NEWSPAPER HEADLINES FROM DECEMBER 1, 2001 – JANUARY 31, 2002

December 1, 2001

-We’ll fight for 25% pay rise – NLC

-Electoral Bill, a time bomb – Adesanya

-Why good governance eludes Nigeria – Anyaoku

-Researchers find drugs to manage HIV/AIDS

-Shell indigenous firm seal oil export deal

-Budget:  National Assembly denies plan to impeach Obasanjo

December  2, 2001

-Frequency crisis stall MTS’ re-launch

-Anti-crusade riots spread

…more churches vandalised

-Sharia worries me – Obasanjo

-World Cup: Eagles draw England, Argentina

-Traditional ruler, 10 others quizzed over murder

December 3, 2001

-Obasanjo lambasts Aluko

…says he’s senile

-Vandalisation: Nigeria loses N6bn, 2,000 killed

-Gani opposes bid to bar two-term governors

-Obasanjo orders communications Ministry to hand off frequency allocation

-AD political office holders are misfits

– Adesanya

-Igbo presidency: Hope lies in new parties – Ohanaeze

 

December 4, 2001

-No more talks with ASUU – Obasanjo

-Akwa-Ibom to divest from Econet

-I’m not senile, Aluko replies Obasanjo

-Universal banking: NALCOM, CBN at loggerheads

-Army gives terms to quit Benue, Taraba

-Okiro meets Okotie, Oyakhilome

-FG retires judge

 

December 5, 2001

-2003: Court to determine Osoba, others’ fate

  • As N’Assembly passes electoral bill

-Mantu, too gets anthrax mail

-Budget 2002: Reps end debate

-Interim govt in Afghanistan likely Dec. 22

-Enron receives £1.5bn line

CBN governor, MAN disagree on economy

-Okotie-Joshua’s feud: Atiku wades in

-100 Ogoni arrested in port Harcourt

-We’ll demolish illegal structures in FCT

 

December 6, 2001

-New parties to wait till 2007

-Kolade to replace Ajibola as envoy to UK

-Ekwueme gives PDP ultimatum to resolve crisis in South-East

-FG okays new guidelines for external borrowing

-Enron sues Dynergy for £10bn

-Mustapha disrupts court proceedings … accuses judge of bribe

-FG spends N100bn yearly on cars, tours

 

December 7, 2001

-Electoral Bill: Go to court, Obasanjo, Anyim

-Why new parties have to wait till 2007

-Reps to roll over projects not executed in 2001 budget

-Anyim warns governors against new LGs

-Buhari: Court stops Oputa panel.

 

December 9, 2001

-Igbo presidency: Ohanaeze divided over party platform

-Electoral law: Osoba vows to fight on

  • Governors may go to court

-Nigerian crude oil exports drops

-GSM: Just like a pain in the neck

December 9, 2001

-My husband was assassinated

– Mrs. Layi Balogun

-FG stops Rimi’s radio campaign

-Jumbo pay: Lagos assembly gets N100m

-Nigeria may host Miss World

 

December 10, 2001

-Electoral Act: Governor should hold LG polls next year – AD

… Anyim allays fear

-Fierce fighting at Bin Laden’s hide-out

-NITEL, IIL get Wednesday deadline to pay £1m deposit

-Name your husband’s killers, police reply Lai Balogun’s widow

-Elders to intervene in Odili, Harry’s feud

 

December 11, 2001

-Oil money not for Niger Delta alone –Obasanjo

-Thugs sack Osun Assembly, AD secretariat

-Electoral Act: Editors urge aggrieved parties to go to court

-Dariye, Hashidu pick holes in Electoral Act

-Annan receives Nobel Prize

-Interest rates too high – Obasanjo

-Tension in Kano as Muslim youths kill Igbo driver

-Customs agents shut Lagos ports

 

December 13, 2001

-Call for secession is madness –Obasanjo

-Bin Laden plans fresh attack on US

-UACN buys Festac ’77 hotel for N1bn

-Electoral law, null and void – AD legislators

-Tenure: Ondo LG chairmen sue Adefarati

-Don’t meddle in Nigeria’s politics, FG warns British envoy

 

December 14 2001

-Clamour for secession not strange –Anyim

-2003: I’ll decide soon – Obasanjo

-12 killed as gunmen storm Indian Parliament

-How we executed attacks on us – Bin Laden

-Shell wins N60bn NEPA contract

-Obasanjo blames state creation for civil unrest

-Nigerian embassy probes pro-Taliban fighter’s identity

-Workers threaten NEPA’s privatisation

 

December 15, 2001

-My deputy’s resignation’s no big deal –Governor Turaki

-Electoral Act: NLC plans mass poll boycott

Governors are law breakers

– Oshiomhole

-Biafran soldiers don’t deserve compensation – Gen. Adebayo

-GSM: NITEL receives more network equipment

-Nigeria ready with HIV vaccine plan

 

