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The Punch News Archive for May 2008Rss

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Gunmen kill Rivers monarch at his dinner

Democracy Day: Governors promise better deals

NITEL queries Transcorp’s decision to suspend investments

No regular power till 2011, says Yar’Adua

CAN tackles FG over Nigeria’s membership of OIC

Fire outbreak at Port Harcourt refinery

Nigeria not vulnerable to food crisis – FAO

Muhammed, Yar’Adua’s Chief of Staff resigns

PDP BOT: Quit now, Wabara tells Obasanjo

Maduekwe demands amnesty for Nigerian immigrants in Europe

Britain to return £40m loot to Nigeria

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

‘Bayelsa AC will not challenge re-run election result at tribunal’

Yar’Adua to appoint seven more ambassadors

PEF: Rep committee orders Kenny Martins, three others to refund N1.5bn

Three die as another building collapses in Lagos

‘Nothing to celebrate’

Yar’Adua is not slow – Associates

It’s one year of no focus – Afenifere

Democracy Day: Activists hail, criticise Yar’Adua’s govt

Mixed feelings in Senate over Yar’Adua’s first year

Oni, Fayose, allege plots, arson against each other

FG may phase out HND, NCE certificates

Stop maltreating Nigerians, FG tells Britain

2008 UME: 18-year-old girl emerges highest

We’ll soon pass FOI Bill — Mark

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Children’s Day: Child labour, street begging persist

EFCC: Waziri, Lamorde face Senate Committee

Money laundering: AGF wanted Etete’s trial stalled – Investigation

Police arrest 50 youths for lynching

Nigeria backpedals on AFRICOM

Power sector: AC demands subsidy for Nigerians

Power probe: N10m request stalls panel’s report

Senate Probes Death of 46 Soldiers

JAMB releases UME results today

May 29: PDP, APGA disagree over Yar’Adua’s achievements

Customs boss, Gyang Buba, removed

Monday, May 26, 2008

I’m not a thief — Obasanjo-Bello

Pipeline explosions rock Ogun

‘How herbal drugs complicate convulsion in children’

How I spent N1.93bn share proceeds – Ladoja

EFCC: SERAP drags FG to UN over Waziri’s appointment

Opposition parties flay Bayelsa governorship poll

NAFDAC to partner EFCC, others in war against fake drugs

11 soldiers feared killed by MEND

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Oil and Gas: A tale of ‘suspended animation’

Re-run poll: Sylva, Wamakko win in Bayelsa, Sokoto

Sonny Okosuns dies at 61

EFCC: Reps oppose Senate on Waziri’s appointment

Kerosene explosion burns down storey building in Akoko-Edo

Guard, three others kill mother of four

‘Oyo spends N6bn on infrastructure’

NMA 2008: P Square emerges Artiste of the Year

Panic in Minna as prisoners break jail

Nigeria’s foreign reserves to hit $73.2bn

BOT: Obasanjo woos S’West governors

Tenure elongation: Senate disowns Turaki

Saturday, May 24, 2008

My relationship with Iyabo-Obasanjo, husband, Akeem Bello

Yar’Adua must publish his medical record –Gani

Shagari faults INEC over ballot paper

Governorship election: Speaker escapes lynching

Fashola seeks assistance for widows, orphans

Democracy Day: Leaders score Yar’Adua low

Death of 46 soldiers: I want my daddy, Jeremiah, son of Capt. Okojie, cries out

Why I wrote French authorities on Etete ––AGF

Ekiti politicians strategise ahead of tribunal’s verdict

Agbaje advocates 10-year ban for corrupt governors

Okiro causes ripples in ICPC

Friday, May 23, 2008

Three widows collapse at 46 soldiers’ burial

Iyabo Obasanjo’s mum bars journalists from home

Adesanya buried, Yar’Adua, clergyman call for upright leadership

Senators, Reps vow to resist Presidency’s alleged breach of 2008 budget

Gunmen ambush Nigerian soldiers in Darfur, seize cash, weapons

Police investigate woman over witchcraft

Court grants Nnamani permission to travel abroad

Appeal court upholds Nassarawa gov’s election

Police find guns in Lagos hotel, quiz ex-MILAD

NAFDAC foils attempt by Customs to clear imported fake drugs

El-Rufai didn’t allocate land to 5-day-old baby

...promises to ensure Yar’Adua’s safety during state visit

South Africa apologises for attacks on Nigerians, others

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Teacher beats student to death

