Historic Newspaper Headlines: June 1, 1999 – February 29, 2000

June 1, 1999

– EU lifts sanctions on Nigeria

– Bank chiefs hail Sanusi’s  appointment

 

June 2, 1999

– Military, a threat – Bamaiyi

– How US will judge democracy

– Rising expectations

 

June 3, 1999

– Protests in Lagos, Imo assemblies

  • Tinubu escapes attack

– Senate presidency: Obasanjo, Atiku disagree

– Marwa left N1bn debt – Tinubu

– Warri crisis: Itsekiri monarch     beheaded

June 4, 1999

– Enwerem is Senate president

  • AD, APP sway votes

-Buhari leads House of Reps

– Journey to Senate Presidency

 

June 5, 1999

– Ige, Ciroma top ministerial list

  • Adesanya’s daughter too

– Why I was sworn-in 10 days to my retirement

 

June 6, 1999

– Ministerial list: AD divided

– North should renegotiate its relevance, says Balarabe Musa

– There are political lepers in the Senate-Mahmud Waziri

June 7, 1999

– Armed youth take over Warri

– Ministerial list: Petitions flood Senate

  • Adesanya speaks today
  • Ige accepts offer

-PDP chief seeks concessions on foreign debt

 

June 8, 1999                

– Afenifere embraces Obasanjo

  • Adesanya rejects daughter’s nomination
  • Ige gets go-ahead

 

June 9, 1999                            

– I’ll repeal offensive laws – Enwerem

– Sanusi to restructure CBN

– Lagos killings: Death toll rises

– Bamaiyi, Popoola, Inienger, eight         others retire

– AD gives Obasanjo terms for support

Obasanjo

June 10, 1999              

– Ministerial list out

  • Ige, Adesanya’s daughter, 47 others included
  • Senators protest cabinet size

– My election was predicted – Egwu

– Ige’s nomination: A matter of honour

– Soldiers lock out legislators

 

June 11, 1999              

– Aziza, Onyearugbulem, Marwa, 90        others retired

– Diya, others forfeit assets

– Ex-presidents/heads of state to earn    N.32m per month

 

June 12, 1999              

– Why Obasanjo retired Aziza, 92 others

– AD decides on Ige, Adesanya’s daughter today

June 13, 1999              

– AD rejects Ige’s nomination as minister

– Yoruba mark June 12 in USA

 

June 14, 1999                          

– Why Olu of Warri shunned Obasanjo

– Itsekiri youth

  • Warri declared disaster zone

– Between Enwerem and Abubakar

 

June 15, 1999              

– 12 Federal Perm Secs removed, new ministries created

Olu of Warri visits Obasanjo

 

June 16, 1999              

– Ijaw youths dare Obasanjo

  • Insist on Kaiama Declaration

– Senate shelves debate on Obasanjo’s speech

 

June 17, 1999

– Ministers: APP disowns nominees

– Lagos AD factions clash over commissioners’ list

 

June 18, 1999

– Obasanjo is on course – Atiku,

Dan-Musa

  • Northern group says he’s unfair

– Warri crisis: VP, Shagari advocate       dialogue

– Ministers: Senate clears three

  • APP lied – Emodi

 

June 19, 1999

– Obasanjo lobbies AD, APP senators

  • Over ministerial list

– Lagos Assembly okays 14       commissioners

 

June 20, 1999

– Why AD won’t sanction Bola Ige

– APP senators reject Obasanjo’s           nominees

– Abdulsalami’s decree of the absurd

– Bamaiyi blasts Bamaiyi

 

June 21, 1999              

– Obasanjo worried over crisis

  • May react this week
  • Give him a chance – Falae

-Ijaw youths resume hostilities, sack itsekiri village

 

June 22, 1999

– Obasanjo probes self, Murtala, IBB,     Abubakar

– Commissioners: Protesters attack        Tinubu’s house

 

June 23, 1999

– AD elects Mamman chairman

– Debate on Obasanjo’s list

– AD-APP senators walk out

  • As Senate screens 15

 

June 24, 1999

-Senate drops Ciroma, Danjuma, Edu, others

  • Ige, 41 others cleared

-Looting: AD governors to meet             Obasanjo

 

June 25, 1999

– North not marginalised – Mbang

– Ministries: Why we delayed clearance – Senate

-APP chairman, Asiodu, Ajanaku, others named Obasanjo’s advisers

 

June 26, 1999  

– Ministers to be sworn-in Wednesday

– Deputy governor shot

  • Escapes unhurt
  • Orderly killed

 

June 27, 1999

– Buhari, IBB dragged before Oputa       Panel

  • To answer charges on Decree 4, Dele Giwa

– Perform or be sacked – Obasanjo        tells ministers

– Danjuma returns

  • When democracy hurts

 

June 28, 1999

– Ministers, others barred from taking     gifts

– 15 feared dead in bus crash in Lagos

– I won’t disappoint Nigerians – Ige

 

June 29, 1999

– Kingibe’s house razed by fire

– FG approves N100, N200, N500 notes

  • With Awo, Bello, Zik’s portraits

 

June 30, 1999

– FG scraps PTF

– CBN explains need for higher naira notes

  • Names Haruna Adamu Sole Administator

– Senate clears Danjuma amid protests

  • Edu, three others too

 

JULY

July 1, 1999

– Minister rejects post

– Ige, Danjuma, others take oath

– The ministers

– Obasanjo and sectional fears

– Waziri did not work alone

– APP crisis deepens as chieftains jostle for Waziri’s post

– Obasanjo needs close monitoring

 

July 2, 1999

 

– Soyinka blasts governors’ wives

  • Says First Lady not in constitution

– Udoma returns to Senate

July 3, 1999

– Mbadinuju, deputy reconcile

– Oputa panel to probe Abiola’s death

– Ewang blasts Osoba, says probe is satanic plot

– Obasanjo replaces Udo Udoma

 

July 4, 1999

– Ezeife, Odigie-Oyegun tipped for AD   shadow cabinet

– Obasanjo’s cabinet of many colours

– Defence headquarters okays ex-          MILADs’ probe

– Power cut at House of Representatives

July 5, 1999

– I’II turn stone to bread – Ige

– FG won’t abuse powers – AGF

– Gani raises alarm

– Umar defends Obasanjo

 

