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The Punch News Archive for March 2011Rss

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Thames torso investigators bound for Nigeria

Appeal court adjourns Oni’s application indefinitely

Monarch accuses firms of importing foreign rats, cats

Monitor election with phones – Aregbesola

Igbo group criticises attack on Ngige, Okonkwo

FRSC, NOA, others to deploy 15,000 personnel for elections

ICPC campaigns against corrupt officials

I have signed minimum wage bill into law – Jonathan

NAPEP funds: Businessman, consultant fault Kpakol over bids

Gunmen kidnap APGA chief

Monday, March 28, 2011

Katsina pays N64m arrears for primary school teachers

Four injured in LP, PDP clash in Ondo

LP plans to arrest my supporters, Ondo ACN Reps candidate

Nigeria drops on UN ranking of asylum seekers

EFCC arraigns three Chinese nationals for pipeline vandalism

Ogun PPN protests against judiciary, PDP

Child witchcraft: ‘We are ready to testify’

2011: Court bars Osun REC from conducting elections

Human trafficking: Oyo NIS hands over victims to NAPTIP

Sacking of ICPC boss, abuse of power – Group

We’re attending to displaced persons in Bakassi – NEMA DG

Nigeria must not let Africa down – Former Batswana president

NIS hands over eight victims, suspects to NAPTIP

Academy commends Mimiko on mega schools

Auchi farmers picket oil flow station

Survey says INEC capable of conducting free, fair elections

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Customs intercepts N7.8m contraband goods

Fashola meets artisans, market women to mark 1,400 days in office

I’ll restore peace in Ogun – Olurin

Egbin to have full capacity this year

Sekibo urges Rivers to curb industrial actions

Private, mission doctors join Anambra strike

Ex-LG chairman petitions SSS

FHC relocates to Abuja

Nigeria needs N215bn annually to develop water infrastructure – Coordinator

FOI Bill: Exercise responsibility – Govs Forum

NIPRD requires N268m

Commission commends Jonathan over rights bill law

Minimum wage: Ekiti workers begin strike

Anguish as vandals shut down Obizi water scheme

Edo ACN, PDP in war of words over arrests

Witchcraft panel shifts sitting to London

Kidnapped businessman regains freedom

Stop using number of LGs for revenue sharing – Faleke

Jumbo pay: ‘Senators can pay students’ bursary’

Osun TRC: Victims accuse soldiers, ex-CP of brutality

World Bank to understudy Osun’s development models

Saturday, March 26, 2011

I cannot be intimidated by the PDP — Tinubu

Political violence: Oyo PDP sends SOS to police boss

A’Ibom: Akpabio is jealous of Udoedehe’s popularity —ACN

Friday, March 25, 2011

Violence: Kwara ACN, PDP trade words

APGA crisis: Supreme Court upholds Okorie’s expulsion

‘Use Lenten period to pray for free, fair polls’

Nigerian Breweries rewards journalists

Tourism: Ekiti indigenes in Abuja chart way forward

Governors, Alabi mourn Jobi-Fele

Glo Rock ‘n’ Rule moves to Markurdi

SSS quizzes Akume, Ayu, Gemade, others

Pro-Alao-Akala group wants allegation of arms build-up probed

TCT key to Fashola’s re-election bid – Durosinmi-Etti

‘Anti-corruption fight not for government, agencies alone’

Ijaw youth leaders disown MEND

Ataoja: Judge disqualifies self from royal dispute case

NASS candidate pledges to set up consultative council

Crime rate: Group set to petition IG

CDHR, NLC, others to monitor polls

Amosun groans over loss of 59 supporters to political violence

Minister tackles governor over performance

Thursday, March 24, 2011

‘HIV prevalence drops from 4.6 per cent to 4.1’

