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The Punch News Archive for December 2008Rss

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Ghana delays presidential run-off result till Friday

Ekiti lawmakers in free-for-all

‘38 unregistered firms won oil blocks ’

Nigeria has only 100 psychiatric doctors — Expert

Steady pace to mega city status

Why Bayelsa LG councils are underdeveloped

I’ll try to be different —Defence minister

Our unity is under threat, says father of slain NYSC member

Monday, December 29, 2008

More states will be created if … — Mark

Minister disowns N201.4bn defence budget

We will not arrest Ribadu –IG

EFCC shuts more Vaswani businesses

Plateau governor sues Yar’Adua over Jos crisis

FRSC arrests 1,050 drivers at Xmas

Agagu commends monarchs at Osemawe’s coronation

Attempts to swindle Osun N15m foiled

Ibadan traders vow not to pay tenement rate again

Liverpool Bridge may collapse soon — LASTMA

Suspected militant leader, Sobomabo arrested

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Ribadu’s lawyers to meet in Lagos over demotion - Ijaw group names him Man of the Year

Vaswani brothers in fresh trouble

Bribery: Yar’Adua under pressure to revoke Siemens contract

Labour, Oshiomhole at loggerheads over sacked 95 workers

Immunity clause negates accountability — Adegbite

NBA wants speedy resolution of judiciary workers’ strike

NAFDAC raids 10 markets in Niger

Why elections can’t be free and fair — Omoruyi

N’Delta: Yar’Adua orders NDDC to embark on macro projects

Ekaette promises urgent completion of East-West Road

Saturday, December 27, 2008

US-based Nigerians, NCP flay FG on Ribadu

Okah’s wife sends SOS to UN

Multiple auto crashes claim 11 lives

Utomi lists five priority areas for Yar’Adua in 2009

Cash crunch spoils Xmas fun for Nigerians

AC urges Yar’Adua to pay NDDC’s N400bn

N’Delta crisis: Ijaw leaders list fresh conditions for peace

Detectives detained over N.8m bribe

Police impound huge arms, ammunition

Siemens scandal: Fresh test for FG’s anti-graft war

Friday, December 26, 2008

Woman loses four children, two siblings to early morning fire

Controversy over alleged N14m Persian rug for NASS

Siemens bribes paid through ex-VP’s wife’s US account– US SEC

Ghanaians prepare for presidential election run-off

Cleric, NCP chieftain fault Ribadu’s dismissal

JTF, militants clash in Bayelsa

S’West govs, Obasanjo’s friends shun Ibogun Day

Police hand over suspected killer ratings to Navy

Police to spend N2bn on dogs, guns, horses in 2009

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Bandits attack commissioner’s residence in Ogun

Govt’s intervention killing oil sector

Ribadu: Nigerians petition Yar’Adua, UN

Uwais report: Lawmakers, parties divided over two-party system

Uduaghan inaugurates N1.2bn micro-credit, agric schemes

Ogun LGs remit N582m to pension administrators

Oyo workers protest delay in salary payment

Christmas: VP, religious leaders preach love, peace

Only five persons died in Agbor accident – FRSC

Xmas: Fuel price hits N80, N100 per litre in Asaba, Onitsha

Investigation of Osun tribunal in progress – EFCC

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Adverse weather causes massive flight delays, cancellations

Mark, Bankole, governors preach peace

I will deliver in 2009, says Yar’Adua

NAFDAC warns against sale of imported vegetable oil, others

Olubadan urges youths to shun indiscipline

Lagos floats N275bn infrastructure bond

Perm Sec not queried over Yar’Adua’s speech — Ministry

Police paraded soldiers, students as robbers – Lawyer

CDHR, others flay FG over Ribadu’s dismissal

Nigeria’s official website shutdown

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Afenifere, CNPP, others criticise PSC

