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The Punch News Archive for June 2008Rss

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Adedibu’s thugs face trial July 8 –Police

I was ready to be killed over a fence when we were building Ozumba Mbadiwe Road–Fashola

More warships head for N’Delta

N50bn PEF scam: Beneficiaries dare EFCC

Police arraign two suspects for kidnapping pupil

Why 70-busload of Edo PDP supporters were barred from Abuja

Bankole warns Reps against gratification

N30.9bn transport ministry saga: BPE, CBN faults Senate

Gunmen kidnap, kill Bayelsa Permanent Secretary

‘Alcohol intake, drugs cause high rate of renal diseases’

PDP, Obasanjo plot AC fall in Lagos

Friday, June 27, 2008

EFCC received $37m foreign aid in five years – Investigation

Stay away from Niger Delta summit, Ateke Tom warns govs

Bonga Attack: Army vows to go after militants

JTF deploys helicopter, more gunboats in N’Delta

Senate orders Permanent Secretary’s arrest

Nigeria lost Bakassi because of map –Surveyor General

Gunmen shoot ex-Delta speaker, kill in-law

PDP upholds Edo power sharing formula

Ogun, firm accuse MFM of stalling power project

Rivers anti-terror squad combs Port Harcourt

$2.1bn fake cheques seized from US, Nigerian fraudsters

Thursday, June 26, 2008

PDP seeks 7-year single term for President

Ribadu not re-appointed as EFCC chairman, says FG

... okays N73.95bn budget for Abuja

Senate queries payment of N30.9bn on public holiday

JTF arrests over 20 suspected cultists

Reps ask Yar’Adua to convoke meeting of AU leaders

‘Materialism, corruption bane of civil service’

Nyako’s impeachment: CNPP accuses Yar’Adua of subverting rule of law

Party raises the alarm over ‘leakage’ of judgment

Dokubo-Asari, Harry’s son in war of words at Eso panel

Aviation contract: EFCC summons NAMA boss, others

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Contractor arrested over N19.5bn project

Will: Court strikes out suit by Abiola’s widow

N’Delta governors oppose military option against militants

Delta govt uncovers N4.2bn fraud

Power probe: NLC alleges plan to corrupt lawmakers

Appeal: Mark knows fate July 11

ANPP, 13 others want President stripped of power to appoint INEC boss

PDP factions feud over control of Oyo

Vandalism: NITEL yet to re-connect Yar’Adua’s phone lines

Obasanjo spent $13.5bn on power – Bankole

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Airports towers’ contract inflated by N4.5bn – Consultant

Niger Delta summit: I won’t reject my appointment, says Gambari

Bickerings: Bankole reads the Riot Act to Reps

Robbers snatch Oyo commissioner’s car

Akunyili laments inhalation of nail polish, others by youths

Protest greets Waziri’s official resumption

CAN, others seek two-party system for Nigeria

At 74, I am not fulfilled — Soyinka

Nigeria needs $85bn to meet power demands by 2020

Teachers begin nationwide strike on July 1

Monday, June 23, 2008

NLC, NBA, TMG seek INEC’s unbundling

Service chiefs, CDS meet over N’Delta crisis

Adedibu: Fear grips Oyo politicians over cabinet reshuffle

FOI bill: Groups give Reps ultimatum

Lafiaji,ex-NDLEA boss’ trial adjourned

Community threatens to disrupt A’Ibom airport project

EFCC charges Martins, Dumuje with stealing

Yar‘Adua seeks implementation of ECOWAS integration protocols

Food poisoning: NAFDAC analyses food samples

Adedibu’s hangers-on shift to Arisekola

N19.5bn Aviation Fund: Senate summons Okonjo-Iweala, Fani-Kayode, others

Navy deploys two warships in N’Delta

Sack of CJ: Akala’s action has vindicated me — Ladoja

Disciplinary committee summons 20 lawyers

Pastor calls for ‘spiritual campaign’ against kidnapping

Bakassi: Obong of Calabar demands plebiscite

Gunmen abduct brother of Rivers CJ, CDC chairman

‘FG to spend N7.27bn on prison decongestion’