July 6, 1999

– Blame Marwa for Lagos problems        – Tinubu

– Obasanjo sends envoys on     compulsory leave

– Military must be probed

 

July 7, 1999                 

– AD accuses Obasanjo of sabotage

– Leader Nigeria missed

– A year after sunset

– Constitution was heavily doctored

 

July 8, 1999

– Falae blasts Ige

  • Revisits battle for AD ticket

– FG immortalises M.K.O

  • Amid glowing tributes

– We will transform Nigeria

– Why Yoruba didn’t vote for      Obasanjo – Osoba

 

July 9, 1999

– My worries about Obasanjo’s regime

– Obasanjo denies plot to destabilize      parties

Obasanjo

July 10

– Abiola’s family, Obasanjo to meet

– Danjuma’s bombshell: “I’lI clean the      army”

 

July 11, 1999

– We operate voodoo democracy

– Adesanya still opposes daughter

– As minister

 

July 12, 1999

– NITEL, NIPOST get order on idle          facilities

 

July 13, 1999

– House of Reps gets Niger Delta bill

 

July 14, 1999

– House shuns allegation against            Buhari

  • Resign now, say Agbakoba, Senator

– I didn’t get Obasanjo – Fadile

 

July 15, 1999

– Senate probes Buhari

– Obasanjo, AD leaders meet

– PDP senator lied

– It’s a rumour – Speaker

 

July 16, 1999

– Go, Buhari, go – Reps, Mbang

The News reporter gets death threats

  • It’s unfortunate, says Sarumi

 

July 17, 1999

– Gunmen attack Mahmud Waziri

  • Hospitalised

– I won’t step down – Buhari vows

– Akpata clears INEC, blames Clerk

– Lar summons Buhari

– Obasanjo meets party leaders on Buhari

 

July 18, 1999

– Civilians make coups possible

– Obasanjo, Lar disagree on Buhari

  • More blunders uncovered

 

July 19, 1999

– FG disburses N12.1bn to states, LGs

– Buhari may be prosecuted – INEC

 

July 20, 1999               

– Buhari taku: I won’t resign

  • Sues The News N2bn

July 21, 1999

– Chaos in House of Reps

– FG raises panel on Sagamu riots

  • Fresh killings alleged

 

July 23, 1999

– Buhari weeps

  • Please forgive me
  • His road to disgrace

– Anti-corruption Bill splits Senate

 

July 24, 1999

– Buhari faces prosecution

– Obasanjo, LG, in crucial meeting

– Lar speaks on alleged N2.5m bribe

 

July 25, 1999

– Why I wanted to topple Abacha

– North not marginalised – Debo             Akande

– Buhari’s fall

  • Defiles police investigation

– Don’t attempt a coup – Obasanjo         warns

 

July 26, 1999

– Buhari deserves pardon – Adesanya

– Kano riots: Death toll now 40

– Tinubu alerts Lagosians

– Tension in Kaduna

– FG unfolds new telecoms policy

– Tinubu canvasses state police

 

July 27, 1999

– Buhari’s trial begins this week

  • Father too.

– Kano riots: Mortuary records 70           bodies

– Obasanjo presents supplementary       budget

 

July 29, 1999

– Ikhazoboh killed

  • His life and times

– Buhari convicted

  • Bailed for N20m

 

July 30, 1999

– I’II end blackout in two years – Ige

– Atiku blasts Nas

– Ikhazoboh: Family faults police

– Senators sue Obasanjo

 

July 31, 1999

– Why Buhari’s father escaped arrest

– Police

– Ikhazoboh’s murder: The untold story

August

 

August 1, 1999

-Confusion trails Mustapha’s case

-AD will fight Obasanjo’s enemies–Ige

– My husband’s killers are after me, Bala Mohammed’s widow cries out

 

August 2, 1999

-Obasanjo, legislators clash again

 

August 3, 1999

-Senate may probe Enwerem

  • Allegations unfounded–Aides

-Buhari: Court passes sentence Tuesday

– 50 feared killed in Ijaw, Ilaje clash

 

August 4, 1999

– Buhari jailed two years

  • With option of N2,000 fine

-Senators back Enwerem

  • Refer case to committees

 

August 5, 1999

– Enwerem, step aside–Reps, AD

– LGs get N10bn to pay minimum wage

 

August 6, 1999

– Reps exchange blows

– Enwerem denies charges

– IG leads night patrol in Lagos

– I’m ready for probe–Abubakar

– Soldiers arrest 10 armed Ijaw youths

 

August 7, 1999

– I wont pay any debt now–Mbadinuju

– NADECO shifts battle to new turf

– Obasanjo probes Enwerem

  • Gusau heads panel
  • He must step down–House, AD

 

August 8, 1999

– Deputy Speaker faces impeachment

  • Reps probe Deputy Governor over N7,000

– Reject furniture allowance, AD urges members

– Enwerem: Senate invites SSS,             Police

– Afenifere meets on future of Yoruba nation

 

August 9, 1999

– Ijaw, Ilaje fighters get ultimatum

-Arabamen opposes calls for state police

– FG probes OAU killings, campus cult

 

August 10, 1999           

– Etiebet escapes assassination

  • Lamido receives death threat

– Sagamu riots were instigated  –Obasanjo

 

August 11, 1999

– Obasanjo lambasts Reps, Speaker

on Enwerem, Buhari

– Ijaw, ilaje crisis: Corpses litter river       banks

– Buhari: The jury is still out

– Senate may clear Enwerem

 

August 12

– Senate clears Enwerem

  • His name not on our register–CMS principal
  • Bows to pressure, rejects furniture allowance

– Reps take on Obasanjo

 

August 13

– Senate to probe Abubakar

  • Ogwuna too

– FG suspends telecom licences

– Enwerem was never in CMS  –Onabule

 

August 14

– Confusion over Danjuma’s job

– Balarabe blasts Obasanjo, legislators over furniture allowance

– Gov Tinubu sends SOS to FG

 

August 15, 1999

– Obasanjo hangs on to Danjuma

Buharigate again: Rep in age    scandal

– Five feared killed in Warri

 

