Historic Newspaper Headlines : March 1, 2000 – October 31, 2000

MARCH

March 1, 2000

– Fallout of Kaduna riots: Zamfara, Niger, Sokoto, others drop Sharia

– Stampede at Oyo Assembly

– Armoured tanks patrol Kano streets

– Death toll rises in Owerri

Mallam Buba Bello Jangebe, first Sharia amputee
  • Curfew imposed

– Afenifere condemns riots

– Sharia: Senate asks Obasanjo to consult Supreme Court

 

March 2, 2000

– On Sharia we stand – Zamfara governor, A-G

– … FG can’t stop Sharia – Shagari

– Kano governor signs Sharia bill into law

– Reaffirm Nigeria’s secular status, Ojukwu tells FG

– Kaduna riot: Four policemen, 296 others killed

– We won’t spare troublemakers Obasanjo

March 3, 2000

– FG to Shagari, Buhari: Your comments on Sharia are unfortunate

– Sharia: We are fed up with Nigeria –Council of Ulamas

*…calls for national conference

–  Only national conference can resolve Sharia crisis – Falae

 

March 4, 2000

– Obasanjo summons Sultan over Sharia

  • Why northern politicians are silent

– Council of State was briefed on Sharia – Official

 

March 5, 2000

– Fear grips ECOWAS countries … over Sharia

– NADECO set to float party

  • Committee report ready

 

March 6, 2000

– Kwara rules out Sharia

– Sharia: Non-natives still flee trouble spots

– Paris Club may cancel Nigeria’s debt

– N6m scam: Fleeing Oyo lawmaker arrested

 

March 7, 2000

– Fresh tension in Owerri

… over alleged arms seizure from non-natives

– Don’t go, emirs urge non-natives

– Politicians remember Awolowo

 

March 8, 2000

– Sharia: Riot in Sokoto

  • Varsity shut

– We won’t tolerate killings of our kinsmen again – South-East governors

– How Awo would’ve handled Sharia crisis – Okadigbo

– Council of Ulamas okays suspension of Sharia

– Reps okay N49bn extra budget

 

March 9, 2000

– Annan bemoans Nigerian crisis

– Sokoto: Fleeing non-natives refuse to leave barracks

– Zamfara insists on Saharia, ready for compromise

– Sharia: Shagari, IBB, Maccido canvass constitutional solution

 

March 10, 2000

– British envoy lists FG’s problem

– Obasanjo seeks more money for overseas trips

– Senate explains delay in budget … approves N10m for Kaduna riot victims

– AD raises arbitration panel

… FRA, Nwabueze, M.D. Yusufu on board

– Military reaffirms support for presidency

 

March 11, 2000

– Emirs fear attack by radical youths

… Keep low profile

– Shagari’s grouse with Obasanjo

– We shall defend democracy – CDS

 

March 12, 2000

– FG aborts South-South, South-East Govs parley

– Unongo chides Shagari over Sharia

 

March 13, 2000

– Sharia: Why we won’t go to court

– FG

– FG ignored my advice on Sharia

– Makarfi

-…dissociates self from Dikko, others’ comments

– Okadigbo denies plot to remove Obasanjo

– Blackout: Ige pleads with Nigerians

– South-East governors agree on common agenda

 

March 14, 2000

– Confederation: Obasanjo lashes at South-East governors

– … Atiku says it’s unfortunate

– Religious fanatics are infidels

– Sultan

– Govt promises nine million phone lines

 

March 15, 2000

– Obasanjo takes over NEPA

– Blackout: Ige alleges sabotage, apologises again

 

Ohaneze at Aso Rock, wants national conference

– …Governor quits official quarters

 

March 16, 2000

– Sallah: Governors, clerics greet Nigerians

– Obasanjo heads cabinet committee on NEPA

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  • Atiku, Ige on board

-… Nigerians hail FG

– It’s treasonable to stop talks on national issues – Soyinka

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– Rumours over Ige’s resignation

 

March 17, 2000

– Obasanjo has fulfilled promises to North – PDP caucus

– Sharia: northern governors meet today

– CAN may compel A-G to interpret Sharia

– Ige shuns press

March 18, 2000

– NEPA palaver: Ige is on his own –AD

  • Associates split on whether he should resign

– …sacked board hands over

– Remove religion from constitution

– Catholic Bishops

  • CAN warns Supreme Court judges

 

March 19, 2000

– 2000 budget faulty – Budget Committee chairman

– Conference, only way out – Olikoye

– Reps may probe poverty alleviation scheme

– Kofo Bucknor-Akerele vs Gov Bola Tinubu

 

March 20, 2000

– GSM Investors angry over delay

– Sharia crisis stifles business in Kano Airport

– Northern governors’ meeting shelved

– …Youths accuse elders of fuelling disunity

 

March 21, 2000

– Afenifere backs confederation

– …Imo Assembly passes motion

– …No going back – Udenwa

 

March 22, 2000

– AD faction backs Ige

– Obasanjo affirms commitment to proper pension scheme

– Confederation: FG calls for restraint

– Riots: APP demands panel of foreign observers

 

March 23, 2000

– Abubakar, Ukiwe meet in Minna

…over Sharia riots

– FG rules out national conference

 

March 24, 2000

– Sharia: Man’s hand amputated in Zamfara …for stealing cow

Mallam Buba Bello Jangebe, first Sharia amputee

– …Twadell urges dialogue

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– Okadigbo asks Africa to deny debts

March 25, 2000

– Abacha aircraft deal: FG moves to recover $20m loot

– FG to probe amputation in Zamfara

  • Angry reactions over man who lost his arm

– Shehu Musa may emerge new INEC chairman

 

March 26, 2000

– Why Southern Moslems shun Sharia

– OPC, Ijaws back confederation

– …No Igbo/Yoruba gang-up

– Adesanya

– Pro-Sharia tags flood Bauchi

 

March 27, 2000

– Riots cripple Suleja

…Youths defy curfew, streets deserted

– Senate moves to recover missing N40bn education fund

– Outages linger as customers await new NEPA board

–  Nigeria is a secular state, FG insists

– Amputation in Zamfara is most disgraceful – CAN boss

  • Victims can sue, says Rep

 

March 28, 2000

– Sharia: Oh my God! Behold the cow thief!

