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The Punch News Archive for September 2008Rss

Monday, September 29, 2008

FG makes N5.44bn from sale of cement companies

At Eid-el-fitri, Yar’Adua, Ajibola, others urge sincerity, love

N’Delta: South-South senators back force against militants

Bank manager, four others die in auto crashes

Court-martialled soldiers accuse COAS of bias

Nigeria needs $30bn investment in gas by 2010 – NGA

Biafran agitators disrupt Igbo day in Enugu

Ominous cloud hangs over economy – BCI

… Stocks, oil prices, US dollar slump

House votes down bail-out package

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Hope not lost, say Jonathan, Gowon, others

Ogun lawmakers collect N512m in five months

Yar’Adua promises to speed up governance

Why we arrested MASSOB leader — Police

Benin jailbreak: FG goes tough on prison officials

MDGs: Nigeria, Congo, biggest obstacles to eliminating malaria — World Bank

How I was set up — suspended NDDC chairman

Nigeria‘ll lead global anti-bunkering war — Yar’Adua

Troops kill Soboma George’s aides

Things Fall Apart now a US bestseller

Saturday, September 27, 2008

...JTF arrests 23 militants

SSS set to crackdown on kidnappers

Militants go into hiding as CDS issues fresh order

3rd Mainland Bridge: FG to commence Phase 2 in 2009

Corruption is bane of Nigeria –Aniagolu

ICPC probes NAN

Ondo commissioner, four others to face EFCC interrogators

Nigerians deserve more than cabinet reshuffle –Utomi

JTF opens up N’Delta creeks to foreign journalists

Friday, September 26, 2008

Bank PHB, consultant trade claims over multi-billion naira intellectual property

Henry donated one of his kidneys to our mother, the other is diseased – Brother of MEND leader

WAEC releases results, 83% of candidates fail

Yar’Adua probes aides

Corruption index: EFCC targets 50th place for Nigeria

INEC collates delineation reports, asks parties to produce addresses

Chris Uba’s men take over Anambra PDP

ASUP ready to end internal rift

NSCIA dispels confusion about end of Ramadan fast

Lagos coroner’s amendment bill report ready soon

Council poll: PDP to field candidates in 20 Lagos LGs, 37 LCDAs

FG reopens Third Mainland Bridge on Sunday

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Soyinka warns against loss of ‘great minds’ to N’Delta crisis

Hearing of Buhari, Atiku’s cases begins Oct. 23

Gas: FG to impose stiff penalties on oil majors

We’re ready to screen ministerial nominees – Senate

$10bn spent globally on HIV/AIDS in 2007

Daniel’s aides ‘feeding fat’ on rumour

Nigerian boy wins Russian award

S’African parliament elects Motlanthe as president

Court orders prison authorities to produce man with 86 wives

Ajaokuta: FG moves to retrieve looted equipment, cash

Niger Delta committee begins plenary next week

Major shake-up in SSS, as directors move out of Abuja

UNESCO has no centre in Obasanjo library — Soyinka

FOI bill: Senate committee introduces stiff terms for access to information

Yar’Adua delays cabinet reshuffle

Police arrest two men with nine human skulls

Niger Delta: Military may launch fresh attacks on militant camps

SANs, others flay Presidency

2nd Niger Bridge: Senate to summon Obi, Uduaghan, Alison-Madueke

Kerosene must sell at N43.70, DPR tells marketers

2009 budget: FG raises crude benchmark to $62.5 per barrel

Hoodlums raid Ogun Assembly

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

NLC calls for electoral crimes commission

Corruption: Nigeria is making progress — TI

65% of N’Delta costal communities host illegal refineries – JTF

Yar’Adua, VP’s aides take secrecy oath

Drug control: Nigeria receives US certification

Militants hand over recovered police weapons

Appeal court to hear Edo governorship tussle on Thursday

Ministers: Reps insist on technocrats to head key ministries

Time to halt cancer epidemic

FG slates PPMC, NGC, others for sale 2009

Ace broadcaster, Yinka Craig, dies at 60

Monday, September 22, 2008

NNPC complies with court order, pays $22.6m debt

Varsities employ half-baked dons, says NUC

Presidential poll: Supreme Court to clear hurdles on Thursday

Form your own party, ANPP tells Buhari

ICPC recovers N7bn loot

MEND’s ceasefire unnecessary —Defence HQ

EFCC quizzes Rivers LG bosses

Protest: Court martialled soldier slumps

Moves to reconcile Oyo PDP elders flop

Plateau panel summons Dariye, Bot-Mang, Alli, others

Nigeria needs $17.5bn to modernise railways –World Bank

NUPENG threatens fresh nationwide strike

Inflation rate decreases to 12.4 per cent

N6bn aviation fund:Borishade, Iyayi won’t appear in court today

DPR intercepts contaminated fuel in Lagos, Maiduguri

Why Yar’Adua may not attend UN summit

Man arrested with box of bank cheques

Man with 86 wives has not insulted Islam — MLAN president

I’ll be sworn in before December —Mimiko

MEND declares ceasefire in N’Delta

Israeli PM offers formal resignation

British police officer applauds The Punch’s anti-corruption stance

Mbeki resigns as president

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Changes in Armed Forces: More generals to go

