Historic Newspaper Headlines: MAY 2002

May 1, 2002

-28 companies shortlisted to operate private refineries

*Lagos, Bayelsa, Akwa Ibom floated firms scale through

-President at Bankers’ Committee meeting, tongue-lashes operators

*High lending rates have discouraged industrial growth

-As workers celebrate May Day: Obasanjo rekindles hope of 25% pay rise

-Buhari is a joker – Atiku

‘We are ready for him’

-FG worried over Le Pen’s success in French polls

-APP, UNDP merge

-Forex: CBN rejects pardon for errant banks

-Five bullets aimed at Adesanya, driver tells court


May 2, 2002

-No pay raise now – FG

-Banking rules: Senate panel indicts ministers

-BPE to discuss pension reforms with NLC

-50 firms bid for fixed wireless licences

-CBN to review interest rates

-Ex-Generals move to save Useni

*Pressurise Presidency to drop charges against him

-Ige: Police dismiss Oyo AG’s claim

*Insist that State DPP, Okewuyi, personally signed for the case file


May 3, 2002

-2003: Obasanjo retains Atiku

*Says we will maintain the winning team

-Buhari replies VP

*As politics opens up old feud

-Embattled Savannah Bank heads for Appeal Court

-20 killed as PDP factions clash

*Dusk-to-dawn curfew imposed, 35 persons held

-Ige: Senate panel unhappy with police investigation

-Pay-seeking cops besiege Abuja bank

-Arafat regains freedom

-Adesanya: Mohammed Abacha ordered me to follow hit squad – Driver

-FG owes investors N386bn

-Bayelsa deserves better leaders

May 4, 2002

-Fire guts Obasanjo’s campaign office

-Minister’s absence delays Obasanjo’s campaign

-Party registration: INEC releases guidelines

*NCP, NDP threaten court action

-Buhari, Marshall Harry in alliance talks

-Registration of voters begins next month

-Ige: ‘Missing case file’ found

-Amb. splash $1m cash on property in Switzerland

-Presidency race: Ohanaeze holds primary for Igbo aspirants, soon

-NYSC Scheme: Rescuing a derailing train

-Car theft: INTERPOL tightens noose on syndicate

May 5, 2002

-Sports Minister, 73 others feared dead in air crash

-Ghanaian deportees stranded in Lagos

-Kano hoodlums harass Atiku

-Why Obasanjo picked Atiku

-Deputy Governor, 5,000 others hire OPC

-South-East MPs oppose Buhari

-Obasanjo remains PDP candidate- Akinjide


May 6, 2002

-Kano plane: Army Gen, four others survive

*Remains of Aku, Useni’s wife, son recovered

*Black box found

…Obasanjo orders probe

-S’Africa, PDP, AD, others mourn

-Confusion over KPMG, Akintola Williams merger

-Public firms owe $20bn –BPE

-Chirac re-elected French president


May 7, 2002

-Obasabjo visits Kano, Jos, condoles with Aku’s family

*As a minister, deceased served his country well, he says

-FG donates N10m to crash victims’ relations

-Aviation minister to make public statement on Kano air mishap

*Kuta blames disaster on NCAA inadequacies

-Agabi declares LG transition committees illegal

-Aku for burial today

*Brother speaks of his plan for NFA

*56 unclaimed bodies get mass burial

-How I survived – Army Gen.

*Three trapped victims rescued

*Two NNPC staff killed

-EAS negotiates compensation for victims


May 8, 2002

-Another plane crash averted in Kano

*Remains of EAS crash victim on board

…112 feared dead in China crash, 14 in Tunisia

-Why EAS plane crashed – Expert

*Plane insured for $50m

-Akigareplaces`Aku as Sports Minister

33 political groups reject registration guidelines

-CBN warns against faulty implementation

-Justice Ministy needs N500m for judgement debts


May 9, 2002

-FG suspends BAC 1-11 flights

…inaugurates EAS crash probe panel

*Airlines may lose N21m daily

-Afenifere not opposed to Obasanjo’s re-election bid – Adesanya

-BPE lists NITEL, others for sale

-Registration: INEC insists on guidelines, Gani goes to court

*PDP, PLP merge

-Airways loses N18bn in 16 years

-Govt orders commercialization of NNPC

-Attack on Atiku: Our hands are clean – APP


May 10, 2002

-Aku, best sports minister – Obasanjo

*Colleagues extol virtues as FEC holds special session in his honour

-Rowdy session at House of Assembly

*Acting Speaker, Nwuche, spirited out as anti-Na’Abba faction moves for impeachment