– Riot in Borno

  • Churches burnt

– Suleja: Police sergeant killed, 17 elders arrested

– Senate okays panel’s report on Budget 2000

 

March 29, 2000

– Casualty figure rises in Borno riot

– National Assembly passes N677bn budget … four months after

– Obasanjo orders probe into $125m Cocoa Farmers’ Fund

 

March 30, 2000

– Zamfara: Obasanjo condemns amputation

– Senate panel faults NNPC, oil firms’ pact

– Reps seek immunity from arrest

– Enugu Assembly passes motion on confederation

 

March 31, 2000

– Outage: Govt to invite private power suppliers

– I resisted Sharia in my time – Gowon

– FG can’t stop Sharia – Agabi

– Obasanjo rejects NDDC bill

 

APRIL

 

April 1, 2000

– Zamfara detains cow chief

  • I’m happy his picture was published – Gov
  • Wife threatens divorce
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– At last, Enahoro returns!

 

April 2, 2000

– Ige begs Falae

– No regrets over Sharia – Shagari

– Obasanjo decries sale of poverty alleviation forms

– We stepped on very powerful toes

– Atiku

 

April 3, 2000

– Waku escapes assassination

– GSM faces fresh setback

– Middle Belt endorses national confederation

 

April 4, 2000

– Northern governors drop Sharia

– GSM: Govt blames hiccup on NCC

– Don’t veto Budget 2000, Senate warns Obasanjo

– Sarumi redeployed

…Gana takes over

 

April 5, 2000

– Police uncover arms cache — in Lagos

– Patriots to publish 1979 Sharia debate

– Panel detects N6bn debts at Airways

– Budget 2000: Ige, Anenih, others in soup

 

April 6, 2000

– Fasehun, OPC leader, arrested

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– Why I confessed – Rogers

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– We are not northerners – Middle-Belt elders insist

– FG approves N7bn for NEPA

 

April 7, 2000

– I’ve accepted Christ – Rogers

– Impeachment: Deputy governor shuns panel

– Obasanjo rejects Budget 2000

– Obasanjo meets royal fathers, Muslim leaders

– Senate asks INEC to probe parties’ accounts

 

April 8, 2000

– IBB bows to Igbo youths

  • Sends Akilu, Duba to Nnewi

 

April 9, 2000

– Northern, Eastern govs meetings: OPC calls for Yoruba summit

 

April 10, 2000

– Lagos reopens Rewane’s murder case

– Presidential plane: Obasanjo says no grudge against Senate

– …explains stand on NDDC bill

– Forum okays multi-party system for Nigeria

– Police promise tight security

… as Enahoro arrives today

 

April 11, 2000

– The struggle continues – Enahoro

Enahoro

– …only sovereign national conference can save Nigeria

– …what M.K.O. told me

– …no democracy yet

– Senate speaks on Obasanjo’s aircraft

 

April 12, 2000

– Ogoni youths in bloody clash

  • Five feared killed
  • Policemen maimed

– Enahoro, MNR meet to shape agenda

– AD dissolves Falae committee

  • Fixes July 1 for convention

– G-77 summit’ll enhance global development

 

April 13, 2000

– Reps open up on Obasanjo’s aircraft

…say cost inflated by $30m

– …rule out review of NDDC bill

– GSM: Govt appoints consultants

– Enough of political slumber, Enahoro tells Edo monarchs

– Motion to probe Okadigbo fails

– Budget: Senate divided over own allocation

 

April 14, 2000

– Presidency – National Assembly rift: All parties’ conference coming

– … Enahoro, others invited

– President denies inflating aircraft cost

– … Nigeria may lose $3bn deposit

– AD senators escape suspension

 

April 15, 2000

– Why IBB cancelled trip to the East –Aide

– Abacha’s foreign lawyers sneak into Kirikiri

– Why AD senators citicised budget

– FG names new team for PTF

 

April 16, 2000

– Power play over presidential jet

– Revealed: How Enahoro escaped

– Confederation: South-South may reconsider opposition

– Ige has not failed – Ransome-Kuti

– Northern leaders behind Sharia riots

 

April 17, 2000

-AD to boycott inter-party seminar

-We’ll hold judges liable for anti-corruption bill’s failure

-Ojukwu replies critics of confederation

 

April 18, 2000

– Nzeribe again!

… moves to impeach Obasanjo

– Obasanjo gets Budget 2000

– Noisy presidential jet sold for $80m

– Enahoro, Gemade, Mamman, Ali shun inter-party talks

– FG may dump GSM

– 13 eye AD chairmanship

 

April 19, 2000

– Senate in rowdy session

… as Nzeribe tables petition against Obasanjo

– Reps, Okupe, others condemn call for impeachment

– Enahoro shifts ground on sovereign national conference

 

April 20, 2000

– Nzeribe’s plan: I dey kampe – Obasanjo

… Reps decline debate

  • Na’Abba, APP, others react

… 25 senators indict Okadigbo

– PDP leaders wade into Presidency, Assembly face-off

 

April 21, 2000

– Nzeribe: Ignore him – Soyinka

– APP, recall him – Afenifere

… kinsmen condemn impeachment plot

… Okadigbo replies critics

– I’m undaunted, says Nzeribe

– Sharia is secessionist – Soyinka

April 22, 2000

– PDP carpets Nzeribe

… reaffirms faith in Obasanjo

– Northern elders send Abubakar to Enugu

– Military restates commitment to democracy

 