Ekiti ACN suspends senator for alleged forgery

Police recover explosives, ammunition in Bauchi

Three die as robbers raid banks in Ondo

Clerics decry high level of insecurity

Ogun: How they sold my ticket for N100m – Rep

Fish out MEND – Ijaw Congress

Gender equality

ACF asks FG to end crises

FCT board rations water

ACN, police disagree

TMG decries involvement of judiciary in politics

FCT swells by 10,000 people daily

NUJ calls for accurate reporting

Jonathan counsels pharmaceutical sector

INEC timetable: Court stops NDP from April polls

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Defence ministry seeks support for DNA Bank

NULGE wants minimum wage implemented from April

Jos crisis: Police confirm death of three

IPMAN rues vandalisation of pipeline

Offa indigenes task Rep candidate

FG, UNESCO upgrade water institute to varsity

Osun students to boycott LAUTECH matriculation

UI holds course on mentoring

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

ECOWAS charges NSAs on development

Nigerian scientist makes new findings on tomato

Amosun decries deplorable state of roads in Ogun

First Bank donates hall to OAU

Family resorts to prayer over father’s kidnap

Port Harcourt NESREA office

Aregbesola’s N25bn loan

Gunmen kidnap poly rector, CMD in A’Ibom

Panel recommends merger of three Ekiti varsities

Fraud: Pensioners seek decentralisation

Institute partners state govts on tourism

N12bn scam: EFCC arraigns three civil servants, 29 others

ACN chairman accuses candidate of forgery as court stops Ojudu

FOI bill to enhance transparency, not pull down govt – ACN

Maitama Sule seeks resignation of president before poll

‘Ikorodu road to become six lanes’

Modernise ICPC operations —Senate

474 hectares of land: Judge quashes firm’s takeover

Air Force officer killed in Kano jet crash

Acting ICPC chairman removed

‘80,000 capacity military DNA ready’

FG seeks alternative infrastructure funding

UNILORIN expels 1,175 students

Arms shipment: UN, US inspected arms – Witness

Monday, March 21, 2011

‘LGs in Niger spent N4bn on projects’

ANPP counsels Rivers on revenue from oil wells

‘Cross River needs N15bn for water’

Politician abducted in Ibadan

Recovered DDC machines: Lekan Balogun seeks Oyo REC’s redeployment

New city in Rivers

Money laundering allegation: Presidency condemns Buhari’s tactics

Arms shipment: Suspect turns FG’s witness against Iranian

PDP candidates in prison custody

Fraud: EFCC arraigns US-based Nigerian attorney

Two killed as hoodlums attack Ngige, Okonkwo

‘Don’t mix politics with religion’

Ribadu vows to deal with treasury looters

NGO registers 10,000 widows

Police arrest 41 Nigeriens

Okereke-Onyiuke v. SEC: NSE’s application stalls judgment

Fire razes Katsina Central Market

Okonkwo advises MEND against violence

PDP sues Justice Salami over judgments

Ex-minister blames Akpabio for loss of oil wells

FG names ministry’s hqtrs after Balewa

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Commotion as police kill two in Anambra

Residents flee Igbajo, Eripa

We’re not owing bank N300m debt —School

Imo committed to free education

NABTEB records 105 per cent increase enrolment

N250m suit: Man sues Seven Up for permanent disability

Ondo sets up Owo roads committee

Scientific polling’ll deepen democracy

Saturday, March 19, 2011

FG stops govs from taking loans beyond their tenure

Labour, road workers hold solidarity walk for Fashola

I’ ll bring Isiaka back to PDP, Olurin vows

Buhari, Ribadu hypocritical on corruption — PDP

NAFDAC impounds unregistered and expired drugs in Enugu

Friday, March 18, 2011

PDP, ACN disagree over electoral violence

Court dismisses lawyer’s suit against Jega

Why Nigeria backed UN no-fly zone resolution against Libya

Abuja hosts career conference

Daniel commiserates with Aliyu

NDP: Court fixes ruling on INEC timetable for March 24

Fayemi moves to avert herdsmen, farmers’ clash

FG to normalise fuel supply

Violent clash: Police summon ACN, LP leaders

2011: ‘Vote leaders with proven records of performance’

