Newspaper Headlines: April 1st, 2001 – July 31st, 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 resume 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 N8.6 trillion 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 celebrate 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 realisation

-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 privatisation


April 21, 2001

-Gani predicts crisis over local government polls

*Wants constitution amended before council elections

-NSE boss, Okereke-Onyiuke 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

-N1.05 trillion 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

-Naira won’t be devalued – CBN

-Ohanaeze earmarks N50bn to actualise Igbo presidential bid




May 1, 2001

-Constitutional review: Ohanaeze youths disrupt panel’s sitting

-Oputa panel: Community demands N5bn compensation

-Gowon regrets civil war

-2003 election crucial to Nigeria’s survival –Aminu

-MTN begins GSM operation in July


May 2, 2001

-NLC to ex-leaders: Stop promoting ethnic agenda

-Nigeria has failed workers – Na’Abba

-Resource control: Aluko writes Ige

-No need for more parties – Gemade


May 3, 2001

-Our retirement in order-Ombu

-Privatisation: KPMG, five others named consultants

-Oputa panel: Buhari, Offodile testify today

-Alleged impropriety: My hands are clean –Anyim


May 4, 2001

-No limit to number of parties-Guobadia

-Obasanjo, Tinubu in three-hour talks over security

-Senate opposes food importation

-US seeks redress for Sharia victims


May 5, 2001

-N40b pension liability hangs over NITEL

-Malu’s retirement didn’t surprise us – US official

-Zamfara amputates bicycle thief

*CAN, civil rights group react

-Two commissioners to face anti-corruption commission


May 6, 2001

-Abuja summit: Adesanya disagrees with Ooni, threatens boycott

-Odi: Egbesu Boys attack Okupe

-Nwodo supports new parties


May 7, 2001

-Constitutional review: Zonal presentation a waste – Afenifere

-NITEL revenue drops by N1.8bn

-Bar Beach submerges Victoria Island

-US, others implicated in moves to dump toxic waste in Nigeria

* 10 African nations too


May 8, 2001

-Senate, three ministers on collision course

-Press Council: Government wants NPAN’S suit moved to Abuja

-Oputa orders lawyer’s arrest


May 9, 2001

-GSM: ECONET promises affordable charges

-New CBN rule shortens inter-state cheque clearing

-Local government administration: States’ legislators sue National Assembly

-Oputa panel rounds off sitting in Enugu

-Remain loyal to president, Ogomudia tells Army

Afenifere, Ohanaeze may boycott ethnic talks

*Patriots condemn zonal confab


May 10, 2001

-Dosunmu, AD senator decamps to PDP

…three others too

-ECONET orders $330m tools

-INEC, parties trade blames over botched by-election

-Resource control: Reps in rowdy session


May 11, 2001

-Dosunmu, others must lose Senate seats – AD, governors

-Obasanjo’s visit dear to America – US Official

-Court okays bid to challenge Guobadia’s appointment

-Minister blames Enron for delay in Lagos power project


May 12, 2001

-AD drags Dosunmu, others to court

*We can’t declare seats vacant – INEC chairman

-Atiku, Mantu’s names used in scam letters

-Tough time awaits defaulters as  NSE celebrates index rise


May 13, 2001

-2003 elections: IBB lobbies OPC

…He is joking, says Fasehun

-Sharia: Zamfara blames constitution

-Mantu backs new parties registration

-Why junior police officers are corrupt

– Commissioner


May 14, 2001

-Tension in CBN over N4b IT deal

-FG halts N625b plan for NITEL

-Way out of economic woes, by Falae


May 15, 2001

-Ado Bayero in auto crash, flown abroad

-SEC asks court to strike out NSE’s suit

-Obasanjo in Belgium, seeks integration of poor nations

-Yoruba abroad adopt regional constitution

-Shake-up in Air Force


May 16, 2001

-N2bn NEPA fund: Senate probes Ige

-FG bows to pressure, okays private refineries

-Stock Exchange to sell NITEL’s shares

-Court rules June 5 on request to question Anenih, ex-minister

May 17, 2001

-INEC favours Dosunmu &Co

NITEL floats 49% stake

-Adamawa government warns North on resource control

-Ahead May 29: Nothing to celebrate – APP boss


May 18, 2001

-Governors reject deregulation

-FG, IMF disagree over Nigeria’s debt

-Ex-military ruler’s pension: House of Reps divided

-National Frontier, Afenifere sign pact today


