The Punch News Archive for June 2009

Monday, June 29, 2009

Amnesty: Yar’Adua directs panel to meet with Henry Okah

Strike: Senate invites Egwu, ASUU

Only four Nigerian banks are strong – Report

Okiro asks hotels to submit guests’ particulars to police everyday

Swine flu shows drug resistance as WHO issues fresh alert

Give details of contracts executed, Reps tell Yar’Adua

649 unexploded ordnance locations found in nine states

Collapsed building: Survivors recount ‘miraculous’ escape

Senate committee to monitor disbursement of N200bn agric fund

No going back on petroleum reforms – FG

EVENING UPDATES: Nigeria on red alert as swine flu spreads to Africa

MID-DAY UPDATES: Rescue work continues at site of collapsed building in Lagos

Sunday, June 28, 2009

CBN’s audit: Banks’ lending tends towards zero

Halliburton scandal: Okiro panel detains Obasanjo’s ex-aide

Falana seeks urgent overseas treatment for Okah

Mimiko to seek NEMA’s intervention for rainstorm victims

Rigging, worse than armed robbery – Fayemi

2011: Activist warns against using amnesty to recruit thugs

NLC endorses amnesty

Yar’Adua orders Jonathan, govs to act

EVENING UPDATES: Rebranding campaign targets 17m Nigerians in Diaspora

MID-DAY UPDATES: Indian police arrest Nigerian, three others for online fraud

Saturday, June 27, 2009

MEND lacks the capacity to strike again in Rivers –Amaechi, Rivers State Gov.

Crash helmets: Offending passenger to face mobile court

Amnesty: Dokubo-Asari threatens to sue FG

National frequency sales: EFCC detains Mobitel boss over N243m deal with NCC

Impeachment plot: Bauchi Dep. Gov. raises the alarm

Yar’Adua’s visit to Bayelsa postponed indefinitely

Ekiti rerun bribery scandal: INEC transfers polling officers out of headquarters

Chado, V-C of IBB varsity resigns

ASUU to distrupt post-UME at UNICAL

…Yar’Adua appoints Kwakwanso, Ogbeha, others to NDDC board

More militants offer to lay down arms

Nigerian airlines groan under N12bn debts

EVENING UPDATES: Asari-Dokubo threatens to sue FG over amnesty

MID-DAY UPDATES: ASUU may disrupt post-UME tests in universities

Friday, June 26, 2009

Onoh’s burial committee sends N600m budget to govt

Demerol: The drug that might have killed Michael Jackson

Strong painkiller injection killed him –Source

Four militant groups accept amnesty, JRC says no

Amnesty: No cash for arms – FG

Kudirat: Court strikes out Al-Mustapha’s disclosure application

NITEL: BPE ready to meet Transcorp in court

Yuguda backs proposed Harvard course for govs

FG to impound airliners found with drugs – AGF

Police arrest, release Bayelsa PDP chieftains

Forty-five Area boys leave Lagos rehab centre

NDLEA arrests 121 drug dealers in Oyo

EVENING UPDATES:FG won’t pay for militants’ arms

MID-DAY UPDATES: Michael Jackson may have died of Demerol overdose, police seek doctor

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Some militants and their operational bases

Yar’Adua’s amnesty proclamation broadcast

MEND blows up another Shell facility

Amnesty: Okah, Dokubo-Asari, others get unconditional pardon

Senate seeks probe of N’Delta governors

Four killed as NDLEA, area boys clash in Kano

Assembly wants federal allocations to Ondo LGs stopped

Reps disrupt session during free-for-all

Finance minister, others risk jail


AFTERNOON UPDATES: Reps exchange blows at Thursday’s sitting

Michael Jackson dies at 50

MID-DAY UPDATES: Militants’ attack on Shell pipeline shuts-in 140,000 bpd, oil price hits $70

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Four Sudanese to die by hanging for killing US official

Amnesty won‘t work, says Dokubo-Asari

Yar’Adua stops award of new contracts

Electoral reforms: Independent candidacy, INEC funding, dominate Senate debate

Oshiomhole’s aide proposes steps to retrieve artifacts

A’Ibom queries hospital over ex-governor’s death

Ekiti Assembly seeks removal of BSES boss

Oni files reply to Fayemi’s petition

Court sacks Ondo LG chairmen

EVENING UPDATES: NAFDAC bans killer body cream, targets fake drugs from Asia

MID-DAY UPDATES:Freed Asari-Dokubo reveals reason for arrest, dismisses Yar’Adua’s 60-day amnesty

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

ASUU strike paralyses academic activities in public varsities

$180m Halliburton scam: Senate flays Aondoakaa for ignoring invitations

SSS arrests Asari-Dokubo as FG, militants meet

Gbaramatu leaders shun parley with JTF commander

52 Delta communities sue FG, seek N100bn damages

UNILORIN 5: FG directs varsity to reinstate sacked lecturers

Corrupt judges will face EFCC, ICPC —Kutigi

N5.2bn scam: Yar’Adua seeks to scrap Rural Electrification Agency

FG, ASUU meeting deadlocked

Drama as plot to remove Reps’ chief whip fails

EVENING UPDATES: Gbaramatu people sue Yar’Adua over military invasion, demand N100bn compensation