Firm trains police officers on cyber crimes

Aregbesola warns election riggers

Presidency: Traders strike deal with Jonathan, Sambo

UNIJOS produces seven first class graduates

Act now, operators urge SEC

Oyo PFN women mobilise 8,000 churches for credible polls

Thursday, March 17, 2011

How OSOPADEC abandoned 29 projects in Ilaje, Ese-Odo – Report

Don urges use local building materials

‘FOI bill will enhance democracy’

Island Club: Court to rule on contempt charge against Okoya-Thomas, others

UNDP trains 300 women

Foundation tackles poverty among women, girls

April polls: No deadline for voting period –Oyo REC

Customs arrests smugglers with N43m tiles

Osun cataract, glaucoma treatment

Drug trafficking: We’ll assist Nigeria —Germany

Another shooting victim dies

Aregbesola, Omisore differ over competence to rule

NANS urges senate to cancel award

Rainstorm, fire destroy 200 houses in Akure

April polls: CAN, COSEG caution MEND, politicians

Ekiti deputy speaker alleges threat to life

UNIJOS produces first set of first class graduates

ICPC arraigns two housing ministry officials

N2.3bn civil servants’ secretariat

We are still on strike, Oyo doctors insist

No killer squad —Jang

Kaduna illegal driving schools

Ogun is being hijacked by ‘undertakers’ – Daniel

Zamfara employs 703 youths

Strikes no longer news to me – Health minister

Illegal fund collection: Mimiko orders arrest of suspect

UNIUYO’s Chemistry year

ICPC arraigns Oyo commissioner, wife

VCs seek govt funds for private varsities

2011: Africa looks up to Nigeria –UN envoy

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Ondo inaugurates panel to probe communal crises

Unrest persists in Benin over killings

Explosion in Niger Delta

74 die in Ogun accidents –TRACE

Ex-LG boss accuses NURTW members of invasion

ACPN, PDP trade words on traditional rulers

PDP flays planned probe of Agagu

Engaging youths will reduce crime – Aregbesola

Again EFCC quizzes Lawal, declares perm sec wanted

Jonathan, Mimiko, Saraki, others condole with Katsina governor

How to be security conscious, by Police

Two die, others injured in Ibadan auto crash

NCE seeks harmonisation of salaries

New measures in place to combat crime, kidnapping

Oshiomhole did not threaten anyone — Edo govt

Plateau explains withholding of councils’ funds

Group urges MEND to embrace peace

False declaration: Lagos arraigns ex-Island Club

Lagos nurses begin strike

Osun embarks on eye treatment programme

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Koroma in Nigeria, says ECOWAS ’ll meet over Cote d’Ivoire

Forgery: Court adjourns case against CAC president

20,000 youths employed in Osun —Commandant

Kwara pursues low HIV rate

Resident doctors begin warning strike in Rivers

Mimiko seeks better funding for education

‘Imo requires N120bn to control erosion’

Fashola unveils plans to create 20,000 jobs in Ibeju-Lekki axis

N1.2bn deductions: Ogun teachers protest non-remittance

Contempt: Judge summons Inspector-General

CP threatens to deal with Ekiti drivers over breach of peace

Monday, March 14, 2011

INEC prepares INEC prepares to receive ballot papers

April poll: Civil society, NDI inaugurate national incident centre

CAC crisis: Akintola dismisses two-month ultimatum

Bomb-blast victims express fears over hospital treatment

Salami: Falana withdraws suit against NJC, FJSC

Court sacks NDDC board member

Adio denies plot to destabilise Osun

Unlawful detention: Court orders IG to pay N100,000

LAUTECH: Alao-Akala dares Osun, approves VC, registrar

NIPPs: Minister warns contractors

Enugu: DPO to be arraigned for alleged kidnapping

FG unveils new curriculum for secondary schools

Oni returns to Appeal court, seeks reversal of Fayemi’s victory

‘Deported ex-militants receiving training in Nigeria’