Oyetibo, Falana fault dismissal

Money laundering: Fani-Kayode to spend Christmas in prison

I will go to court, says ex-EFCC chairman

Police commission dismisses Ribadu

Two PDP stalwarts nabbed over attack on army chief

OAU convocation speech: Perm Sec keeps mum

How to make Vision 20-20, others a success — Poly heads

Yar’Adua names ministers for Finance, N’Delta, others

Police arrest man with 19 guns in groundnut sacks

Sagamu robbery: AIG takes over investigation

Jos crisis: We are not for vengeance – Yoruba community

Assault: Military bans officers, men from use of sirens, horsewhips

Monday, December 22, 2008

Yar’Adua gives recipe for national development

Senate passes eight out of 120 bills in 2008

Fani-Kayode arrested again

‘Uwais panel report of no effect until NASS amends constitution’

‘We’ll resist future attacks, group vows

Demolition: Lagos not selective — Commissioner

Why Nigeria must reject loans — Rep

Kidnappers kill Odivwri, THISDAY editorial board member’s father

Corrupt lecturers: Presidency orders SGF to investigate Perm Sec

Teething mixture: Industrial pharmacists plan fresh investigation

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Petrol price’ll remain at N70, NNPC insists

Suspected assassins invade Alaba Lawson’s home, kill guard

EFCC declares el-Rufai wanted over N32bn fraud

N’Delta conflict: ‘Let’s rely on dialogue, not arms’

Man arrested while burying gun at beach

Why we repatriated the 245 Nigerien kids – Niger Gov

Nuclear power: Nigeria gets draft law

PDP sweeps Ekiti LG poll

Ijaw leader, five others die in auto crash

N’Delta: Minister in marathon meeting with militants

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Ribadu cannot be intimidated –Counsel

Yar’Adua accuses lecturers of corruption

NAFDAC: Five battle for Akunyili’s former post

2011: Uwais panel advocates electronic voting machine

Violence, protests mar Ekiti LG poll

FG fails to reopen P’Harcourt Airport again

Police arrest child trafficker with 245 kids

Bankole restates support for FOI Bill

Friday, December 19, 2008

...FG won’t abandon Ibori’s trial – AGF

Appeal court stops Ibori’s trial in Kaduna

NUPENG suspends strike, orders tanker drivers to resume work

My kidneys are failing – MEND leader

EFCC quizzes Zenith Bank MD, may arraign him in January

Robbers dare Okiro, attack bank in Akure, kill policeman

Soun tackles Alaafin over beaded crowns

Obasanjo dragged Nigeria’s electoral process back by 50 years – Oshiomhole

Drug traffickers now use bullion vans – NDLEA boss

Oyo community in turmoil as robbers kill schoolteacher

Oyinlola arrests suspected fraudster

478 candidates, 18 parties vie for seats in Ekiti LG polls

Thursday, December 18, 2008

NUJ rejects Akunyili as Information minister

Judiciary needs healing – Soyinka

Igbinedion convicted, fined

2009 budget: Imperiled by shabbiness

Trader identifies Ife robbery suspect

Northern leaders have failed Sardauna — Saraki

‘Patriotism led to hurried passage of 2009 budget’

We lost 149 lives, N56bn to Jos crisis — Group

NUJ decries Bankole’s stand on FOI bill

Judge throws out Fayose’s application

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Policy inconsistency, bane of agric development – Expert

Mixed reactions trail ministers’ appointment

Yar’Adua fails to name Finance, N’Delta ministers

Udenwa disagrees with Yar‘Adua on immunity clause

‘Foreign mercenaries perpetrated Jos killings’

Fresh attack on soldier sparks tension in Akure

‘Lagos intra-city rail service to commence in 2009’

My Pikin: UCH admits five children died

Ribadu did well, FG admits

Soyinka, Ike, Gureje receive national merit awards

Mothers panic in Osun as two babies die

FG didn’t bribe Supreme Court – Aondoakaa

Three siblings burnt to death in Lagos

How we attacked Osun banks —Suspect

‘Why PSC demoted Ribadu, others’

Cocaine trafficking: Judge sentences Malian to three years

‘How FG overpaid military pension board by N111m’

‘Yar’Adua’s foes target EFCC’

Crude oil theft: JTF hands over 22 Filipinos to EFCC

Monday, December 15, 2008

MOT: Lagos threatens tougher sanctions against motorists

‘Governors don’t deserve immunity’

