NEWSPAPER HEADLINES FROM APRIL 1-APRIL 15, 2003

April 1

-NITEL GSM: FG drops Siemens, Alcatel

  • Picks Ericsson, Motorola

-28 parties meet to decide participation in April polls

  • Arewa expresses concern
  • US envoy warns parties against discrediting electoral process

 

April 2

-NLC suspends strike as FG agrees to increase wages

-FG withholds N12bn derivation for March

-Sextuplets’ mother loses four babies

-Elections: Obasanjo, Guobadia, N’Assembly leaders hold crucial talks

-Obasanjo defends rejection of Mbadinuju

-NITEL: Pentascope needs $900m for capital projects – BPE

-INEC moves commissioners

-Black market sale of petrol booms

 

April 3

-BPE states new electricity firm for management contract

-FG releases report of EAS plane crash

-Salaries: Percentage increase not fixed – FG

-INEC to declare results at polling centres

  • Salim leads C’ Wealth observers

April 4

-Leadership crisis delays inauguration of financial crimes commission

-BPE opens bid for six government firms

-Lagos PDP targets industrial sector

-Elections will be successful – Salim

-Warri Crisis: Obasanjo summons community leaders

-Officials seize ID Card forms

-Nobody can stop elections – INEC

 

April 5

– Poverty, negligence killed my 4 babies – father of sextuplets

-Amputate political thugs, IG orders policemen

 

April 6

-INEC disqualifies 7 million voters

  • 61 million to vote

-JAMB fraud: LAS official, 10 others arrested

 

April 7

-Financial aid to Nigeria hits #209bn

-Realtors optimistic as NDIC’s properties managements a second chance

-Office gadgets disappear from National Assembly

-Niger-Delta youths blow up oil pipelines-NNPC

-Polls: Guobadia, INEC chiefs hold last minute talks

 

April 8

-Sino Africa offers $66m for NAFCON

-NAMA, French firms’ seize Saddam’s palaces

-Nigerian leader of pro-Iraqi group arrested

 

April 9

-Budget 2003: We are still waiting for National Assembly- Kpakol

-FG begins liquidation of Airways

-Harry Marshall: Police arrest, parade suspects

-We are prepared for this election- Obasanjo

  • Election must hold- Council for State
  • We will have successful polls, says Obasanjo

-14 parties call for interim govt, tip Obasanjo as head

-Sextuplets: Lagos probes death of four babies

-Ogbeh escapes assassination

-Police create 13 new divisions

 

April 10

-Pentascope: NITEL MD, directors face retirement

-American troops topple Saddam

  • Widespread jubilation, looting in Baghdad

-Contractors, coperate bodies hijack political campaigns

 

April 11

-Forex demand declines by 29% – CBN

-Atinuke, Ige’s widow is dead

-NDP loses bid to stop elections

  • Preparations continue amid hitches

-LG polls hold June 21

-Nigeria Airways owes pensioners N1bn

-Polls: Police deploy special squad in Lagos

-ICPC Act won’t be abrogated – Obasanjo

 

April 12

-PDP erred in fielding Ibori – Ogbeh

-D-day: 500 jostle for 109 senatorial seats, 2000 for 360 Reps seats

 

April 13

-Eight die in pockets of violence

  • Gunmen snatch ballot boxes in Enugu

-Peaceful polls, large turn-out

  • I am satisfied – Obasanjo

-We have shamed our critics – Guobadia

 

April 14

-Pentascope to take over NITEL after polls

-Marginal field operators face $35m financial constraint

-AD loses South West

…as Ogun, Oyo, Osun, Ondo, Ekiti fell to PDP

  • Retains Lagos
  • ANPP gains Kano, Katsina, Kaduna

-Danjuma’s wife, Saraki’s daughter emerge

  • Maccido’s son, Lar’s daughter loose

-FG retains Ribadu as EFCC Chairman

-S’Court dismisses appeal by ANAN members

-Long queues return to stations

 

April 15

-BPE postpones NITEL’s IPO

-FG approves CBN’s saving certificate

-Obasanjo, Adesanya in crucial talks

  • Afenifere, AD govts allege rigging
  • Na’Abba accepts defeat

-PDP maintains lead

  • EU, AU differ on polls conduct
  • Doomsday prophets shamed – Obasanjo

-15 pellets recovered from Ige’s body

 

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