December 16, 2001

-Why we demolished church – Tinubu

-Afghanistan: US prepares jail for Bin Laden’s men

-Secession: Arewa dares Ojukwu

-Eid-el-Fitri: Religious intolerance worries leaders

 

December 17, 2001

-Shake-up … in INEC

-Eid-el-Fitri: Governors, others call for peace, tolerance

-US-led forces dislodge Bin Laden’s fighters

-Electoral Act: 36 state speakers meet Wednesday

-Interest rates to crash below 20%

-Corruption: Presidency orders arrest of Ondo officials

-Secession not solution to Igbo’s problems – AD

 

December 18, 2001

-Electoral Act, threat to democracy –Okadigbo

*… AD, PDP, can’t contest in 2003

-Bin Laden’s fighters weep, beg for mercy

-NITEL earns £210m revenue last year

-Afenifere, others shower praises on Solanke

-Don’t apologise to Tinubu, cleric tells PFN

-Obasanjo confers honour on Anyim, 225 others today

-Renowned dramatist, Wale Ogunyemi is dead

 

December 19, 2001

-Electoral Act: No going back – Anyim

… Reps vow to fight on

-Nobody will develop Nigeria for Nigerians – Obasanjo

-Revocation of CIL, MTS licenses final

–NCC

-Econet signs £150m expansion pacts

-CD rejects Electoral Act

-Kano: Four Muslim youths charge with killing Igbo driver

-Police to get eight new DIGs

December 20, 2001

-Fuel prices go up this month

-How to detect distressed banks

– Ebhodaghe

-12 killed as captured Bin Laden’s fighter attack guards

-Saro Wiwa’s memory comes alive at book launch

-Tribal loyalists threat to democracy –Ibori

-AD defends Adefarati

-Tinubu presents N52bn budget to Assembly

 

December 21, 2001

-Osun crisis worsens

  • Legislator murdered
  • OSBC burnt

-LG polls: On 2002 we stand –Governors

-Kolade bows out of Cadbury

-NNPC, Agip, others sign pacts on product sharing, outlets, management

-Leopold Senghor dies at 95

-Electoral Act: Governors should seek Supreme Court’s intervention –Speakers

-Senate to reconvene

-We’ll abide by Electoral Act –INEC

 

December 22, 2001

-5 more killed in Ile-Ife mayhem

-Top politicians go into hiding

-NNPC confirms new fuel price hike

-Police vow to defend Electoral Act

-Anti-corruption commission investigates five governors

-Govs, Afenifere, church honour  Onasanya

December 23, 2001

-FG has no hand in fuel price hike –Atiku

-Why Anyim bagged GCON

-No going back on Electoral Act-PDP

-Hamid Karzai takes over in Afghanistan

December 24, 2001

-Bola Ige shot dead

-New Afghan leader holds maiden cabinet meeting

-NITEL probe panel orders ex-MD, firm to refund £1m

-Forex trading: CBN, 15 banks sign pact with Reuters

-Army promotes 221 officers

-No automatic ticket for Obasanjo, Atiku –PDP

-AD opposes rise in fuel prices

 

December 25, 2001

-Fish out Ige’s killers, FG orders police

  • How he was killed
  • His last moments
  • Pray for us, Yorubaland, son urges Nigerians

-Obasanjo, security chiefs meet

  • May deploy troops to Osun

-On Ige: Akande weeps

-Uneasy calm in Esa Oke, Ige’s hometown

-Adesanya, AD governors move to Ibadan

-Ige’s killing aimed to destabilise Yoruba – Lam

 

December 26, 2001

-Let’s save children, says Pope at Xmas

-Okogie, others, call for peace, reconciliation

-Ige’s killing provocative – Oodua governors

-Marwa, IBB, others mourn Ige

-Uneasy calm in Esa Oke, Ige’s home town

-Outrage, shock greet Ige’s murder

-OPC members in Osun to beef up security

 

December 27, 2001

-Adesanya invokes Yoruba gods against Ige’s killers

… More tributes to Ige

-Electoral Act: Anyim recalls senators for emergency session

-Strange skin disease hits Benue refugees’ camp

-Obasanjo in Ibadan, consoles Ige’s wife, children

-NNPC spends $100m to develop Okono oil field

-Save the children, Pope urges at Xmas

-Ogoni honours Saro-Wiwa, Fawehinmi, Jan 4

-Bin Laden dead, buried – Taliban leader

 

