FEBRUARY 1, 2002

-Explosions: Soldiers attack Brigade Commander …Atiku forced to leave

*Diversion of relief materials alleged

*535 still missing – Red Cross

-Reps rule out public hearing on explosions

-Policemen in Calabar on strike

*What the Oaths Act says

-Interest rate: Banks defy CBN

-NNPC, Total FinalElf sign pact

-Fuel: Appeal Court hears NLC’s suit March 19

-Daewoo wins N28bn Bonga field contract


February 2, 2002

-How girl, 4, survived in the canal

…13-month-old brother drowned

-Explosions nearly killed Diya, wife

*Bedroom shattered, cars damaged

-Police attack SSS men as strike spreads


February 3, 2002

-Another mayhem in Lagos: 14 feared killed, four houses burnt in OPC/Hausa clash

-Police strike: IG suspends leave

-Fire guts $400,000 Red Cross warehouse

-Oddities of Lagos tragedy

*75-old accident victim treks kilometres

*Housewife loses 7-month pregnancy

-Eagles set to black out Stars

February 4, 2002

-Explosions latest: US, British experts arrive

*More bombs detonated

*Probe panel submits reports Feb 11

*Insurers relax rules for victims

-Auditor-General: Obasanjo may present new candidate

-Hausa, OPC clash: Death toll rises

-Supreme Court can’t determine state boundaries – Karibi-Whyte

-FG needs N10bn for military pension

-Inter-bank debt now N100bn

-Construction firm, 300 others apply to build refineries

-10 arrested over police strike

-Army warns men against insubordination

-Uwais’ aide died of heart attack – Autopsy report


February 5, 2002

-Hausa, OPC clash: Red Cross recovers 55 bodies

*10 more killed

*Soldiers deployed

-Obasanjo, Blair to discuss debt relief, trade

-Lagos explosion: Missing map hinders salvage work …UN team arrives today

-Banks charge MTS N43m interest in two months

-Police strike: Minister, IG face Senate today

*Ring leaders for trial soon

-NCC shifts release of information for fixed wireless

-Exchange rates: Reps recommend N127 to $1

*Ciroma, Sanusi shun summons

-I’ve no hand in Ige’s death – Ooni

-Shake up under way in military


February 6, 2002

-Hausa-OPC clash: 1,000 houses destroyed

*Confusion in Lagos as rumour spreads

*Tinubu, Sultan sue for peace

-Explosions: Bomb experts hit brick wall

*Oke-Afa to become tourist centre

-Exchange rate: FG, bankers oppose naira devaluation

-NITEL public offer to raise N35bn BPE

-States can’t supervise LGs –Obasanjo

-UACN pays N21m penalty, takes over Festac ’77 Hotel

-Explosions: 12 arraigned for stealing victims’ property, extortion


February 7, 2002

-Communal clash: 5,000 displaced

*Security beefed up in Lagos, Kano

-FG cuts budget by 14%

-World Bank, IMF, Nigerian banks hold talks

-Explosions: Bomb experts stop work

-ABB, NEPA, UNILAG in N280m power pact

-Policemen threaten another strike

-Atiku and I are one – Obasanjo


February 8, 2002

-Blair rules out debt pardon for now

*Unfolds blueprint for partnership

-‘VIP’ cell phone: Prison officer gets the boot

-Ige: Suspects may be charged next week

-NLC vs FG: Court stops proceedings

-Legislator threatens CNN reporter

…clash senseless – Obasanjo

-Bankers move against cheque frauds

-ASUU demands independent probe panel

-National Assembly releases N56bn for health workers’ pay

February 9, 2002

-US Army General joins bomb disposal team

-Police to sue ECONET, MTN over scam calls

*Foreigners lost N1.1bn to fraudsters last year

-Mayhem: FG protests CNN coverage

…SSS invites reporter

-Senate opposes Obasanjo’s request on legislators’ pay

-Idi-Araba mayhem: Niger Republic declares 30 missing


February 10, 2002

-Woman survives after three days in mortuary

-Lagos mayhem: Death of a good Samaritan

-Man, 18, rapes 12-month-old baby

-Violence: Obasanjo, security chiefs meet

-Twins, mother, 13 others burnt to death in auto crash


February 11, 2002

-IMF begins appraisal of Nigeria’s economy

-Licensing for fixed wireless services opens

-Explosions: Insurers seek FG’s assistance

-NITEL: today’s D-Day for IIL

-Reps summon minister over N4bn police allocation

-Oputa panel submits report before May 29

-Obasanjo attacks Afenifere, Ohanaeze, Arewa

-Ige: Court hears Fryo’s suit over access to Keyamo


February 12, 2002

-NITEL: IIL misses deadline for payment

*Cites Ige’s killing for delay, wants extension

*BPE invites Telnet

-Forex scam: Senate plans tougher sanctions

-Danjuma, Ogomudia face Senate today

-10 more held over police strike

*FG releases N4bn

-Free-for-all at PDP peace talk

-Obasanjo, security chiefs meet Tuesday

February 13, 2002

-They’re after my life – Gani writes I-G

-Constitution review panel submits report June

-NITEL: IIL gets second chance

*Telnet rejects BPE’s offer

*CBN accused of favouring First Bank

-Bar exam: Suspects interrogated

-NCP bans sole bidders for privatised firms

-Fire guts Jos main market

-Legislators can’t fix own salary – Obasanjo

-Explosions: Committee nets N400m


February 14, 2002

-Ige: Agunloye faults Ooni

-FG, banks move to bridge forex gap

-Strike: I-G may have been queried

*Junior police want probe

-Anti-graft panel tries judge for corruption

-Bar exam: Reps begin probe

-First Bank loses N2bn in two days of trading

-NITEL: Sanusi, El-Rufai, others to face Reps

