NEWSPAPER HEADLINES FOR MARCH 2002

March 1, 2002

-Ikeja Cantonment: Foreign experts set up base

*Move in equipment

*May visit more military installations

-Ige: Suspects may be tried next week

*Fryo’s sister tasks police on Omisore

-Briton helped Abacha to launder money in Swiss bank – Report

-NITEL probe stalled again

-Former Airways MD, others receive sack letters

*Pensioners threaten showdown

-Strike: IG vows to deal with policemen

-We don’t know our salaries – Lawmakers

 

March 2, 2002

-How Dasuki settled IBB, Atiku’s rift

-Strike: Police transfer 3 commissioners

-Commissioner’s father beheaded

-Man slumps to death after alcohol-drinking contest

-Reps’ salaries released at last

-Ex-governor slumps at book launch

 

March 3, 2002

-Pastor Tunde Bakare arrested

-10 killed as robbers waylay luxury buses …on Ibadan expressway

-Bandits invade church, rain bullets on pastor

-Naval armouries: Senate raises alarm again

-They remain best of friends even in death!

-Group vows to kill six more LASU students

 

March 4, 2002

-Why I was arrested – Tunde Bakare

-CBN, banks adopt new measures on forex

-NIOMCO saves N294.7m through new policy

-Reps to complete budget next week

…Query Obasanjo over Shell

-Senate to debate Constitutional confab bill

-PDP members to pay 5% of salaries to party

 

March 5, 2002

-Ige: Police may invite Omisore

*Why I-G put off press conference

-Presidency defends Bakare’s arrest

-Shell, Hyundai sign N51bn pact on Bonny Terminal

-Distress: Reps plan investigation of banks

-Court restores Savannah Bank’s licence

*CBN, NDIC appeal ruling

-Obasanjo’s campaign kicks off on his 65th birthday …he’ll run in 2003 – PLO

-Council elections: Court tells LG chairmen to notify state electoral commissions

March 6, 2002

-I’m ready for the police – Omisore

*Detectives head for Osun

-Nigeria withdraws from IMF programmes

-Strike: Ogoni alleges destabilisation plot

-NITEL: El-Rufai joins issues with Na’Abba

*Your tactics are diversionary – Reps tell BPE

…CBN indicts First Bank

-Savannah Bank branches still shut

 

March 7, 2002

-Security lapses: FG fires I-G, six DIGs

 

*New I-G resumes Friday

…Police beef up security for foreign envoys

-IMF cannot dictate to Nigeria – Martins Kuye

-Dealers owe PEF N7bn

*Stop remmitance to the fund

-Cabinet shake up: Agabi returns to Justice Ministry

-Ibru: Kudirat’s tape was sold to Abacha squad – Witness

-Three policemen dismissed over strike

-2003: AD may back Obasanjo

 

March 8, 2002

-Junior police officers insist on strike

*Mass purge imminent

*Mixed reactions trail Smith’s removal

-Why import tarrifs must rise – FG

-Pensioners picket Defence HQ

-Our problem with Nigeria – IMF

-National Conference: Senate in rowdy session

*Bill rejected

 

March 9, 2002

-Blair’s shirts have picture of naked woman on their cuffs

-Governor plots to kill me – ambassador

*The gov won’t condescend to such level – aide

-New I-G moves to stop strike

*Orders mass promotion

-Ige’s death stalls anti-drug war – US

-14 worshippers die in stampede

 

March 10, 2002

-Strike: Police open attendance register for rank and file

*I-G visits Lagos tomorrow

-Bankers arrested over N13m robbery

-Smith’s last days in office

-Awo lives on – Adesanya

-Politician held for having sex with male students

March 11, 2002

-Lawmakers in corruption scandal

…may appear before Anti-corruption Commission

-Mbadinuju suspends royal father, may dethrone 13 others

-Rivers ALGON replies Martin-Kuye

…on zero allocation

-Nwuche wants contract policy reviewed

-Dud cheques: Teachers refuse to call off strike in Anambra

-Complete Yenagoa-Mbiama road, deputy governor tells FG

-Markafi identifies causes of ethnic violence

-Senators denied hotel accommodation

 

March 12, 2002

-Resource control suit: FG, states may settle out of court

-Police shelve strike

-Savannah Bank’s liquidation: Osun’s N560m trapped

-FG withdraws soldiers from Benue, deploys mobile police

-NBA tackles Mbadinuju over allegations against judges

-Our borders are porous – Joe Garba

-Oil exploration: Northern leaders to confront FG

-Sanga indigenes protest LG boss’ suspension

-Soldiers, police take over Okada business in Enugu

-LG polls top Southern governors’ summit

 

March 13, 2002

-Salary crisis: Presidency confronts Reps …says enough is enough

-I’ll find Ige’s killers – I-G

-Strike: FG to sanction institutions

-Benue Speaker resigns, alleges death threat

-Suspended LG boss petitions Obasanjo, National Assembly

-Southern governors demand new revenue formula

-NEPA’s output drops to 3,000 megawatts

-Police/soldiers’ strike: Security agents begin probe

 

March 14, 2002

-Why we are probing 21 banks – CBN

-Hamza Zayyad, ex-TCPC boss, dies

-We’ll oppose use of ID cards – Northern governors

-Police: More heads to roll

*Smith recalls tenure

-Assembly crisis: Factions tip candidates for speaker’s job

-Three students killed at UAM by cult members

-Obasanjo writes Senate on IMF

-Senate to investigate dismissal of policemen

-Political rally: Ogboru takes case to Aso Rock

 