August 16, 1999

– Mohammed, Jemibewon tipped to       replace Danjuma

  • His illness stalls appropriation bill

– With prayers, I cleared juju from           Government House–Mbadiniju

– Ogonis take 8,000 cases to Oputa       panel

 

August 17, 1999           

-I’m still in charge–Danjuma

– Enwerem must resign–AD

– FG removes NPA, NMA bosses

 

August 18, 1999

– Ijaw youths sack Assembly

  • Stab two legislators
  • Speaker on the run

– FG inherited N256bn deficit–Ciroma

 

August 19, 1999

– FG picks 103 ambassadors

– Anyaoku assured FG of IMF, World Bank’s support

– Reps demand apology from Obasanjo

  • Over NTA statement

 

August 20, 1999

– Ikhazoboh: Police close in on killers

– Reps get furniture allowance

 

August 21, 1999

– Mixed reactions greet envoys’ list

  • As nominees face Senate next week

– Danjuma’s bombshell: Panic grips       military officers

  • Other ranks two

 

August 22, 1999

– Expect more scandals in the Senate, Reps–Onaiyekan

– Fraudulent politicians

  • Expose them all – Akpata

– Diya opens up on Bamaiyi

– Obasanjo won’t apologise

 

August 23, 1999

– Warri crisis over terms for truce

– Itsekiris

– Danjuma: Senate to query Obasanjo

  • Why his resignation was rejected

 

August 24, 1999

– Senate may reject envoys’ list

– Senators oppose Awo’s daughter

– Tinubu proposes N3.4bn          supplementary budget

– Warri crisis: Ijaw youths ceasefire, recall oil firms

 

August 25, 1999

– IG, Eso lambast National Assembly

 

August 26, 1999

– Envoys’ list: FG admits error in compilation

– Pejury: House panel indicts Enwerem.

 

August 27, 1999

– Envoys’ list: Obasanjo, Senate head for showdown

– Reps renew battle over relocation of agencies

– Lagos to demolish 1,500 houses

 

August 28, 1999

– Achebe alarmed by widespread forgery

– Envoys: Senate committee clears Aminu, Ajibola, Mbanefo

 

August 29, 1999

– Why Osoba, others are after me–

Oduwole

– Senate opposes Danjuma

  • On downsizing of military

– Presidency begins lobby on    ambassadors’ list.

– Kokori quits NUPENG for politics

 

August 30, 1999

– Envoys’ list: Senate can’t intimidate Obasanjo–Wali

– Lagos generates N2.2bn in 100 days

– South-South states want share in oil     firms

 

August 31, 1999

– Reps committee boss gets death threats •Over planned NNPC probe

– PDP chieftains at loggerheads

– Alleged forgery: Senator defends        Tinubu

– FG to relaunch UPE

  • Cancels monthly sanitation

September

 

September 1, 1999

– Kano riot: Victims flood Bayero’s         palace

  • Army justifies ejection from barracks

– Nigeria’s getting better Obasanjo

– INEC to replace Buhari Saturday

 

September 3, 1999

– Senate okays 87 ambassadors

  • Mbanefo, Obiozor, Awo’s daughter cleared
  • 19 dropped, Obasanjo sends fresh list

– PDP convention fixed for Nov 19

 

September 4, 1999

– Obasanjo’s many battles

  • The inside story

-How Nigeria paid $24m for junk             aircraft

 

September 5, 1999

– N1bn Assembly Complex scam

  • IBB, Abacha, Abdulsalam under probe

– Atiku attacks government’s critics

– Abacha bemoans Igbos role in             politics

– How PDP legislative caucus saved      Lar’s job

 

September 6, 1999

– How we tackled fuel mafia, Obasanjo

  • Promises miracles in NPA

– ASUU serves strike notice

– PDP wins race for Buhari’s seat

– NITEL staff claim ignorance of new      phone price

 

September 7, 1999

– Itsekiri legislators may sue Assembly

– Cries of marginalisation healthy –Obasanjo

– Senate probes missing N68bn

  • May summon Abubakar

 

September 8, 1999

– I can never defend Mustapha–Gani

– Obasanjo has shamed critics–Ige

– Senate clears 15 more ambassadors

– Oputa panel may become Truth            Commission

– Senate probes N40bn education          fund

 

September 10, 1999

– FG to rake in N498.5bn revenue

– State police: CLO hails FG

– Panel grills Ewang for four hours

 

September 11, 1999

– Port clash: Fasehun absolves OPC

– My relationship with Obasanjo

  • Okadigbo

– Obasanjo signs appropriation bill

September 12, 1999

– Let Niger Delta people determine         their fate

– 100 days of PDP government

– Assassins trail Obasanjo’s niece

– Haruna’s absence paralyses state        activities

– Ogun PDP to adopt new zoning           formula

– House of Reps probes passport          racket

 

September 13, 1999

– ASUU begins strike

– 100 days of trial and error

– Lagos riot: OPC leader may be            prosecuted

– Falae backs state police

  • Iraboh, Senator say no

– Cellular phone now N60,000

– States can fund own police–Akande

-Adetiloye criticises National Assembly

 

September 14, 1999     

– ASUU strike cripples varsities

  • FG waves olive branch
  • UI lecturers divided

– Lagos riot: Fasehun, OPC leader,         quizzed

  • 10 arraigned

 

September 15, 1999

– Owo boils over Olowo

– OPC leader gets death threats

– FG probes missing N40bn education tax fund

  • ETF boss on forced leave

– Obasanjo defends anti-corruption        bill

– Court orders arrest of NDLEA boss

 

September 16, 1999

– 24 Generals, others lose Osborne land

  • Akhigbe, Useni, Bamaiyi affected

– Senate panel, APP oppose state         police

– Enahoro may return soon

– Gowon gives Obasanjo pass mark

– Ikhazoboh: Police arrest three

– Danjuma resumes

 

September 17, 1999

-NLC demands N20,000 minimum wage

  • Opposes state police

– 100 days: Enwerem praises Senate

 

September 18, 1999

– Anxiety over death of PTF consultant

– Sultan commands Obasanjo

– Exclusive pictures of 18 incredible       houses Abacha, Gwarzo built

 