April 23, 2000

– Let Yoruba rule for eight years

– Obasanjo, others preach peace at Easter

– Budget 2000: Nigeria loses $1bn IMF loan

 

April 24, 2000

– Our crises will soon be over

– Abdulsalami

– Tinubu, Gani condemn Nzeribe

– Why I built Church in Aso Rock

–  Obasanjo

– I’m not plotting against Obasanjo

– Okadigbo

 

April 25, 2000

– Senate warns OPC

  • Keep off Abuja

 

April 26, 2000

– Okadigbo in trouble

  • Faces impeachment
  • Nzeribe’s fate uncertain

 

April 27, 2000

– Impeachment: Nzeribe bows to pressure

  • Reps rally round Obasanjo

… Senators react to withdrawal of petition

– No plan to destabilise National Assembly – Presidency

– South-South governors, legislators meet Friday

 

April 28, 2000

– AD governors not party to moves against Obasanjo – Senate Leader

 

April 29, 2000

– Presidency gets CIA report

…as plot to impeach Okadigbo thickens

 

April 30, 2000

– Presidency/Senate face-off: They still want to remove me – Okadigbo

…Igbo leaders in crucial meeting

 

MAY

 

May 1, 2000

Presidency – Assembly rift: Tension mounts in Senate

… Okadigbo states term for truce as PDP wades in

… Reps plan showdown with senators

… MD Yusufu condemns face-off

– Sell NEPA now, Tinubu tells FG

 

May 2, 2000

– Okadigbo impeachment saga splits Igbo

…Obasanjo keeps mum

– National Assembly vows to stop deregulation of fuel price

– North may revisit Nzeribe’s impeachment move

 

May 3, 2000

– Impeachment: Presidency forgives Okadigbo

…as PDP caucus intervenes

– I’m not eyeing Okadigbo’s seat – Nwachukwu

– INEC gets new boss

 

May 4, 2000

– Budget 2000: Obasanjo gives condition

… to National Assembly

… Reps accept term

– Cost of phone slashed to N15,000

 

May 5, 2000

– Obasanjo, Na’Abba clash

…over pardon for Buhari

– Budget: Senate rejects Obasanjo’s condition

 

May 6, 2000

– Salisu Buhari, Na’Abba in crucial talks

…Over impeachment move

– Obasanjo signs Budget 2000

  • Controversial areas left out

– Okadigbo’s deal with Obasanjo: Uneasy calm in Senate

 

May 7, 2000

– Lawmaker leads robbery gang

  • Snatches 26 cars in six months

– Obasanjo to change cabinet – Gana

– Ife/Modakeke crisis worsens

Ogunsua
  • OAU VC, Bishop shot
  • White man too
  • All on danger list
  • Doctors battle to extract bullets

 

May 8, 2000

– AD chairmanship: Umar joins race

– No plans to reinstate Buhari

– Gemade

– Sharia: Zamfara councillors take on Sani …demand LG chief’s trial

– Ife-Modakeke crisis: Presidency summons Ooni, Ogunsua

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Ogunsua

May 9, 2000

– Fresh crisis rocks AD

…NEC dissolved

– Obasanjo seeks Senate’s approval of Guobadia as INEC boss

– Ife-Modakeke crisis: OAU student abducted

– National Assembly panel adopts anti-corruption bill

 

May 10, 2000

– Okadigbo’s job at risk again

  • 72 senators want him out

…runs to PDP caucus for support

– Ife-Modakeke: Presidential peace panel member caught with arms

– Abdusalami is a hero, says Obasanjo’s wife

 

May 11, 2000

– Mustapha’s wife offered me N10m bribe – Rogers

– Impeachment: Atiku, PDP save Okadigbo

– Govt didn’t suspend Sharia

– Shehu Musa set to quit INEC

 

May 12, 2000

– I killed Kudirat – Rogers

Rogers

-Senate in stormy session over contracts

– NITEL gets new managers

– Adebayo committee can’t dissolve AD executive – Mamman

 

May 13, 2000

– AD crisis deepens

… as NEC dissolves Adebayo committee

– Presidency adamant on Okadigbo’s removal

 

May 14, 2000

– Ministers react to cabinet shake-up

– Afenifere wears new-look soon

 

May 15, 2000

– Clinton may scale down visit to Nigeria

 

May 16, 2000

– Obasanjo cuts short visit to Canada

  • Rebels free 139 UN soldiers

– AD: National EXCO offered us bribe

– BCC: Benue, Dangote slug it out today

… As National Council on Privatisation meets

 

May 17, 2000

– Presidency, Assembly on collision course again … over budget

– INEC audits parties’ accounts

– Obasanjo to earn N.3m monthly

– National Assembly to probe sale of BCC shares

– Bucknor-Akerele’s security team detained over slain lady

 

May 18, 2000

– Senate clears Guobadia as INEC boss

– Bucknor-Akerele’s escort killed Odunola, police insist

Ife-Modakeke crisis: Arms supplier arrested

  • Machine gun recovered

– Obasanjo promises another pay review

 

May 19, 2000

– Okadigbo should account for N1.3bn Senate fund

  • Says Enwerem who admits receiving N25m, but…..

