The Punch News Archive for February 2009

Friday, February 27, 2009

Nigerians should reject removal of fuel subsidy – NLC

Power probe: EFCC set to arrest Agagu

Petrol may sell for N73.37k per litre

ICPC v. Lafiaji: How N.9m was shared -Witness

Ireland deports 30 Nigerians

No cult killings in Bayelsa –Police

Early detection can ameliorate breast cancer – Irabor

NBA moves to hasten Iwu’s sack

Federal roads: Ogun demands N5bn refund

Niger to license religious preachers

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Yar’Adua can’t sack Iwu – Senate

FG removes petrol subsidy

Reps suspend anti-Bankole lawmaker

Constitution review: House names 19-man advisory committee

‘Agagu, INEC’s pleas cannot stand’

Appeal court to inquire into cancellation of Imo governorship poll

‘Seven corps members died in Edo, Delta’

Atiku replies Kalu, says he’s a jester

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Strike grounds public schools nationwide

Ekiti rerun: PDP’s meeting with Fayose ends in deadlock

Gunmen shoot down chopper

Lassa fever: Reps call for diagnostic centres

Mimiko freezes LGs’ accounts, dissolves boards

FEC sets up another committee to study report on electoral reforms

WHO raises the alarm over shortage of health workers

Six feared killed as fresh violence erupts in Ilaje

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Sack Iwu now, NLC tells Yar’Adua

Petitions: ‘No President, governor until judgments’

I’ll step on toes – Mimiko

Teachers begin strike as NUT faction backs out in Enugu

Protest over judge’s decision to withdraw from Amosun, Daniel’s case

Oshiomhole, legislators differ over cut from LG funds

Hold governors responsible for violence in states –Reps

Yar’Adua appoints board members for aviation, education parastatals

BREAKING NEWS: Mimiko inaugurated, promises ‘people-oriented government’

Monday, February 23, 2009

Three feared dead in Akure, Ondo

... says ‘I have a weighty burden’

Mimiko freezes Ondo accounts

Mimiko’s victory and the battle for reclamation

Notorious armed robbery suspect in police net

FG deploys soldiers in Bauchi as Police confirm 11 dead, seven arrested

Eight petroleum industry laws for repeal

NIPP: FG votes N323bn for 6,000mw

Pension funds: ‘Why capital market crisis may not affect pensioners’

BREAKING NEWS: Mimiko freezes Ondo State Government’s bank accounts

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Senate summons minister over NERC crisis

FCT, ministry defy Yar’Adua’s order on Officials’ trial

Judgment: Security beefed up in Ondo, Edo

Manslaughter: Court sentences ex-beauty queen to five years

Aviation: N’Assembly to probe $61.65m World Bank loan

LAUTECH: Officials confirm pregnant woman, one other dead

Gunmen kidnap ALGON chairman in A’Ibom

Mother of sextuplets dies of excessive bleeding

Bauchi residents flee to Jos as crisis escalates

Saturday, February 21, 2009

...Firs targets tax evaders

God not making men like my husband anymore – Etiaba

Revenue shortfall: States mobilise for fresh survival strategies

‘...Northern leaders should be ashamed over violence’

Four killed in Bauchi: Mosque, church attacked

Police battle prostitutes in Abuja

Nigerians mourn Shehu of Borno

Woman, 32, delivered of sextuplets in Ogun

Gunmen kill 13 footballers, supporters in Delta

Friday, February 20, 2009

I’m not dating MI or Shank –Kel

Stop holding PDP BOT meetings in Aso Rock –AC

2011 elections: Politicians spend billions on armoured vehicles

Netanyahu gets nod to form new Israeli government

Okiro’s successor may serve five years –Report

LAUTECH hospital complex collapses, five feared dead

ICPC convicts former Borno local govt chairman

Eight prisoners enrol for NOUN programmes

Self-acclaimed healer accused of duping client of N2.5m, says ‘it’s tit for tat’

Tears, anguish trail activities of fake forex dealers operating near popular Lagos hotel

Thursday, February 19, 2009

How Obama’s inauguration led to recall of Ambassador Rotimi

Russian hostages escape from militants’ den

Yar’Adua’s adviser protests removal of independent candidacy

Yar’Adua in secret meeting with Oni, Ekiti acting gov

Senators eye consolidated account for NHIS funding

Shell, MOSOP trade blame over renewed Ogoni violence

‘House of Reps passed only 21 bills in nine months’