September 19, 1999

– Obasanjo was right on PTF

– Ojukwu canvasses support for             Obasanjo

– FG unfolds economic agenda

 

September 20, 1999

– US offers to recover stolen funds

  • Abacha indicted in fresh scam

– Obasanjo didn’t bribe legislators

– Strike: FG, ASUU meet Monday

– FG has no plan for state police

–Sarumi

– Why Rotimi Panel is delayed

– FG angry over ecological fund

 

September 21, 1999

– ASUU betrayed me–Obasanjo

  • FG, ASUU talks collapse

– PDP Chairmanship: I have no candidate – Atiku

– FG warns corrupt judges

  • Law School now in Enugu, Kano, Lagos

 

September 22, 1999

– Assembly probes Tinubu

  • Gani gives IG ultimatum
  • Soyinka reacts

– EU earmarks N53bn aid for Nigeria

– Obasanjo for UN Assembly

– Osun Assembly summons Akande

 

September 23, 1999

– Land allocations: Aguda Panel queries bias for military

– Kolade Panel revokes contracts

– Obasanjo seeks debt relief

 

September 24, 1999

– Tinubu appears before panel

  • Femi Falana defends him
  • Gani gives House ultimatum

– Obasanjo at UN, seeks return of          stolen funds

– New phone fee: Subscribers urged to report sharp practices

– Afenifere warns Lagos AD factions

 

September 25, 1999

– Court stops FG from swearing in Awo’s daughter as envoy

– Government beefs up security around Gwarzo…as Britain, France offer to recover loot

– Tinubu: Agbakoba, Sagay appear        before panel

 

September 26, 1999

– Obasanjo will rather die than fail

– N400m Forex deal: Yakassai, Saraki    in court

– Shut up, Eastern government orders    elders

 

September 27, 1999

– Tinubu knows fate today

– Obasanjo condemns governors’           abuse of siren

– Senate may compel publication of       ESS panel report

– Okiro summoned over assault on law- maker

– ASUU meets to review strike

 

September 28, 1999     

– Tinubu weeps

  • Assembly clears him

– Reps probe Enwerem again

– FG protests execution of Nigerians in   Saudi

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September 29, 1999

– Yoruba to Obasanjo: So far, so good

  • Want state for Kogi, Kwara, kinsmen
  • Insist on restructuring

– My traumatic youth–Tinubu

  • Lawyers react to allegations

– Chief judge charged with age   falsification

  • Police detain accuser

 

OCTOBER

 

October 1, 1999

– Anniversary speech: Obasanjo warns rioters

– Three governors, Attah of Igala            escape death

– FG declares free, compulsory education…for children from six to 15

– Independence day: Chirac, Kabbah      greet Obasanjo

– No gorgeous plan for anniversary

 

October 2, 1999

– Abacha, Gwarzo registered houses with fake names

– Adisa’s house faces demolition

 

October 3, 1999

– Abacha tried to inject me with virus      –Obasanjo

– Yoruba and the next millienum

– Only Supreme Court can grant  Mustapha bail

 

October 4, 1999

Supremacy tussle: Obasanjo screens ministers’ credentials

– Beko attacks Gani…over Tinubu saga

 

October 5, 1999           

– AIT, DBN, Minaj, others’ licences          revoked

– Obasanjo promises five million jobs

 

October 6, 1999           

– Security alert at Aso Rock

  • Okupe speaks

– Tinubu: Gani seeks court order on IG

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October 7, 1999

– FG raises panel on oil producing          areas’ demands

 

October 8, 1999

– Reps summon Adeniran,

Graham-Douglas over teachers’ strike

 

October 9, 1999

– Obasanjo reopened N1bn scam

– World Bank to assist Nigeria on loot

 

October 10, 1999

– Law school opens new file on Enwerem

 

October 11, 1999

– Editors seek suspension of Press        Council’s inauguration

 

October 12, 1999

– Senate indicts Obasanjo over budget

– Danjuma warns overzealous soldiers

 

October 13, 1999

– Mustapha’s trial: We won’t change        venue–FG

– Diya, Adisa, others lose ranks

 

October 14, 1999

– Lagos awaits Mustapha

  • May be charged with Kudirat, Rewane’s murder

– Maryam laments son’s fate, begs for mercy

– Senate plots Enwerem’s removal, alleges ineptitude

 

October 15, 1999         

– The great trial begins: Mustapha,          Abacha remanded in prison

  • Accused of Kudirat, Yar’Adua’s murder

– AD backs Niger Delta bill

 

October 16, 1999         

– PDP race: Lar steps aside

– I’ll soon expose Saraki, Lawal–Adisa

– AD clears Tinubu

– Kano Speaker impeached

 

October 17, 1999

– Ewang to refund N5bn–Panel   chairman

– Falae backs trial of Mustapha, others

– Enwerem’s impeachment: Plan to         derail Obasanjo’s govt

 

October 18, 1999

– Enwerem snubs opponents

– Protests mar PDP congress

  • Otegbola wins in Ogun

– Ige indicts NEPA officials, generator    sellers

– Onu may lead APP

 

October 19, 1999

– Mustapha, Mohammed for Kirikiri

– Gwarzo’s whereabouts unknown

– Shut up, Maryam–Yar’Adua’s widow

October 20, 1999

– Dalhatu, Abacha’s in-law on the run

– FG to review Diya, others’ cases

– Albright assures FG of US support

– Sharia: Court stops Zamfara

October 21, 1999         

– Govt revokes Adisa’s plot

  • Ex-army chief, 37 others affected

– AD alleges plot against democracy

– Lagos mob attacks Gani

  • Smashes his car

 

October 22, 1999         

– Reps want Enwerem out

  • Pass vote of no confidence
  • Nzeribe, AD Senators trade blames
  • Summons Ani, Ogwuma, Dalhatu

 

 

October 23, 1999         

– Sharia is a time bomb–Okogie

– Mustapha, Mohammed get royal          treatment in prison

– Adisa, governor in soup over N5m       bribe

– Obasanjo canvasses debt relief, invites NLC

 