December 28, 2001

– FG probes NITEL’s foreign accounts

-Ige: Kinsmen give police ultimatum

…Police to probe OPC’s allegation

-Foreign experts to conduct autopsy on Ige

-Man confesses to killing Ige

-Terrorism defeated, says Afghan leader

-Eschew violence, embrace dialogue

– Obasanjo

-OPC warns Obasanjo

Osun Speaker, legislators flee

December 29, 2001

-Arewa Forum cautions against state of emergency in Osun

-My last encounter with Ige – Osun Deputy Governor

-FG, Germany sign debt rescheduling agreement

-I was offered N1m to kill Ige

– Suspect

-150 feared dead in boat mishap

 

December 30, 2001

-Why Ige rejected extra security

…Police declare neighbour wanted

-Abia, Niger, create 47 new LGs

-Illegal fees scam hits Rivers schools

-Tension in Kano, residents flee to barracks

 

December 31, 2001

-National Assembly to discus nation’s security

-I didn’t tamper with Electoral Bill

– Obasanjo

-Sergeant, five others killed in police, Shiite clash in Kano

-Borno proposes N24.5bn for 2002

-Atiku’s daughter’s wedding: Kwankwaso, 300 others stranded at Yola Airport

-Electoral Act: PDP chieftain backs annulment

JANUARY

 

January 1, 2002

-Find Ige’s killers within 21 days

– Kinsmen

-Marwa, IBB, others mourn Ige

-Police intensify manhunt for Ige’s neighbour

-Security: God is in control, says Obasanjo

-227 burnt to death in Peru

 

January 2, 2002

-Reps fault Obasanjo’s claim on Electoral Act

-Fuel: NLC, ASUU rise against N26 per litre

-Gani asks Obasanjo to resign

-Ige: Shinkafi asks Police to look beyond Osun

 

January 3, 2002

-Bola Ige: Obasanjo orders security audit

-APP, AD oppose fuel price hike, PDP backs govt.

*NLC summons emergency meeting for Tuesday

*Commuters groan under new price regime

-Dec deadline for banks on N1b capital base as CBN rolls out monetary guidelines

-New Year: Pope, others seek peace

 

January 4, 2002

-PDP, APP, AD join hands to fight violence

-FG okays N2.5bn digital library project

-Fuel hike: We’ll fight on – NLC

…prices ‘ll drop – Kupolokun

…dealers get N5.40 mark on petrol

-Ige: Struggle for better Nigeria continues

-Ogoni Day may reunite Odili, Nwuche, Harry

-CBN releases monetary policy

…adopts two-year programme

January 5, 2002

-Katsina executes first sharia convict

-Youths blow up oil pipelines

-Reps amend Electoral Act

-Oshiomhole supported fuel price hike – FG

-Abacha’s family refunds $168m to FG

 

January 6, 2002

-Nigerians want fuel price hike

– Obasanjo

-Mixed reactions as NEPA’s deadline expires

-We don’t want bloodshed again – Ogoni

 

January 7, 2002

-Obasanjo against extension of LG tenure

*Pressure on Anyim to quit

-Ige: Police declare one wanted as funeral begins today

-Shell, World Bank, Diamond Bank float N3.4b credit for N-Delta contractors

-Anyim defends Senate over Electoral Act

-PDP gives Akande 48 hours to find Ige’s killers

-Sharia: Katsina displays corpse of executed convict

 

January 8, 2002

-On-shore/off-shore suit: Supreme Court disqualifies 12 states

-Why Bola Ige opted for private burial

*Beam searchlight on Abuja – Gani

-Anti-graft panel probes three govs, Ondo govt.

*On the trail of Ondo A-G

*Adefarati says it is the handiwork of enemies

 

January 9, 2002

-S.L. Edu dies at 91

-50 perish in wedding crash

-Euro debuts in Nigeria’s currency market

-Ige’s death, irony of democracy

– Obasanjo

-Supreme Court rules on on-shore/off-shore suit April 5

There is nothing for PDP in the South-West – Ayo Fasanmi

 

January 10, 2002

Soldiers raid police post, free 7 robbery suspects

-VP Atiku Abubakar, 6 govs, others at Epe for Edu’s burial

-Ige: Afenifere demands swift justice

-FG vows to battle Ige’s killers; Ife youths protest arrest of kinsmen

 

January 11, 2002

-Ige goes home…

-Fuel price hike: NUPENG gives conditional support

-19 killed in auto crash

-Sale of Benue Agric Authority raises dust

-Enugu swears in 12 special assistants

January 12, 2002

-100 killed in Nasarawa communal clash

Assassinations: Security agencies have failed us – Anyim

-Ige: What we plan to do – Daughter

*How we’ll miss him – Falae, Suleiman, Idika Kalu, others

-We’re the best in Africa – Okocha

  • 7 days to Nations Cup kick off

 

January, 13, 2002

-Electoral Act impasse: Obasanjo seeks Supreme Court judges’ help

-Owo: 25 feared dead

  • As OPC, palace guards clash

-Sack undisciplined dons, FG orders varsities

-Electoral Act dirty deal: Uncle Bola, fare thee well

 

