JUNE 2002

June 1, 2002

-Aghahowa injured

*Argentina can’t stop us – Onigbinde

– Senegal shocks France in World Cup opening

-French mourn defeat

-Prisoners to watch World Cup in Japan


June 2, 2002

-After duel with Argentina: We’ll crush Sweden, England – Eagles

-How Joe Garba died

-2003: AD to field presidential candidate

-World Cup: We’ll pick second round ticket – Onigbinde


June 3, 2002

-Anti-graft panel set to try two governors

-Ajaokuta Steel Company gulps $4.5bn

-World Bank okays $100m for NEPA

-Buckingham Palace on fire

-CBN threatens to close 187 bureaux de change

-Airport robbery: Police probe airline staff

-Lobby for NITEL’s board membership begins


June 4, 2002

-OPEC crude oil output drops

-Joint refinery: Obasanjo, Sao Tome leader in crucial talks

-Voters’ register: No N2.5bn, no review – INEC

*Challenges 27 associations in court

-Oputa Panel report: IBB, Akilu go to court

-Airport robbery: IG takes over investigation

-Ige: Police return case file to Oyo

-ID Card: 2000,000 persons apply for 60,000 jobs

-Fire guts LAPAL House


June 5, 2002

-Supplementary budget: No N90bn for NEPA, others – N’Assembly

-LAPAL House occupants relocate

-Fresh crisis brews over Electoral Bill

-Afenifere, others remember Kudirat

-Oyo begins work on Ige’s case file

-Airport robbery: DPO quizzed, redeployed

-NITEL seeks $350m for network expansion

-Nigeria to become third largest gas exporter – NNLG

-Court reserves ruling on INEC, political groups’ suit till June 11


June 6, 2002

-Ige: Police arraign nine suspects soon

*Rearrest security aides

-Party registration runs into a hitch

APP, UNPP ratify merger

*Hold convention July 6

-S’Eagles in make-or-mar match

-FG sets up budget review committee

-Supreme Court rules on Anti-graft Act Friday

June 7, 2002

-Row over 2002 budget: Senate moves to impeach Obasanjo

*I’ve no problem with N’Assembly

– President

-Ige: Suspects will be arraigned

– Obasanjo

-Rebel leader, eight others killed in Kashmir violence

-Bureau verifies ex-LG chairmen’s assets

-FG suspends NITEL’s privatization

-Reps pass insurance bill

-FG draws $300m loan for rural telephone project

*New service promises lowest tariff

-Shell adds 400m barrels of oil to Nigeria’s reserve.


June 8, 2002

-Eagles loss: Man slumps, dies

-We were unlucky –Onigbinde

-Ige’s guard may stand as chief prosecution witness

-IG summons MTN, ECONET officials

…over scam calls


June 9, 2002

-PDP ticket still open – Ogbeh

-Senate’ impeachment plot: Presidency, PDP launch counter moves

-World Cup: Fan stabbed, dies celebrating

-1995 coup: Foreign friends saved me from Abacha – Obasanjo

-Murder: Oba arrested, son declared wanted

-June 12: Nine years after

-Judiciary stinks, retired judge opens up

-Na’Abba is running a one-man show – AD leader


June 10, 2002

-Asset declaration: Three ex-heads of state risk prosecution

*35 former governors also on Bureau’s list

-FG lobbies Volkswagen to return

-Chirac’s party leads in French polls

-Ige: S’West states may join prosecution team

-Customs begin auction of N4.5bn goods

-BPE disagrees with Ministry over NITEL’s sale


June 11, 2002

-Abacha loot: How 30 banks aided $5bn scam

*Swiss banks went as far as sending executives to Nigeria to personally pick up consignments of cash