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Anenih, Osunbor renew rivalry

...opeatives launch manhunt for militants

Akala bows to pressure, sends CJ on compulsory leave

N’Delta: Military on red alert

We were sacrificed for third term –Bakassi paramount ruler

Utomi counsels Nigerian leaders

Plot to impeach me is no issue –Bankole

Power projects: Reps sing discordant tunes on new committee

...DHQ to reorganise JTF

Fresh outbreak of polio in northern Nigeria –UN health agency

Nigerians in US lampoon Nwosu on June 12 book

Friday, June 20, 2008

I am not sure we have a government in place – Soyinka

I dashed EFCC cars –Kenny Martins

Anyim, Nnamani, Na’abba, Masari demand entitlements

Bonga oil field attack: MEND releases American oil worker

Nigeria’s oil reserves to dry up in 43 years – Agip boss

Yar’Adua urges dealers to sell kerosene below N50

Committee shake-up: Anti-Bankole Reps may disrupt plenary

Kenny Martins, others secluded, cheerless in detention

...Yar’Adua declares war on militants

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Militants attack Shell facility

Yar’Adua, governors, others to pay 10% of salaries to PDP

NEC okays N569.8bn for power sector

Turaki loses bid to retrieve passport

Govs agree to partner FG to improve power supply

‘Excess crude account, disservice to Niger Delta’

Federal character: Audit of ministries, parastatals begins

Panic grips Osun lawmakers over EFCC probe

Return PEF’s funds and vehicles, Waziri tells beneficiaries

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

FG okays N50bn Abuja Boulevard, to revoke 300 plots

Electricity workers set to disrupt power emergency

Ilaje protest ceding of 260 oil wells to Delta

Adedibu: Alao-Akala stops ministries from obituary adverts

Foreign reserves: FG considers investment in gold, others

Obasanjo ignored 12 reports on Ajaokuta, mining firms – Committee chief

EFCC arrests Kenny Martins, two others

PDP chiefs disagree over Yar’Adua’s status as ‘leader’

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Rivers: Presidency promises amnesty for N’Delta militants

Bakassi: Maduekwe, Camerounian ambassador meet over recent killings

Teachers threaten full-scale strike

Police stray bullet kills 14-year-old

Explosion: Ijegun community wants N97bn compensation

Rape suspect tested positive to HIV — Witness

FCT: Senate probes leakage of report

Judge berates Waziri, AGF for evading court processes

No more coup in Nigeria — COAS

A’Ibom Assembly issues warrant of arrest on Christy Igbokwe

Monday, June 16, 2008

Oil firms panic over N' Delta youths' withdrawal from peace talks

Nwosu's book: IBB okayed June 12 annulment - Investigation

Passports: Ibori knows fate today

Lagos: PDP threatens to stall poll in 37 LCDAs

Bakassi: Fresh agitations over Green Tree agreement

N' Delta summit: Amaechi rules out boycott

Corrupt judges must go - Kutigi

FG rules out new pension in 2008, names new head of service

Sunday, June 15, 2008

‘Don’t judge Nigerian women by Etteh’s fate’

