The Punch News Archive for August 2008

Friday, August 29, 2008

N6.5bn fraud: Court remands Ladoja, two others in EFCC custody

Yar’Adua undergoes surgery in Saudi Arabia

McCain Picks Alaska Gov as Running Mate

Police arrest 115 over OPC, NURTW clash

Minna conjoined triplets die before separation surgery

Abductors of Israeli businessman demand N2bn ransom

Obama fund-raiser: We are making progress –EFCC

Niger governor escapes death in boat mishap, three die

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Obama, McCain could not have emerged in Nigeria — Carrington

Etsu Nupe, others order Bello to divorce 82 wives

Boy, 15, escapes from kidnappers

EFCC arrests Ladoja over alleged N1.93bn shares deal

Slain journalist, Ogundeji laid to rest

Tribunal upholds Oni’s election

Anxiety heightens over Yar’Adua’s health

Air crashes: AIB set to release reports

Power sector reforms in UK and Canada

Globacom hits 20 million subscribers mark

Five policemen, two others feared killed in NURTW, OPC clash

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Third Mailand bridge to be totally shut on Sunday

Tension in Ekiti over tribunal’s verdict

EFCC arrests Ibeto Group boss over N350m fraud

YCE, Afenifere meet over feuding Obas

Monetisation: SSANU threatens nationwide strike

Constitution unfriendly to N’Delta — Uduaghan

CBN unveils rules for new banking licences

INEC faults parties over consensus candidates

Gunmen kill UNIBEN’s deputy registrar, student

Why Yar’Adua is not yet back — FEC

Stock market recovers on FG intervention

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

EFCC wants LGs to account for N3.313tn

FG defies S’Court, keeps N180bn voided accounts

FG, UNESCO to develop slave trade sites

Yar‘Adua pledges support for early passage of CEDAW Bill

Ijaw youth council gives Sylva 21-day ultimatum

Abolurin wants EFCC investigators to be objective

RMAFC orders governor, deputy to refund N300m

Police foil bank robbery, kill four suspects

Monday, August 25, 2008

Court restrains EFCC from harassing businessmen

MEND alleges $500,000 bribe from Rep to implicate firm

‘Strip President of power to appoint INEC chairman, others’

Mark, Bankole make case for fresh blood in Nigerian politics

Quacks have taken over teaching profession – NUT

‘Nigeria won’t take loans to tackle climate change issues’

...we can’t meet with you now, service chiefs tell Bankole

Yar’Adua’s absence stalls handover at Defence headquarters

EFCC affirms investigation of LGs

Sunday, August 24, 2008

EFCC dismisses 11 officials for forgery

Imoke wins Cross River election rerun

Yar’Adua, Obasanjo not on speaking terms – Investigation

Tribunal’s judgments: CP assures Ekiti residents of their safety

FG flays delayed action against racism, discrimination

Senate probes 162m euros teaching hospitals contracts

Bakassi: Senate to continue work on Green Tree Agreement

VC, council trade blames over non-accreditation

Reps intensify lobby for committee chairmanships

Voters shun Cross River rerun election

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Siemens: Yar’Adua did not consult us –EFCC, ICPC

Records on Pentascope, NITEL transactions missing

EFCC impounds 384 PEF vehicles

Controversy over N147m NIPOST contract

Presidency sheds light on military shake-up

Lagos LG poll: SSS quizzes AC aspirants

No clue on abducted son of former commissioner

INEC investigates PDP, AC, others

Friday, August 22, 2008

Illegal arms: Bankole to meet defence minister, service chiefs on Monday

Obama fundraiser: EFCC storms banks

Niger Delta governors to meet Yar’Adua over NDDC’s funding

16 die in Sagamu road accident

FG suspends oil bid rounds

EFCC takes over probe of Siemens from ICPC

JNI’s death threat: I’m not moved – Man with 86 wives

Bakassi: Biya promises protection for Nigerians

Thursday, August 21, 2008

ICPC canvasses life jail for corrupt officials, others

Okereke-Onyiuke’s passport seized

Group hails RMAFC for excluding IBB, others from pension roll

PTDF queries four varsities over endowment

‘S’East, N’West have worst roads in Nigeria’