May 19, 2001

-Olateru-Olagbegi returns to Owo

…after one year abroad

-FG okays N10b for shares purchase fund

-Senate invites Ige: Come and clear your name

-Anti-corruption: Accused officers face court soon


May 20, 2001

Gaari now N1,000 per tin

-Oil firm manager, guest, shot dead

-Yoruba constitution ready

-Hausa, Igbo may clash in Ebonyi

-Senate rejects new pay proposal


May 21, 2001

-N15m monthly pay for councillors in order – Anyim

-Why governors oppose deregulation – Tinubu

-FG set to sign pact with ASUU

-Hearing in resource control suit resumes

-Atiku, governors parley over sharia


May 22, 2001

– Resource control: Supreme Court rules on jurisdiction July 11

-Oshiomhole shuts First Bank

-Defence ministers, service chiefs in crucial meeting

-Obasanjo arrives Japan


May 23, 2001

-Women take over Lagos judiciary

* 17 named as judges

*Mrs. Sotuminu is CJ

-Japan pledges $2m to boost food production in Nigeria

-Anti-corruption: Airways probe panel member, three others on trial

-N40m contract raises dust in NITEL


May 24, 2001

-I was offered bribe to stop Mustapha’s trial – Tinubu

-NITEL privatisation: Investors get June 11 deadline

-Army names new Igbo GOC … Two generals retire

-Afenifere, AD reconciles


May 25, 2001

-Senate forced to adjourn

*Anyim, Mantu, others absent

*Stella Omu presides

-Constitution review: Security beefed up in Ibadan

-Council of states rejects list for presidential pardon

-Don’t cheapen judiciary, Tinubu tells new judges


May 26, 2001

-Obasanjo overrules Shagari over naming of Force Headquarters

-25 ECOMOG soldiers petition House of Reps

-Oputa panel returns to Abuja next month

-Onosode, Adesanya, others X-ray Obasanjo’s administration

May 27, 2001

-Dangote may lose BCC

-Police corporal robs, kills two traders

-NAFDAC warns over food seasoning

-Doctors may begin strike tomorrow

-FG spends N4m on N1m job – Adesina


May 28, 2001

-Why naira is falling by Obasanjo

-There is little to celebrate, says Saraki

-Atiku tasks resource control agitators on 13% derivation

-Leaders of thought for Abuja confab tomorrow


May 29, 2001

-Democracy dividends:  Obasanjo replies critics

-PDP has failed Nigerians – Adesanya

-Nigeria had no Third Republic

– Okadigbo

May 30, 2001

-4 zones back sovereign conference

-My most trying moments – Tinubu

-World Bank gives Obasanjo pass mark


May 31, 2001

-First Bank bows to NLC

…As picketing disrupts operation again

-Many government officials are misfits

– Buhari

-ADB, five nations sign N22bn loan pacts

-No alternative to national confab – Royal fathers




June 1, 2001

– Obasanjo cuts short visit

*As violence erupts in Indonesia

– President, others celebrate with DTN

– PDP expels Awoniyi, Etiebet, Tukur

– Abacha boys plan coup, says Gana


June 2, 2001

– Obnoxious press laws to go – Na’abba

– Deputy gov replies Lam Adesina

– Etiebet tells Gana to name ‘coup’ suspects

– Jigawa goes tough with Kano over indegenship crisis


June 3, 2001

– New  labour union gets ILO’s nod

– Kano axes Sharia committee

– Nations best rise for the Times

– Rita Lori adamant on derivation law suit


June 4, 2001

– FG allocates more revenue to state

– Glamour, glory as DTN honours 150 Nigerians

– Suspend strike, Assembly tells ASUU


June 5, 2001

– Obasanjo set to ensure financial prudence

*Orders ministries to separate administration from finance department

– We’re not marginalised, Anyim tells Igbo kinsmen

– Tinubu commissions Oregun Road, renames it Kudirat Abiola

– Adefarati taken to anti-corruption panel

– Nigeria restates commitment to debt repayment


June 6, 2001

– 2003 polls: I’m yet to decide, says Obasanjo

– 16 kidnapped children rescued

*Lagos socialite in police net

– Senate rules out SNC

– Suspected assassins accost Ibru

– GSM cell phones may cost N5,000


June 7, 2001

– Rejection of SNC: Enahoro, Adesanya carpet senate

– Lagos governor hands over to school boy

– Abacha family imports Islamic scholars for 2nd year remembrance

– Govt denies report on official with foreign accounts in US

*Probes NAN over source of story


June 8, 2001

– Ige, Agagu shun Senate

*Committee probing N2.3 billion NEPA fund forced to adjourn

– My wife not a child-trafficker

* Says Dan Musa as police refuse her bail

– Police kill 11 bandits in Lagos, Ogun

June 9, 2001

– Murder of Nigerian in London: British police dangle N29m