21,805 policemen, others to monitor Bayelsa poll

2008 budget: Reps set for showdown with Yar’Adua

N1.9bn missing from sale of Oyo shares — SSG

Rivers boat mishap claims 10 lives

FG declares May 29 public holiday

‘Nigeria needs N4tn annually for infrastructure’

46 dead soldiers: Yar’Adua cuts short trip, returns for burial

Senate orders new EFCC boss to quit

PPPRA proposes N300bn for fuel subsidy

Drama as Iyabo Obasanjo returns to Senate

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

‘Kidnapping will kill Imo economy if not checked’

Moves to recall Iyabo Obasanjo begin

Residents flee Lagos pipeline fire scene

Lagos motorists groan under police checkpoints

Police arrest six MASSOB members

Yar’Adua drops Ita-Giwa as adviser

Four persons killed in UNIPORT cult attack

INEC won’t submit to threats, intimidation – Iwu

FG may sanction banks over casual workers

Adesanya: Reps plan joint session with Senate

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

AC condemns Yar’Adua’s manner of explaining health condition

Only 20% UME candidates will gain admission – JAMB, NUC

Obasanjo, Buhari, others copied my policies – Shagari

Iyabo Obasanjo sleeps in DPO’s office

Lamorde now Bauchi police area commander

Al-Qaeda: Islamic groups warn Okiro against arrest of innocent Muslims

Al-Mustapha: We’ve moved seized items — SSS

Elections: ‘FG has released all funds’

Oyeyipo, NJI’s administrator, resigns

FG proposes higher defence budget for 2009

Adesanya’s burial: Fashola, Tinubu, Clark, others pay tribute

Armed forces, pillar of democracy – COAS

Monday, May 19, 2008

London Met police detain Ibori’s wife

Lagos Assembly, eminent Nigerians honour Adesanya

Iyabo Obasanjo weeps in court, remanded in police custody

Kogi Killings: Reps blame govt, police for escalation of crisis

I’m fit to be President – Yar’Adua

SGF’s directive on funding excludes facilitation — Senate

Army chief accuses militants of arms’ proliferation

Amaechi blames N’Delta crisis on NNPC, multinational oil firms

Group backs FG’s plan to criminalise advance payment of rents

Senate, Reps blame NNPC for Ijegun pipeline explosion

SGF bars ministries from funding N’Assembly’s activities

EFCC: Senate committee faults Waziri’s appointment

Yar’Adua orders IG, others to check crime in varsities

Gani calls for N30,000 minimum wage

Militants abduct expatriate in A’Ibom

Biafra anniversary: Police raid MASSOB’s base in Enugu

Violence against Nigerians continues in South Africa

Ogun Speaker’s removal long overdue – New Speaker

15 die in auto crash

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Power outage paralyses UBTH

FG under pressure to investigate Gani’s illness

If PHCN had been stable with power, they would not have died

One hour after I breastfed my baby, he was reduced to ashes –Mother

S’East insists on parity of states

‘Oyo should spend N13bn windfall on infrastructure’