January 14, 2002

-Remi Taylor, Fela’s wife passes on

-Ige: Wanted suspect, Fryo gives self up

*Anxiety over George Ige’s wealth

-Warri: 15 injured in fresh Itsekiri, Urhobo clash

*Death toll rises to 36 in Owo violence

-Electoral Law: 18 PDP govs oppose Obasanjo

 

January 15, 2002

-Ige: Fryo fingers Omisore, Gov Akande, Presidency

-J.O.J. Okezie, ex-Health Minister, passes on

-New Electoral Act okays LG polls for 2002

-Fuel: Workers begin strike nationwide tomorrow

 

January 16, 2002

-Nina Mba, Vanguard’s columnist passes on

-No escape for mastermind of Ige’s murder – Police

Fuel: NLC defies FG, begins strike nationwide

-Remembrance Day: Na’Abba absent as retired soldiers storm venue for pay

 

January 17, 2002

-Workers’ strike paralyses Nigeria

*Wave of arrests nationwide

*Strike illegal, says Abuja Court

*Strike continues, says NLC

-Fuel: Oshiomhole, 27 others arrested, charged

-Ige: Omisore disowns Fryo

January 18, 2002

-NLC calls off strike

*Oshiomhole, others still in detention

-I’m resource manager, not controller – Obasanjo

-Uwais heads 7-man team for Electoral Act suit

-Ige: Fryo’s lawyer, Keyamo picks holes in Omisore’s defence

 

January 19, 2002

-Fryo’s confession not useful in court – Police

-NLC suspends strike

-Tiv-Jukun clash: Tor Tiv, others escape death

-Electoral Act: Supreme Court names panel on suit

 

January 20, 2002

-Electoral Act: Consensus soon –Abdukadir

-Nitel probe: Govt prepares white paper

-12 Labour leaders arraigned in Rivers

-I’m ready for reconciliation – Nnamani

 

January 21, 2002

-Obasanjo defends Ngime, calls for patience

-Another leadership change imminent in Imo Assembly

-11 killed in renewed violence in Nasarrawa

-Sharia Judge gets 80 lashes for taking Alcohol

 

January 22, 2002

-Obasanjo yet to decide on 2003

  • As Rimi declares interest

-Powerful people killed Ige, Soyinka insists

  • Keyamo in court over Fryo

-Electoral Act: Govt gets 7 days to file defence

  • Verdict in March

 

January 23, 2002

-Senate reviews Electoral Act, okays parties for 2003

-Reps ask Obasanjo to reverse new fuel price hike

  • Declare PPPRC illegal

-Democracy dividends to come in 10 years, says Stiglitz

  • NCC licence second telecom courier

 

January 24, 2002

-Obasanjo has committed 100 impeachable offences – Na’Abba

-N/Assembly to repeal Electoral Act 2001

-10 electrocuted watching Eagle’s match

  • 22 others injured

 

January 25, 2002

-Nine burnt to death watching Eagles match

-UACN pays N1bn for festac ’77 Hotel

-Life jail awaits terrorists in Nigeria

-Senate in rowdy session

-Police move top officers

-NITEL MD retires March

 

January 26, 2002

-3 feared killed as naval officers, Ijaw youths clash

-Mbadinuju held hostage at PDP meeting

  • Women stripped

-Ex-MILAD joins Enugu guber race

 

January 27, 2002

-Reps to repeal Electoral Act

-Nigeria gets $20m US grant

-Ige: New police officer takes over investigation

-This democracy ‘ll survive – Odili

January 28, 2002

-Many feared dead as bomb explosions rock Lagos

  • Residents flee, houses shattered

… Tinubu, military allay fear of coup

  • No cause for alarm – Army

-FG has no power to reverse fuel price hike – Abubakar

-Eagles’ camp in disarray, Aku, envoy in car crash

 

January 29, 2002

-Alive: Children found, kept at Ikeja Police College

-600 civilians confirmed dead in Lagos explosions

  • Unconfirmed reports puts figure at 2,000

*Undetonated bombs litter streets

*Tinubu calls for assistance

 

January 30, 2002

-Lagos explosions: Reps bar Obasanjo from foreign trips

  • Tinubu raises alarm over Ojo, Naval barracks too
  • Armoury to be relocated – Danjuma

*Senate moves to probe tragedy

*Why death toll was high – Obasanjo

 

January 31, 2002

-Explosions: Death toll rises

  • Thousands still missing – Red Cross
  • FG orders release of relief materials
  • Panel begins sitting

-Stay at home and mourn, Reps tell Obasanjo

-Otukpo shooting: LG boss yet to surrender bullet-riddled car – Police

-Zamfara “butcher-doctor” gets perm sec’s job.

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