* To track killers

– Nigerians drank more beer in 2000

– Breweries boss

– Bandits snatch Vee-Cee’s car


June 10, 2001

– Atiku’s group at war with Northern elders

– Abacha was a godly leader, says former aide

– Fresh tension at Nigeria – Cameroon border


June 11, 2001

– June 12: FG to immortalise Abiola

– North made me, says Gowon

*As he blasts critics of his chairmanship of Arewa

– VCs flouts govt order, decline to open varsities

– Ojuwku joins clamour for SNC, Igbo president

– Govt shares in DTN won’t be sold to core investors – El Rufai


June 12, 2001

– June 12 broadcast: NBC stops Adesanya

– FG orders 4,000 power transformers

– I’m not at war with Northern leaders

– Atiku

– Ciroma, Sanusi, Naiyeju trade blames over delay in salary

– Robbers attack ex-Chief Justice Fatayi –Williams

– NITEL loses N7bn to international fraudsters


June 13, 2001

– Obasanjo drops 4 ministers

* Arzika, Kaliel, Goje, Ewuga affected.

– Shagari’s son on new list

– Senate against throw out motion on National confab

– Senators, Reps defer debate on N134bn  supplementary budget.

– Don’t abandon June 12 struggle

* Says Hafsat Abiola as Adesanya urges Yoruba unity


June 14, 2001

– Why Arzika, Goje, Kalie, Ewuga, others were removed

*Isaac Aluko-Olokun may replace Asiodu

– Nigerdock former boss, Ozobia, 6 others charged with N280m theft

– Govt moves to halt strike, okays 40% allowances

– Robbers kill DPO in Lagos

*Tinubu plans to invite OPC to ensure security


June 15, 2001

– Perform or get sacked

*Obasanjo warn aides

– Insecurity nationwide: National Assembly postpones recess

– Reps kick against N134bn supplementary budget

– We were not bribed, says Momoh

*As Miss Nigeria panel submits report

– NNPC awards N2.5bn contract for fuel import

– Shell to build 250 megawatts power station at FCT


June 16, 2001

-Miss Nigeria loses crown

-Oodua struggle may last 100 years -Gani Adams

-Bayelsa Assembly’s feud         deepens

June 17, 2001

-Enter Queen Amina

-Ama: The Queen who lied

-IBB, Northern elders woo eastern rulers

-New policy bans under-18 women from marriage

-All set for enthronement of new miss Nigeria


June 18, 2001

– No jumbo pay for LG chiefs

*Revenue Commission chairman denies widespread belief

– Senators, representatives disagree on NECO bill

– Why deadline for NITEL privatisation can’t be feasible

– Urhobo, Itsekiri youth clash again

– 2003: Adesanya rules out automatic ticket for AD governors


June 19 2001

– Ige, Agagu to reappear before senate today

– Screening of ministerial committees begins

– FG to settle debts of firms planned for privatisation

– Obasanjo lauds NMA for calling off strike

– Deputy governor’s car fails to start


June 20, 2001

– Blame govt, not IMF for our economic woes – Ciroma

– Senate moves to pass supplementary budget

*Goes into committee session

– Report or risk arrest, senators tell  Ige, Agagu

– Obasanjo insists on 50% penalty for concealment of imports

– NLC backs NUPENG proposed strike

*As health workers nationwide suspend action


June 21, 2001

– Crime control in Lagos: You can’t use OPC, FG tells Tinubu

– Govt appoints firm to assess DTN’s assets liabilities

– Proposed merger of NIDB, NBCI, NERFUND suffers setback

– As ministers want them liquidated

– Kano speaker impeached for bleaching

– Oputa to hear 110 cases in Abuja


June 22, 2001

– Agagu disowns Ige at senate panel

…I won’t have kept NEPA fund in bank. I would have dispatched it immediately

– Anti-graft trial: Court dismisses Rotimi William’s suit

– New Miss Nigeria crowned

– Eclipse of new millennium moves across Africa


June 23, 2001

– I have the right to bleach – Impeached speaker

– Road safety marshal drags Afprint staff to court

– Otegbeye commends Tinubu’s security measures


June 24, 2001

– Bola Ige spurns Yoruba leaders

– Libya deportees: Nigeria may join issues with Tripoli

– Christians seek N100m compensation from govt


June 25, 2001

– You are extravagant

*Obasanjo tells governors, condemn attendance of Owambe parties abroad

-Ige to appear before senate Wednesday

– Oputa summons Buhari, Diya, Aziza

– 26-year after, Army returns seized house to Daily Times

– Crime control: Ajibola cautions against use of ethic militias


June 26, 2001

-1995 phanton coup: I convicted Obasanjo on evidence before me, says Aziza at Oputa panel