– NDDC Bill: House set to overrule Obasanjo’s veto

– FG to monitor LGs’ spending

– Obasanjo

 

May 20, 2000

– Biafra declaration: Detectives lay siege to Enugu

…EMU chairman quizzed

– Enwerem lied – Okadigbo

– BCC: Dangote moves to appease Benue indigenes

 

May 21, 2000

– How Musa lost INEC’s top job

– Biafra: Security dragnet for Israelis

– OPC lays ambush for IBB

– Okadigbo’s troubles not over

– Senator

 

May 22, 2000

– Budget 2000: Obasanjo to seek extension of Assembly’s ultimatum

– FG awards N100bn NEPA contracts

 

May 23, 2000

– BCC: Obasanjo restates FG’s stand to Benue delegation

– 11 feared dead in fresh Kaduna crisis

– FG, states, LGs share N67.8bn in April

  • Oil producing states get N4.1bn derivation fund

 

May 24, 2000

– Budget 2000: Panel cuts capital vote by N50bn

Kaduna crisis: Death toll now 150

  • Curfew imposed

– Two killed in police, MASSOB clash

… Biafra is child’s play – Ojukwu

– Constitution: Protests as Okadigbo inaugurates review panel

 

May 25, 2000

– Royal fathers due in Ife, Modakeke

– Kaduna riots: Army captain, 129 others arrested

  • Death toll rises to 300
  • Obasanjo summons Makarfi

… Senate, reps adjourn to mourn slain colleague

– Salisu Buhari applies for state pardon

– FG declares May 29 Democracy Day

 

May 26, 2000

– As Federal Government celebrates one year in office: We have done well, says Obasanjo

  • Lists challenges at the next meeting

– Senate raises membership of Constitution Review Panel

  • Passes 199 Supplementary Appropriation Bill

– As 70-man House of Representatives delegation pays condolence: Family recalls last moments of slain lawmaker

 

May 27, 2000

– Looted treasury: Obasanjo seeks information on Babangida

– Guobadia sworn in as new INEC boss

  • Pledges to protect the will of Nigerians

– PDP garners N700m at fund-raising

 

May 28, 2000

– Front Page Comment: One year of democracy – 1

– Ife, Modakeke boil again

– Onaiyekan accuses legislators, ministers of extravagance

– Be patient with new leaders, Abubakar urges Nigerians

– Obasanjo may not address National Assembly today

– Sharia begins in Sokoto

 

May 30, 2000

– Okadigbo, Na’Abba boycott Democracy Day rally

  • 17 heads of state attend

– … I won’t concede my powers, Obasanjo tells legislators

– FG may drop ex-heads of state, varsity chancellors

… pardons dismissed civil war officers

– My problem with Bucknor-Akereke – Tinubu

 

May 31, 2000

– I’m ready for probe, says Babangida

– Democracy Day: Obasanjo can declare public holiday – FG

– FG deploys 9,000 soldiers to Kaduna

* 200 face trial over riots

 

JUNE

 

June 1, 2000

– AD governors declare June 12 Democracy Day

  • It’s invalid – FG

– Okadigbo, deputy clash

– Senate passes anti-corruption bill

 

June 2, 2000

– Petrol now N30 per litre

  • Diesel is N29, Kerosene N27

… Reps, others condemn increase

– Okadigbo’s deputy, 41 others reject recess

 

June 3, 2000

– Nwosu breaks silence on June 12 annulment

– Okadigbo takes mace to home town

…Says I won’t surrender it

  • Police may charge him to court

– Cabinet reshuffle: Three ministers resign, 9 swap posts

 

June 4, 2000

– Senate crisis latest: Abubakar tells Okadigbo to resign

  • Reconvenes Senate Monday
  • To procure new mace

… Senate reconvenes Wednesday, Okadigbo insists

– Party leaders plot Buhari’s return

 

June 5, 2000

– Okadigbo backs down

  • House reconvenes Tuesday

Ohaneze denies him support

– Lagos erects N3m cenotaph for Kudirat

 

June 6, 2000

– Fuel price hike: Protests rock Lagos, Ibadan, Ilorin

… Oshiomhole meets Obasanjo today

-FG gives guidelines on Budget 2001

 

June 7, 2000

– Fuel riots spread

  • Two killed, Abuja grounded

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– Senate passes NDDC bills

 

June 8, 2000

– Workers begin strike today

  • Zamfara governor backs NLC

– Reverse fuel price hike, Senate tells FG

 

June 9, 2000

– FG bows to workers

  • Cuts fuel prices

… It’s unacceptable – Oshiomhole

June 10, 2000

– Food prices shoot up

– Protests continue, 3 shot in Ilorin

  • Go back to work – FG directs officials
  • We’ll resist the move – Oshiomhole
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June 11, 2000

– Fuel crisis latest: Strike continues Monday – NLC

  • Falae opposes price increase
  • Fawehinmi backs Oshiomhole
  • Protests in Adamawa, Abuja

– June 12: Rally for MKO Abiola

 

June 12, 2000

– Govt, NLC resume talks

…as strike bites harder

– AD crisis: Governors reject Enahoro’s peace option

– Pro-democracy groups mark June 12 …AD states declare holiday

 

June 13, 2000

– FG, NLC agree on new fuel price

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  • Petrol N22 • Diesel N21
  • Kerosene N17
  • NLC calls off strike

– Activists relive June 12 memories

… insist it’s democracy day

 

June 14, 2000

– Life bubbles again

… as workers resume nationwide

… Legislators, others hail FG, NLC

  • Students protest

– Anti-corruption law: No sacred cow

– Obasanjo

 

June 15, 2000

– Ife, Modakeke vow to fight on

– Sharia not my priority – Makarfi

– APP hails NLC, backs deregulation

– Obasanjo broadcasts on fuel prices today

 

June 16, 2000

– Senate panel to meet Ife, Modakeke leaders

– Fuel: Obasanjo speaks

  • It’s a triumph of democracy

… says no alternative to deregulation

 

June 17, 2000

– Fuel crisis tragedies: Hoodlums kill ex-gevernor’s brother, mother loses a twin

– Abacha’s son may contest against Buhari

 

June 18, 2000

– Sharia: Southerners flee Kano

– Atiku, my best adviser – Obasanjo

– AD convention may hold in August

– Great Ogboru set to return

 

June 19, 2000

– Sharia: Fresh tension grips Kaduna

  • Non-indigenes flee

– Court orders Buhari’s replacement back to House

– PDP faction insists on trustees’ meeting today

 

