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The Punch News Archive for January 2011Rss

Saturday, January 29, 2011

APCON honours Omojafor

Possession of DDC machines: Falana wants Clark prosecuted

Icon magazine makes debut

Tenure elongation: Two directors asked to resign

Friday, January 28, 2011

Bayelsa: Ex-SSG condemns diversion of DDC machines

Lagos PDP, ACN score voter registration low, welcome extension

Ex-Customs boss advises FG

Lagos residents seek alternative registration units

Anambra INEC takes delivery of 809 DDCMs

INEC registers 928,101 voters in A’Ibom

Akpabio, ACN trade blame over purchase of voter cards

Lagos residents seek public holiday

We were attacked while searching for our cows – Nomads

Shell donates ICT centre to GCI

Confusion as PDP senatorial candidate withdraws from race

Oyo Central: Confusion as PDP factions return Folarin, Akinjide’s daughter

‘Atiku’s trip abroad is to evade reconciliation with Jonathan’

Ivory Coast crisis: Gbagbo, Ouattara preparing for war –Odinga, Kenyan PM

Arms importation: Iranian diplomat wants SSS DG imprisoned

ICPC arraigns Osun coordintor over alleged forgery

UNIJOS students protest stabbing by Muslim youths

Biliri council boss tried to jump bail – EFCC

Ifako-Ijaiye residents applaud extension

Enugu: Resident doctors fail to resume despite court order

‘Eligible voters may be disenfranchised’

Parties caution against threatening voters

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Police probe pay offices

CONMESS: Doctors issue strike notice in Oyo, Edo

‘I didn’t insult Appeal Court Justices’

Fornication: Suspect gets 100 lashes,

Resignations hit Edo exco

Eruwa indigenes protest monarch’s removal

Propaganda: Mimiko urges NBC to sanction errant electronic stations

Court orders FCDA to pay N20m

FG sets up gardens for endangered herbal species

Court strikes out suit against NAFDAC

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Abia gets additional 468 DDC machines

Saipem to go on trial on Nigeria bribery charges

Fire averted at Igbosere court complex

Mimiko’s wife urges women to register

Igbinedion debunks reports on his registration

SSANU demands release of UNIUYO VC’s husband

COSEG alleges plot to under-register Lagos voters

Ten Nigerians held in UK for marriage, immigration fraud

MASSOB activists remanded

‘Forest’ centres are legal units —INEC

N1.79bn conversion: SEC sues firm, Ponle, others over Ajanaku’s estate

PDP rerun: Aspirant urges obedience to party

Council tasks traditional, religious leaders on reconciliation

Int’l court to publish findings on Nigeria

NUC directive: Lead City varsity postpones examinations

Jonathan appoints Bianca Ojukwu, others as aides

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Jos crisis: Group threatens to sue Jonathan

Jonathan’s aide urges large turn-out

A’Ibom declares Friday work free

Ex-ICPC boss wants INEC to work at night

CPC alleges registration of ineligible persons

Hiccups persist in Kaduna

NYSC boss urges diligence

ACN seeks more transparency

Daily Times: FG set for Anosikes’ trial

Abia community yet to commence registration

‘Don’t be discouraged by hitches’

Five die in Akure-Ilesa crash

Police arrest Osisikankwu’s ally

Lead City varsity students protest NUC’s order

FCTA prosecutes 5,989 offenders in four weeks

Lagos to recruit 500 teachers

How Obasanjo saved FRCN from collapse —Chairman

Police arrest four over teenager’s death

OOU crisis deepens as students kidnap lecturer

Senator provides generators for registration

Islamic group asks INEC to probe sale of voter cards

Fire Service saves N418m property in Oyo State

Monday, January 24, 2011

Lack of ink frustrates registration in Niger

FCTA impounds 41 tricycles

Fraud: Take me to EFCC, Aliyu dares accusers

Corps members suspend exercise in Ado-Ekiti

INEC opens ‘baby centres’ in Abuja

Fayemi advises military on disaster management

ACPN decries non availability of DDC machines

Stolen DDC machines’ll not affect elections – INEC

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Ex-AGF, LG boss ask for extension

FG to resettle 5,000 Jos crises victims in Bauchi

Niger: INEC to register patients in hospitals

Mbu makes case for INEC

Okogie inaugurates school

Appeal court: Lawyers decry Daudu’s comments

Dep gov decries low turnout of women

Agbekoya commends Nigerians

Police to arraign 150 MASSOB members Monday

Bauchi records 2,000 measles cases

Oyo gets additional 837 DDC machines

We stay too long in queues

PDP primaries: Jonathan thanks Edo PDP

Anti-terrorism squad searches vehicles in Abuja

Party agents access INEC’s manual register

Group asks youths to register

Strange faces cause scare in Abuja

Threat to Akpabio’s life: Court adjourns till Feb. 1

INEC registers 775,000 in Sokoto

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Police smash car-snatching gang in Niger