-Gwadabe was tortured – Mujakperuo

-Econet, MTN disown GSM service centres

-World leaders at AIDS summit

-Obasanjo on CNN, pleads assistance for Africa

-NUPENG shelves planned strike


June 27, 2001

– Buhari disowns statement on voting for Moslem leader

– Ige set to face senate tomorrow

*As Agagu refutes media report

– Obasanjo pledges N1.1bn aid to global AIDS fund

– Yar’Adua family petitions Oputa Panel, hearing begins on Friday.

– 4 youths charged with Damilola’s murder in London

June 28, 2001

– Abubakar, not Abacha arrested Diya over 1997 coup plot – Al-Mustapha

– Naiyeju indicts ministry for spending N2.3bn NEPA fund

– Bamaiyi, others appearance at Oputa panel draws unprecedented crowd

– National Assembly rejects supplementary bill

– Resource control suit: FG, states settle out of court


June 29, 2001

– Ige appears before senate

*Denies involvement in lodgment of NEPA’s N2.3bn

– Airways privatisation may be shelved

*As lawmakers insist on fresh funding

– Al-Mustapha begs Diya’s aide

-National ID Card Project: FG vows to recover money for jobs not done

-Beko wants Obasanjo, Buhari, IBB summoned to Oputa Panel

-Senate passes supplementary budget as Reps decline


June 30 2001

Afenifere dumps AD

– OPC takes struggle abroad

-We want to settle in Lagos, Abuja -Liberian refugees beg FG



July 1, 2001

-National Assembly budget: Na’Abba, aides disagree

-Sharia activist held over rape

-Assassins kill federal director


July 2, 2001

– Nigeria move nearer World Cup finals: Eagles 1,2,3,4 Super

– Ex-DMI boss, Sabo unveils facts behind Abiola’s death today

– We fought FG, not Nigeria – Ojukwu

– Why reps rejected second supplementary budget

– Hausa, Tiv clash in Nasarawa: 50,000 flee home


July 3, 2001

– Obasanjo’ll run for second term, says aide

*To hand over to Atiku after tenure

– ASUU ends strike

-OBJ, Yar’Adua framed over 1995 coup -Ex-DMI boss

– Bamaiyi, architect of 1997 coup

– Fadipe

– Schemed to become head of state


July 4, 2001

-Dele Giwa’s murder: Babangida is prime suspect – Tsav

-Police kill six robbery suspects

-Milosevic keeps mum at trial

-Senate declares new councils illegal

-As it moves to clip the wing of state assemblies

-N2.3bn NEPA fund: Resign now, NLC tells Ige, Agagu


July 5, 2001

– Lawmakers pull out guns, break mace in rowdy session

– Senate summons IG

– I’m not eyeing Obasanjo’s job – Atiku

– Upsurge in crime, killing of ASP, 2 others; Lagos bars danfo, okada at night

Afenifere, NF fuse today

– FG votes N10.5bn for space policy


July 6, 2001

-Ex-NEPA MD accuses Ige of complicity in N2.3bn fund

-GSM: New deal for subscribers as Econet, MTN sign pact

Afenifere shuns merger talks

*Ohanaeze, NF chiefs wait in vain in Abuja

– Babangida, Abacha, Shonekan violated my right, says Falana

*Demands N100 million compensation

– Senate, Reps meeting deadlocked


July 7, 2001

– Liberian refugees flee to Ghana

– Special Adviser rules Jigawa

* As Gov., deputy jet out

-Why Abiola’s business empire is crumbling

July 8, 2001

– Abiola’s son, Kola, eyes Ogun top job

– Ministry stalls release of 500 amnesty beneficiaries

– 2003 poll: CAN campaigns against IBB


July 9, 2001

– 2003 election: Obasanjo disowns aide, insists he is undecided

-Federal, state, local govts share N102bn

– Wanted OPC leader, Adams, emerges in Ilorin

*Threatens to fight police over disruption of Yoruba elders’ meeting

– Abiola’s family vows to fish out his killers

-Senate, House set for battle royale tomorrow

*Over N1billion discrepancy in supplementary budget


July 10, 2001

-I handed over N500m, 23 cars to Abubakar after Abacha’s death

– Al-Mustapha

*Claims Kaltho didn’t die in Dubar Hotel bomb blast

*Coomasie, initiator of Abacha self-succession bid

-Difference in supplementary budget: Senators, representatives meeting collapses again