Cabinet shake-up: Governors on revenge mission

87 lawyers set to secure release of man with 86 wives

Stray bullet killing: Hunters’ bullets found in villages –Army

ICPC probes UNTH contracts

Clark, JTF trade blame over N’Delta clash

Reps: Activities grounded over absence of House committees

Mbeki to step down as S’African president

Friday, September 19, 2008

Kidney problem: Court orders FG to move Henry Okah to hospital

NBC lifts Channels TV’s suspension

Cabinet reshuffle: Yar’Adua shops for technocrats

Ibori urges JTF, militants to cease hostilities

World Bank extends $180m lifeline to polytechnics

Ekiti governor files cross-appeal on tribunal judgment

Yar’Adua will be in New York on Monday – UN

FG seeks accelerated trial of corruption cases

Militants blow up another pipeline, free South African hostages

Paracetamol can trigger asthma in babies – New study

Thursday, September 18, 2008

PDP seeks Senators, Reps? support for Yar?Adua

CDS okays military operation in N?Delta

Two detained journalists released, Momoh meets SSS

Principals levy JSS 1 students illegally in Oyo

Pay pensioners from excess crude oil funds ? Olubadan

Channels? closure is illegal, Fashola tells FG

Experts investigate source of ‘killer beans? in Plateau

Rape scandal rocks Delta Police command

Education personnel gulped N472bn in six years, says World Bank report

Ogun to develop shrine with N170m

Fighting stalls Ateke Tom?s appearance at Eso panel

FG under fire over Channels TV closure

Cancer: Patients prefer spiritual solution to medicare ? Expert

Defence chief in Rivers as JTF, militants continue clashes

MEND promises to secure abducted VC?s release

Screening: Shonekan?s absence causes stir at Senate

John Momoh returns, station wins UNICEF award

NBA, Gani, others say action undemocratic

PUNCH NIGERIA HACKED

Court sets aside sack of Ekiti LG chairmen

Screening: Shonekan's absence causes stir at Senate

MEND promises to secure abducted VC's release

Release us, reopen Channels, detained journalists tell FG

PUNCH NIGERIA HACKED

Closure of Channels TV: A letter to the President

Between closure and the rule of law

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Reps to seek return of armed personnel to ports

Another Shell facility attacked, JTF repels MEND ‘fighters’

Yar’Adua denies resignation plan

Missing aircraft: Army yet to handover black box to investigators

FCC asks Yar’Adua, MDAs to submit staff list

Ondo Assembly removes Speaker

NITEL accuses PTOs, GSM operators of sabotage

Niger-Delta: Senate considers anti-terrorism bill

CBN allays fears over global financial turbulence

SSS seals Channels TV

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

27,630 pupils pass 2008 NECO

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Fresh troops from North to take over in JTF

I was deceived into taking Yar’Adua to court — Buhari

FG creates N’Delta ministry

I’m not insane, man with 86 wives replies Bida emirate

No big deal over Kingibe’s removal

Ekiti commissioners, LG chairmen sacked

OPEC cuts production by 520,000bpd

Third Mainland Bridge for total closure again on Sunday

Ibru: Prosecution witnesses’ve been compromised — Lagos govt

Nigeria slides on Doing Business index – World Bank

Senate to pass FOI bill in three weeks

Delta deputy governor, Clark, AC, welcome new ministry

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

‘Nigerian children shun schools’

Kingibe hands over, says ‘I knew I would vacate SGF office’