Dasab Airline faults verdict on winding up

MDAs frustrate investigations into AGF queries —Senate

Daniel’s penitence zero with Assembly still closed – Egbetokun

Amaechi orders probe of robbery at pilgrims board

‘New PDP chairman will distract Jonathan’

Divisive politics, religious sentiment our greatest security concerns —SSS DG

Monarch lauds Aliyu

NPLF not disposed to pact with Buhari – Investigations

Jonathan expresses confidence in Jega

Nigeria worse than 12 years ago —Buhari

DDC machines: NYSC boss decries allegations of theft

Sunday, March 13, 2011

My father’s killers are after me – Gideon, son of slain herdsmen

INEC, civil society partner on teleconference

NAPTIP vows to evacuate trafficked Nigerians from Mali

PCN seals five pharmaceutical shops

CAC crisis: Factional group gets two-month ultimatum

INEC explains list alteration

Ekiti lawmaker defends Oni

FG seeks S’Korea’s partnership

DPR blames kerosene scarcity on refineries

Alao-Akala’s billboards destroyed in Ogbomoso

FCT to combat violence against women

Fayemi vows to recover misappropriated funds

$12.4bn windfall: AGF, CBN file objections over Okigbo report

FOI bill: Group calls for Abba-Aji’s removal

Catholic bishop, Are call for eradication of corruption

EFCC reopens probe of El-Rufai’s asset

Minister assures workers of job security

Unemployment, bane of youth development

Osun embarks on free eye surgery

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Serbia says Kosovo status not obstacle for talks

Britain, France ramp up pressure at Libya crisis summit

13 killed in Indonesia flash floods

Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos holds Novena

Group canvasses national contingency plan on communal violence

N.Zealand issues tsunami warning after Japan quake

CMC has resolved 15,000 disputes

Methodist Church tells FG to bring sanity to the political system

EU to mobilise “all appropriate assistance” for Japan

Substitution of candidate: I never held meeting with APGA — Ekweremadu

Enugu LP campaign DG, supporters defect to PDP

Parenting in Africa needs rebranding –Onyekwere

Countries across Pacific on tsunami alert from quake

Oyo NCP denies dissolving into PDP

...government advises thousands near nuclear plant to relocate

Hundreds killed in Japanese quake–tsunami

Okupe berates CPC over attack on PDP office

Task force intercepts truckload of explosives in Jos

Lagos natives lament marginalisation by govt

We’ll work for the masses –Ribadu

Drama as two men engage in scuffle over widow’s bail

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Red Cross celebrates 50 years

Jang accuses workers of ‘romancing’ with LP

NAPTIP rescues 18-year-old from Mali

‘Enugu committed to free poll’

Transnational education tops Going Global conference agenda

Isiaka faults INEC’s claims over substitution

LAUTECH shut over fee hike protest

Ajimobi flays Ladoja over comment

NAFDAC loses suit against Indian

FCC not aware of Abdulraheem’s re-appointment’

Accident claims 13 lives in Katsina

A’Ibom to pay minimum wage

We can’t afford credibility problems — Jega

PDP staff grumble over non-payment of salary

Journalists oppose privatisation of Daily Star newspapers

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Optometrists ask FG to include eye care in PHC system

Alao-Akala, retired judges case for April

Pensioners protest non-payment of entitlement

Saraki’s wife counsels parents

CJ advocates ADR for FCT landlords, tenants

Foundation seeks support for the aged

Methodist Church holds Annual Synod March 10

Mimiko awards N4.8bn Ikare-Akoko-Ajowa road

Piracy: NIMASA enlists Ijaw group

14 die on Benin-Ore Road

Foundation holds free kidney screening

‘Jonathan will continue to focus on youth development’

Magazine marks six years

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Lagos Assembly approves $1.817m for naval vessels