-PDP adopts A4 for primaries

-FG moves to computerize Supreme Court

-Private airline operators defy Govt order

*Still fly banned BAC 1-11 aircraft

-Mohammed Abacha’s appeal: Supreme Court fixes ruling for July 11


May 11, 2002

-‘No going back on Na’Abba’s removal’

-Onoja accuses Benue Govt of terrorism

-Day old baby abandoned near Shrine

-Senate faults ban on BAC 1-11

-Tinubu: Supreme Court turns down Gani’s request

-FG, INEC ask court to dismiss Osoba, others’ suit

-Aku laid to rest amidst tears

-Privatisation decree to go


May 12, 2002

-Woman to die for killing two kids

-Kano plane crash: Police, airforcemen clash over victims’ N13.5m

-Afenifere to decide on Obasanjo soon – Adesanya

-2003 polls: PDP can’t threaten me – Tinubu

-Northern elders plot for Na’Abba

*Two former heads of state take the lead

-Ekwueme, not on our manifest, says EAS Airlines


May 13, 2002

-Ige: Police indicts Omisore’s political allies

-Lagos Govt may dump Independent Power Project

*Over irreconciliable differences with NEPA

-Airline operators threatens to suspend flight operations

*Insist repairs of Kano airport’s runway

-FG puts destination inspection on hold

-CBN reshuffles deputy governors

*As it implements plan code-named Project Eagles

-Kano air crash: N3.1 billion required to rebuild destroyed houses – Expert


May 14, 2002

-Likely fall out of EAS plane crash: Aviation Ministry fires D-G, 20 others

-Damilola’s parents to receive £11,000 compensation

-Omisore, merger talks top agenda at AD NEC meeting

-Obasanjo signs Electoral Bill this week

-Ige: We sent list of 15 suspects to Oyo – Police

-Retirement age still 60 – FG

-Education: Banks, discount houses get deadline to raise N5.2 billion


May 15, 2002

-AD expels Omisore

*Mamman Yusuf’s faction at INEC meeting

-Ige: Keyamo dumps Fryo

-Kaduna lawmakers in free-for-all over N15 million bribe

-O’odua, 10 others get fixed wireless licences

-Voters’ registration: INEC recruits 360,000 workers

-Elective positions: Soyinka opposes zoning

-FG grounds one-plane airlines

*ADC, Trans-Sahara, Freedom Air affected


May 16, 2002

-Fall out of EAS plane crash: Airlines battle for survival, raise fares

…probe panel yet to sit

-My expulsion illegal – Omisore

-Rival Obi-elect emerges in Onitsha

-Reps set up panel on funds disbursement

-LG chairmen must go May 29, governors insist

-Shareholders oppose WAPCO, Ashaka Cement merger bid

-Nigeria pays $5 billion foreign debt


May 17, 2002

-2003: Presidency remains in South – PDP

*It’s a tragedy, says ACF

-FG loses $588 million to inefficient refineries

-Lagos plans 37 new LGs

*Referendum holds Tuesday

-Resource control: Senate urges FG to return to S’ Court

-FWA licence: NCC gives deadline for roll-out


May 18, 2002

-We’ll admit Omisore – PDP

-INEC bows to associations

*Drops 10% vote clause for registration

*Associations know fate on June 22

-SSS probes Smith, 2 ex-DIGs

-Police investigates removal of Saraki’s portrait

-2 killed, 14 vehicles burnt in Lagos tanker explosion

-East-bound air travelers face hard times


May 19, 2002

-Kano crash latest: ‘Plane fitted with grounded aircraft’s engine

…4 days before crash

…it’s not the best of practice – Ex-captain

-2003: APP topshots move to stop Buhari

-Local Government bosses go into hiding

-I’m not a lady’s man – Segun Arinze

-New parties reject INEC guidelines again


May 20, 2002

-Party registration: We’ll stick to new guidelines – INEC

-Kabbah wins in S’Leones polls

-External reserve down to $9.8 billion

-Crashed EAS plane overshot runway –  Air traffic controller

-25 firms shortlisted for private refineries

-FG, CBN commit N5 billion to Bank of Industry

-Anenih, littoral state govs meet today


May 21, 2002

-18 political associations pick registration forms

-Senate panel on EAS crash ends Kano sitting

-Soyinka in court, vows to expose Ige’s killers

-Obi of Onitsha: Aspirant heads for court

-NITEL’s plan for 250,000 lines in Lagos stalled


May 22, 2002

-2003 Presidential race: I’ve not declared interest