Crisis brews in CPC as members reject consensus candidates

Mixed reactions trail PDP chairmanship slot

400 PDP members defect to ACN in Badagry

Ivory Coast: UN will not join Nigeria, ECOWAS in removing Gbagbo

Voter registration, our fears — NBA

N4bn debt: FAAN grounds five domestic airlines

Friday, January 21, 2011

BIU matriculates 952

No going back on demolition of NURTW secretariat – Alao-Akala

Voter registration: Group embarks on enlightenment campaign

Nigerian tertiary admission process tortuous – VC

Teenager confesses to arson, burglary

I wish Daniel luck if he’s working for my sacking –Martins-Kuye

Call to sack ministers: Be wary of governors, Jonathan told

Ouattara’s PM meets Jonathan over Ivorian crisis

Carpenter jailed for releasing sperm on woman’s body

Police raid criminal hideouts in Niger, arrest 19 suspects

‘Nigeria can’t develop with 2% budgetary allocation for agric’

I was charmed into marriage with N200 – Wife

Gowon canvasses support for Fayemi

Snoring is symptom of certain disorders, says doctor

Rivers: Bureau warns contractors on project execution

We arrested 94 drug suspects in Niger in 2010 – NDLEA

More ACN members protest in Anambra

Only two-party structure can save us from PDP – Owie

Voter registration: Ogun workers seek two-days holiday

Illegal bunkering: EFCC receives three seized vessels from navy

Thursday, January 20, 2011

‘DDC machines do not reject people with HIV’

Senator seeks extension of registration

N87m scam: Judge threatens EFCC

Appointment of ambassadors now on merit – FG

Aregbesola warns saboteurs

‘INEC materials are sub-standard’

Afe Babalola urges Nigerians to fund education

Borno offers free transportation

Security: NEMA offers NSCDC helicopters and ambulances

Ojukwu is doing well in London – Obi

Uzodinma tasks Ndigbo in Lagos over registration

Oyo community wants more DDC machines

Kano fixes N15,000 minimum wage

Bombings: NUT holds prayer session in Minna

Maternal mortality: Agency deploys 4000 midwives

18 burnt to death on Benin-Ore Expressway

Ministry moves to demolish Oyo NURTW secretariat

ASUU suspends strike in ESUT

We have not yet dropped Sosan – ACN chairman

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Owie calls for combination of manual/DDC

Yakowa laments poor conduct

Rep calls for amendment of Electoral Act

Renowned economist, Aluko-Olokun, is dead

Adegbite asks Muslims to register

Amaechi urges INEC to address lapses

Bankole registers in Ogun

‘New voter register’ll reduce rigging’

‘DDC will prevent electoral fraud’

ACN members protest in Oyo, Osun

Doctors begin strike in Enugu, resume work in Ogun

Six LGs in Niger commence late

INEC partners NIS on border areas

Don’t be discouraged, Ajimobi tells voters

Oshiomhole blames Edo violence on ‘participatory democracy’

Appeal Court sacks Edo house member, orders rerun

Police to arrest defaulting contractors

Two injured as petrol tankers go up in flames

Promotion exams: Ogun workers to pay for resit

Why we rejected Ladoja’s commercials – BCOS

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Deputy Senate president preaches patience

Lagos assembly wants more registration units

INEC, politicians disagree over ‘missing’ DDC machines

Edo SSG raises the alarm

No registration yet in Plateau South

Food vending booms at registration centres

Ex-deputy gov tasks INEC over exercise

Omo-Agege asks Delta voters to register

INEC to extend registration in Ekiti

Kwara to supply food to registrants

PDP gov primaries: Factional chairman declares Bolarinwa Kwara candidate

Exercise improves in Lagos

DDC: Zinox deploys 74 engineers in states

I’m best for Kwara – Belgore

Fire razes POWA complex in Kaduna

Fashola asks for more personnel, machines

Anglican bishop demands probe of DDC contracts

Anambra ACN leaders reject primaries’ results

Monday, January 17, 2011

Police recover bombs in Enugu

Niger gov tussle: S’Court to deliver judgment Jan. 25

PDP inaugurates panel to reconcile Olurin, others

Anti-terrorism: Police train 1,000 officers

Senators disown alleged plot against leadership

PDP aspirant wants Kwara gov primaries cancelled

Ogun raises minimum wage to N14,528

Ex-Oyo deputy gov dies at 76

Fire razes PDP secretariat in Sokoto

CPC mobilises members in Kaduna

Ex-workers vs Exxon-Mobil: S’Court gives deadline for settlement

INEC to address hiccups

Minister criticises INEC on DDC machines

Exercise records improvement in Enugu

Aturu urges INEC to learn from hitches

Officials discard fingerprints facility

TUC tasks INEC over hitches

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Aregbesola pledges to tackle crisis in education