October 24, 1999

– My fate in the hands of God–Enwerem

– Abacha’s death agents still in Kano

– Adesanya opposes Balarabe over Obasanjo

 

October 25, 1999         

– Governor summoned over N100m foreign trip

 

October 26, 1999         

– Police seal off Assembly

– Adisa arrested

  • Over face-off with governor

 

October 27, 1999

– Zamfara adopts Sharia today

  • Sokoto Assembly adjourns in solidarity

– NADECO meets in US

 

October 28, 1999         

– AD, PDP merger talks collapse

– The Obasanjo-Awolowo meeting

 

October 29, 1999

– They want to poison me–Governor

– Enahoro, Akinrinade, others set for home

– Obasanjo, Clinton begin talks

 

October 30, 1999

– Obasanjo’s detractors are our enemies–David Ejoor

 

October 31, 1999

– Northern states plan Islamic police–PFN

 

November

 

November 1, 1999

– CBN cancels special treasury bills

– Military can’t deliver democracy– Obasanjo

– Police allege arms build-up in Delta

 

November 2, 1999

– Curfew in Lagos

  • To douse OPC, Ijaw youths’s clash

– New constitution likely in April

– Lagos lawmakers get N60m cars

– Sharia: Zamfara’s action          unconstitutional–Obasanjo

 

November 3, 1999

– Ijaw-OPC Clash: 56 arraigned for arson, murder

– Sharia is constitutional, Zamfara          replies Obasanjo

– This democracy won’t fail–Obasanjo

 

November 4, 1999

– Sharia: Igbo order kinsmen out of        Zamfara

– OPC, Ijaw leaders embrace peace

 

November 5, 1999

– IG reads Riot Act

  • To Ijaw-OPC warriors
  • Bayelsa petitions FG

– Sharia: Zamfara woos emirs, Northern governors

– Senate set to amend constitution

  • Issues time-table

 

November 6, 1999

– OPC-Ijaw crisis: Tension mounts in Warri

– Zamfara builds 30 Sharia courts

  • Seeks aid from Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Pakistan
  • Governor snubs Christian groups

– Where is Saro-Wiwa’s corpse?

 

November 7, 1999

– Enverem: Government shelves joint  session

– Sharia: Niger-Delta plans own constitution

– APP zones national chairmanship to     North

 

November 8, 1999

– Enwerem: Presidency, House on          collision course

  • Joint sitting must hold

– Kano CAN warns governor against Sharia

  • Cleric alleges hidden agenda

– Ijaw group disowns ultimatum to          OPC

 

 

November 9, 1999

– Joint session: Presidency bows to House

  • Threatens to stop Canadian PM

 

November 10, 1999      

– Ethnic clashes: State of           emergency likely

  • I’m worried–Obasanjo

– FG, Senate order probe into rape story

– Sharia: Only death can stop me–Sani

 

November 11,  1999

– Ekwueme, Adesanya seek regional      structure

– We don’t need new constitution–Shinkafi

– Adesanya faults FG on state of           emergency

  • Obasanjo urges restraint, restates stand on state of emergency

 

November 12, 1999      

– Ijaw, Yoruba youths clash in     P’Harcourt

– PDP chairmanship: Panel scores         aspirants

– We must talk–Ekwueme

– Police attack deputy governor’s           convoy

 

November 13, 1999

– Beer sales still high in Zamfara

– NLC disagree with FG on state of         emergency

– Court okays Mustapha’s detention

 

November 14, 1999

– Yoruba leaders to meet on OPC, Ijaw crisis

– Enugu legislator threatens to kill journalist

 

November 15, 1999      

– Niger-Delta: 21 Itsekiri feared killed

– Why we’re killing policemen–Ijaw          youths

– Adesanya to address South-West        assemblies on restructuring

 

November 16, 1999      

– Northern governors shelve Sharia

  • CAN orders workers’ strike

– Ex-administrators petition National       Assembly over retirement

 

November 17, 1999

– FG probes N500bn budget for 2000

– Osun Assembly demands National       Conference

 

November 18, 1999

– Mustapha, Mohammed sent to Kirikiri

  • Court adjourns case

– State of emergency: Governor replies Obasanjo

– PDP race: Averting the mudslinging

 

November 19, 1999

– Enwerem out, Okadigbo in

– PDP convention: 149 vie for 62 seats   •Police get reinforcement

– I’m vindicated–Na’Abba

– Enwerem declines comments

 

November 20, 1999

– Showdown in PDP today

  • Gemade, Awoniyi trade tackles

– Okadigbo’s agenda

  • The last straw in Enwerem’s failed contracts

 

November 21, 1999

– Behind the scene moves that   enthroned Okadigbo

– Confusion mars PDP convention

– Lekki housing scandal:Tinubu seizes Marwa’s house

  • Aikhomu, Porbeni’s too

– Ministers lobby to retain posts

 

November 22, 1999

– Gemade floors Awoniyi

  • Says no victor, no vanquished

– Obasanjo tasks Gemade

  • Honour Abubakar, Ekwueme, Lar

– APP chiefs exchange blows at             convention

  • Awoniyi storms out of venue
  • Ciroma, Rimi, Tukur kick
  • Ekwueme indicts organisers

– Edo ruler proclaims Sharia…in             domain

  • It’s unconstitutional – Afe Babalola

 

November 23, 1999

– Awoniyi protests defeat

  • Rules out court action

– Bauchi rejects sharia

 

November 24, 1999

– Bamaiyi, Danbaba arraigned in             Lagos

– Lagos may axe more workers

 

November 25, 1999

– Oyo legislators exchange blows

  • Threaten acid, charms
  • Impeach Speaker
  • Take broken mace to Adesina

– M.D. Yusufu praises Obasanjo

– Akinyemi assures on national   conference

– PDP, APP Senate leaders removed

 

November 26, 1999

– OPC: Shoot at sight–Obasanjo            orders police

– Threats to Nigeria’s federation real–Danjuma

 

November 27, 1999

– New lines: NITEL gets 300,000             requests

  • Grants 100 in three months

– Kolade panel: 1,684 contracts may go

– Police ready to shoot at sight–IG

– Oyo governor disowns new Speaker

 

