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The Punch News Archive for February 2011Rss

Sunday, February 27, 2011

CPC’ll salvage Nigeria — Bakare

Akintola recommends death penalty for corrupt public officials

499 Nigerians return safely from Libya

N500m fraud: Microfinance bank chief arraigned

301 stranded as BA diverts Lagos-London flight to Algiers

Fayemi hails Obama over appointment

TUC promises to resist rigging

US applauds Jonathan’s plan for women

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Lagos/Jebba rail line ready for use

Protest against Arik’s flight delay

Iseyin mayhem: Oyo PDP denies responsibility

WARSO, FRSC collaborate on road safety in W’Africa

INEC’s move to use manual register perfidious — Agoro

Friday, February 25, 2011

ACN carpets PDP over ‘indolent party’ comment

Rain cripples activities in parts of Lagos, Ogun

Imo: Court orders INEC to disqualify ACN candidate

Police arrest pastor, lady for defrauding students

Council partners club to tackle child mortality

FCT primary school teachers to call off strike

Jonathan promises to open

NLC, TUC, CDHR raise fresh alarm over threat to voter register

We won’t leave legacy of uncompleted projects –Oshiomhole

World mayors’ summit: Aregbesola laments impoverishment of councils

Court judgement: Preparations to hold elections in affected states still on–INEC

Tension in Ogun community over gazette

Libya stalls moves to evacuate trapped Nigerians

Tenure elongation: Falana, Aturu denounce judgement, others OK it

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Nigerians in Libya plead for rescue

Court adjourns Ogun PDP suit till March 10

NUT restates demand for specialised allowance

Britain to print census forms in Igbo, 56 others

FG owes water contractors N23bn – Official

Salami: ACN challenges PDP to publish call logs

Gunmen seize UNIBEN lecturer

Adegbite laments Abeokuta’s poor state

One killed as police, kidnappers clash

Trovan vaccines: Appeal court dismisses suit against Pfizer

Corruption, bane of Nigeria’s development –Aregbesola

Why we removed Haruna – ACF

Varsity to send results to parents

‘EFCC’ll report corrupt candidates to INEC’

Five feared dead as Alao-Akala kicks off campaign

Fashola calls for presidential debate

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Reps reject bills on presidential address, NAFDAC

Riots: OAU, Osun College of Education shut down

CANA no longer Nigerian mission – Okoh

Allocations: FG not fair to states, LGs – Omotoso

Why we picked VCs from Diaspora – FG

Expert explains infertility in women

N210m claim: Court refers firm’s suit against NSE, SEC to arbitration

EFCC recovers $6.5bn, pursues

N17m fraud: How tele-evangelist pastor swindled victim – Witness

Guobadia for burial tomorrow

LG immunises 23,000 children

FG seeks C’wealth lawyers’ support

Visa fees: US Embassy appoints GT Bank

Lagos REC denies allegation

Court summons ex-lawmaker for assault on lawyer

Unpaid arrears: Two collapse as pensioners besiege Oyo gov’s office

I’m committed to rebuilding schools —Aregbesola

No Nigerian on death row in Germany - envoy

2011 budget: Senate gives deadline to committees

Robbers kill cattle rearer, steal victim’s cows

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Minister reiterates support for FOI Bill

Poly honours Fashola, Akran of Badagry, others

Group commends conduct bureau

Mobil donates N10m to A’Ibom

Ribadu, Rep ask Jonathan to evacuate Nigerians from Libya

Borno, Jos crises, threats to democracy – Sambo

Judge’s absence stalls perjury case

GCUOBA plans two-day re-union

NEMA convenes summit on 2011 rainfall

Why I signed HYPADEC Bill – Jonathan

Gender, finance affected my presidential bid – Sarah Jibril

Rebranding: Cleric advocates change of name, flag for Nigeria

Protest over visitation panel rocks UNIBEN

Reps prescribe life jail for terrorism

Obasanjo canvasses unity

Police foil attempt to kidnap INC president

At last, Ooni, Osun governor meet

FG’s NEPAD action plan on track – Jonathan’s aide

Rector wants HND dropped for B.Tech

April polls: Jega writes CJN on abuse of court orders

Monday, February 21, 2011

FG plans schools for nine million street beggars

Five Boko Haram suspects killed in Borno

NPC seeks N2.1bn for registration of births, deaths

FG warns states, LGs over meningitis outbreak

ICPC sues ex-minister over N39m ID scam

Mimiko inaugurates N2.1bn projects

Reps may resume debate on FOI bill tomorrow

Alao-Akala: Bribery allegation against judge stalls suit

Minister blames illegal business operators for crime in N’Delta

NEMA holds disaster campaign

13 arraigned for arson

FG, foundation sign pact on drinking water

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Foundation plans forum for presidential candidates