Ministry, contractor clash over hospitals contracts

Doctors berate public officers over foreign medical treatment

AC Reps sue FG over Bakassi handover

Why we re-engaged Siemens — FG

Militants abduct OSOPADEC chairman, six commissioners

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

The man Dike

PDP condemns calls for interim govt

EFCC quizzes Okereke-Onyiuke, detains Marc Wabara

Yar’Adua names new defence, service chiefs

Nigerians have suffered enough power failure — Osun Speaker

NDLEA to destroy 750,000kgs of cannabis in Edo

RCCG, MFM, others seek adjustment to Lagos-Ibadan Expressway

I have no power to recall Ribadu from NIPSS — Okiro

Rep, Afenifere condemn new deal with Siemens

Power sector reforms in other lands — prologue

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Civil service, breeding ground for corruption —ICPC

FG in fresh power deal with Siemens, others

Bode George: Lagos hails judge’s stand on tax clearance

Bakassi: Senators seek reduction of President’s power to sign treaties

ThisDay petitions IG over journalist’s murder

Obama: SEC writes Okereke-Onyiuke

N2.6bn debt: NCAA threatens to ground airlines

JTF kills two cultists, arrests 20 during clash in Rivers

Monday, August 18, 2008

NAMA shifts total radar coverage to 2009

Police arraign NDDC chairman for stealing N800m

EFCC probes Osun tribunal members

Obama disowns Okereke-Onyiuke, others

‘British officials stripped me’

Uduaghan’s office burgled

Ateke Tom’s group can’t intimidate us — JTF

Floods submerge 150 houses in Sokoto

Controversy trails Ogundeji’s murder

Jonathan backs power project probe in Bayelsa

Reps: How N’Assembly struck N2.3bn car deal

e-passport scandal: Immigration to prosecute errant officers

Yar’Adua removes Osinowo, scraps Chief of Staff office

Sunday, August 17, 2008

NNPC loses 12 million litres along PH/Enugu pipeline

Police, SSS begin fresh plot against Ribadu, others

FG accuses Virgin of blackmail

Nigeria requires 312,000 teachers for the next 8 years – UBEC

Speaker cautions legislators on impeachment

Bakassi: ‘Epidemic looms in A’Ibom’

NDLEA arrests two women for cocaine trafficking

No plan to abolish VAT on air tickets – Babalola

LG poll: AC shifts Lagos primaries to Sept 6

Fresh crisis in Ekiti Assembly over SIEC law

NITEL loses N2bn to ghost workers, SAT-3 – Senate committee

Saturday, August 16, 2008

EFCC seeks power to seize assets of sitting presidents, VPs, govs

21 ex-governors linked with N120bn assets –ICPC

Oyegun links Niger Delta crisis to revenue allocation, federalism

Why we need FOI Bill

Fresh moves to resolve CCC crisis

Sultan, other Islamic leaders disown man with 86 wives

Those who ceded Bakassi should be tried –Faseun

We’ve lost many lives in Niger Delta –Navy

Friday, August 15, 2008

EFCC probes Osun governorship tribunal

Bank deposits hit N6.7tr – Soludo

Bakassi deserted, Cameroun to take over fully in 2011

Customs seals off Chinese warehouse in Lagos

Obasanjo Library to become tourist centre

NNPC to begin oil exploration in the North next month

Finally Bode George meets bail conditions

‘Nigerian men don’t repay loans’

Amaechi shuns Odili’s 60th birthday ceremony

Park relocation sparks tension in Enugu community

Ribadu: FG insincere about anti-corruption war – Reps

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Cultural archives: Soyinka, others to sue Obasanjo library