November 28, 1999

– Inside story of PDP convention

– Fuel price may hit N30 per litre

– Adebayo calls for regional autonomy

 

November 29, 1999

– Shoot-at-sight: Soyinka, Afenifere        oppose Obasanjo

– N100 note for launch next week

– Minister asks Adesanya, Adebanjo to renounce OPC

  • Gani withdraws support

 

November 30, 1999      

– Mile 12 crisis: 17 suspects for trial

  • Adesanya absolves OPC

– Keyamo arraigned for stealing N15m

  • Says charge is fake

 

December

 

December 1, 1999

– Ethnic clashes: No alternative to          sovereign conference–Soyinka

– We’ll now shoot rioters on sight–Police

– Ondo Assembly crisis deepens

  • Two Majority leaders emerge

 

 

December 2, 1999

– Shoot on sight order: We’ll defend       ourserves–OPC

  • Afenifere replies Okupe

– Ondo Assembly’s faction sacks majority leader

 

December 3, 1999

– Don’t dare FG, Alaafin warns OPC

– Call for Sovereign Conference, idle      talk–Okadigbo

 

December 4, 1999

– Governor dumps Oyo Speaker

– 50 OPC members arrested

  • Police minister ready for talks

– Female legislator charmed

– APP Convention: Lema Jubril, Bafyau, others slug it out

– Sokoto set to introduce Sharia

 

December 5, 1999

– Inside story of APP Convention

– Party Chairman: APP opts for consensus

  • Yusuf Ali set to win

– I have been vindicated–Saraki

 

December 6, 1999

– Sponsors of ethnic clashes, Nigeria’s enemies–Obasanjo

– Ali emerges APP Chairman

  • Jubrilu concedes defeat

– Oyo tightens security, as Assembly     reconvenes

 

December 7, 1999

– No Sovereign Conference, no peace–AD

– I’ve met my target–Ige

– 22 OPC members arraigned

  • Leaders’ whereabouts unknown

 

December 8, 1999

– Maccido backs Sharia

  • Kano debates bill

– Obasanjo defends shoot-at-sight         order

– Senate suspends Okurounnu

  • For alleging plot against Obasanjo

 

December 9, 1999

– Okurounmu apologises to Senate

– FG unfolds four-year economic policy

 

December 10, 1999

– Tension in House of Reps

  • Over impeachment moves

– Kano adopts Sharia

 

December 11, 1999

– Obas, Yoruba leaders meet over OPC

– Christianity will boom in Zamfara–Ojukwu

 

December 12, 1999

– PDP: Ciroma, others want polls           annulled

– APP dissent over Ali’s election

– Legislator, LG boss in forgery scandal

 

December 13, 1999

– Gunmen attack Tinubu

  • Four killed, five held

– Police to arrest drug suspects in National Assembly

 

December 14, 1999

– Murder attempt on Tinubu: AD, OPC chiefs arrested

– Lagos Assembly expresses shock

  • How I escaped assassination–Tinubu

 

December 15, 1999

– Tinubu not our target

  • OPC suspects
  • To be arraigned Thursday

– Kano’s Sharia bill runs into hitch

–  Tension in Kaduna

– AD holds convention next year

– Yoruba leaders move to reconcile OPC factions

 

December 16, 1999

– Kano Assembly dumps Sharia bill

– Senate changes mind on Budget 2000

 

December 17, 1999

– I’m not deterred by attack–Tinubu

 

December 18, 1999

– INEC condemns PDP elections

– Anti-corruption bill scales through next week

 

December 19, 1999

– Mamman Yusuf defends OPC

– Pray for my government

– Tension in Kaduna over Sharia

– Ige now shuns AD

 

December 20, 1999      

– Marginalisation: Ekwueme, Ezeife, others drag FG to Oputa Panel

  • Demand N8.6 trillion

– National Assembly may restore sacked varsity boards

 

December 21, 1999

– Sharia latest: Zamfara official falls victim

  • Accused of prostitution
  • Governor insists on penalty

– AD faction removes Mamman

  • Convention fixed for April 2000

 

December 22, 1999

– Fuel price: Workers storm Aso Rock

  • Clash with security man
  • Ministers chased out
  • Obasanjo apologises
  • Reps move against planned strike

– AD legislators intervene in party crisis

-Mamman’s removal illegal–Udenta

 

December 23, 1999

– Tension mounts in Ilorin

– Four more churches burnt

– Adetiloye threatens reprisal

– CAN’ll meet Obasanjo–Mbang

– Reps exchange blows over Niger Delta bill

– Pass Anti-Corruption Law

 

December 24, 1999

– NEPA: No solution till 2001–Obasanjo

– FCT plans metroline

 

December 25, 1999

Lawal vows to punish Muslim fanatics

  • Raises panel to probe attacks on churches
  • Mbang warns militants

 

December 26, 1999

– Hello! Government’s Y2K hotlines ring, no reply

– 3 AD chieftains arrested

 

December 26, 1999

– Akande predicts AD-APP alliance

– Enahoro may lead AD

 

December 27, 1999

– My life is in danger–Commissioner

– Burning of Churches: Bishop indicts Lawal, Emir

– Deputy Governor cautions religions leaders

– Obasanjo in Lagos

 

December 28, 1999

– OPC storms Ibadan

  • To stop APC’s launching

– Reps to reshuffle committees

 

December 29, 1999

– Nobody is after commissioner’s life–Bayelsa royal fathers

– Igbinedion, Airways boss sent on forced leave

– AD still most credible party–Ige

– SSS to quiz APC boss

– NDDC: Rivers accuses Bayelsa of sabotage

 

December 30, 1999

– Senate re-screens ministers

– Obasanjo bemoans Odi tragedy

– Ojukwu backs Sovereign Conference

– Lagos Speaker justifies Constituency Bill

 

December 31, 1999

– Re-screening of ministers: Presidency dares Senate

– We are not after Fasehun–Ganiyu Adams

– Niger Delta communities okay NDDC bill

– Heads to roll in NEPA–Ige

– AD factions clash in Abuja

  • Secretariat sealed off

– Sharia: Minna landlords eject non-Muslims

– Oyo rules out Sharia

– Obasanjo broadcasts Saturday

 

2000

 

January 1, 2000

-How world cities will celebrate today

– Good-bye, 1999

 

January 2, 2000

– I did not curse Ige–Adesanya

– AD faction plans own convention

 

January 3, 2000

– No going back on ministers’ re-screening –Senate Chief Whip

 

January 4, 2000

– AD crisis deepens

 

January 5, 2000

– Okiro orders Gani Adams’ arrest

– Five AD governors back Adesanya, Mamman

  • INEC rules on crisis today.