-Siamese twin dies of brain infection

-Ige: Suspects’ trial will be explosive – Adesina

-Auction of overtime cargoes begins

-Debt burden worsens poverty, food scarcity – Obasanjo

-FG raises NITEL share capital to N600bn

-Insurers minimum capital now N400m

-NEPA needs $10bn yearly to be efficient

-Niger drops SSG over alleged attack on Kure


June 12, 2002

-Senate begins debate to impeach Obasanjo

…Reps may also join

…Why we can’t implement 2002 budget –Obasanjo’s aide

-FG allocates 21 marginal oil fields

-Lagos gets Assembly approval for N15bn loan

-Obasanjo meets with African leaders over NEPAD

-Enahoro, Adesanya, Tinubu, others to grace June 12 celebration

-We’ve performed well- Atiku

-Chief magistrate killed in her home

-INEC can verify groups’ claim –Court


June 13, 2002

-Moves to impeach Obasanjo: PDP in crucial meeting

*Senate defers debate

-Nigeria, Burundi in oil sale talks

Mobil to spend $2.7bn on gas sector

-June 12: Nigerians deserve explanation – Kalu

-Ige: Security tightened around suspects

-Obasanjo accuses Western nations of aiding corruption

-Nestle shares scam: Police arraign eight suspects soon

-NITEL removes Executive Director, redeploys GMs

*BPE extends deadline for EOI


June 14, 2002

-$5bn Abacha loot: FG to sue foreign banks

…probe Diamond Bank, FSB

-Governors lament decline in Nigeria’s foreign reserve

– Probe of treasury: Reps’ interim report indicts BPE, NNPC, FIRS

-Police seek fresh clue on Ige’s killing

*Robbers raid GTB in Ilorin

-NEPA technical board spent N71bn – Imoke

-2003: The imperative of change

-75 banks set aside N7bn for equity investment

-Police probe chief magistrate’s killing

-Why I didn’t honour Senate’s summon – AGF


June 15, 2002

Police kills schoolgirl over N20

-2 nabbed for attempting to defraud INEC of N12m

-FG extends deadline on ban of Tokunbo vehicles

-Why senate wants Obasanjo impeached

*”We’ll not be intimidated” – Senate

-Drug suspect swallows 44 wraps of cocaine


June 16, 2002

-Robbers invade APP boss’s house, kill three

-Joe Garba’s wives in mild drama at burial

…Langtang stands still for him

*Obasanjo, others pay tribute

-Police shoot two more in Lagos

…over N20 egunje

-Ekiti deputy governor sells yam in Abuja

-Ripples as IG reverses police`promotions

June 17, 2002

-IBB’s suit: FG picks Gani as lead counsel

-External reserve drops to $9.5bn – CBN

-Killing of schoolgirl: IG reads Riot Act to policemen

-Workers’ salaries: FG rejects govs’ request for special grant

-DPP’s advice on Ige ready

-Lagos IPP to boost power output by 150mw

*Rivers seeks N10bn funding

-Banks move to end contract jobs


June 18, 2002

-I’m ready to face IBB – Gani

*Agabi consults Obasanjo over conditions

-Oil prices rise

-Bribery: Probe panel reopens Bamaiyi’s allegation against judge

-Five killed, 20 injured in Delta communal clash

-Nigeria gets $608m loan from World Bank in two years

-National Assembly, presidency meet over budget today

-Enugu groan over cost of hosting Atiku

-Police Sgt on trial over killing schoolgirl


June 19, 2002

-FG records N44bn deficit in five months

-Senate begins debate on alleged breaches

-Party registration: INEC begins collation of results

-Africa’s poverty underestimated – UN

-Tears as schoolgirl, Oluwatosin, is buried

-IBB’s suit: Gani absent in court

*Case adjourned

-Govt awards N122bn contracts for infrastructure

-Nigeria lost $1 billion investment fund in 2001 – Report


June 20, 2002

-Our lives are in danger – Adesina

*IG explains delay in unmasking Ige’s killers

-Second term: Osoba, others’s suit adjourned

-Revenue: Banks get tough guidelines

-Bakassi: We won’t tolerate aggression, FG tells Cameroun