Ex-UME highest scorer in police net for alleged robbery

Ribadu: Senators disagree over Ribadu’s demotion

Camerounians celebrate as Nigeria cedes Bakassi

Hospitals reject corpse of man killed by wife

NDLEA arrests student, two others for cocaine trafficking

Nigerian banking sector highly risky –Standard & Poor’s

NITEL: BPE denies banks’ claim of ownership

Rape: Red Cross, residents blame Oyo govt

NDDC’s funds intact — Acting Chairman

We’ll prevent LG chairmen from stealing public funds — Ayoola

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Senate cuts 2008 budget by N103bn

FG to spend N1bn on new Bakassi LG

No pension for Gowon, IBB, others – RMAFC

How Nigeria, Cameroun legal fireworks started

Nigerians should not cry over transfer – Gowon

Tribunal verdict: Agagu goes to Appeal Court

FEC approves audit of assets, liabilities of DNCR

Police keep mum over court order on 302 PEF vehicles

‘US, France, Britain conspired against Nigeria’

Ribadu’s demotion: Senate summons IG, PSC

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Monetisation: SSAUTHRIAI threatens to embark on strike

Electoral reform goes beyond constitutional amendment – Falana, others

We’ll probe senators, Reps if..., says EFCC

How the handover will be done

Nigeria loses Bakassi at 11am tomorrow

Electoral reforms: Yar’Adua grants Uwais panel four-month extension

Post-UME screening exploitative – JAMB registrar

‘Bakassi handover, a disregard for the rule of law’

NANS wants EFCC to probe varsity heads

Oyo SSG’s diatribe against PUNCH: Our response

Power emergency: FG threatens oil firms with expulsion

Nigeria loses billions of naira to fire disasters in four months

Monday, August 11, 2008

‘Senate to pass hydro-power bill soon’

Osun: Reps may summon NJC

Students threaten to resist Bakassi handover

Nigeria lagging behind in MDGs — UNICEF

MEND’s threat: Security beefed up at N’Assembly

NLC seeks emergency action on education sector

Bayelsa SSG‘s wife narrates 17-day ordeal with kidnappers

Alleged N100bn fraud: EFCC lists 13 witnesses against Bode George

MEND alleges $20m bribes by FG

We can’t withdraw Ribadu, NIPSS insists

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Court reinstates officer dismissed by Ehindero

One killed, 20 injured as PDP members clash in Osun

EFCC to increase charges against Bode George

Power probe panel calls for scrapping of PHCN

INEC orders PDP to conduct fresh congresses in 10 states

ATM fraud: Reps may sanction offending banks

Niger Delta: Governors submit names for committee

NAFDAC canvasses life imprisonment for fake drug dealers

...we’ll use report as case study, says ICPC

Ribadu: Senate may summon PSC boss

Saturday, August 09, 2008

ICPC uncovers N357m fraud in Kogi

Secret plot to castrate EFCC –Financial Times of London

S’West PDP leaders move to save Obasanjo

Youths sack leaders, elders send SOS to Obi

Woman alleges forceful ejection by Adedibu’s aides

Associates abandon Bode George

Aluko advocates three-party system

30 still missing 7 days after troops sacked Bayelsa community

Friday, August 08, 2008

Man detained for threatening to kill Obama

When I got there he was alive, but the police didn’t allow us to move him

N100bn fraud: Court remands Bode George, four others in EFCC custody

Police arrest NDDC chair for paying N510m to native doctor

Militants plan invasion of Defence Chief’s hometown ...FG deploys troops, gunboats

JTF sinks two boats filled with militants

Sanusi to succeed Ajekigbe as First Bank MD

Police officer sues unregistered university over degree

Nigeria won’t fall into debt trap again -Babalola

....grants Boni Haruna

Court Denies Okah Bail

Yar’Adua’s election defence: INEC to pay lawyers N350m

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Subsidies favour the rich, not the poor –Yar’Adua

‘I don’t know if Ribadu’ll leave NIPSS’