 

January 6, 2000

– AD: INEC backs Mamman

– Eid-el-fitri: Obasanjo preaches tolerance

– Lagos, Ibadan burn

  • OPC dares robbers
  • 40 killed in Mushin
  • 10 in Ibadan
  • 70 houses burnt

– Commisioner in deportation scandal

-I’ll resist coup – Adesina

– Bakassi: Call C’River to order, Attah tells Obasanjo

 

January 7, 2000

– 20 held over Lagos, Ibadan riots

  • Police insist on Gani Adams’ arrest

– Three PDP chiefs suspended for contesting defeat in court

– Obasanjo predicts better days ahead

– Separate AD from Afenifere – Fasanmi

– Tinubu condemns Lagos riot

 

January 8, 2000

– Give yourself up! Tinubu tells Gani Adams

– Senate committee opposes fuel price hike

 

January 9, 2000

– FG probes bomb blasts

  • Re-opens Omatsola’s case

– Adesanya backs Enahoro as AD chairman

– Mamman is AD boss, INEC insists

 

January 10, 2000

– FG to prosecute militant groups’ leaders

– Obasanjo mourns Akpata

  • Adesanya, others pour encomiums

– Why we are delaying Budget 2000–Senator

– Six PDP chiefs, 10 others die in auto crash

– Lagos mayhem: Tinubu cautions OPC as residents back attack on Akala boys

 

January 11, 2000

– Abubakar, Uwais, Ciroma extol Akpata’s virtues

– OPC scares AD governors

– Budget 2000: Senate can’t be rushed–Okadigbo

 

January 12, 2000

– Adesanya blames OPC’s troubles on press

– Senate honours Akpata

– Obasanjo due in Minna

– AD peace panel’s report

 

January 13, 2000

– N.1m ransom placed on Gani Adams

– APP rules out merger with AD, PDP

– Tinubu blames FG for Lagos crisis

– FG yet to address pre-civil war problems–Ojukwu

 

January 14, 2000

– Obasanjo threatens state of emergency in Lagos

  • It’s unwarranted, says Tinubu

– Drug scandal: Commissioner resigns, alleges persecution

– AD elders meet over Mamman, Isong

 

January 15, 2000

– Gov Lawal speaks on commissioner’s resignation

– FG exaggerated Lagos security situation–Tinubu

 

January 16, 2000

– Sharia: Borno Christians threaten separate govt

– Budget 2000: Presidency,  Assembly set to clash

 

January 17, 2000

– We’ll resist state of emergency–OPC

  • Northern senators back Obasanjo
  • AD governors, Afenifere meet

– Reps tough on corruption, plan public hearing

 

January 18, 2000

– State of emergency: AD governors back Tinubu

  • Blame OPC saga on external forces

– Nigerian Christians close shops to protest Sharia

 

January 19, 2000

– OPC: Reps give FG 30 days’ ultimatum

  • Senate debates Obasanjo’s letter today

– Sharia: Governor dismisses Niger CAN’s protest

– Lagos Obas, lawmakers back Tinubu

– Jemibewon criticises Northern senators

– Ige promises stable power supply

 

January 20, 2000

– Senate summons IG, Jemibewon over N2.5bn security fund

– State of emergency: FG chides AD governors

– Lagos lawmakers cut short recess to debate state of emergency

– Reps accuse Obasanjo of violating constitution

 

January 21, 2000

–  Senate, Reps raise panels on Lagos security crisis

– Obasanjo unfolds plan for Year 2000

– AD, Afenifere to be separated

  • Ige, Falae embrace

– Don’t impeach Obasanjo, Gbonigi warns Northern senators

– OPC: Police probe allegation against Akerele-Bucknor

 

January 22, 2000

– Legislator in sex scandal

  • House suspends him

– Governor gets dog as birthday gift

 

January 23, 2000

– How to stop OPC, Egbesu, others –Falae

 

January 24, 2000

– OPC: FG seeks Agbekoya’s help

– I’m not in confrontation with Obasanjo

–Tinubu

– Budget 2000: PDP mediates between Obasanjo, legislators

 

January 25, 2000

– AD crisis deepens

  • Five governors shun NEC meeting
  • Mamman carpets Ige
  • Convention date fixed

– Enahoro speaks on home-coming,

says 1999 Constitution is defective

– US firm promises Nigeria 10m phone lines

– Tinubu: Court hears Gani’s suit

 

January 26, 2000

– OPC: Senate begins probe today

– Appropriation bill: N12bn divides Reps

  • PDP caucus to write Obasanjo

– AD factions clash again

 

January 27, 2000

– Senate approves N17.3bn for Presidency

  • Poverty alleviation, N10bn
  • Job creation, N3bn
  • Local contractors, N4bn

-Reps dump 1999 Appropriation Bill for Budget 2000

– Row over N12bn: Sarumi cautions National Assembly

– Reps panel on Lagos crises arrives

 

January 28,2000

– Budget 2000: Reps to summon minister, perm secs

– Britain to restore links with Nigerian Navy

– FG, states share N66.7bn

 

January 29, 2000

– Obasanjo’s Benz jeep snatched

 

January 30, 2000

– Agbekoya: Gani, OPC fault Jemibewon

– Pa Enahoro in flesh and blood

– Sharia: Prepare to fight back–Ojukwu tells Christians

– Obasanjo’s stolen Benz jeep: Police seek Kerekou’s assistance

 

January 31, 2000

– Ume-Ezeoke, Adebayo fault 1999 Constitution

– OPC: Ohanaeze absolves AD governors, Afenifere

– MPs wade into Obasanjo, Assembly rift.