JAMB to begin e-Exams in 2012

PDP winsbye-election

Health ministry probes use of donor funds

Court to deliver judgment in suit over CAC’s leadership

FCT UBE appeals to striking schools teachers

FRCN inaugurates new station in A’Ibom

Oshiomhole defends projects

Immigration rescues nine children

Institute harps on due process

Rector decries cultism, prostitution

Doctors begin indefinite strike in Enugu

Group rejects new UNIBEN visitation panel

CP orders DPOs to clear stations of dumped vehicles

Gunmen kill lecturer in Rivers

SERAP writes 18 presidential candidates ...Asks them to propose plans to end corruption

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Christian network sets for conference

LASG warns event centres to avoid blocking road

Oyo pays N339m WAEC fees for 60,000 students

Igbo begin new cultural year, honour Nnaji

Lagos CPC endorses Igbo as deputy governor

If asked, we will oust Gbagbo — US

Friday, February 18, 2011

‘Club not formed to support Fashola’

Featherless chicken in Nigeria soon

I won’t give up, Isiaka vows

House recovers N470bn unspent funds

NLC suspends action against Union Bank

Kebbi police command mourns CP

Edo set to extend LG tenure

Police threaten sale of faulty trucks on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway

Africa to lead in oil production – Ex-Botswanan president

WCA not in tune with reality –Falana

Kogi: Court affirms ex-Afribank ED as PDP gov candidate

ACN postpones North-West presidential campaign

Jonathan assures of reforms in Customs Service

FG to renew defence agreement with German group

Thursday, February 17, 2011

AIG, truck owners meet over Lagos-Ibadan Expressway

FG awards N15bn contract for technical education

2011: Jonathan’ll accept defeat in good faith —Yayale

Lessons of Nigeria’s 50th anniversary lost — Catholic bishops

Ekiti ACN moves to pacify aggrieved members

No organised crime in Niger Delta – FG

VIP Squad begins training in Osun, Kaduna

Jigawa immunises 800,000 children

Sharia commission plans business, marriage certificates

AAU shut over students’ unrest

New personnel will enhance service

CJ warns magistrates against corruption

Council suspends three village heads

Forgery: Judge orders Albishir

FG spends N26bn on 30m treated mosquito nets

Cds advises Air Force on security threats

INEC lists Ayogu Eze, others in Enugu

Police arraign four nomads

Reps threaten NUC with zero allocation

‘Pay more attention to safety issues’

Adamu drops suit against EFCC, others

Don’t impose yourselves on electorate, Abubakar tells politicians

Nigeria, Switzerland sign migration pact

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Anambra to enact law on waste disposal

‘Plateau records 100 measles cases’