– I attended Owambe party – Ibori

*Says there is nothing wrong in it

-Why I locked out my deputy – Tinubu

-Budget 2002: FG to be strict in preparation


July 11, 2001   

-Secret behind Al-Mustapha’s powers revealed

*Accused of burying live cows, rams in Aso Rock

-Dele Giwa murder: Babangida appears at Oputa Panel

-Resource control suit: FG, states know fate today

-Reps summon Police Affairs Minister over crime wave.

-Senate, House disagreement over supplementary budget deepens


July 12, 2001

– Resource control suit: FG floors states

– Reps reconcile with senate, approve N5.4bn for Obasanjo’s jet

– How Yoruba planned to capture power at the centre

– Come clear your name, Oputa urges IBB

– Resign now, Tinubu tells deputy

*I won’t, replies Bucknor-Akerele

July 13, 2001

– You lied, AD govs tell Sunday Afolabi

– Govt rejects planned hike in air fares

– INEC can’t cut our four-year tenure

– LG chiefs

– Atiku warns on PDP crisis

*It may mar our chances in 2003 polls


July 14, 2001

– Nurse dumps own baby in pit

*Two months after birth

-Declare your assets, Obasanjo tells policemen

– Bamaiyi’s detention proper – Court

-Nurses’ strike latest: Patients rush to herbalists


July 15, 2001

-2003 election: Afenifere woos Ndigbo leaders

-NUC to clamp down on illegal campuses

-Varsity worker commits suicide


July 16,2001

-Enahoro insists on national conference

-Nurses vow to continue strike

-Obasanjo takes anti-graft campaign to the military

-Trailer runs into market women, kills 28, injures 15

-National frontiers applies for registration

-GSM: August 9 take-off date not feasible

*Econet, MTN eye Aug 20

-Gani’s NCP backs 4-year tenure for council chairmen

*Wants all elections held same day in 2003

July 17, 2001

Ohanaeze, Arewa battle at Oputa Panel

*ACF accused of inciting public against Ndigbo

– Stop Virgin Atlantic from London-Lagos route, Airways plead

– 2003: IBB to declare stance soon

– Beware of false prophets – Obasanjo

*Denies consulting Olabayo

– PDP proscribes parallel groups, bans indiscriminate suspension of elected officials