June 20, 2000

– Lagos workers, AD supporters clash

– Sharia: Mobile police, soldiers flood Kano

– Senate queries accountant-general over recovered loot

 

June 21, 2000

– Sharia: Kano’s D-Day: No cause for alarm – Obasanjo

  • Kwankwaso declares holiday

– Presidency denies starving Assembly of funds

 

June 22, 2000

– Sharia launch: Two die, 100 slump in Kano

– Adesanya restates call for federalism

– AD legislators seek repeal of VAT decree

– Abia legislators plot Kalu’s impeachment

 

June 23, 2000

– Strike paralyses Lagos

– Ooni, Ogunsua in Abuja, pledge to make peace

Minimum wage: Governors, NLC talks collapse

 

June 24, 2000

– Workers’ strike: Anxiety over corpses in Lagos mortuaries

– Sharia: Assembly official may be stoned to death

… over alleged homosexuality

– Obasanjo’s visit: Governor, commissioner, royal fathers locked out.

 

June 25, 2000

– Moslem youths on the rampage

  • Gov’s wife, commissioner escape lynching

– Sharia: OPC set to defend Yorubas

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June 26, 2000

– Abiola’s death: Falomo, M.K.O’s doctor, opens up

…indicts Abdusalami

– South-West AD chieftains eye PDP

– Sharia, a plot to destabilise Nigeria – Akinola

 

June 27, 2000

– Kaduna crisis may destroy the North – Industrialists

– Students attack Abia Assembly, seize mace

– PDP legislators back Awoniyi group

 

June 28, 2000

– Lagos okays N7,500 for junior staff

– Gemade accuses Awoniyi, others of inciting public against govt

– Panel dismisses Abalaka’s claim on HIV vaccine

 

June 29, 2000

– Sharia: FG takes on Kano

…says it’s an act of betrayal

– Court rejects FG’s plea over Osborne land

 

June 30, 2000

– Enwerem wants Okadigbo removed

…goes to court

– Obasanjo summons Attah, Duke over boundary dispute

 

JULY

 

July 1, 2000

– Aikhomu in N10m contract breach

– Great Ogboru returns, praises M.K.O.

– Okadigbo’s aides, senators keep mum on Enwerem’s suit

 

July 2, 2000

–  Britain behind Sharia – Fasehun

– Braithwaite prays for revolution

– Minimum wage crisis: Strike takes toll in Lagos

  • Plateau workers set to strike
  • Niger to sack 10,000

 

July 3, 2000

– Minimum wage: Workers’ strike spreads

…to Ondo, Ekiti, Kwara, Anambra, Imo

– IBB regime irresponsible – Ogboru

– Nigeria not one nation – Babalola

 

July 4, 2000

– Minimum wage: We’ll pay N5,500 only – 36 governors tell workers

– Court rejects Abalaka’s suit

– Outage: Agagu held hostage

 

July 5, 2000

– Army sacks Mustapha, Yakassai, Rogers

– Obasanjo, Atiku, others’ salaries to be fixed this week

 

July 6, 2000

– Lagos strike turns bloody

  • One killed
  • Tinubu mourns

– Govt set to deregulate power supply

– Sharia: NYSC in dilemma over dressing

 

July 7, 2000

–  Lagos strike: NLC, Tinubu meet today

  • Bishop, Dosumu, groups preach peace

… Akele surfaces, tells his story

– Abia Assembly crisis deepens

– Court restrains Speaker, deputy

 

July 8, 2000

– Pro-democracy groups, OPC honour MKO

– Another ‘Jesse’ disaster looms in Lagos

…10 pipeline vandals die

 

July 9, 2000

– Sharia: Zamfara jails Christian

Ohaneze/Afenifere talks: Nobody can stop us – Adesanya

– Lagos wage talks collapses again

 

July 10, 2000

– We can’t be separated from AD

– Afenifere

– NYSC: South-East Assemblies plan motions against Sharia states

 

July 11, 2000

– Southern leaders move against Sharia

  • Oppose oil, VAT proceeds for affected states
  • Propose national conference

– Ebonyi recalls indigenes from NYSC

 

July 12, 2000

– Okadigbo begs for pardon as Senate reconvenes

– Umar condemns Sharia governors

– Lagos workers shelve strike

  • Oshiomhole intervenes

 

July 13, 2000

– NYSC/Sharia latest: Ogun recalls indigenes

… Lagos may follow suit

– Court halts sharing of derivation fund

– FRA, Bello, Nasir meet July 29

 

July 14, 2000

– NYSC-Sharia fever spreads

– More states recall indigenes

– Heads may roll in Presidency

… over shady oil deals

 

July 15, 2000

– NYSC members sleep in the open

– 80 fuel explosion victims on the run

 

July 16, 2000

– Sharia palaver: Zamfara suspends headmaster

– ‘Atiku’s comment, a betrayal’

– Southern govs meet over Sharia

 

July 17, 2000

– 30 killed in OPC, police clash

– US, Nigeria clash over S’Leone

– Afenifere in crucial meeting

 

July 18, 2000

– OPC, police clash fallout: Five policemen missing

  • Command beefs up security

– Metroline project still a priority

– Tinubu

 

July 19, 2000

– Contract awards: Senate probes Okadigbo, deputy

– Ibori, NNPC officials meet over pipeline fire

– Anti-corruption: Obasanjo sends nominees to Senate

  • Akanbi, Jimeta, Adasu listed

– Militant groups, Sharia are plots against govt

 

July 20, 2000

– Presidency releases N8bn to Assembly

– PDP moves to reunite Enwerem, Okadigbo

– FG declares war on robbers, vandals

 

July 21, 2000

– Bribery: Reps summon Anenih

 

July 22, 2000

– Kolade Panel indicts Abubakar, former service chiefs

…over N640bn contracts

– Four PDP chieftains named in murder case

– 40 kidnapped in fresh Ijaw-Urhobo clash

 