Mace missing as Ogun lawmakers go underground

...Lagos orders victims relocated to government hospitals

EFCC: Lamorde to hand over on Monday

Boy who escaped hangman at 14 still languishies in prison 13 years after

With 120 pupils in a class, we need loudspeakers to teach, say Lagos teachers

Food crisis: N134bn agric/water budget not enough –Salako

N557m scam: ICPC to prosecute Ehindero

Friday, May 16, 2008

Ijegun fire: Confusion as families seek missing relatives

Adequate power supply is my priority –Yar’Adua

Yar’Adua hails UN boss on Africa’s growth

Speaker, principal officers meet over committees shake-up

Power probe: Reps panel to reconcile conflicting figures

Reps’ NDDC chairman to appeal tribunal judgment

Complaints in police over promotion

Court remands Aregbesola’s lawyer over alleged bomb blast

Tinubu laments low quality of election tribunal members

FG to stop landlords from collecting advance rent

NDLEA arrests 4,769 drug offenders in 10 months

Yar’Adua removes Lamorde, appoints Waziri to head EFCC

Transport probe: Senate summons Anenih, Bode George, others

39 die in Lagos pipeline explosion

ASUP threatens fresh strike

23 finalists emerge in CNN MultiChoice African Journalist competition

Nigeria moving backwards – Obasanjo

Atiku’s Guest House: El-Rufai bars senators from inspecting premises

Appeal Court admits Uwazuruike, others to bail

We’re not doing well in lawmaking, Bankole admits

NNPC: We won’t exclude Obasanjo from investigation – Reps panel

Monday, May 12, 2008

Power probe: I was not involved in projects – Atiku

Iyabo has case to answer, EFCC insists

$16bn Power probe: I’m indisposed, Obasanjo tells Reps panel

NITDA to outlaw generic domain names for public office holders

Tension in Minna over anticipated tribunal verdict

Budget: NASS to receive N1bn for library

PCN to shut unaccredited hospital pharmacies nationwide

‘Nigeria requires 300,000 nurses to cover shortage’

Niki Tobi kicks against stringent bail conditions

Missing aircraft: SSS to quiz NAMA DG, others over doctored flight transcript

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Children protest against hostage taking in Rivers

Gani weeps for Nigeria, seeks Obasanjo’s probe

S’West, N’West lawyers excluded from Constitution Review Committee

UBTH takes delivery of first set of test-tube babies

Food crisis, avenue to develop agricultural sector – AC

One million children die yearly in Nigeria – Report

200 houses razed, one killed in Ebonyi communal clash

NBA okays Reps’ summon of Obasanjo

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Iyabo rebuffs calls by father, lawyer to appear in court

Power probe: Rift over Obasanjo’s invitation deepens

Okiro sacks panel on Abacha loot

Panic as posh cars disappear from Imo roads

Why hostage taking is increasing in Niger Delta ––Navy

Rumbling in Senate over constitution review

...panel has powers to summon Obasanjo ––CNPP

...uncertainty in Ota over letter of invitation

Friday, May 09, 2008

PDP BOT: Nnamani, Akinjide back move to remove Obasanjo

Bomb scare: Police, soldiers seal off Bayelsa govt offices

Al-Qaeda plans to bomb Nigeria –Okiro

Judges, accused share public transport in Kwara –NBA chairman

Why Niger Delta elders can’t control militants –Horsfall

Encomiums as Akande is buried in Lagos

IG faces showdown with SPY Police

Disabled Nigerians petition FG over UN convention

Gunmen kidnap three Chinese workers

Thursday, May 08, 2008

Senate raises constitution review panel

Obasanjo’s government was lawless – AGF

Power probe: House leadership, panel disagree on Obasanjo

PDP panel recommends Obasanjo’s removal as BOT chairman

‘Ex-NDLEA boss, Lafiaji, received N30.6m from drug suspect’

Why our staff receive meagre allowances —INEC

Power probe: NLC demands Obasanjo’s trial

Barrack Obama disowns MEND

Nigeria leads Africa in malaria-related deaths

Oshiomhole, a formidable politician – Ogbulafor

Gas flaring: PUNCH poll knocks FG’s new policy

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Power probe: I have little to say – Atiku