July 18, 2001

– Oputa orders arrest of Chief of Army Staff, Ogomudia

– Britain bars Airways from London route, gives shot to Virgin Atlantic

– FG sells Abacha’s shares in foreign firm

*Orders privatisation of Abuja stock exchange, mint, four others

– Import bill jumps to N50bn in 5 months


July 19, 2001

– Abacha’s minister, 6 ex-NEPA chiefs barred from public office

– Judge turns down Bisket’s request

– Soyinka alleged rights violation, demands apology from govt

*Says Abiola was killed in detention

– June 12 annulment, a collective decision – Akpamgbo

– Anyim weeps for Aguleri, Umuleri

July 20, 2001

– Robbers kill 3 policemen, 20 others

– Abubakar printed fake N100 notes abroad, Sabo tells Oputa Panel

*How Abiola died

– Obasanjo, Oputa parley behind closed doors

– National Identity Card won’t be used for 2002 councils polls, says INEC

– IBB not beyond probe – Obasanjo

*But I won’t be pushed into conducting a blind investigation

– Council chiefs’ tenure is three years, affirms FG


July 21, 2001

– Pains, anguish of Nigeria amputee… in Sierra Leone

– Ex-policemen lay siege to pensions office

– ‘Fried’ boy seeks justice, one year after


July 22, 2001

-Nigeria’s oil aid to Ghana causes row

-UNILAG fires Akinfeleye, Uche

-Girl , 17, killed by lover’s mother


July 23, 2001

-2003 Polls: Senate donates N1m to stop Mbadinuju

*Emeka Offor offers  two helicopters, 150 Peugeot cars

-NEPA hikes tariff for industrial consumers

-Military begins search for ghost soldiers

-Robbers face hard times in Lagos

-Failed French firm re-awarded National ID Card project

-NDDC lists conditions for developmental project

-Pay us or face mass protest

*Sacked Lagos workers give govt seven-day ultimatum

-Hasten action on human trafficking bill, Atiku’s wife tells Assembly


July 24, 2001

-Ken Saro-Wiwa’s son demands N10bn, wants state pardon for father, others

-Jakande, Diya, Akhigbe, Bamaiyi, others lose land to government

Afenifere wades into Tinubu, deputy’s rift

-Coup failed in Burundi again

-Declare your assets or be prosecuted

*Bureau boss tells public officers

– Dangote moves to reduce cement price

-Oyo State AD sues Brimo over decampment to PDP

-Augie’s seat at the senate filled

-Attempt on Ibru’s life: Bamaiyi, others’ trial adjourned to Oct 2


July 25, 2001

Afenifere, NF, 3 others merge

*National Democratic Party is born, seeks registration tomorrow

-Anyim disowns senator over N1m donation towards Mbadinuju must go campaign

-Obasanjo pledges steady power supply in December

-Stir over alleged N22bn debt: BPE summons AP’s auditors

-State sues AP, 18 others over tax default

-Breach of agreement: Govt terminates airport terminal contract

…signs pact with Virgin Atlantic on Lagos route

-Mandela suffers prostate cancer

-Drop your political ambition, apologise to Nigeria, IBB told


July 26, 2001

-We lied against Ohanaeze, Arewa tells Oputa Panel

Afenifere’s merger with NF, others premature

-I’ll appear again if summoned, says Obasanjo

-At last, Gani named SAN

-Govt okays N805m for dredging of Apapa, Calabar ports

-FG to spend N150 billion yearly on NEPA

-French govt invites Miss Nigeria on state visit

-Bisket: 10 children brought to court in good condition

-Alamieyeseigha, Odili on war path

-Judge rules on bail for Abacha’s aide

July 27, 2001

-You can’t deprive us of our power, Alaafin, Soun tell govt

July 27, 2001

Ohanaeze, Arewa face-off at Oputa Panel

-Gani acknowledges honour, thanks Nigeria

-Aziza, Kuforiji-Olubi, Ayinla, others indicted in N2.2bn cocoa fund fraud

*FG directs Justice Ministry, Police, SSS to recover loot

-Oputa Panel to visit Zango Kataf on September 5

*NLC condemns it for giving witnesses too much lattitude

-Mandela begins cancer treatment

*FG, joint venture partners to spend N520 billion on oil sector yearly

– Mbadinuju dethrones traditional rulers

*For attending Emeka Offor’s APF rally

-NCP defies FG’s order or NAHCO’s privatisation

-Slain cops entitlements jerked up to N500,000

-Speaker goes into hiding

*After threats to his life by youths


July 28, 2001

-35 years after his death: Fajuyi’s dream house uncompleted

-Man, 73, arrested over N1m scam

-Killer flour sends five to death

*Bread winner hospitalised


July 29,2001

-Nigerians develop drug for prostate disease

-NEPA owes Federal Govt N5.2bn

*As unremitted Value Added Tax (VAT) revenue


July 30, 2001

-Nigeria rides Ghana to World Cup

*As Super Eagles beat Black Stars 3-0

*Obasanjo, 19 governors cheer team to victory

-Okocha wins N.6m as MVP

-Irate  members sack APP congress

*Waziri, others assaulted in Birnin Kebbi, accused of insensitivity

-Anyaoku appointed member of Eminent Persons Group

-Braithwaite reveals plan by looters to seize power

-Tight security at Alausa over sacked workers’ threat

-Alleged flouting of orders not to cancel contract: Court threatens to jail 12 FHA chiefs

-Presidency to wade into NSE, others face-off


July 31, 2001

-Go, clear your names at Oputa Panel, Obasanjo tells Badangida, Abubakar

*Warns critics of govt to desist

-Nurses call off strike

-Military rule: Adebayo apologises to Nigerians, wants other rulers to do the same

-FG may pay N114m to firm for breach of contract

Afenifere backpedals on SNC, embraces National Conference

-30,000 jostle for 5,000 teaching jobs in Lagos

-ALGON’s suit against state adjourned till September 17

-Wayas dumps APP

*Gives no reason for action

-Nigeria eyes South Africa for help in arms production

-2 women jailed for child-trafficking

*As Italian Parliament pledged to back FG’s crusade against prostitution

-Govt’s failure to implement agreement: ASUP threatens industrial action

-Police deploy 1,500 men to forestall OPC rally.

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