Fashola harps on religious harmony

Food scare: Oyo school owners tackle politicians

CNPP laments closure of Ogun Assembly

Lagos asks court to dismiss schools closure suit

SSAUTHRIAI vows to resist strike rule

President urges Senate to pass graft, terrorism bills

Students’ riot: More policemen deployed in Ekpoma

Police foil attack on Maiduguri church

Normalcy returns to Zamfara town

NAFDAC warns on fake malaria drugs

Bauchi govt awards road contracts

Ekiti govt plans water summit

Environmental agency to inaugurate volunteer corps

PH stampede: Jonathan orders special training for security agencies

Promasidor donates equipment to UI, UCH

We’ve not abandoned Ojukwu – APGA

Jonathan, NUC, new VCs to meet on Monday

Sack indicted RECs, Ngige urges Jonathan

Don’t destroy our party, PDP tells Ciroma

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

JTF denies complicity in Niger Delta oil theft

Zamfara crisis: N’ Assembly caucus asks IG to investigate Sani

Group seeks media partnership for democracy

Why we boycotted rerun: Edo PDP

2011: Deputy gov chides anti-Alao-Akala politicians

How to avert revolution in Nigeria

Witchcraft panel chides A’Ibom ministry

Delta govt to assist stampede victim’s family

Police quiz LG boss

Tinubu denies rift with Ribadu

Anglican Church primate begins UK visit

I won’t run sectional govt – Belgore

Gunmen shoot two persons in UNILAG

Jonathan inaugurates presidential campaign council

Muslims urged to uplift others

Group vows to wrestle power from PDP in Kwara

CPJ criticises African govts on press freedom

MEND rejects President’s aide again, threatens fresh attacks

Jonathan receives Guinean envoy

Bursary: Freed Kwara students threaten more protests

We are yet to receive Atiku’s petition —INEC

Jonathan’s wife lauds FG over training of female officers

Ex-Mr. Nigeria sues PDP, others

Eid-el-Maulud: Orji, Uduaghan preach peace

Sokoto spends N2bn on flood victims

Monday, February 14, 2011

Politics, not religion, responsible for conflicts —Adeboye

Group wants road contract revoked

Robbery: DAAR Group alleges sabotage

Court grants bail to 27 students in Kwara

Groups counsel stakeholders on CJN, Salami

Pro-Daniel lawmakers begin sitting on 2011 budget

Bank seeks accelerated hearing in suit against Al-Bishir

Libel: ACN sues Omisore, demands N50bn damages

Nigeria, US officials to discuss April polls

US-based group demands accountability

INEC begins voter register verification

Fayemi’s wife to head trust fund

ICPC chair: Ibadan NBA faults Senate’s rejection of Aderemi

Social interaction vital to army’s success – NDA commandant

NBA to review investment laws in Nigeria

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Poor academic performance: UI advises 365 students to withdraw

Military vows to support democracy in Egypt

Tafida heads Jonathan’s campaign

S’Court elevation: Salami, lawyers meet this week

Why we are working with Nigeria in drug control — US

Amnesty: FG withdraws four ex-militants from S’Africa

Fg woos investors on petro-chemical industry

Friday, February 11, 2011

‘Mushin crisis not politically-motivated’

Amosun dumps ACN for CPC

Okoroji lauds Jonathan for joining COSON

Policemen injured, 16 arrested as students protest in Ilorin

Switzerland freezes Mubarak’s assets

Aregbesola charges volunteers to be part of change in Osun

Protests imminent in Algeria

Military now in charge

CPC gov candidate, 29 others to be arraigned for heckling Jonathan

LP dangles minimum wage, massive agric programme in Ogun

Police investigate officer’s attack on corps member in Niger

No disagreement between Atiku and I – Jonathan

Thursday, February 10, 2011

NJC defends CJN over Salami’s elevation

S’African police arrest 7 Nigerian ‘bogus doctors’

2011 Budget: FG faults N’Assembly

NDLEA promotes 2,349 officers

Adeboye to appear on Glo/CNN African Voices

ACN chieftain berates Tinubu’s critics

NAFDAC decries unprofessional practices in Osun

Ondo treats 3,000 sick villagers

Uduaghan lauds DELSUTH management

FG trains fire officers for academy

UN group honours Ekaette

I’ve one-point agenda

Court reinstates sacked Oyo deputy speaker

Reps worry over funding of science, technology

FG declares Tuesday public holiday

AGPMPN charges participants on registration

Jos crisis suspects still in prison after bail

Magistrate to rule on self qualification

Federal doctors may resume strike in Lagos

NYSC loses nine corps members

NUJ boss tasks journalists over insurance cover

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Jonathan seeks confirmation of 25 ambassadors, NDIC MD

Senate rejects Justice Aderemi as ICPC chairman

Ido Osi: Senate rejects Arise’s petition

2011: Yakowa to drop deputy

Akpabio: Court to rule on aspirant exclusion Feb. 21

Ondo constitutes inquiry commission into Arigidi crisis

INEC keeps mum over candidates list

Delta assures fire victims

VC cautions students against cultism

Ondo donates N1bn vehicles, equipment to police

Ex-US envoy advises Nigerian parties on ideology

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Sheriff dissolves LG caretaker committees

Strange disease kills one in Jigawa

Ghana frees 27 Nigerian ex-militants

Govs demand review of revenue formula

FG hails private investment in education

Abia accuses ex-gov of destabilisation plot

INEC withdraws Alao-Akala, Chime from Oyo, Enugu lists

Ogun: Obasanjo’s faction misled court – PDP

Ivorian crisis: EU presents final report to ECOWAS

Monday, February 07, 2011

Rev King: Appeal Court fixes May 3 for definite hearing

Rivers varsity lecturers suspend strike

Sosan advises parents on children’s welfare

Oyo PDP list: Court warns INEC

Police investigate attack on centre in Borno

‘How we used internet to get youths to register’

Obi inaugurates multi-million naira water scheme

Kano to immunise 8.5m children

INEC registers 7.4 million voters in Edo, Lagos

Abbe urges militants to exercise restraint

CJ asks judges to avoid dead persons’ assets

Police intensify search in Maiduguri

Medical doctor arrested over acid bath on ex-lover

Ex-Botswanan president to deliver Ake’s memorial lecture

Jos residents ask NNPC to remove crashed tanker

Edo renames school after slain Catholic leader

Alao-Akala inaugurates six APCs

...FCT residents want exercise to continue

Jos North leads as INEC registers 2.1m in Plateau

Immigration officials nab eight Nigeriens in Edo

Voter registration: Ekiti monarchs demand fresh seven-day extension

Sunday, February 06, 2011

Ribadu chides N’Assembly over FOI Bill

N1.36bn bonus: Court voids SEC’s suspension of ex-NSE council members

I’ll promote transparency at UNFPA – Osotimehin

Lagos decries fresh doctors’ strike

Five under aged arrested in Oyo

Folarin: Oyo drags chief magistrate before JSC

‘Why INEC approves selective extensions’