N100m bribe: Reps insist on probe of Elumelu committee

PDP members wish Yar’Adua dead, says Abia governor

Constituency delineation complex, expensive — Iwu

Nigeria requires $127.55m for polio eradication in 2008 — GPEI

NDLEA arrests undergraduate, two others

Alleged N6.5bn fraud: Ladoja, two others get bail

PEF saga, an embarrassment —Bamanga Tukur

Dike, new CDS, orders overhaul of JTF

Constitutional review committee to be inaugurated next week —Mark

Obasanjo, Daniel not fighting over Bankole – Ogun Speaker

FOI bill: Delay threat to democracy

Security vital to Vision 2020 — IG

Monday, September 08, 2008

... decorates new service chiefs, calls for national transformation

Yar’Adua removes Kingibe, names Yayale new SGF

Govt insensitive to poor health indices — NMA

Yar’Adua’s return slows down govt machinery in Katsina

Anxiety at Federal Secretariat over SGF’s sack

No hiding place for corrupt govs, council chairmen — NEPAD

FG earmarks N30bn to train 10,000 farmers, youths

Aso Rock Villa alive as governors, Ogbulafor visit Yar’Adua

Sunday, September 07, 2008

FG approves N251.2m to fight quelea birds

Reps may summon Kingibe, Pepple over study leave circular

Yar’Adua: Illness should not stall 2009 budget – Reps

We lack power to increase salary — Reps

British International School impounds helicopter, demands $100,000

Aso Rock Villa calm, access to President still restricted

Recovery of missing plane’s wreckage stalled

Nigeria’s foreign reserves drops to $60bn

Power probe: We have not betrayed Nigerians — Elumelu

Saturday, September 06, 2008

NLC silent over Yar’Adua as PDP warns opposition

Nnamani tasks Chime on looted public properties

Yar’Adua’s return: Suspense all over

NMA sheds light on kidney transplant

N’Delta summit: S’South Reps back Idika Kalu’s choice to lead talks

How Nigerian twins set new world record in mathematics

Four Customs officials in trouble over N1m bribe scam

Cyber crime: How defective laws aid criminals’ escape –Rep

Shoot-out at party primaries in Lagos

Friday, September 05, 2008

Board, MD in legal tango over ownership of Global Gas Limited

N6.5bn fraud: Court grants Ladoja, two others bail

Aviation fund scam: EFCC arraign Borishade, others Sept 22

Why Jonathan shelved Saudi trip

FG loses N11.3bn to duty waiver on rice importation

NAFDAC parades producers of fake margarine, fruit juice

Nigeria to spend N200m on visual arts exhibition

Niger probe:Firm admits demanding for N5m ‘debt’ in error

Prospective army, police recruits should pay only N500 – Federal Character Commission

Delta State can become Nigeria’s Singapore – Report

70m Nigerians are poor – Kpakol

Wema Bank GMD rearrested, sacked

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Okah’s arrest: Nigerians in S’Africa blame Angola over N’Delta crisis

Presidency remains uncertain on Yar’Adua’s return

Missing plane: Remains of pilot, others for DNA test

‘Why public office holders are not accountable’

Modibbo asks FG to increase tariff on tobacco

NAFDAC, NSCDC seal off fake wine producing plant in Abuja

Stranded relations of patients live like refugees at UCH

Muslims tackle Alao-Akala over return of mission schools

Why recalled police officers are yet to be paid — Okiro

Ogundeji: NUJ asks IG to take over investigation

Police nab 27 suspects from Niger Republic

Commotion as Virgin aircraft makes air return

Ladoja, others refunded N500m Oyo funds – EFCC

Oba of Benin‘s son quits Osunbor’s cabinet

Again, Yar’Adua fails to return

Cultists disrupt activities at OOU, robbers kill UNAAB student

Niger govt to determine Bello’s fate in two days

Federal controller of works slumps in office, dies

Abacha loot: Swiss govt adopts new measures

Visafone hits 1m subscriber base

Income growth undermined as inflation gallops, says World Bank

Telecom executive jailed in US for bribing NITEL official

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Police storm Wema Bank headquarters

Hunters found missing plane – C’River

Transition task forces under way for NNPC, DPR, others

Daniel walks out on Obasanjo

Landlord beats tenant to death over toilet

Ramadan: Hangers-on desert Adedibu’s house

Flood renders 1,000 homeless in Delta

Stop funding political parties, CNPP tells INEC

More births, despite high contraceptive knowledge – Investigations

Nigeria regains African oil producer top spot

Treatment: Yar’Adua’s wife insists on German hospital — Agency

Monday, September 01, 2008

CNPP faults INEC on consensus candidates

Defence Hq refutes MEND’s claim over killings

Police, other security agencies move to search Ribadu, El-Rufai’s homes

Confusion over Yar’Adua’s return

Murder: Police quiz management staff of UNIBEN

Owner of collapsed building on the run —Official

Rep, Bayelsa assembly battle over N150m contract awarded by VP

Man with 86 wives may seek court order to restrain Emir, others

ANPP, Aliyu disagree over N500m rent allegation

JAMB to release results on examination day

Wreckage of missing aircraft found in C’River

JTF, MEND differ over alleged killing of 29 soldiers

EFCC recovers N74m from Okereke-Onyiuke’s group

Yar’Adua: Apprehension persists

FG will not bend the rules on Nigerians involved in crime abroad – Kaura

Fake baby food: NAFDAC, company begin investigation

‘Most medical graduates unfit for practice’

Appointment of service chiefs: Yar’Adua erred — Keyamo

Communal clash: Two feared killed in A’Ibom

President’s office can only be declared vacant if… — Lawyers