NEWSPAPER HEADLINES FOR APRIL 2002

April 1, 2002

-2002 – PDP leaders meet in Ota

…Northern elite worry over alternative candidate

-NDIC plans new rules for failed banks

-NEPA negotiates 2,000mw of power with oil firms

-Queen Mother for burial April 9

-Obasanjo may sign budget Tuesday

-INEC rules out ID card for 2003 polls

-Governors may go back to court

*Over interpretation of powers to create councils

-Cleric preach good governance, peace at Easter

-Local government polls hold next month

April 2, 2002

-FG condemns escalation of violence in M/East

*Iraq calls for troops to assist Palestinians

-2003: Obasanjo decides in 2 weeks

*As Alayande, Eso, Akinjide, Thompson, others endorse his candidacy

-Supreme Court rules on resource control suit April 5

-Get Audu out of office

*DTN, MD, others tell Kogi progressive forces

-Workers back to office after Easter

-FG owes N1.07 trillion domestic debt

-Federal Account: Reps stop unilateral deductions by NNPC

-Arrest troublemakers, Arewa tells Northern governors

 

April 3, 2002

-2003 presidency: 19 governors endorse Obasanjo

…Beware of sycophants, Adesanya warns

-CBN probes two banks over AP

-FG condoles Royal Family

-Apollo 16 pilot visits Nigeria

-Kwara crisis: Governor relocates family, 70 arrested

-Gas: Nigeria’s market share to hit 13%

-NLC may resume strike over 25% salary increase

-Council polls can hold before May 29 – Makarfi

…Disowns Bafarawa’s statement on President

 

April 4, 2002

-Kure condemns colleagues’ endorsement of Obasanjo

*Claims it’s Abacha style

…No, you’re wrong – Gana

-Expansion of NLNG suffers setback, 2 plants shut down

-Speakers want council polls before May 29

-Tinubu, Osoba eulogise Ige’s widow

-FG okays Operation Fire-for-Fire

-51 charged to court over Kwara crisis

-Ministry to probe National Stadium

 

April 5, 2002

-LG polls: Governors in crucial talks

*You’re joking, councilors reply speakers

…Afenifere wants polls to hold in May

-New Forex scheme gulps $14m

-NITEL: El-Rufai drags Reps to court

-Fighting intensifies in Wema Bank

-Shell begins work on N120bn Bonny expansion

-Resource control: Today is judgement day

-Keyamo: Police explain I-G’s absence

-Justice Ige bows out of the Bench

*Amid eulogies, fond memories of her slain husband

 

April 6, 2002

-Resource Control suit: No victor, no vanquished

-9 states may return to Supreme Court –Counsel

-Student loses life to dismissed Police Officer

-Keyamo versus Keyamo

-Benin in festive mood

…As Obasanjo declares Edo 2002 open

-LG elections to hold May 18

-I-G deploys additional 1,600 policemen to Lagos

 

April 7, 2002

-I-G withdraws police orderlies from moneybags

-No plan to sack Emir of Ilorin – Lawal

-Mid east crisis: 5,000 muslims protest in Kano

-No Igbo man can defeat Obasanjo – Iwuanyanwu

-2003: Atiku, Anyim lead separate lobby groups to Obasanjo

…Aso Rock still vacant – PDP

-Detonations latest: Farmer escapes death

 

April 8, 2002

-2003 polls: Why governors are lobbying Obasanjo – Igbinedion

*It’s undemocratic, say Akande, AD Northern caucus

-Why the North is interested in privatization

-NLNG may lose N1.3bn

*Over failure to deliver product to strongest customers

-PDP okays LG elections for May 18

* Party guideline out next week

-Ume-Ezeoke declares presidential ambition

-Education: ASUP bows to FG at last

-Nigeria enjoined to sever ties with Israel

 

April 9, 2002

-Voters’ register mutilated – INEC

…AD alleges conspiracy

-Econet to invest $1bn in Nigeria

-Senate opens debate on new revenue formula

*Probes capacity of refineries

-FG needs N60bn to revamp Ajaokuta Steel firm

-Federation Account: S’Court asks states to file amended briefs

-All-night outage delays flights at Lagos Airport

-Oil price surges as Iraq suspends production

-World Bank stops N11bn loan to NEPA

April 10, 2002

-Presidency returns approved 2002 budget to N/Assembly

*For amendment to tally with Supreme Court verdict

-1 million mourners bid farewell to Queen Mother

-Ex-CJ, Fatayi-Williams, dies at 84

-‘FG needs N7bn to rehabilitate Lagos explosion victims’