 

FEBRUARY

 

February 1, 2000

– Edo speaker impeached

– Obasanjo speaks on N12bn row

– AD faction sacks Abuja secretariat

 

February 2, 2000

– Senator in trouble over call for coup

– OPC: Senate panel quizzes five police chiefs

 

February 3, 2000

– Pro-military senator suspended

  • Try him for treason–Afe Babalola, others

– Enwerem named Senate committee chairman

  • As Okadigbo reconstitutes panels

– Presidency probes property firm

  • Staff want MD removed

February 4, 2000

– Waku didn’t speak for Northerners

– Senator

– How we shot Ibru–Rogers

– Bamaiyi, others plead not guilty

 

February 5, 2000

– Ogun legislators, CFS condemn Tell editor’s arrest

– Ex-Army chief warns against coup

 

February 6, 2000

–  Ige lies about bounced cheque

– Nwosu berates ethnic warriors

– Obasanjo’s orderly, driver in police net

 

February 7, 200

– Chase out coup plotters with guns, matchets–Ige

– Female commissioner in N3m scandal

 

February 8, 2000

– AD dumps Falae-led convention committee

  • Meeting is illegal–Mamman
  • It is not – Ige

– Waku is talking rubbish–Defence Hq

– No plan to impeach Obasanjo

– Atiku identifies sponsors of militant groups

 

February 9, 2000

– We’ll lead revolt against coup–Okadigbo

– Confusion over AD chairmanship

– Senate extends Waku’s suspension

– Rogers ends testimony in Bamaiyi’s trial

 

February 10,2000

– Senate clears Waku

– Bomb scare at Bamaiyi’s trial

– Chairmanship: Enahoro replies AD

 

February 11, 2000

– Gani Adams speaks

– INEC writes AD on convention

– Kaloma Ali, Abacha’s aide arrested

 

February 12, 2000

– Ondo ejects FG workers

– FG removes duties, VAT on agric products

– Zamfara: Man gets 80 lashes for taking alcohol

 

February 13, 2000

– Win! Win!! Win!!! Obasanjo tells Eagles

– Igbos not planning secession

I was tortured to implicate Tinubu

 

February 14, 2000

– Ciroma in auto crash

– FG to review education policy

– AD: The widening gulf

– Rotimi Williams on Akpata

 

February 15, 2000

– No plan to ban Tokunbo–Obasanjo

– Gani Adams: Police chiefs get marching order

-Commissioner sacked over N.5m scandal

– Ciroma’s condition still critical, due in Germany today

 

February 16, 2000

– President, governors may lose immunity

  • As Senate passes anti-corruption bill

– FRSC merged with police

– Critics of Sharia are ignorant–Atiku

– Why OPC was formed–Obasanjo

– Stolen pistol found with DIG

 

February 17, 2000

– We are ready for probe–Atiku

  • Executive must lose immunity, Okadigbo insists

-NADECO didn’t form OPC, Adebanjo replies Obasanjo

-I’ll fund Sharia in Southern states –Zamfara governor

– Scandal at Oyo Assembly, legislator on the run

 

February 18, 2000

– Lawmaker arrested over N6m scandal

  • Assembly raises probe panel

– Ex-commissioner held over N36m        fraud

– Anti-corruption law may not work

–Soyinka, Reps

 

February 19, 2000

– Why Ige is my ally–Ezeife

– Soyinka scores National Assembly low

  • Most members are misfits

– Police take over FRSC premises

– Gwarzo quizzed again

– Suspended legislator returns wedding gift

February 20, 2000

– PDP accuses Jigawa gov of truancy

– OPC has come to stay

– Oyo Asembly fraud: Speaker quizzed

 

February 21, 2000

– AD crisis: I’m not a spoiler–Ige

– Agenda splits Reps

  • It’s deceptive–MPs

– Governor defends Egbesu cult

– Senate can’t remove president,            governors’ immunity–Afe Babalola

– Sharia: Islamic scholar condemns Maccido, governor

– Oyo lawmakers divided over N6m        scandal

– FG official indicted in N2bn scam

 

February 22, 2000

– Riot in Kaduna over Sharia

  • 20 killed, 100 injured
  • Curfew imposed
  • Maccido, Kukah react
  • Niger passes Sharia bills

– Na’Abba launches agenda amid           opposition

– N6m scam: Students storm Oyo                      Assembly

 

February 23, 2000

– Senate to raise panels over Sharia

– Troops deployed in Kaduna

  • Death toll rises to 100
  • Curfew now noon-6 a.m.
  • Shoot-on-sight order on rioters

– Sokoto adopts Sharia, Adamawa gears up

– Senate may revisit Waku’s case

– N6m scam: Oyo Speaker, two others   arrested

 

February 24, 2000

– Sharia riots spreads to Zaria,   Kafanchan

  • Police hunt sponsors, arrest 50
  • Obasanjo, Mbang react
  • Agbakoba goes to court

– Oyo Speaker, others arraigned

 

February 25, 2000

– Sharia: Tension mounts in Kano,          Maiduguri

  • Schools, shops shut
  • Residents flee to barracks
  • Obasanjo assures foreign investors

– N6m scam: Fleeing Oyo lawmaker        sighted in Lagos

– A’Ibom Assembly orders arrest of Mobil chiefs

 

February 26, 2000

– Pope prays for Nigeria … as FG          delegation visits Kaduna

– Oyo Assembly: Handwriting experts     wade into N6.5m fraud

– Senators deny stripping President of   immunity

– Merger: FRSC, Police still run independently

 

February 27, 2000

– Sharia: Gani blames constitution

– LG boss suspended

– Constitution not in women favour

– Odili gives condition for peace in Niger-Delta

 

February 28, 2000

– Sharia: CAN heads for court

  • Enlists constitutional lawyers
  • Plateau bans open air preaching

– Zamfara: Man escapes amputation

– Sharia: The constitutional dilemma

– Ewang to refund N29.5m

– N6m scam: Oyo legislator absolves self

 

February 29, 2000

– Sharia riots: 32 killed in Aba, Owerri

  • Tension in Onitsha

– Senate may raise budget proposal

– Obasanjo in Kaduna, says religious leaders have failed us.

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