Governorship: Ajimobi,Udoedehe emerge ACN candidates in Oyo, A’Ibom

We’ll welcome Atiku back – ACN

Pro-Jonathan group mobilises Nigerians to register

‘NSCDC ready for April elections’

INEC deploys 2,293 DDC machines in Kogi

Lagos residents complain of delay at centres

LG boss woos churches, CBOs

‘No voter card, no pay’

Rivers: More complaints trail voter registration exercise in Rivers

Voter registration: Mimiko leads sensitisation walk

Friday, January 14, 2011

ASUU, Rivers disagree over students’ violent protest

PDP orders fresh governorship primaries in A’Ibom

Why our leaders go astray – Olumide Emmanuel

Nwangwu emerges ADC presidential candidate

Insecurity: acn declares Bayelsa primary result in Rivers

Thursday, January 13, 2011

LP, AC pick governorship candidates in Plateau

Aggrieved aspirant predicts ACN defeat in Ekiti

PDP chieftain defects to LP, picks governorship form

Alaibe emerges Bayelsa LP candidate

Voter registration: INEC trains 9,917 staff in Oyo

PDP National Convention: Govt offices shut in Abuja

CPC governorship candidate emerges in Niger

Ijesha to host Aregbesola on Saturday

NEMA explains challenge in resettling displaced persons

Ondo monarchs accept LP senatorial candidate

LP gets governorship candidate in Oyo

Katsina releases N1.3b for workers’ leave grant

Cholera: Death toll rises to 13 in Niger

Northern youth group condemns Kogi PDP primaries

PDP, APGA aspirants ask for results

Acute fuel scarcity hits Jos

Northern Christian group backs Ribadu

April elections: AD to align with ACN

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Chime wins party ticket

PUNCH seeks consolidation of case with Arik, chairman

27 parties form alliance to beat ACN, PDP

Abia denies holding parallel primaries

FRSC tasks politicians over traffic rules

Presidential aspirant wants election riggers jailed

300 editors for NGE convention

Appeal panel quashes Rep’s victory

Belgore is Kwara’s candidate

Arigidi-Akoko crisis: Ekiteji indigenes demand Mimiko’s intervention

Balarabe Musa picks Kaduna PRP gov ticket

Ondo senator defeated again in ACN

Group warns against imposition

Ayuba Buhari joins Kwara gov race

One dies in Edo ACN primaries

Ekiti: Postponed congress holds today

Violence: LP urges FG to act

I’m still alive– Soyinka

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

...to sanction candidates from parallel congresses

Voter registration: INEC stages road show

Withdrawal of candidates: We will be guided by Electoral Act —INEC

Fayemi sets up education reform panel

Ojo faults Kogi election

NGO donates $900,000 to ABU

Lekki toll: Court to hear suit on Jan 20

Ex-minister joins governorship race in Katsina

Sekibo wins Rivers East PDP ticket

CPC warns corrupt aspirants, receives ACN defectors in Kwara

115 Reps fail in bid to pick return tickets

Oyelese drags PDP NWC, INEC, others to court

Ex-NIMASA boss clinches governorship ticket in Lagos

Giwa-Osagie, others bag UNILAG’s emeritus professor award

Arigidi-Akoko crisis: Monarch regains freedom

Ogun asks pupils to resume

We’ve received 110,000 DDC machines – INEC

N’Assembly betrayed Nigerians — Bishop

Monday, January 10, 2011

Gani’s chambers to shut down Jan 15

Closure of schools to ensure safety —FG

Air Force chief vows to tackle security challenges

I’ll demystify incumbency factor – Atiku

Police disperse protesters at PDP secretariat

Assembly aspirant rejects result in Delta

Zamfara: Shinkafi, Bilbis claim victory

Kogi: Panel report indicts governor

Presidency: Court clears Jonathan, Atiku

Ex-bank MD arraigned for forgery

Sunday, January 09, 2011

Edo senatorial aspirant protests

Controversy deepens over Kogi results

Ogun delegate dies in hotel

Igbo group warns on Jos crisis

Ex-deputy speaker petitions party, alleges poor conduct

Rep loses re-election bid

Ekiti, Ogun receive DDC machines

Ex-Concord GM wins Osun ticket

Senatorial aspirant urges supporters to show maturity

Ondo lawmaker attacked, hospitalised

Fayemi denies plan to impose aspirants

Bauchi deputy gov. wins senatorial ticket

‘Leave Ooni out of politics’