-NEPA won’t be privatized as a single entity – BPE

-LG polls can’t hold May 18 – Reps

 

April 11, 2002

-LG polls: Give us voters’ register – State electoral agencies

-National Assembly reviews ETF decree

-NCC gets 186 applications for Fixed Wireless Service

-Fatayi-Williams for burial today

-Police end interim probe of Comfort Nyam’s death

-Supreme Court ruling won’t affect 2002 Budget – FG

-Senate may bar soldiers from heading NYSC

-Four pharmacists arraigned for misconduct

 

April 12, 2002

-N/Assembly raises 20-man panel to investigate Obasanjo

*Over alleged constitutional breaches

-APP chairman orders Nzeribe, others to resign from Senate

-Mild drama at joint session

Lawmakers yell at Na’Abba over unpaid salary

-Fatayi-Williams buried in Lagos

-Nothern resident in S/West petition Presidency over safety

-May 18 LG election: Ondo SIEC releases guidelines, INEC says it’s illegal

-Israeli forces arrest 4,000 Palestinians

 

April 13, 2002

-Labour wins major battle for casual workers

-Council chairman to spend N20m on re-election bid

-War crimes court becomes reality

-LG polls: Courts stops release of voters’ register

…We’ll obey court order – INEC

*More Nigerians head for court

-2003 presidency: Buhari begins consultations

-Na’Abba shuns dinner with Obasanjo

 

April 14, 2002

-2003 presidential polls: Why Obasanjo has not declared – Atiku

*Says: ‘He’s actually not waiting for God’

-Man, 37, rapes 2-year old girl

-Bakare to FG: If you silence me, 8,000 more ‘ll rise

-SIECs may shift May 18 polls

-Audu buys two more US luxury duplexes

*Basketball legend, Michael Jordan is neighbor

*Duplexes priced between $750,000 and $5.6 million

-Residents flee as bomb detonation continues

 

April 15, 2002

-Obasanjo bows to pressure, to contest in 2003 election

*May declare on April 21 o 26, as committee begins work on speech

-CBN places lid on issuance of new bank licences

-No voters’ register, no LG polls, says N/Assembly

-Hike in budget figure ‘ll fuel inflation – Martins-Kuye

-‘Why NPA board was sacked’

-Ajaokuta Steel Plant to create 10,000 jobs

-Arewa’s plot against Obasanjo will fail – Lamido

 

April 16, 2002

128 perish in plane crash

*Obasanjo condoles Chinese President Zemin

-Visiting Chinese leader announces N406 million grant to Nigeria

PDP NEC meets on choice of presidential candidate for 2003

-Senate, Reps to pass amended Electoral Bill 2002 today

*19 days after Supreme Court voided portions of controversial Electoral Act 2001

-Opposition against May 18 council polls mounts

-Guobadia, Omisore in secret talks

 

April 17, 2002

States set for LG polls

*Guidelines, timetable out

-BPE picks six consultants for NEPA’s privatization

-New port tariff: FG gives importers one-month grace period

-1995 massacre: Dutch govt resigns

-INEC gets new fresh copy of Electoral Act

-Court rules on ‘Miracle Baby’ today

-OPS highlights effects of budget delay

 

April 18, 2002

-Voters’ register won’t be ready till October – INEC

*Guidelines for registration of new parties under way

…Council of States to meet over LG polls

*States insists on May 18

-Eagles impress on 2-1 victory over Scotland

-Fuel import panel indicts Dele Cole’s son

-Nigeria gets back $1bn Abacha loot

-West Africa names ‘Eco’ as common currency

-N299m tools stolen at Leyland

-50 apply for Audu’s assets form

-Ige: Prime suspect, Fryo in Ibadan

April 19, 2002

-May 18 council election postponed

*INEC, party leaders, SIECs agree to defer for 90 days after May 29

-INEC blows whistle for party registration

Ige: Fryo, 2 lawmakers indicted

*As Inspector-General of Police gets preliminary report

-NCC blasts GSM operators

*Says their services are unacceptable

-APP, AD, PDP chiefs seek removal of Ciroma, Martins-Kuye over poor funding of INEC

-Court bars media from publishing photograph of Miracle Baby

Obasanjo relives prison experiences, calls for speedy dispensation of justice

-Adesanya call on Yoruba to eschew corruption, betrayal of trust

-Why Yoruba must unite – Akinyemi

 