59,000 Nigerians in transit to Europe

EFCC to arraign Bode George today

Anxiety as EFCC invites Osun Minority Leader, three other lawmakers

Martins urges court to grant him access to PEF vehicles

NSCIA defends hajj commission on fare hike

No going back on handing over Bakassi to Cameroun — Aondoakaa

N’Delta: Sultan, Onaiyekan, others seek higher derivation

Two arrested with guns, ammunition

Yar’Adua nominates Shonekan to head ICRC board

Lagosians resort to charcoal as scarcity of kerosene persists

EFCC invites Osun SSG, commissioners, others over govt purchases

Confusion in NIPSS over Ribadu’s demotion

Gunmen abduct women in Port Harcourt

I won’t step on innocent toes — Waziri

FRSC seeks partnership with EFCC on illegal driving licence

Warri refinery resumes production of kerosene, diesel

Medical negligence: Lagos establishes monitoring committee

Demotion targeted at Ribadu —Afenifere

Teachers get 27.5% pay rise

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Lawyers divided over Ribadu’s demotion

Obasanjo may lose PDP BOT chairmanship

Ribadu, dead police officer, others demoted

Only ‘Ministry of Niger Delta’ can solve crisis —Sagay

Health workers begin three-day warning strike

Nigeria loses N1bn annually to flood — Minister

Kure’s probe: Why I did not keep records — Chief Accountant

Bakassi: Senator wants handover date extended

Tension heightens in coastal Bayelsa

‘Yar’Adua didn’t bribe Reps with N80bn constituency funds’

Monday, August 04, 2008

Group faults NNPC boss over $12m pipeline funds to militants

40 pedestrians, okada riders arrested

Committee wants Obasanjo, Agagu, others investigated

ICPC smashes employment syndicate in Prisons, Immigration

Falana writes ECOWAS president over detained journalist

N100m bribe: Lack of petitions stalls Reps’ probe

Alao-Akala woos defectors with N5m each —ANPP

Terrorists after us, Israeli ambassador tells IG

FG may repeal oil sector laws

Sunday, August 03, 2008

Probe: ‘$22.6bn refinery, gas, electricity projects not executed’

Militants attack JTF Logistics Base

No trekking, no okada on Third Mainland Bridge – FRSC

Woman arrested with fresh human skull in Effurun

Corruption: EFCC may charge Haruna this week

We’ll miss him, but life continues – Jose’s wife

‘Why Nigeria will handover Bakassi to Cameroun’

29 Condemned Nigerians in Thailand, Afghanistan Get Reprieve

Police intercept ambulance with 16 bags of Indian hemp

Verdict: Agagu, Mimiko step up accusations

Robbers battle police, abandon AK-47

Ogun NURTW crisis: How woman facilitated arrest of prime suspect ¨CPolice

Saturday, August 02, 2008

EFCC ransacks former official¡®s residence

N¡¯Delta: Militants loot police armouries

Third Mainland Bridge: Confusion in Lagos

Collapsed building: Labourers recall narrow escape

NPAN, governors, others pay tributes to Jose

EFCC investigates 774 LG councils

Dokubo-Asari: Security agents investigate Lebanese men

Governor¡¯s aide in N28m grain and fertiliser scam

Presidential pardon for 29 drug barons

Bakassi handover: Former naval chief cautions FG

Bloodbath in P¡¯Harcourt again, 10 feared dead

I?e had five children, but I was never married, not even to Kollington

Friday, August 01, 2008

Senate to revisit labour laws

Nigeria? first composite insulator factory takes off

Agagu? removal: LP, youths warn monarchs

No going back on Bakassi handover ?FG

JTF shuts 111 illegal refineries

Obi seeks partnership with AfDB, USAID

Nigerian kills wife in US

Two police officers jailed for corruption

Shell may relocate to Iraq over Niger Delta woes

Bad road: Fresh fuel scarcity looms as IPMAN threatens strike

22 feared dead in Abuja road crash

7,000 Policemen for Third Mainland Bridge repair

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