*Says Buhari as he denies threatening to expose Atiku

-How contractors vanished with NEPA’s N15 billion

-Oputa panel submits interim report

*Obasanjo pledges to apologise to victims of human rights violations

-FG rakes N24 billion from privatization proceeds

-Low turn out as Lagos holds referendum

-Varsity education remains tuition free – Obasanjo


May 23, 2002

-5 killed in another plane crash

-Chikwe summons aviation topshots to father-in-law’s burial

-Obasanjo presents N11.7 billion supplementary budget to Senate

-Senate probes N15 billion NEPA contracts

*Begins three-day public sitting in Lagos today

-Igbinedon heads Nigeria’s delegation to World Cup

-Atiku shuns Omisore at Aso Rock

-LG creation: Lagos assembly may pass bill today


May 24, 2002

-Ige’s assassination: Oyo rejects police report

…Says it’s inconclusive

-Party registration: 27 groups sue FG, INEC

-Why Sky Exec plane crashed in Akwa Ibom

-Supreme court verdict Obasanjo raises hope

-World Cup: NEPA sets up task force

-CBN releases guidelines on long-term loan


May 25, 2002

-No room for Omisore in PDP Ogbeh

*Police tighten up security around him

-Pay rise: NLC gives FG 6 weeks ultimatum

-SSS, police beef up security at LG hqtrs

-APP, UNPP merger not recognized – INEC

-INEC workers threaten to disrupt voters registration


May 26, 2002

-Sharia gov in corruption row

-Mixed feelings as civil governance clocks three

-three days to May 29: Governors, LG bosses draw battle line

*Court orders must be obeyed – Obasanjo

-Ade-Ajayi, Jubrilu, Ume-Ezeoke, others score democracy at 3

-100 policemen, families live under trees

*as mob razes barracks

-420 perish in plane, train crashes

-2003 polls will be peaceful – Adeboye

-ACF dumps Buhari, Rimi


May 27, 2002

-Money transfer: Banks reject CBN’s directive

-Religious crisis: Three school girls killed in Bauchi

*Govt imposes curfew

-Our score-card in three years, by FG

-EAS plane crash: US investigator arrives

-Robbers kill three policemen, driver at Lagos Airport

-INEC ultimatum to political associations expires today

*Groups must pay mandatory N.1 million deposit or forgo registration

¬-Don’t dissolve LGs

*Obasanjo, Adesanya caution governors as council chiefs tenure expires in 48 hours


May 28, 2002

-Supreme Court verdict: 33 states to refund N73 billion

*FG, FCT, 774 LGs also affected

-Akintola Williams, Ani differ on merger with KPMG

-FG denies Lagos claim on N28 billion bridge

-LG: Obasanjo, Reps move to stave off crisis

*Policemen deployed in Lagos councils

-Plane crash: Pilot should have aborted flight – EAS MD

F.R.A. faults Akanbi over S’Court ruling

-Ige: Police return case file to Oyo Monday

*Omisore faults investigation

-Bank manager, two others arrested over robbery at airport


May 29, 2002

-Governors may dissolve LGs today

…as court vacates order

*ALGON calls for emergency meeting

-CBN sets new guidelines on loans

-Stakeholders urge review of aviation policies

-Oputa panel submits reports, indicts military

-Anti-graft panel probes Bayelsa accounts

…over alleged misappropriation

-NNPC funding: Presidential committee recommends dialogue among stakeholders

-Airport robbery: Five more bank officials arrested

-My fears for 2003 – Obasanjo


May 30, 2002

-Police vow to kick out LG chairmen

*We won’t hand over – ALGON

-‘Why 2002 budget was increased by N250 billion’

-Bankers blame FG, CBN for high lending rates

-Arewa softens opposition to Obasanjo

Defend your rights, Oputa tells Nigerians

-N’Assembly gets first request for state creation

-Nigeria’ll regain lost glory – Obasanjo


May 31, 2002

-World Cup begins

…France start title defence

$40m NEPA contract worries senate panel

-Rift over FG’s position on NITEL management

-Govs, LG chairmen maintain hardline stance

*Transition committees take over in Ogun, Edo

-FG exposes plot to rig LG polls

-Audu frustrates Code of Conduct Bureau’s probe

*Refuses to supply relevant documents 21`days after.

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