Schools’ resumption date: Lagos pleads for understanding

Abiola, Osoba’s sons seek ACN’s Reps ticket

FG urged to enhance security

Delta rerun, freest election ever – CPP candidate

Rep, Ogun lawmaker dump PDP, join ACN

Police absolves security agencies of electoral fraud

Bombings: NCP blames influential Nigerians

Friday, January 07, 2011

Immigration urges Nigerians to acquire e-passport

Ex-bursar challenges YABATECH over N15m entitlement

Bomb scare: Multi-Links office shut at Motorways

Countdown to PDP presidential primaries: Governors’ endorsement, congresses jolt NPLF, Atiku

PDP national delegates’ election holds today amidst protests

Thursday, January 06, 2011

Sylva changes congress venue

...ignore hoax text messages in Lagos, Jos

NDIC donates N250m to 25 schools

‘We are not worried by defection of Tallen, others’

Ex-PDP chairman alleges manipulation, dumps party

Veterinarian tasks FG over avian influenza

Striking Oyo doctors plead for understanding

No alternative to democracy —Nwodo

WAEC, NECO candidates to register fewer subjects — FG

NURTW/RTEAN clash: Normalcy returns to Ondo

Ekiti assembly passes water supply, AIDS bills

Jos: ‘Why we cut soldiers’ allowance’

Obi appoints new Ag. VC for Anambra varsity

Momoh emerges CPC’s chairman

Rickety vehicle owners get one month extension in Plateau

I’m neutral, Saraki tells governorship aspirants

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

One corps member dies, 17 sustain injury in Yobe

CPC chieftain asks court to dissolve BoT

LUTH CMD calls for repositioning of Nigeria’s health sector

Ilorin youths give aspirants conditions

Security: Akpoyibo assures Lagos residents

Voter registration: INEC trains 3,800 corps members in Kogi

Senatorial aspirant withdraws, alleges injustice

56 battle for tickets in Niger

Kwara promises fair play in battle for governorship ticket

Daniel replies Osoba, insists on public debate

Mass failure: Oyo trains 900,000 teachers

Suspect bags two years for stealing N20,000

Abuja bomb blasts, threat to 2011 elections – DPP

Education minister inaugurates security committee

ACN begins primaries on Monday

MPB boss warns Nigerian Legion against graft

Drugs: US, Nigerian agents arrest three

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

2010: Knocks and kudos (2)

A’Ibom youths allege imposition of candidates

Contenders for Rivers senatorial seats

PDP shifts N’Assembly congresses

Faction boycotts primaries in Ogun

Insecurity: Muslim students blame politicians

N’Delta youths advise FG on ex-militants

Plateau deputy gov, others dump PDP

Nigeria has departed from path of justice, honour — Cleric

Ladoja’s campaign will be issues-based–Aide

ANPP inaugurates committee on presidential primaries

NASFAT commends Adedipe at 70

Police arraign two over theft of tyre

Court adjourns Ogbulafor’s trial indefinitely

LG poll: Kwara ACN members regain freedom

NOA urged to enlighten voters

Monday, January 03, 2011

Niger PDP shifts primaries

Saraki has smooth sail in Kwara

Candidates emerge in Edo, no primaries in A’Ibom

Bayelsa: Congress officials afraid of riverside communities

No election in Anambra

New Enugu exco insists on transparency

Politicians not learning from mistakes – Jega

2011: Group declares support for Atiku

Gombe gets 60% consensus candidates

2011 elections: Kwara gov urges mass participation

CLO condemns murder of human rights activist

Delta rerun: Five candidates outline plans

PDP will scrap Lekki-Epe Expressway toll – Aspirant

I’ve saved N28bn for Rivers in three years – Amaechi

Abuja blasts can’t be linked to Jos attacks

Mimiko tasks security agencies over 2011 elections

Nigerians urged to pray against violence

Niger integrates Almajiris into modern schools

Akande backs Tinubu on ‘rainbow coalition’

Accident: Alao-Akala commiserates with CPC

Why ACN lost Oyo to PDP in 2007 – Adewusi

2010: The knocks and kudos

A nation at the crossroads

Sunday, January 02, 2011

Islamic groups ask FG to investigate cause of violence

Centre demands passage of Anti-Terrorism Bill

Bishop condemns bombing

Security arrangement inadequate – Mark

Church conducts security checks on worshippers

Fayemi asks FG to beef up security

Mimiko seeks arrest of perpetrators

Army chaplain warns soldiers against partisan politics

Elections under threat –ACF, NLC, others

Bishop urges Nigerians to embrace peace

Do not be intimidated, Anglican Primate tells Jonathan

Group petitions AU over stolen artifacts

Don’t link me with bombings – IBB

Resign now, ARP tells service chiefs

Saturday, January 01, 2011

Eleweomo buried, as police arrest Senate Leader’s security details

Friday, December 31, 2010

Australia floods larger than France

2011: Shun empty promises, Mimiko urges Nigerians

Insecurity: TUC calls for retraining of security agents

3 dead after tornado hits NW Ark on New Year’s Eve