July 23, 2000

– Why Southern leaders ignore Atiku

– Adesanya

-S/East govs hold emergency meeting

– Atiku urges unity among politicians

 

July 24, 2000

– Sharia is inferior to constitution – Atiku

– FG reintroduces scholarship

  • 40,000 to benefit

– South-South Assemblies plan motions on resource control

 

July 25, 2000

– Assembly contract scam: Clerk opens can of worms

… indicts Okadigbo, deputy

– I won’t quit politics till I die

– Adesanya

– Okadigbo justifies use of Bakassi boys

 

July 26, 2000

– National Assembly probe: Contracts awarded without legal agreements

– Witness

– Privatisation: FG may help poor Nigerians with NEPA, NITEL shares

– Concorde jet crashes, 113 dead

… dents 31-year-old record

 

July 27, 2000

– Assembly probe: Senators shared N319m contracts – Aluko

… I’m vindicated – Oshiomhole

– Corrupt lawmakers must be penalised – Shagari

– Concorde crash may cost insurers N35bn

*Black box found

 

July 28, 2000

– Assembly contracts scam: Aluko lied – Enwerem

– Enwerem v. Okadigbo: Ige, FRA, Gani lock horns

– Anyaoku warns FG against state religion

 

July 29, 2000

– Salisu Buhari renews comeback bid

– Southern Moslems vow to introduce Sharia

Okadigbo, Na’Abba may face anti-corruption commission

  • PDP backs probe

– Why Obasanjo revoked oil licences

 

July 30, 2000

– Enwerem vs Senate: Why I took N5m- -Gani

– Corrupt senators to be punished

– Obasanjo

– Enahoro jets out again

 

July 31, 2000

– Assembly contracts scam: Senate set to fire Okadigbo

… Panel’s report may indict Okadigbo, deputy

… The jury at a glance

– Nwabueze faults anti-corruption law

 

 

AUGUST

 

August 1, 2000

– PDP shops for Okadigbo’s successor

– Kuta panel submits report today

– Why I inflated cost of Okadigbo’s car – Senator

– Da Silva, Lagos SSG, removed

 

August 2, 2000

– Senate to Okadigbo: Resign or be fired

  • To refund N12.2m
  • Enwerem cleared

– Senate probes Kuta panel

– Obasanjo orders probe of ministers, others

… APP warns PDP

 

August 3, 2000

– Reps exchange blows

– Two ministers swap seats

– We have no hand in Senate probe – Presidency

 

August 4, 2000

– Minimum wage: Why I didn’t consult states – Obasanjo

… blames delayed budget for naira’s fall

– Contract scam: Aluko makes fresh confessions

– Sack indicted senators – Okogie

 

August 5, 2000

– Okadigbo faces prosecution

  • Ige awaits directive

– Clinton’s visit: Ijaw youths’ meeting with President stalled

 

August 6, 2000

– Senate probe: Ohanaeze lobbied IBB

…to influence report – Kuta

 

August 7, 2000

– I won’t go – Okadigbo

  • PDP backs him
  • He must quit, say S’South leaders

– I’m sorry – Abubakar

– We were offered N185m bribe

– Okunrounmu

 

August 8, 2000

– Senate’s day of decision: Okadigbo moves to avert impeachment

  • Tension heightens

– Expect democratic drama today

– Okadigbo

 

August 9, 2000

– Okadigbo removed

… the final disgrace

– Mbata: On the threshold of history

… deputy, Senate leader bow out

 

August 10, 2000

– Senate presidency: PDP picks Anyim

  • Mantu for deputy

– The man Anyim

– Our role in Okadigbo’s removal

– Senators

– Reps too, must be probed – Nigerians

 

August 11, 2000

– Anyim replaces Okadigbo

Anyim

…shuns Okadigbo’s official car

  • Mantu is deputy

– Pro-Okadigbo senators campaigned for Anyim

 

August 12, 2000

– How Igbo senators ruined Okadigbo

… Enwerem’s suit continues

– Reps too, inflated furniture allowance by N107.4m

– Police, A-G disagree over Okadigbo’s prosecution

 

August 13, 2000

– Prosecution: We won’t beg for Okadigbo – PDP

– Clinton’s visit: OPC rejects MASSOB’s overtures

 

August 14, 2000

– Okadigbo: Kuta opens fresh can of worms

  • He misused Obasanjo’s N20m vote

… why we backed removal – AD/APP

– We’ve no candidate yet for Senate leader – PDP

 

August 15, 2000

– Okadigbo sues Kuta, others for N1.3bn

  • Radio Nigeria, The Punch, Concord, Tribune joined

– Anyim, Mantu unfold agenda

 

August 16, 2000

-Lawmakers can’t award contract –Obasanjo

-Northern caucus vows to boycott AD convention

 

August 17, 2000

-Anyim rejects Okadigbo’s furniture

… wants office re-fixed

…takes on Obasanjo over lawmakers’ salaries

-PDP leaders disagree over choice of Senate leader

 

August 18, 2000

-Clinton’s visit: 5,000 US security men arrive

-I’m ready for probe-Na’Abba

-Reps honour ex-Speakers, ignore Buhari

-Anyim not suitable to lead National Assembly-Adesina

 

August 19, 2000

-Na’ Abba storms out of Lam Adesina’s office

-Crisis looms over Na’Abba’s N25m furniture grant

-Reps criticise influx of US security men.

 

August 20, 2000

-Perform or risk revolution, Kalu tells politicians

-Anyim backs anti-corruption crusade

… PDP seeks probe of Reps, ministers

-Senate Leader defends furniture allowance.

