NEWSPAPER HEADLINES FROM MAY 16 – 31, 2003

May 16, 2003

-Poll: Go to tribunals, Jeter tells aggrieved politicians.

-Foreign reserve rises by 7.1%

-FG suspends May revenue allocation.

-Electoral Act: Senate heads for S/ Court. Valedictory ceremonies begin Thursday.

-Identification trial: Ibori loses at Appeal Court.

-FG renames IBB, Abacha, Gowon barracks

 

May 17, 2003

-Lobbyists force Tinubu to alter itinerary.

-Anyim, others’ gratuity will worsen economy.

-Ajudua, Ade Bendel to be arrainged over 419.

-SARS: Four Nigerian deportees tested in Lagos.

-To do part-time job and then collect that amount is obscene-Osunkeye

Prof Babasola Okuwobi with the Chairman Yoruba Tennis Club Dr Oluyemisi Kuforiji during the 2003 Health Day in Lagos

 

May 18, 2003

-We’ll cleanup N’Ass after Anyim, Na’Abba-Jibril Aminu.

-Threat to May 29, you risk treasonable felony

FG warns Buhari, Okadigbo, others.

-Police high command meets.

-Man placed on red alert.

May 19, 2003

-CBN continues currency reform, plans, N1,000 note

-N’Ass posts: Security reports on aspirants ready.

  • Oputa Panel: Why we can’t implement report -Minister

-Lagosians face cancer threat from NEPA lines

-Police alert on fake N500 notes

-New cabinet: Obasanjo should pick only best- Agbakoba

-FG loses 15m barrels of crude oil to Niger-Delta crisis.

 

May 20, 2003

-Unethical practices: CBN takes over banks’ probe.

-NNPC signs $500m gas pact with investor.

-Buhari to contest results in 21 states.

-IG accuses opposition of plot to destabilize the country

-INEC gives govs-elect certificates on Thursday

  • Adesina moves personal belongings out of govt house.

-Obasanjo may prune cabinet to 36.

  • Meets S’East govs on security ahead of May 29.

-Government to set up electricity regulation commission.


President Olusegun Obasanjo after taking his oath of office

 

May 21, 2003

-Reps order shell to pay Malabu, others $600m.

-Manufacturers fault new industrial policy.

-Obasanjo dissolves cabinet

-Special advisers, others go on Thursday.

-President meets senators.

-Buhari asks court to nullify April 19 election

-Police meet over threat to May 29

-Changes coming at INEC… as 10 commissioners may be replaced.

-ASUU calls for summit on education.

-Obasanjo writes Reps on Money laundering bill

-S’Court Okays Ibori for swearing in

-Cabinet: AD chiefs lobly Obasanjo

 

May 22, 2003

-NEPA spends 200bn in 4 years

-ANPP, CNPP insist on protests, apply to IG for permit.

-Court voids ICPC Act.

-Poll: 14 govs raise N12.3bn from public

-Fresh bomb blast kills 3 in Lagos

  • Army beefs up security.

-Anyim, others to return official cars

Comrade Oluremi Falola-Fapohunda lead local government workers during a march past to mark 2003 may Day at Onikan Stadium Lagos

 

May 23, 2003

-Customs seizes 3,2kg of heroin

-BPE takes over Airway’s liquidation,

-ANPP, CNPP take case to embassies. No application yet for mass action-Police

-Appeal Court begins hearing of petitions. Buhari wants inauguration stopped.

-The Patriots call for interim government. TMG disagrees.

-Atiku’s office, 16 ministries yet to reply audit queries.

-Obasanjo offers 10% of pay for Aso Rock.

-Population: NPC faults projected 160m

 

May 24, 2003

-EX-AIG becomes Oba of Lagos. Government tightens security at Iduganran Palace.

-Sextuplet’s tragedy! Remaining 2 babies die.

 

May 25, 2003

-The Patriots are self-seeking old men-S’West PDP.

-Security tightened around Obasanjo, Atiku…as tension heightens over May 29.

  • No going back-Buhari.
  • No cause for alarm-I.G.

-Rites for new Oba of Lagos begin.

Head of White Cap Chiefs Chief Teslim Jinadu-EKo paying obeisance to the Oba-elect of Lagos Prince Rilwan Akiolu during a visit of chiefs to the Oba-elect at his residence

 

May 26, 2003

-New pass ready in September- Ex-minister

-NEPA backpedals on new tariff

-Soldiers patrol Abuja

-ANPP, others set for protest rallies

-Inauguration will be peaceful-Obasanjo.

-FG leases sugar firm to Benin Republic

-Senate Presidency: PDP leaders, others meet in Abia

-MMIA strategic for drug barons.

 

May 27, 2003

-Omisore collapses in prison.

-Revenue allocation panel meeting ends in deadlock.

-Northern governors, NLC opposes mass action.

-Police foil protest in Kano.

-Governments, ex-ministers, others return diplomatic passports.

-FG orders fresh troops deployment in Wassi

-North gets first private varsity.

 

May 28, 2003

-Igwes Murder: Mbadinuju goes to court to stall case

-FG scraps pre-shipment, sugar levies.

-PDP alleges importation of troublemakers.

-49 ministers, 60 presidential aides vacate office today.

-70% Nigerians not living below poverty level-President.

-States turn down May revenue allocations.

-Court rejects Buhari’s bid to stop inauguration.

-Atiku denies rift with Obasanjo.

-I will sign Child Rights Bill-Obasanjo

 

May 29, 2003

-413 firms apply for N79bn loan.

-Suspects caught with 7 human Skulls.

-Obasanjo gets last chance…36 governors for inauguration

-20,000 policemen to provide security cover.

-Wabara succeed Anyim.

-Five more private varsities for the North.

-N’Assembly: PDP bans sub-groups.

Suspect of human ritualists found with six human skull

 

May 30, 2003

-Economy, corruption top Obasanjo’s agenda.

  • Healing, quality, leadership also on the list….
  • President, Tinubu, Daniel, others take 7th.

-LDO Licence: NEPA, ESKOM yet to agree on equity holdings.

-Why N’Assembly suspended action on budget, oil dichotomy bills.

-Malaria, malnutrition are top killers in prisons.194 inmates die in one year.

-Police surveillance won’t stop now

-Anenih bows out of public office.

-N’Assembly offices: PDP summons aspirants for screening.

 

May 31, 2003

-Tinubu: Tribunal strikes out William’s petition.

-Obasanjo dissolves N’Assembly ahead of Na’Abba’s valedictory session.

-I prayed for 30 years to get to the throne-New Oba of Lagos.

-Afenifere turns down Obasanjo’s overtures.


Some of the freed expatriate oil workers awaiting a bus at Onne Rivers State Inset A Nigerian who was also evacuated

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