Native doctor, nine others killed in Osun bank robbery

Committee suggests two-year tenure for Senators, Reps

‘I am not afraid of EFCC’

Baby abandoned in Oyo becomes US citizen

Arik inaugurates London route

Yar’Adua orders police, others to protect corps members

Ekiti LG poll: Oni meets Yar’Adua, says elections must hold

Gani Rejects National Honour

Falling naira: Marketers seek revaluation of N62bn debts

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Iraqi journalist insults, attacks Bush

US senators write Yar’Adua on Ribadu

Yar’Adua may lose power to appoint INEC chairman, IG

Gunmen kill NYSC member at viewing centre

Whereabouts of kidnapped senator’s mother still unknown

Concession of Lagos trade fair complex illegal – Reps

Miscreants have infiltrated Nigeria‘s politics – Ohakim

FG cedes 6.67% equity in NITEL to IILL

Removal of immunity clause will derail leaders — Tinubu

Rising cost: Bonga contract, others for review

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Armed robbery: Ibadan leaders send SOS to Police

Jos crisis: 4,000 students displaced, 300 others wounded

S’Court judgment: Nnamani, Braithwaite, Atiku tackle Iwu

...how I lost N1bn -Pam

Jos crisis: ACF chairman counsels religious leaders

Ember months: 82 auto crashes claim 35 lives in Delta State

Militants abduct medical doctor

NDLEA decries use of children on cannabis farms

SSS reviews operational strategies

Heavy security as Turai visits Bayelsa

Friday, December 12, 2008

Yar’Adua’s Supreme Court victory: Fears of violent backlash grip Presidency

Yar’Adua has lost moral right to govern Nigeria – Gani

Divided Supreme Court upholds Yar’Adua’s election

Police recover N5.48m in First Bank robbery

It’s lost chance for democracy – Atiku

SSS arrests man with 50,000 fake driver’s licences

...PDP urges Buhari, Atiku to defect

Judgment, a personal challenge to serve Nigerians – Yar’Adua

...AC, ARG reject judgment

Supreme Court has let judiciary down – Buhari

Daniel, Iyabo Obasanjo face-off resumes as PDP chieftains tackle Owu leaders

S’Court upholds Yar’Adua’s election

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Senate rejects ministerial nominee, defers confirmation of another

Ribadu makes surprise visit to EFCC headquarters

Federal Government may split INEC

Teething mixture: NAFDAC impounds 5,334 batches of drug

Road accidents kill 260,000, injure 10m children yearly — WHO

Human rights: Nigeria has a lot of work to do — UN

Call for removal of immunity clause: Yar’Adua is on his own — Imo gov

Govt of National Unity deceitful — ASUU boss

ANPP leaders shared GNU ‘booty’, governor alleges

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Ghana’s run-off poll holds Dec 28

Assault: Dike submits panel’s report to Presidency

Aso Rock to spend N4.2bn on food, uniforms, others

Yar’Adua renews call for removal of immunity clause

NDLEA nabs 860 suspects in S’South

Police kill two bank robbers in Bayelsa

140 kids infected with HIV/AIDS in Niger

Telecom: Subscribers urge NCC to halt planned tariff hike

Arik to commence London operations on Monday

Two feared killed in Ondo crisis

NBA tasks police over security

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Groups criticise NUC boss over free education comment

Obasanjo’s role as petroleum minister illegal – Reps

EFCC unserious with ex-governors’ trials – TI

N’Delta: Yar’Adua has disappointed us — Reps

Slain vice-principal: Delta police promise to apprehend killers

Anambra awards nine major road contracts

Sallah tragedy: Okiro’s PSO burnt to death

Okiro may quit in July 2009

Igbinedion apologises to Oba of Benin

‘Senate will pass 2009 appropriation bill this week’

Monday, December 08, 2008

Group alleges unjust persecution of Tidjani

Ribadu goes underground

Budget: Niger Delta leaders to meet Yar’Adua

NUC makes moves to rank Nigerian varsities

I’ll expose those behind Jos crisis — Jang

Akpabio raises concern over falling oil prices

‘Military can’t pay pension arrears’

Eid-el-kabir: Fashola, Tinubu, others seek tolerance

Auto dealers deny membership of robbery syndicate

N2.3bn scandal: We didn’t supply controversial cars — Integrity Group

Sunday, December 07, 2008

N’Delta: JTF get shoot-on-sight order to confront militant

Senate may clash with Reps over 2009 budget benchmark.