-2,500 displaced Idi-Araba residents return


February 15, 2002

-Shake-up in the Army

*GOC, head of explosions panel, 298 others affected

-Govt’s spending inimical to GDP – Minister

-Certificate forgery: S’Court rules in Gani’s suit May 10

-Governors score economy low

-Danjuma shuns Senate panel

-Obasanjo orders release of Reps’ pay

*House to probe presidency

-explosions stall Mainland Bridge contract

-Olagbaju: Trial of suspected killers begins

-Senate gives N4bn extra to INEC


February 16, 2002

-Danger! Another armoury may explode soon – Senate alerts

-Why IIL was given second chance – Minister

-Ige: Police may arrest Keyamo

-Oba dies of poisoning … Nine months after coronation

-Rotimi panel probes ministers’ alleged acquisition of FG’s land

-US sends 60 bomb experts from Afghanistan to Nigeria

February 17, 2002

-Let this be the last – Tinubu

-Tears, wails as 114 bomb victims go home

-Keyamo arrested

-Police, governors head for showdown


February 18, 2002

-Ige: Keyamo moved to Abuja

*Osun legislator arrested

-Nigeria’s external reserve drops to $10bn

…loses N40bn to forgery

-Explosions: Army ignored warning signals

-Crises: FG probes allegations of sabotage

-Mass retirement at CBN

*2,000 workers affected

-My achievements – Obasanjo

*Speaks on state of the nation today

-Customs seizes 5, 924 live ammunition

-Residents cry out over traffic jam on Lagos-Abeokuta road


February 19, 2002

-Amodu sacked, Eagles disbanded

*I have nothing to say – Amodu

-CBN liquidates Savannah Bank

*Savannah goes to court

-FG records N273bn deficit in three years

-Senate to probe presidency, Danjuma, others

-Ige: Keyamo’s trial opens today

*Says, I’m holding a live wire

-N50m capital base likely for finance houses

-Explosions: Foreign experts arrive today

-I-G, predecessors meet


February 20, 2002

-Law confab stalls Keyamo’s trial

*NBA wades in

-NNPC, Elf, FG meet over oil, gas

-Kuta report: National Assembly clerk heads for court

-Savannah Bank: Military pension trapped

-Police recover 1,350 explosives

-Ige: More Osun legislators face arrest

-NITEL: IIL loses $136m

*BPE faults comparison with CIL

-Reps, Obasanjo’s face-off may delay budget

-Oputa panel treats 10,000 petitions


February 21, 2002

-Keyamo arraigned, granted bail

*Risks three-year jail term, vows to fight on

-Unpaid salary: Reps win round one, get Senate’s backing

-Police to promote 16,000

-No ID Card for 2003 polls – FG

-Bonga project: Nigeria may lose $5bn

-Savannah Bank: 10 financial institutions may lose funds

*We didn’t lose money – Army

-Swiss bank freezes $60m Abacha loot

-Guber aspirant arrested over N10m INEC money


February 22, 2002

-AD governors, Enahoro hold talks

-2m Moslems in Arafat for hajj

-Ige: Aduwo takes up Agunloye

-Liquidation: Court rejects Savannah Bank’s plea

-Bakassi: Cameroun urges court to uphold existing legal instrument

-NNPC signs production contract with two local firms

-Robbers kill eight policemen in Lagos

-Alleged N500m fraud: Court okays bid to arrest Ondo ex-commissioner

February 23, 2002

-Bakassi: Cameroun tenders 100 maps at World Court

-Ige’s guard identifies suspected killer …in police cell

-Savannah Bank: Quoted firms count losses

-2003: Ex-governor warns on dangers ahead

-Electoral Act repeal: States to continue with suit

-Security: 6 former IGs write Obasanjo


February 24, 2002

-This’s carrying a burden!

-Doctor detains dead patient …over unsettled bills

-Remove Obasanjo, risk anarchy – C.C. Onoh

-Ige: Why we can’t make investigations open – Police

-Strike: We’ll fight for indicted policemen – Oshiomhole

-NECO boss gets threat letter


February 25, 2002

-Local Government: INEC cautions against early polls

-Reps complete probe of ministries next week

-Police demand N358m to equip bomb unit

-NITEL pays N3.8bn interest on loans

-AD governors reject Afenifere merger plan

-Mass retirement stalls CBN debt conversion

-Court rules on SEC, NSE suit April 22

-Reps probe BPE over N5bn subvention to NSPMC


February 26, 2002

-Ige: Afenifere alleges cover-up

-FG backs CBN against Savannah Bank

*CBN wants court to dismiss suit

-Ports privatisation: World Bank consultant urges caution

-Allimi, VON D-G, attacked by robbers

*I-G begins nationwide tour

-NITEL: Rimi, Sarumi, Mark, others face probe

-LG polls: Kalu insists on April date

-2003 polls: PDP levies aspirants


February 27, 2002

-Explosions: Residents may be moved

…as experts prepare to detonate more bombs

-Nigeria offers 24 oil fields for bidding

-FG appoints 30 new electoral commissioners

-How we revived Ibru – Doctor

-We won’t pull out of AD – Afenifere

-Tinubu in Abuja to discuss security

*Commissioner resigns


February 28, 2002

-Police strike: Senate probes N1bn allocation

*Officers move to avert strike

… Clears Agunloye

-Damilola: Court rejects witness’ evidence

-Reps salaries: Obasanjo releases extra N26m without cash backing

-Budget: Na’Abba justifies delay

-Emirates opt out of NAL deal

-30,000 imported mobile booths for national ID card scheme

-N500m scam: Court halts Ogedengbe’s trial

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