Fraud: Customs’ N287m missing – Investigation

El-Rufai: Senate committee orders revocation of 4,352 plots in FCT

Akume: EFCC keeps mum about Waziri’s role

NBA gets 100 petitions against errant lawyers — Investigation

AC berates Nwosu over June 12 book

US partners Nigeria to combat drug trafficking

N’Delta youths withdraw from peace talks with FG

FG queries NNPC over outstanding payments

Adedibu: Work begins on multi-million naira mausoleum

10 die, 20 hospitalised after gbegiri soup

Saturday, June 14, 2008

I built a house from proceeds of stolen handsets

I’ll expose real officers, civilians that annulled June 12 –Umar

$8.3bn railway contract inflated by $5.8bn –Report

FCT Minister’s house for demolition

46 persons hospitalised after beans meal

How INEC wasted N113.6m –Nwosu

Kidnapped octogenarian recounts ordeal

El-Rufai misled Obasanjo over N7bn direct labour contracts –Senate

Adedibu: Alao-Akala did not shun burial –Wife

EFCC: Waziri avoids Ribadu’s office, re-locates

Friday, June 13, 2008

June 12: Nwosu is a coward –Afenifere, Falae, Sagay, Keyamo

Controversy over Adedibu’s endorsement of son for governorship

Man jumps into well, demands N100,000 from Yar’Adua

Why we accepted Waziri – US ambassador

Mimiko urges tribunal to declare him Ondo governor

Buhari, IBB wrong on Abacha loot -Adebayo

Yar’Adua promises reformed electoral system by Dec 2009

Yar’Adua shifts power emergency to July

Thursday, June 12, 2008

N’Delta: Presidency summons JTF commander, peace panel

PDP governors absent from Adedibu’s burial

Abiola won June 12 poll – Nwosu

FOI bill: Abike Dabiri explains Reps’ reluctance

‘Presidential system, bane of Nigeria’s democracy’

Teachers’ strike: Reps summon minister, NUT officials

Workers oppose speculated fuel price hike

Adedibu’s death’ll usher peace in Oyo – Soyinka

Obasanjo, Odili behind Harry’s death – Asari-Dokubo

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Climate change: Why Nigeria can‘t access international funds

How Nigerians can honour Abiola — former aide

June 12: US couldn’t have killed Abiola – Tinubu

Adedibu dies at 80

FOI Bill: N’Assembly can‘t run away from law — Agbo

FEC approves $330m IDA loan for road projects

Marshal Harry: Panel summons Speaker, Dokubo

Stakeholders recommend option A4

Adedibu’s death: Akinjide, Arisekola, Afenifere, others react

Police foil robbery, recover N335m

Teachers begin strike, FG adamant

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Yar’Adua may declare power emergency on June 19 – Usman