Board promotes 5,515 teachers in Zamfara

Edo community wants new ruler approved

Fire razes Ondo State specialist hospital

Lent: Fashola asks Christians to pray for polls

2011: Army chief calls on military to be vigilant

NDLEA seizes 13.6 tons of canabis in Ondo

Kogi workers begin strike

Medical practitioners hold summit

Report on state creation ready in April — Ekweremadu

C’River govt spends N169m monthly on varsity – Imoke

Parties fault INEC involvement in primaries

Court stops Lagos ACN candidate

Judge threatens to walk out shabbily-dressed lawyers from court

NAPPS shuts private schools in Ondo

Reps ask IG, minister to investigate ban on rallies by govs

Transformer donation averts protest in Hausa community

Jos: Prosecution of suspects is panacea to peace –Jang

Senate excludes Armed Forces, others from pension scheme

Foundation seeks media support for the aged

Monday, March 07, 2011

Drama as police order passersby to remove destitute’s corpse

Veterinary council scam: Activist sues Waziri, EFCC

PPN welcomes Isiaka, others

Court stops FAAN from evicting airlines

Ariosh hosts NSE Lagos branch

Suleja bombings: SSS arraigns CPC candidate

Lead poisoning kills 400 more children

Osun students jubilate as Aregbesola slashes fees

Fashola denies pact with Labour Party

OPC suspends two leaders over Oyo NURTW crisis

Police arrest two for attacking senator’s wife

INEC may meet on elections timetable today

Makinde calls for prayers for April polls

EU pledges N16bn for polio, migration in Nigeria

Sunday, March 06, 2011

Reps ask INEC to return N2.3bn unspent funds

Henry Okah’s 62-count charge forced FG to declare amnesty – Falana

Mimiko inaugurates jetty, market

Monarch berates past govt, pleads with Fayemi

Saraki approves N70bn budget

CNPP demands ‘clean’ voter register from INEC

Destabilisation: Aregbesola, Omisore trade words over alleged plot

Indecent dressing bill unnecessary – Fayemi

Edo may revoke sale of Okpella cement factory

Post-UTME test: ‘Why varsities flout FG’s directive’

Again, Alao-Akala and Ladoja in war of words

Belgore promises to provide 10,000 jobs

Afe Babalola urges Fayemi to fix federal road

Slain man’s family decries killer’s sentence

Federal doctors begin strike in Lagos, Ogun

Expatriate quota: Immigration officials storm Arik’s office

Edo to spend N4bn on schools’ renovation

FG ready to assist Nigerians anywhere – Ajumogobia

FCT Administration to fumigate Abuja

Etteh snubs journalists at Obasanjo’s birthday service

Firm sues N’Delta ministry

FG’ll expand agric sector —Minister

Saturday, March 05, 2011

Voter register: Mixed reactions trail final figures

North, S’ East leaders intensify struggle to succeed Jonathan

Finbank threatens to declare Udenwa’s aide bankrupt over N647m loan

Jonathan promises even distribution of developmental projects

Human resources more critical than mineral resources in nation building — Aregbesola

Friday, March 04, 2011

Jordan rejects constitutional monarchy calls

Pro-regime forces man Libyan border with Tunisia

Libya clashes widen, Interpol issues Gaddafi alert

New Egypt PM addresses protesters in Tahir Square

Libya rebels push west towards Gaddafi’s stronghold

‘Frankfurt attack was Afghanistan’s revenge’

Aregbesola for OYES passing out parade

ACN campaign group flays heroic welcome for George

Presidential debate begins March 8

Unemployment hinders development – NDE

Brutality: Lawyer petitions NSCDC boss

Ex-Zambian president, Kaunda for Jonathan’s biography

Ataoja stool: Chiefs file appeal

Anambra PDP list: Chris Uba says ‘no shaking’