Appeal court upholds Aliyu’s election

Senate pushes for ‘state of the nation’ address

Kidnapping: Police arrest two suspects, free eight-year-old girl in Delta

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Agagu, Mimiko know fate on Monday

FG probes militants’ alleged attack on presidential palace

Money laundering: Fayose’s trial begins

Ekiti Assembly Speaker sacks commissioners, Oni’s advisers

Police rescue one-year-old baby

18 feared dead as helicopter crashes into sea

Minister dismisses Okah’s medical appeal

Nigeria now dumping ground for toxic TVs, others —Greenpeace

Policemen planned to go on strike, Okiro admits

Halliburton: SERAP, CDHR ask FG to probe government officials

FG suspends NERC chairman, commissioners

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Odeyemi, Ekiti Speaker, inaugurated as acting governor

Anyaoku, David-West decry growing corruption

Appeal court sacks Oni, orders rerun in 10 LGs

JTF set to destroy 70 bunkering barges

Senate summons ex-NHIS boss over N43m fraud

Kidnapping: Enugu backs Amaechi over death penalty, Rivers Assembly differs

Oyo Assembly sacks deputy speaker, majority leader

Court dismisses suit to remove Amaechi

N2.3bn car scandal: Reps may suspend five lawmakers

Monday, February 16, 2009

Ministry recalls Nigerian ambassador to US

CBN will not defend naira indefinitely – Soludo

We knew $251.6m NigComSat-I could fail —Ex-Minister

Why I support death penalty for kidnappers —Amaechi

N2.3bn scandal: Tension as Reps prepare to debate report

Police arrest witness in court premises

Vision 2020: FG targets 70-year life expectancy

After eight attempts at UME, orphan emerges best graduating student

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Abacha loses choice property in Port Harcourt

LGs received N8.3bn from FAAC in 2008

INEC spent N96.7bn in five years

Groups quarrel over land in Ibadan

Gunmen abduct Rivers ex-commissioner

Three women arrested in Niger over sale of alcohol

JTF arrests 12 suspects over attack on gas plant

Electrocution:One dies, three injured in Osun Assembly

Financial crisis: Nigeria’s revenue dips by N149bn in one month

Senate writes off NAPEP

Obasanjo to retain BOT seat till 2011

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Immigration nabs four human traffickers, rescues 17 victims

Sharia legal system is constitutional –FG tells UN‘s Council

Economic recession: Political crisis looms in Nigeria, others –World Bank

N’Delta: Tension heightens as Shell sends workers home

I was lucky to escape Abacha’s bombs

Confederations Cup: Blatter backs Bafana

Customs impounds truckload of turkey, textiles

Aviation workers threaten to down tools over non-payment of allowance

Sultan visits Prince Charles

EU to invest 600m Euros in Nigerian economy

NAFDAC bans herbal product adverts

Friday, February 13, 2009

Fifteen Badagry prison inmates regain freedom

Inquest on Ogundeji’s death suffers technical setback

Halliburton: No plan to prosecute bribe takers yet – FG

Plane crash kills 49 in New York

Delta spends N50.4m on hygiene facilities

Pressure on Yar’Adua to appoint new IG from the North

Gunmen assassinate councillor in A’Ibom

Savannah Bank: Nwobodo urges Yar’Adua to respect Appeal Court verdict

Police rescue Caleb pupil, hunt for kidnappers of Rep’s daughter

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Robbers attack Delta police commissioner’s convoy

Political office holders earn N1.13tn yearly – RMAFC

My Pikin: Another woman narrates how she lost baby

Seven die in Ogere auto crash

26 states risk outbreak of menigitis this year —FG

EFCC arrests two stockbrokers over alleged N3.2bn fraud

CBN restricts forex consumption by telecoms operators

Nigeria expects more looted funds from Switzerland –Yar’Adua

Financial meltdown: Bank director urges FG, stakeholders to evolve practical solutions