-OPEC may review production quota

-Budget stalls PPRC, DPR bills

-NDLEA probes five banks over laundering


June 21, 2002

-IG escapes death

…as one dies in car crash

-Dafinone joins battle against Lagos Land law

-IBB’s suit: Finally, Gani rejects FG’ offer

-Corruption: Why we’ve not named indicted governors – Anti-graft panel

-Oluwatosin: Police dismiss suspected killer

-Ericson explains role in NITEL’s GSM deal

-Party registration: Four groups meet INEC guidelines

-25% pay rise: NLC begins strike July 10


June 22, 2002

-New parties emerge today

*2 likely for registration

-Senate to amend FCT decree

*Flays demolition in Abuja

-ANPP to zone presidency to South East

*It’s deceitful – Udenwa

-I gave Tosin homework that Friday –Teacher

-Osun police probe IG’s auto crash

-FG invites fresh tenders for second national carrier


June 23, 2002

-Faces behind the new parties emerge

-INEC axes 21 groups

*Three new parties emerge

*Gani, Balarabe, Yusuf, others lose out

*It’s unacceptable  – Gani

*We’re satisfied – New party leaders

*’How they emerged’

-Political judges must be flushed out –Rtd Judge who shunned own valedictory session

-Crash: Four burnt to death on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway

-Oputa report: FG raises panel on White Paper

-Woman locks husband’s corpse away for 13 days


June 24, 2002

-Police kill two again at checkpoint

-Al Qaeda plans fresh attacks on US

-African Union: Obasanjo, Ghadaffi in crucial talks

-Guobadia must go – 21 political groups

-FG nets N77bn from crude sales to NNPC

-Verification: CBN, ABCON resolve differences

-NCAA board, Chikwe in face-off

-Afenifere meets over new parties, Bucknor-Akerele


June 25, 2002

-LG polls: Fresh doubts over Aug 10

*Voters worry SIEC chairman

*New parties ask for Dec date

-US-based Nigerian priest faces rape charges

-FG owes pensioners N1.1 trillion

-Police arrest 92 for extortion

-Customs parade suspected smugglers of ammunition

-Bankers Committee considers stiffer regulations

-Gas flaring: Reprieve likely for oil firms

¬Afenifere faults non-registration of 21 political associations

June 26, 2002

-Ogbeh/Anyim face-off deepens: Quit, if you want – Ogbeh

He’s angry because N120m request was rejected – Anyim’s aide

-LG polls: Voters’ cards won’t be used  – INEC

-Tokunbo: NPA waives charges for importers

-Right abuses: Buhari says no regrets

-Bankers’ Committee fails to resolve controversy

-BPE spent N556m on failed NITEL sale


June 27, 2002

-Oputa Panel: FG moves against IBB

*Gana heads panel on White Paper

…defends choosing Gani

*He missed a good chance – Gana

-Checkpoint killing: Seven policemen arraigned

-Presidency, finance Ministry, CBN disagree on budget deficit

-Govt may remove taxes on imported fuel

-Obasanjo, Chalker differ on investment climate in Nigeria

-German leader to seek more G-8 support for Africa

-Impeachment: How CBN saved Obasanjo


June 28, 2002

-IBB, Atiku in two-hour talks

-PDP protests AD’s order on Obasanjo’s visits

-I’ve not retired from KPMG – J.K. Randle

-Foreign coach: FG makes U-turn

-Africa, G8 leaders meet over NEPAD

-Committee recommends ways to lower interest rates

June 29, 2002

-INEC postpones voters’ registration again

*South-West states vow to go ahead with council polls

-20 feared killed in fresh Plateau violence

-Anti corruption: SSG, two commissioners arrested

-Students warn Atiku not to visit Akure


June 30, 2002

-ANPP, UNPP merger fallout: Aikhomu’s faction, others exchange blows

-Lamido to Obasanjo’s critics: North is not for sale

-AD’s threat to PDP: Adefarati shuns Atiku

-N120m palaver: Ogbeh replies Anyim

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