Council blames hospitals for inadequate staff

Dambazau tasks military over democracy’s survival

Firm vows to drag DCP to Senate over property demolition

Jos crisis: Rep seeks scrapping of ‘indigene’ clause from constitution

Teething mixture incident should not be swept under the carpet – AGPMN

Eid-el-Kabir: Mark, Bankole, Fashola preach love and tolerance

Saturday, December 06, 2008

Eid-el-Kabir: Jos mayhem unjustifiable –Yar‘Adua

...Danjuma demands probe

HIV/AIDS: UNILAG VC advises against neglect of other diseases

NAFDAC seals fake custard firm

N’Delta: JTF combs militant dens ahead of Yuletide season

Police, residents trade blame over Idanre killings

Bishop explains role in child trafficking

N2.3bn car scandal: Pan officials, others to face ICPC investigators

Friday, December 05, 2008

How six children were locked in the boot of their father’s car until five of them died

2009 budget: Reps may slash benchmark to $30

NYSC must bring my son back alive, I sponsored his education with my pension

…May seek asylum abroad, Nigeria risks diplomatic sanctions

Ribadu throws police panel into confusion

Thieves pinch $100m jewels in Paris

Fuel pipeline catches fire, Merchant Navy arrests vandals

Jos mayhem: Fear grips Minna, Kontagora

Bomb scare rocks Rivers carnival

Teething mixture: Group urges Yar’Adua to drop Akunyili

Sani, Ume-Ezeoke chased me out of ANPP – Zamfara gov

Judicial workers may suspend strike

Thursday, December 04, 2008

FG shortlists 48 firms for $30bn Gas Master Plan

Jos mayhem: CAN, Igbo community want corpses exhumed for identification

Jos crisis: Plateau police commissioner, others redeployed

2008 Budget: N’Assembly takes on Presidency

Abductors seize senator‘s mother

Ibadan robbery: Bankers shun meeting with police

Adebowale, industrialist, dies at 81

Cost of governance too high in Nigeria – Ex-CBN governor

Unity Schools: FG to refund examination fees

Ribadu shuns police disciplinary panel

Prosecute Nigerians who buy houses abroad — Eso

NIPSS Graduation: FG, Police hierarchy unfair to Ribadu - PUNCH poll

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Presidency blames Budget 2008 failure on N’Assembly, others

Ribadu cries out again

Bayelsa: Fake EFCC officials arrested over N10m fraud

Oshiomhole presents N10m to victims of election violence

Mayhem: Yar’Adua orders Okiro to join Army chief in Jos

Jos mayhem: Council demand judicial inquiry

Teething mixture: Errant pharmacists to face tribunal –PSN

Akunyili, Lukman, 11 others okayed as ministers

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Mark, Bankole promise early passage

Yar’Adua presents N2.87tn budget

Lagos shuts Eko Bridge on Friday for repairs

NBA seeks peaceful resolution of judiciary workers’ strike

My Pikin: NAFDAC arrests Barewa MD, three others

Village heads dare Olubadan

Rivers: EFCC is on a witch-hunt mission – Iyofor

Jos crisis: Plateau governor fails to see Yar’Adua

Monday, December 01, 2008

N3.6bn fraud: EFCC declares five Rivers officials wanted

N’Delta committee submits report, says Nigeria lost $20.7bn to crisis

Yar’Adua stops inauguration of Plateau LG chairmen

N1bn tenement rates: Ifo LG sues Lagos govt

Hajj: Ladoja seeks release of passport

‘Police still most corrupt institution’

Butcher loses five children in Ekiti

Obama names Clinton as Secretary of State

Arik Air receives first A340-500 aircraft

Courts deserted as judiciary workers begin strike

Kolade, Olusola bag DAME lifetime awards