Metro File

Tinubu, Akande, Osoba, others in surprise visit to HID

Appeal court upholds Abia governor’s election

Six policemen, two others killed in robbery attacks

Varsity lecturer crushes student to death

Police declare 12 wanted over Ugbonla crisis

12 arrested over My Pikin

Oil workers, customs agents suspend strikes

European donors may cut anti-graft funding

Budget: FEC approves deadline for preparation of contracts

Tuesday, February 10, 2009


Monday, February 09, 2009

FG dumps Obasanjo’s Heart of Africa project

Financial crisis: CBN to meet bank chiefs over high lending rates

Orhii’s appointment: PSN to sue FG, others

My Pikin: NMA calls for stricter control of drug system

Okiro, NBA disagree over power of prosecution

Senate not superior to House of Reps — Sagay

Jostle for Okiro’s job begins

Yar’Adua resumes, receives briefing on 2009 budget

Sunday, February 08, 2009

Anti-Bankole forces regroup

EFCC to probe INEC

Police arrest 12 over Delta communal clash

Militants kidnap Portuguese engineer in Ondo

Senate, Reps begin budget 2009 harmonisation today

Excess crude account: Lagos opts out of settlement

Sharia was my greatest challenge —Obasanjo

Yar’Adua laments state of varsity education

Saturday, February 07, 2009

UBEC: Documents on N6.1bn suit missing

Four killed as JTF, youths clash

Uncertainty trails Senate’s revocation of FCT plots

Constitution review can’t stamp out corruption – Gowon

FRSC denies corruption allegation

The problem with Nigeria – Akunyili

OBJ’s hired crowd: Aondoakaa’s absence stalls N500m suit

Why criminality thrives in N’Delta –Amaechi

JTF issues fresh warning to militants

‘419’ allegation: Reps demand evidence

Friday, February 06, 2009

Owan challenges EFCC

Inquest: Coroner summons IPO over Ogundeji’s death

Dariye loot: Plateau demands £1.17m from AGF

Real democratic power lies with House of Reps – Bankole

Okiro, SSS unaware of threat to Jang’s life

Kidnapped Nigerian boy freed in Niger Delta

Bank loses N28m to 58-year-old fraudster

SERAP reports Nigeria to UN human rights council

TUC backs PENGASSAN on ultimatum to FG to stem kidnappings in N‘Delta

Spain arrests Nigerian over Al-Qaeda link

Thursday, February 05, 2009

Appeal court restores Savannah Bank’s licence

Fresh tension in House of Reps

Court rules on Ekiti governorship poll on Feb 17

Yar’Adua okays appointments to boards of teaching hospitals

Customs intercepts 190 rifles, arrests three suspects

FG inaugurates panel on Jos crisis

My Pikin: Ministry confirms deaths of 84 children, 111 cases

EFCC raids NERC boss, six commissioners‘ homes

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Gunmen abduct Daukoru’s wife, two others

FEC rejects ministers’ budget implementation plans

EFCC arrests electricity commission boss, directors

Senate rejects bid to bar El-Rufai from public office

Ecological fund: A’Ibom faults FG, seeks adequate allocation

Sagamu killing: Family doubts police investigation

Rape, child abuse victims narrate ordeal

Teachers vow to resume strike on Feb 25

UN body to quiz Nigeria on human rights violations

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

2011: Why Yar’Adua is yet to show interest – PDP

Bail out of banks unnecessary – CBN

Senate orders revocation of Obasanjo’s plot in Abuja

‘Obasanjo, Atiku rift harmed NIPSS’

Ekiti: Crisis over relocation of college of education deepens

Housewife bags 15 months for cocaine trafficking

FG arraigns bank manager for forgery, theft

Teachers threaten fresh strike over new pay

National Assembly begins harmonisation of 2009 budget

My Pikin: FG may dump report on investigation

2008 unspent capital vote: FG recovers N400bn from MDAs

Monday, February 02, 2009

Reps’ panels expenditure details not in 2009 budget

Nigerian economy at critical juncture – Minister

Take over sick banks, firms, SEC tells FG

Violence looms in Edo as NURTW, RTEAN crisis deepens

Yar’Adua suspends NNPC board appointments

Appeal court dismisses Kaka, Aregbesola’s applications

‘President can’t authorise VP to act, unless...’

Constitution review: Legal action tears Reps apart

Nigeria opposes hasty formation of African govt

Why banks allow robbers to steal their money – Okiro

Sunday, February 01, 2009

Blackmailers, kidnappers on the prowl in Lagos

Fraud: More banks under investigation

Constitution review: Reps go to court over status

N’Assembly to spend N2.5bn on security

Yar’Adua’s vacation, threat to democracy —AC

Appeal against verdict on Ibori, NBA tells EFCC

FG bars donors from funding foreign trips

Polio: Governors to meet Bill Gates

Global crisis takes toll on real sector

‘FG, states, LGs shared N5.45tn from Federation Account’

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