 

August 21, 2000

-US experts take over Abuja airport

  • Clinton, aides to use satellite phone

-Sharia is a mistake – Arinze

-Probe: We won’t be stampede-Na’Abba

 

August 22, 2000

-Contract awards: Reps hire Gani

-Clinton addresses Assembly joint session

-…to sign 20-year contract with Obasanjo

 

August 23, 2000

-Reps plot against Obasanjo

  • Vote of no confidence likely

-Anyim, Ojukwu on national reconciliation

-Clinton’s visit: US, Nigerian officials disagree over protocol

 

August 24, 2000

-Reps vs. Obasanjo: Anyim, Na’Abba save the day

-FG bans sale of ‘pure water’

-Clinton’s visit: 5,000 policemen drafted to Abuja

 

August 25, 2000

-All set for Clinton

…won’t come with Hillary

-Security: Why US takes charge-FG

 

August 26, 2000

-Clinton arrives

  • Jesse Jackson, Pickering on entourage

-Danjuma, Oshiomhole, Tinubu lead technical team

 

August 27, 2000

-Debt forgiveness: Clinton dashes Nigeria’s hopes

…Pledges review of visa policy

-Obasanjo absent from joint Assembly sitting

 

August 28, 2000

-US, Nigeria sign N350bn pact

-We’ll rebuild Nigeria’s economy-Clinton

-Clinton leaves

…debt cancellation, a duty for him

 

August 29, 2000

-Obasanjo counts blessings…thanks Nigerians

… explains absence from joint session

-Clinton’s speech, a ray of hope-Senators

 

August 30, 2000

-Senate sacks principal officers

  • Aluko, Owie, Ita-Giwa affected

-Ex-NITEL boss speaks on N16bn scam

-AD crisis: Northern chieftains quit

-Obey governors, Obasanjo directs police bosses.

 

August 31, 2000

-Reps probe Presidency

-Okadigbo stops Senators from debating Clinton’s speech.

 

SEPTEMBER

 

September 2, 2000

-Death threats over Kuta report

-Forget debt cancellation-EU tells Nigeria

-Aluko divides PDP

-14 students in court for damaging governor’s car

 

September 3, 2000

-Sharia: Three Imams get 240 lashes for drinking

-Lagos workers lose battle for N7,500 pay

 

September 4, 2000

-Gani to Na’Abba: Probe yourselves now

  • Says lawmakers can award contracts

-Presidency probe: 16 reps back out

-Oshiomhole shuts The Guardian

-Senate may throw out Kuta report

 

September 5, 2000

-We won’t probe ourselves-Na’Abba

  • It’s illegal

-Martins-Kuye, Asiodu differ on Nigeria’s debt

 

September 6, 2000

-Reps probe NNPC

-Strike paralyses The Guardian

-Obasanjo for UN Millennium Summit

 

September 7, 2000

-Senate contract scam: My son is innocent, Sam Aluko insists…alleges cover-up

-…another suit slammed on Kuta

-New Senate Leader, chief whip, others emerge

-Drama as Assembly sacks Speaker, deputy

 

September 8, 2000

-Governors, judges, others get jumbo pay

-Probe: Former Airways chief gets death threat.

-Nigeria re-admitted into C’Wealth

 

September 9, 2000

-Why US secret service is in Nigeria –Embassy official

-Senate may probe N33m abandoned project.

 

September 10, 2000

-Bola Ige in trouble

…faces suspension from Afenifere

-Anyim sacks Okadigbo’s men

 

September 11, 2000

Afenifere clears Ige

-Idika Kalu may lose EU job

-FG launches digital phone document

 

September 12, 2000

-June 12 activists are sycophants –IBB

-Soldiers can’t secure oil pipelines, governors reply FG.

-Certificate scandal at Senate‘ll shock Nigerians

 

September 13, 2000

-Presidency, Assembly set to clash again

-Oyo lawmakers carpet Atiku

 

September 14, 2000

-Self probe: Reps offered us bribe

– Oshiomhole

-Senate won’t abandon Kuta report –Anyim

 

September 15, 2000

-Reps probe N55bn fraud

-Kuta report: Indicted senators may be tried

-We won’t implement Sharia- Kaduna governor

 

September 16, 2000

-Minister, hospital in row over N100b contract

-Deputy speaker spends N2.4m on bulletproof doors

…N6.6m on local trips

-Married women can’t claim husbands’ states-Commission

 

September 17, 2000

– I can’t join PDP – Ige

 

September 18, 2000

-Fuel crisis: Police, touts in bloody clash … in Lagos

-Screening: 10 senators fail to submit credentials

-INEC’s axe dangles on AD over convention

 

September 19, 2000

-Alayande floats rival Afenifere

-My mission in govt.: Obasanjo

-Fuel scarcity or else…

 

September 20, 2000

-Rogers back in court

…says Army still pays me

-New group not Afenifere’s rival – Alayande

…Adesanya reacts

 

September 21, 2000

-FG approves N1 trillion development plan for NITEL

-APP demands Obasanjo’s resignation

-Flood takes over Lagos State

…Tinubu consoles Punch

 

September 22, 2000

-Abacha’s son flown to Abuja

…arraigned for financial crime

-Arewa forum accuses Obasanjo of discrimination

-Obasanjo for fifty pan-Yoruba congress

 

September 23, 2000

-FG spends N70m

…on head of service’s generator

-Eagles plot against Zamorano

…eye semi-final slot

 

September 24, 2000

-Women and their origin

-Kirikiri Prisons: Mohammed Abacha’s men caught with charms

-Senate has learnt its lesson-Mantu

 

September 25, 2000

-Presidency v. Assembly: Another showdown looms

-Presidency woos North-West leaders

-Power shift: Opadokun takes on Arewa

 

September 26, 2000

-Presidency, Assembly face-off: Why we’re silent –Uwais

  • Mohammed Abacha’s Abuja trial on Swiss request.