April 20, 2002

-Council chairman dies in own car

*Third to die during tenure

-Why we stick to May 18 – Ogbeh

-Violence erupts over referendum: 2 Obas flee domain

-New parties emerge in July

*To field candidates for LG polls

-Robbers snatch police commissioner’s jeep

-2003: no automatic ticket for Buhari –APP

-IMF blames Nigeria’s withdrawal on budget 2002

 

April 21, 2002

-2003 presidential election: Obasanjo declares

…as family warns Buhari

-Monarch attacked over LG crisis, flown abroad

-AD governors, Afenifere to reconcile Tinubu, Bucknor-Akerele

-Withdrawal of police orderlies: ‘Moneybags beg OPC’

-INEC Chairman, Guobadia threatens to resign

-Petitioner seeks independent counsel to probe Audu

-Three lead in UNILAG VC race

 

April 22, 2002

2003: -Atiku to lead Obasanjo re-election campaign organization

-100,000 UME candidates yet to return forms

-I didn’t commission anyone to campaign for me – IBB

-External reserves drop by 1.5 %

NITEL rolls out 12,000 GSM lines in Lagos

-Shock result in French Presidential election

-$1.7m US property: Bureau calls for evidence against Audu

-No new constitution before 2003 – Rep

 

April 23, 2002

-Eligibility for 2003: Osoba, others sue INEC

-Protest trail Le Pen’s victory in French presidential poll

-We’ll register all groups that meet guidelines – INEC

-NLC pickets Guiness, Dunlop, Cadbury

-Port Harcourt Refinery shut

-FG alone won’t shoulder debt servicing burden – RMAFC

-PDP governors on Obasanjo’s campaign committee

 

April 24, 2002

-Fallout of failed NITEL deal: Longe, First Bank MD, removed

*Other bigwigs may follow

*Ajekigbe named successor

…First Bank recalls N30bn inter-bank loans

…lost 18m shares since April 2

…The road to Golgotha

-LG polls: Speakers insist on May 18

-Share offer: BPE refunds N485m to applicants

-Search for oil in the North gulps $378m – senator

-BPE to name NITEL’s management contractor July

 

April 25, 2002

-Local govt election now for August 10

*Transition committees to run councils after May 29

-N600m shares scam uncovered at NSE

*Onyiuke says they are those of Nestle, Unilever

-First Bank won’t recall funds from interbank market – Spokesman

-Electoral Bill 2002: Senate acted in bad faith – Reps

-2003: Obasanjo declares today

-New political association, UPGA files registration papers to INEC

-Israel pledges to adopt political solution as tanks advance towards Gaza

 

April 26, 2002

-I’m ready to serve again- Obasanjo

*Scores parties low

*Atiku says, I’m okay being V-P

…Na’Abba, Nwuche absent

…Afenifere, YCE, Gani, others react

-Buhari joins APP

*I’m set to face Obasanjo

-INEC: Between Akpata and Guobadia

-FG incurred N200bn deficit in 2001

-Manufacturers list strategies for economic growth

-South Africans celebrate first Afronaut launch

 

April 27, 2002

-Operation fire for fire: Police corporal kills self

-OBJ’s come-back bid: Political elites declare support

*Rimi, Fawehinmi say it’s a joke

-We’ll resist council dissolution- APP scribe

 

April 28, 2002

-Nigeria loses $720,000 yearly on New York house

-2003 election: Obasanjo gives fresh order to aides

-Obasanjo fair to North – Atiku

-Buhari shops for running mate

-OPC, APC members risk 5-year jail term

-Oyo pleads with workers to end strike

 

April 29, 2002

-Anticorruption crusade: Trial of highly-placed Nigerians begin soon, says Obasanjo

…’Atiku and I are inseparable’

*Denies allegation of being unfair to the North

-Share sales scam jolts capital market

-NITEL fails prospective subscribers

-2003: Obasanjo, Buhari in poster war

*We won’t drop Buhari – APP

-RMAFC seeks review of budget

-FG, NLC meet over 25% pay rise

 

April 30, 2002

-List of authenticated political associations out today – INEC

*As deadline for submission of letters of intent expires

-Reps stop Na’Abba from taking loans

*To offset salaries, overhead costs

-Ciroma now heads Obasanjo campaign team

-FG, labour dialogue on pay rise collapses

*Oshiomhole storms out of meeting, castigates government

-CBN, bank chiefs meet, seek sanity in troubled sector

-Bill to ban militias: Fasehun sues Obasanjo

-Niger SSG resigns over face-off with governor

-Obasanjo, bankers meet over breaches

-KPMG Nigeria merges with Akintola Williams.

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