US pledges more support for NDLEA

Ogun gov tussle: Lawal, Ogunye hail court judgement

Amaechi to pay acn building’s tenement rate from salary

Anglican Church to organise debate for Lagos governorship candidates

Foundation rates SEAP best

UK, Norway fund immunisation

‘Lagos doctors’ strike against govt’

Reps to legalise national coordinator, anti-terrorism

Group to exhibit Yoruba culture in Ireland

Customs impound smuggled vehicles with party slogans

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Economic crimes: FG prosecutes 22, 544 cases –Report

Police, commercial motorcyclists clash in Lagos

STF restricts motorcycle operators in Jos

Catholic knights urge Senate to pass FOI bill

Ajasin varsity produces 17 First Class graduates

‘Hoodlums may stop Nigerians from driving new cars’

NGO to empower widows, children

EFCC seeks power to keep seized funds

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Minimum wage: NLC threatens to boycott April polls

Football match stampede claims four Zambians

Medical students, doctors protest outage, water in LUTH

Ebebi: AG’s lawyer quits case

Sekibo accuses Amaechi of frustrating campaign

Dariye’s aides defect to PDP

Oshiomhole earmarks N150bn for flooding in Edo

Elechi stops ANPP’s presidential rally in Ebonyi

N5m damages: ICPC appeals against court judgment

Gunmen kidnap monarch in A’Ibom

FOI Bill: Group asks Jonathan to sack aide

Fayemi to implement panel’s report

Broadway Fela! arrives Lagos in April

Fayemi promises implementation of visitation panel’s report

Enugu records 400 fire disasters

‘Pact will strengthen Nigeria-Argentina relations’

Police arrest 12 over Zaria protest

Stop embarrassing Jonathan, Presidency warns Abba-Aji again

Ogun assembly faction passes 2011 budget

Oyo NSCDC recovers 70 kegs of petrol from vandals

Ojukwu for rehabilitation — APGA chief

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

US embassy unveils new visa system

Nigerian political parties lack ideology – Babatope

CJ frees suspected drug baron

Court upholds CAC leadership

Jonathan asks states, LGs to support police reform fund

Amaechi demands petitions against corrupt officials

Sokoto gov poll: S’Court fixes April 8 for ruling

Ogun PDP: Obasanjo, Daniel’s faction know fate on Thursday

Adedibu’s Will: Court adjourns till March 30

Critics of Bianca’s appointment misguided

US investigators seek Nigerian fugitive

Judiciary workers resume strike in Anambra

Senator flays Oshiomhole over school

Nigeria, Microsoft, World Bank collaborate on teachers’ ICT training

FRSC boss, Senate disagree over use of helicopter

INEC to review Niger’s voter list

CCB to probe corrupt civil servants

FG to spend N2bn on relaunch of SAT-1

Jonathan’s wife lauds FG’s youth plan

April polls: Kuffuor leads international observers

Voter register: INEC to publish voter register today

CPC ticket: Masari heads to Appeal court

Book on Niki Tobi for launch

FG sets up NAPTIP board

ICPC probes three Ogun LGs

Debate: NCP candidate sues TV station

Bode George’s welcome party, a show of shame

Monday, February 28, 2011

I’ll run inclusive govt – Olurin

I didn’t bar works minister from my palace — Oba of Benin

Nigerians must not be forced to use Egypt-type revolution —NBA

One injured as building collapses in Lagos

Number of non-regular immigrants on the rise — Investigation

Ogun youths lament closure

Imoke, others make INEC’s list

Zaria residents protest poor water, electricity supply

Generator fumes kill family of three

Obasanjo, PDP’s visit gives credence to corruption

Gunmen release kidnapped UNIUYO

Asaba traders to get loans

‘ACN, CPC’s criticism, vote-seeking’

Tinubu blames media for wide coverage

Group wants sponsors of Jos crises unmasked

Commercial bus driver arraigned for manslaughter

It’s a show of shame —Afenifere

‘Heroic welcome for him, unfortunate’

I won’t play dirty politics – Jonathan