EFCC: US, Bankole back Waziri

FG, NUT parley deadlocked, as teachers insist on strike

66 Nigerians on death row in Indonesia

FOI: Reps draft new bill

World Bank approves $390m loan to revamp transport sector

Gunmen kidnap Enyimba boss, kill Naval rating

Reps’ panel may not recommend contractors’ trial

June 12, Nigeria’s real democracy day – Groups

Monday, June 09, 2008

Campus prostitution: Varsities turn spiritual to fight vice

FG, teachers meet today over warning strike

EFCC: Gani sues Yar’Adua over Waziri’s appointment

NSE freezes stock prices to halt slide

Senior staff of research institutes, varsities seek higher pay

Police arrest five robbery suspects

Chieftaincy laws: Ibadan high chief drags Oyo to court

NDLEA arrests woman with cocaine in

Militants attack vessel, kill Navy personnel, injure others

Tribunal upholds Niger Governor’s election

Saudi Arabia set to execute 28-year-old Nigerian

Graft: ICPC to train civil servants on integrity

WHO blames Nigeria for spread of polio

20 persons electrocuted monthly —NERC

Court begins hearing of Mark’s appeal

Police secretly released tanker involved in plot to bomb INEC HQ — Investigation

We won’t release hoodlums in Adedibu’s property – Police

Lagosians groan as floods take over roads, premises

Senate debates review of EFCC Act

Sunday, June 08, 2008

Power crisis: Makoju quits

OPS knocks N140bn National Assembly budget

Clinton backers begin to move to Barack Obama

Police raid Adedibu’s property, arrest 80 hoodlums

Saturday, June 07, 2008

FG sacks 121,731 workers

FOI bill: Reps open survival window

Clinton endorses Obama for president

June12: I’ll unmask those behind annulment ––Nwosu

Lagos to penalise defaulters on use of instructional materials

Ado Bayero, Shehu Malami commiserate with Folawiyo family

Anxiety in Niger as tribunal sets to rule on governorship election

British College institutes Gani Fawehinmi award

UNIJOS demands N312m from Plateau varsity students

Abduction: How Imo speaker secured sons’ release

Okija priest sends SOS to Okiro

Anti-terrorist operatives comb Port Harcourt for kidnappers

UN releases Gambari to chair N’Delta summit

House committees: Reps submit CVs to Speaker

Panic grips aviation workers as FG restructures FAAN, NAMA

ECOWAS GDP was $199.1bn in 2007 – Chambas

Obama, Hillary Clinton in secret meeting

Peace in Niger Delta critical to Nigeria’s survival –APRM Report

Africa needs investment, not aid –Dangote

Oyo LG chairmen beg Akinjide’s group

Yar’Adua inherited shaky structure –PDP chieftain

Friday, June 06, 2008

Federation Account: States suspend court case against FG

How Ehindero, Obaniyi forced banks to pay N12m cash interest on controversial police money

FG shifts fuel price hike to Jan 2009

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Debtor stabs pregnant woman to death in Ijebu Ode

N10m health ministry’s fund duly appropriated — Obasanjo-Bello

‘Our grouse against access to information’

Senate confirms Waziri as EFCC chairman

Ekiti retires principal, demotes 7 others

Police arrest 80-year-old woman for child trafficking

Edo police recover kidnapped 8-yr-old boy in Anambra

Police parade pastor, 10 other robbery suspects

Dissolution of parastatals’ boards imminent

FOI Bill: Passing through Reps’ furnace

Oyo PDP: Akinjide’s group adamant

World Bank unfolds plan to curtail food crisis

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Another oil firm to replace Shell in Ogoniland – Yar’Adua

Waziri vows to step on toes

Divorce: Gbenga Obasanjo, wife agree to settle out of court

M. Schneider: Conduct bureau quizzes Iyabo Obasanjo

ICPC arrests six for selling govt shares

Gunmen kidnap Imo Speaker’s children

How we attacked motorists — Teenage robbery suspect

US deports 87 Nigerians

Akinjide’s group carpets Adedibu

Etteh, others may be sanctioned for truancy

Banks not making jumbo profits –Soludo

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

UNIPORT lecturer, three others killed

EFCC: Allow us to do our work – Mark

Crisis brews in House of Reps

Military pensioners ask N’Assembly to probe Obasanjo

Defence minister, Reps raise the alarm over insubordination in military

Police investigate mysterious death of six family members

Yar’Adua disappointed with power sector contractors – REA boss

Kudirat’s death not in vain, says Afusat

Newspaper circulation rises by 2.57% in 2007 – WAN survey

Monday, June 02, 2008

Power sector failure: TMG carpets Yar’Adua

Nigeria sitting on powder keg – Eso

Six policemen arrested over Lagos killing

Why small parties can’t win elections in Nigeria — Iwu

Soyinka backs Gani, faults Waziri’s appointment

Lecturers can’t operate law firms – Special Report

FOI bill: No freedom is absolute — Mark

Corruption has ruined Nigeria — APRM report

Restructuring: N’Delta leaders threaten fresh showdown with Shell

FG loses N1.09bn to contractors

AC accuses N’Assembly legislators of selfishness

Afenifere regroups in Osogbo, seeks unity

FOI bill: Public hearing good for stakeholders — Senate

EFCC: Senior Advocates disagree over Waziri

Reps propose bill to end death penalty

Plans to boost Naira value under way

Sunday, June 01, 2008

Four army generals jostle for COS job

Bandits raid Osoba’s Abeokuta home

Yar’Adua’s one year: FIRS rakes in N2.2 trillion tax

Nigerian military, police executed hundreds secretly in 2007 ––Amnesty International Report

N’Delta governors demand share of excess crude money

Food prices to remain high for 10 years ––UN

Soldiers lay siege to chief judge’s residence

How Obasanjo library is to operate

Graft: Dectectives trail UNTH CMD

INEC abandons probe into Kogi bribery scandal

N’Assembly owes Nigerians duty to pass FOI Bill