 

September 27, 2000

-Omotola, UNILAG VC forced out

-Assembly summons Ani, Dalhatu again

-Olunloyo  lists agenda of pan-Yoruba congress

 

September 28, 2000

-Pan-Yoruba congress: Ibadan goes gay for Adesanya, others

-4,000 NEPA staff to go

 

September 29, 2000

-Yoruba leaders to Northern elders: No ID card, no election

-Senate puts Nigeria’s debt at $28bn.

 

September 30, 2000

-Anti-corruption commission takes off

-Aziza in fresh trouble

…over N5.5 billion cocoa fund

  • To face panel on October 12

 

OCTOBER

 

October 1, 2000

-40th Independence Anniversary” Nothing to cheer-Balarabe, Falae, others

-Anyim shakes Senate

  • Revisits Okadigbo’s contracts
  • Reduces clerk’s powers

-Nigeria at 40: Challenges of nationhood

-Anniversary broadcast: Obasanjo salutes Abiola

  • Ohaneze, Afenifere, Arewa urged to dialogue

 

October 2, 2000

-Anniversary broadcast: Afenifere, Ohanaeze reply Obasanjo

-Mandela dedicates award to Abiola

-Mbeki, Carrington, others grace independence ceremony.

 

October 3, 2000

-Northern youths back Obasanjo

… angry with leaders

-Reps begin public probe of N2.7bn ministers’ quarters

-NITEL, NEPA may be listed on Abuja Stock Exchange.

 

October 4, 2000

-Abacha’s trial: Judge’s son shot dead

-How to stop coups-Mbeki

-2003 polls: Gowon, Buhari split Northern elders

 

October 5, 2000

-40th Anniversary: Why Gowon, Shagari, Buhari, IBB boycotted ceremony-FG

-AD factions reconcile

  • Convention now Nov 1

-Ciroma, Bunu to face Reps’ Probe

 

October 6, 2000

-Obasanjo, Shagari, Gowon, others in crucial meeting

-Yoruba unity under threat –Afenifere chief

 

October 7, 2000

-Obasanjo, ex-heads of state discuss peace, democracy

-Kuta threatens to open fresh can of worms

-We’ll unravel Rewane’s killers-Tinubu

 

October 8, 2000

-Why North is against Obasanjo

-No going back on loot recovery, Obasanjo vows

-Row over N4.2bn Ogoni fund

 

October 9, 2000

-How Obasanjo, ex-leader’s meeting was arranged

-ECOWAS currency ready 2004

-Why we formed new Yoruba group.

 

October 10, 2000

-Reps move against Na’Abba again

-No going back on privatization-Obasanjo

-Southern governors arrive for talks

 

October 11, 2000

-Kuta report: Police summon Anyim, Na’ Abba, others

-Southern governors seek review of allocation formula

 

October 12, 2000

-I won’t honour police invitation-Anyim

…ignore it, reps tell Na’Abba

-Probe: FRA faults National Assembly

 

October 13, 2000

-Obasanjo indicts past leaders again

-Police warn senators over summons

-Na’Abba approves N324m for reps.

 

October 14, 2000

-Don’t set Nigeria on fire, Adesina warns Arewa

 

October 15, 2000

– Poll rigging: North hits back at Yoruba

  • Protests Adesanya’s statement

– Why Anyim, Na’Abba must honour police invitation.

 

October 16, 2000

-Why I annulled June 12 poll-Babangida

-I’m proud of Southern governors –Ojukwu

 

October 17, 2000

-30 killed in Lagos clash

  • Curfew imposed on Apapa, Ajegunle

-Violence mars AD ward polls

-Call national conference now, patriots tell Obasanjo

 

October 18, 2000

– Lagos death toll rises to 100

  • Lagos orders police, military patrol

– Law has no respect for any public officer – Obasanjo

 

October 19, 2000

– FG orders arrest of OPC leaders

  • Bans OPC and other militant groups
  • Blames Yoruba leaders for Lagos bloodbath

 

October 20, 2000

– OPC leader, Fasehun arrested

  • Senate empowers Obasanjo to declare state of emergency

– Curfew in Niger over Lagos crisis

  • Adesanya, Ajuluchukwu, others react

 

October 21, 2000

-Fasehun, 41 others arraigned

…Remanded in prison

-Lagos clash: Obasanjo sends emissaries to the North

 

October 22, 2000

-Enahoro, others form new party

-Yoruba Council of Elders elects Alayande as leader

  • Adesanya absent

-…Olunloyo urges reconciliation

 

October 23, 2000

-Lagos riot: Those guilty must be punished-Obasanjo

-NLC wants Na’Abba probed

 

October 24, 2000

-Human rights panel won’t witch-hunt

-Na’Abba dares NLC, presidency denies removal plan

 

October 25, 2000

-Na’Abba in fresh trouble

  • Conduct Bureau to probe House

-Oputa panel kicks off with phantom coup cases

 

October 26, 2000

-Oputa panel hears Obasanjo’s case

… Orders retrial of two officers

-BCC: Ayu indicts Atiku, others

 

October 27, 2000

-Defend yourself, PDP tells Na’Abba, others

-Obasanjo absent from Oputa panel

  • Sitting adjourned

-Obasanjo meets Assembly Thursday

 

October 28, 2000

-Rep defrauds American of N14m

  • Police ready for prosecution

-AD leaders wade into Lagos election crisis

 

October 29, 2000

-Ijaw/Itsekiri face-off:Tension again in Warri, FG deploys troops

-Ex-Speaker, bank manager arrested over N65m deal

-Lagos riots: 300 lawyers to defend  Fasehun

 

October 30, 2000

-FG won’t fund state varsities –Obasanjo

-External reserves up by $2.21bn

 

Ocotber 31, 2000

-Buhari, IBB, Gwarzo dragged to Oputa Panel

-Obasanjo, Assembly leaders in crucial talks

-Self-probe: Ohanaeze turns down Nwuche

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