INEC to charge 45 corps members to court today

NHRC scores exercise low

Unpaid allowances: Lagos teachers threaten strike

Police arrest LG’s pay officers

Oil workers begin strike today

Rerun: Offa LG boss sworn-in

Delta disburses N341m to 17,075 students

Domestic airlines contest directive on sales charges

INEC registers 1,828,455 in Jigawa

Ondo to spend N2.3bn on community dev

Saturday, February 05, 2011

1,077 new ASPs will professionalise police — IG

Agoro faults planned de-registration of parties

Oil marketer canvasses tax reduction for small business

‘Why Senate Leader failed to clinch return ticket’

Firm distributes expired HIV test kits to states

Friday, February 04, 2011

Yar’Adua, Aondoakaa pressured UK to drop charges against Ibori – WikiLeaks

Elections: Ribadu commends Niger Republic

Buhari/Bakare: Voters will decide their fate –Rights groups

Court issues bench warrant against PDP aspirant

Strike: OOU boils as students lock out VC, workers

Don’t underrate my opponents, Alao-Akala tells campaign coordinators

Fraudsters hijack US visa lottery

PDP releases Jonathan’s campaign itinerary

Minimum wage: NLC to meet with N’Assembly Tuesday

Thursday, February 03, 2011

Two arrested over bomb scare at UNIJOS

I’m ready for dialogue – Atiku

‘Accurate voter register’ll eliminate electoral fraud’

Facebook: Suspect’s father quits PDP

Taraba association warns Nigeriens

NIS arrests three foreigners in Ondo

Lack of materials stalls issuance of cards

Collapsed bridge cuts off Bayelsa town

Peace corps commends INEC

Allowances: Mixed fortunes greet corps members in FCT, Abia

Delta rehabilitates Eku Baptist Hospital

Legislator flays constituents for obstructing projects

Lagos public servants get pay hike

Strike: Oyo NMA urges eminent Nigerians to intervene

Ribadu advises FG on minimum wage

NHIS spends N468m on children, women in Ondo

Gov’s wife advises on cancer prevention

NIS arrests five foreigners in Lagos

MASSOB supports April elections

Stakeholders worry over women issues

Kidnapping: UNIUYO VC’s husband regains freedom 18 days after

Voter registration: 70% of Abuja traders registered – AMML

Group demands Edo assets report

Militants threaten to attack oil facilities

Cancer day: Editors, others plan fund-raiser

N’Assembly rejects NBC’s denial of TV, radio licences

520 Nigerians return from Egypt

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Group tasks FG over youth employment

Gowon asks Nigerians to uphold Enahoro’s vision

Sylva pledges stronger traditional institution

Worries over bid to elevate Salami to S’ Court

Violence: ARP seeks state of emergency in Plateau, Borno

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Deal that gave Obasanjo victory in Ogun – Investigation

Fayemi’s guards engage robbers in gun duel

FG allays fears over insecurity

Schools’ closure: FG plans extension classes

NIS officials arrest Briton in Abuja

Five N’Assembly members defect to ANPP in Kogi

Money laundering: US, UK renew support for NDLEA

Oshiomhole mourns late judge

DFID team visits Ekiti

Group cautions on deployment of soldiers

Air Force men beat suspected fraudster to death

Jonathan asked to overrule AGF

Ekiti poly introduces new admission requirement

Court restrains PDP from presenting Alao-Akala, others to INEC

Activists, others urge Nigerians to emulate Enahoro

Ringim orders investigation into Mpape killings

Monday, January 31, 2011

Traditional rulers task INEC over voter registration

Bauchi releases N18m for Qur’anic competition

2011: Lagos lawmaker urges sensitisation

NGO urges INEC to maximise extension of voter registration

Ijaw veterans ask FG to stop violence

Voter registration: Corps member slumps, dies

CNPP wants police protection for candidates

NAFDAC intensifies screening of drugs

Court of Appeal resumes sitting in Jos

ICPC partners INEC on electoral process

Shekarau to run with Odigie-Oyegun

Anambra PDP expels Metuh

Cote d’Ivoire: LCCI advises FG

Kogi Central: Court declares Bankole’s aide winner

‘ACN doesn’t impose candidates’

Ekiti monarch’s death: Family appeals to govt for justice

I’ve no deal with Obasanjo, Jonathan —Ribadu

Bola Ige’s son warns Jega against saboteurs

Fashola assures of violence free political campaigns

Graft: AGF takes over minister’s trial from EFCC