Massive leakage forces WAEC to cancel more papers

Four houses, 21 vehicles burnt in Lagos tanker fire

Again, Reps step down FOI bill

Delta to criminalise child abandonment

El-Rufai disowns Obasanjo’s third term

EFCC arrests ex-Sokoto governor, Bafarawa

Nigeria repatriates 47 Liberian refugees

Yar’Adua’ll implement seven-point agenda – Ogbulafor

Power probe: N1.9bn projects missing in Kwara

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Probe panel orders Soludo to recover $480m from AFC

Power probe: Reps summon Obasanjo, Atiku, Usman

Petitions against tribunals frivolous – Abdullahi

Corrupt practices: NLC, TUC to hold public protest on Thursday

Gowon, Rawlings, others decry leadership failure in Africa

The powers that be demolished my house – Ali

Come out of hiding, TMG boss tells Iyabo Obasanjo

Senate queries loss of N1bn FCT funds to housing programme

NUJ faults Reps on FOI bill

Monday, May 05, 2008

FG berates Niger Delta leaders

Properties: FG’s team urges tough action against Lagos

IG weeps for policeman amputated by armed robber

Bayelsa re-run: Police lift ban on rallies

Yar’Adua tasks West African intelligence chiefs over security

‘Security agents killed 2,000 MASSOB members in 7 years’

FG blacklists 5 more illegal varsities

How wife of armed robbery suspect hid pistol, ammunition — Police

Ekiti: Search for missing mace turns nastier

Sunday, May 04, 2008

FG wants my husband mad – MEND leader’s wife

AC threatens to boycott future elections

Four die in Ekiti gov’s convoy’s auto crash

NBA gives police seven-day ultimatum to arrest Oyo CJ

3,500 workers to go in Shell

Baby without anus may leave UCH soon

UK spends N18.9bn on Nigerian prisoners yearly

Rice importation not end to food crisis — Bankole

Saturday, May 03, 2008

Request for autopsy declines amid far-reaching implications –Investigations

Police Equipment Fund: Okiro orders withdrawal of Martins’ security aides

FG loses N22.2bn to fertiliser rackets

Reps not investigating states ––Speaker

Okah: MEND alerts on FG’s plan to use Atatah as star witness

How Adesanya frustrated moves for one-party state ––Akinfenwa

el-Rufai accuses Modibo of instigating probe

Anxiety in Ibadan over Adedibu’s health

Abubakar vs Abiola: I’m not withholding compensation ––Aondoakaa

Friday, May 02, 2008

Go and clear your name –CAN challenges Obasanjo

Okah defiant as court okays trial in camera

Delta PDP crisis deepens as factions disagree

IG sets up fresh panel on Ige, others

I’m not on the run – Kenny Martins

$480m AFC funds: FG committee may summon ex-ministers

Gunmen seize SSCE papers, WAEC postpones exam

Court rejects Moji Obasanjo’s application to bar journalists

Nigeria loses N31bn in crude oil export – Panel

NPAN flays Reps’ failure to pass FOI bill

We’ll end anti-labour policies, says Yar’Adua

Fake certificates: 500 civil servants know fate next week

Anyaoku blames Nigeria’s waning reading culture on schools

Ekweremadu advises N’Delta states to sue FG over N200bn NDDC allocations

Reps to forfeit N360m to oil firm

Okiro removes Imo CP

‘We lost fighters for better Nigeria in Adesanya, Akande’

Statement by NPAN on the failure of the House of Representatives to pass the FOI Bill

Thursday, May 01, 2008

Three die as fire guts NBC plant

Kalu transferred N887m to Slok’s account in one day – EFCC

Yar’Adua approves higher electricity tariff

NNPC probe: Bankole, Reps panel meet

Governors plot to share $17bn excess crude revenue

Group asks ICPC to probe missing N300bn

Nyako takes oath of office, asks Bapetel, others to join him

Bayelsa, Sokoto governorship re-runs fixed for May 24

Apprehension mounts over Adedibu’s health