March 15, 2002

-We have not endorsed Obasanjo – Afenifere

-Benue Assembly elects new Speaker

-UN recognises Palestinian State

-Nwuche condemns violation of court orders

-FG intervenes in Enugu, church crisis

-Cult: Three more students killed at Benue varsity

-Mugabe re-elected

*Opposition rejects result

-AIDS: UNFPA trains 1,140 resource persons in Rivers

…hails govt’s support

-APP calls for politicians’ summit

 

March 16, 2002

-2003: Voters registration threathend

-Why Obasanjo is punishing Reps – Na’Abba

-Bank robbery: Stolen N5.8m found in customer’s house

-Citizens of 12 nations still on FG’s watch list … 6 months after US attacks

 

March 17, 2002

-New I-G halts Smith’s postings

*Sack fever grips FRSC

-FG investigates Pastor Tunde Bakare for treason

-Abaribe may sue Abia acting governor

-NITEL: CBN to sanction First Bank over $96m loan to IILL

– A rally that turned bloody

 

March 18, 2002

-ALGON to sue FG … says dialogues has failed

-Madaki criticises INEC, PDP

-Niger needs N10bn to boost Education

-I remain Gemade’s loyalist – Former Benue Speaker

-Pupils abandon schools for mushroom hawking

 

March 19, 2002

-There is vacancy in Aso Rock

– Shinkafi

-Big banks reap from uncertainty in the industry

-Audit: Senate tackles presidency

-We will still create more councils in Bayelsa

-2003: APP adopts zoning for presidency

-9,705 policemen for promotion next week

-Zero allocation: FG told to ignore LG chairmen

 

March 20, 2002

-No pay rise, no vote – NLC

-ACF tackles pro-Obasanjo governors

-Don’t cooperate with auditors, Na’Abba tells Assembly staff

-You can’t dissolve us, council boss tells governors

-Strike: Senate demands sacked policemen’s files

-Why presidency may elude Igbo

 

March 21, 2002

-NLC writes presidency, National Assembly

-Taraba Speaker resigns

-Duke, Speaker in N4bn development bond legal battle

-FCT staff recruitments: Northern governors protest to presidency

-Reps summon Shell over deaths, environmental degradation

-Audit report: C’River officials shun house committee

March 22, 2002

-Force HQ takes over probe

-Striking LUTH doctors demand CMD’s sack

-Three killed at NANS convention

-Rivers signs N3bn housing contract

-FG moves to break NLC’s monopoly

-Outage: Zamfara Assembly summons NEPA official

 

March 23, 2002

-Sharia: Nobody can stop me – Zamfara governor replies FG

*Arewa, NSCIA caution’s Agabi

-How Shagari, Dikko crippled Airways – Ex-Aviation minister

-National Assembly receives amended constitution in July

-Workers threaten to disrupt southern governors’ meeting

-Governor begs Igbo traders

 

March 24, 2002

-2003: Obasanjo’s campaign badge out

-Undergraduate roasts own baby alive

-Fear of smugglers: NNPC boss hires private guards

-Will Safiya live?

*600,000 signatures raised against death penalty

 

March 25, 2002

-Atiku blames Mbadinuju

-FG earmarks N9bn for water schemes in A’Ibom

-Adamawa NLC issues ultimatum

-Bayelsa: Why we need N15bn loan

– Commissioner

-Assembly crisis: Police boss stops seizure of suspended member’s cars

 

March 26, 2002

-New prices for petroleum products soon

-2003: Nnamani advises voters against inducement

-Assembly fraud: Govt stops arrests of suspects

-Cult, fake certificates: UNIPORT expels 16 students

-2003: ACF yet to decide on Obasanjo

-Idoma indigenes warn against political thuggery

 

March 27, 2002

-Atiku won’t run against Obasanjo

– PDP

-Dikko replies Okpere on Airways ruin

-Liquidation: Depositors may get more from banks

-Appointment of A-Gs: Nas lauds Obasanjo

-Sharia: Govt frees Safiya

-Maduekwe ignores Abia acting governor, visits Abaribe

 

March 28, 2002

-Oil exploration is corporate terrorism

– Okadigbo

-11 banks still distressed – NDIC

N’Assembly approves N1.064 trillion for debt servicing

-We will continue to import fuel

– Lukman

-Communal Clash: 10 feared dead in C’River

 

March 29, 2002

-Gowon, Kukah raise fresh fears… over nation’s unity

-INEC refutes allegation of partiality in recruitment

-NULGE plans fresh strike …over N10bn salary arrears

-Abia’s acting governor ordered out of Council of State meeting

-4,000 Nigerian kids enslaved in Gabon

-Fuel: NNPC to account for $2bn

-ALGON lists grouse with governors

-JAMB admissions: Salim replies emirs

…over claims of discrimination

 

March 30, 2002

-FG still holds on to my $42m property – Ogboru

-25% pay rise demand unrealistic – Kokori

-Supreme Court judgement: ALGON lists conditions for LG polls

-We can’t hold elections now – INEC

…LG polls must hold in May – Adesanya

-Windstorm: Two die, seven aircraft damaged in Abuja

-NITEL for listing on New York Exchange

 

March 31, 2002

-Detonation latest: Villagers mobilise to stop US, UK bomb experts

*’50 houses may collapse’

-Death awaits any mutineers, Army warns

-2003: 260 groups root for Obasanjo

-IMF: UK, Germany may not re-schedule Nigeria’s debt

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