MID-DAY UPDATES: FG, Lagos obtain $1.02bn World Bank facilities for electricity, health, education

Monday, June 22, 2009

Oshiomhole denies signing MoU with Havard University

Agreement: ASUU begins strike

Police, kidnappers clash in Port Harcourt

Nigerian banking sector under stress – World Bank

‘No going back on plot to remove Reps’ chief whip’

Monarch arrested for gun running in Plateau

Controversy trails death of INEC guard

Commissioner’s text message, a cheap blackmail — Akanbi

Oni freezes BSES accounts, orders indefinite closure of stations

Amnesty, no solution to militancy — Okonkwo

NDDC: A’Ibom battles Rivers over MD post, petitions Yar’Adua

EVENING UPDATES: Half of Nigeria’s $10bn bank assets questionable –World Bank

MID-DAY UPDATES: ASUU’s indefinite strike paralyses Nigerian public universities

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Ijaw demand slot in Fashola’s administration

FG panel probes militants’ business interests in oil firms

Ghana lures Nigerian manufacturers

MSS: Resident doctors warn FG against another strike

NDLEA uncovers drug cartel at Lagos airport

Plane with arms: Yar’Adua orders speedy investigation

Otedola, Dangote take superiority ‘war’ to mosque

UI authorities explain EFCC’s invitation

I pay the highest tax in Anambra — Obi

Yar’Adua’s bills, constitution review top agenda as Senate resumes

EVENING UPDATES: Shell, JTF investigate MEND’s attack on pipelines, 110,000bpd shut-in

MID-DAY UPDATES: Nigeria‘s oil production dips further, as MEND hits two Shell pipelines

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Three hours before returning to school, undergraduate ends up in the mortuary

7,000 uncleared military cars threatening our finances, PAN cries out

Security agents arrest 2 militants at Aso Rock

Court verdict: Youths demand certificate of return from INEC

N’Delta: C’River gets EU’s N14.5bn project

Ambassadorial Posting: Ministry awaits US acceptance of Prof. Adeniran

Nigeria home to 90,000 refugees, IDPs

Akwa Ibom, Rivers deny budget scam

Lagos policy not to curtail information flow –Bamidele

EFCC arrest couple over fraudulent investment scheme

EVENING UPDATES: Yar’Adua chats with Super Eagles players on telephone

MID-DAY UPDATES: United States delays confirmation of Nigeria’s ambassador-designate

Friday, June 19, 2009

A woman had to cut my baby’s placenta cord with her teeth because there was no scissors .

5 feared dead in Molue accident in Lagos

Crew of detained Ukrainian arms plane moved to Abuja

MEND blows up Agip facility

Ghana assures Nigerian investors of cooperation

Tension in C’River over loss of oil-producing status

N’ Delta: Militants await Yar’Adua’s amnesty terms

NITEL to be split into five before sale

EVENING UPDATES: Lagos bus tragedy claims 10 lives

AFTERNOON UPDATE: MEND‘s attack on Agip pipeline pushes oil price to $72

MID-DAY UPDATES: MEND attacks Agip’s export pipeline

Detained aircraft: DMI takes over investigation

Constitution amendment: Northern monarchs warn lawmakers

Thursday, June 18, 2009

‘Henry Okah’s life in danger, may be flown abroad’

Niger Delta: FG to announce amnesty terms on Thursday

Police, gunmen clash in Akwa Ibom

Two killed in Ajasin varsity students, police clash

Scientists find signs of life in Mars

Ogun: Drama as AG denies knowledge of debt profile

Agreement: ASUU threatens another strike

Senate should ratify appointment of EFCC, ICPC bosses - Falana

Zenon v. AFC: Court fixes July 17 for ruling on jurisdiction

S’Africa solicits Lagos support on BRT

EVENING UPDATES: Seized arms aircraft originated from Croatia –Ukraine

MID-DAY UPDATES: Mimiko shuts Adekunle Ajasin university, sacks vice-chancellor

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Probe: Court grants Dariye reprieve

Ekiti rerun: Tribunal strikes out Okiro’s motion on bribery scam

Bankers under intense pressure over targets

Food crisis: Nigeria can’t survive emergency – FG

Ondo: Kidnappers, policemen in gun duel

Reps’ Committee chairman dismisses planned suspension

Mob kills tax collector in Benin

Five die in soldiers, youths clash in Jos

EFCC probes veterinary council over 50 ghost workers

Policeman killed Modebayo Awosika — Coroner

Militants: Yar’Adua may unfold amnesty terms today

EVENING UPDATES: Police release Ekiti deputy speaker

MID-DAY UPDATES: Mob beats tax collector to death in Edo

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

FG to build amnesty centres for militants

PDP deplores poor budget implementation

EFCC invites UI VC, others over Oyo funds

The nation is not at war with N’Delta region — Minister

Ekiti deputy speaker released, rearrested

Kidnapped perm sec’s wife escapes from abductors

Jefferson planned to deliver $100,000 bribe to Atiku — US prosecutor

NAFDAC bans sale of Maloxine, anti-malaria drug

EVENING UPDATES: FG targets 2015 for malaria eradication

MID-DAY UPDATES: Yar’Adua welcomes Ateke Tom’s surrender offer

Monday, June 15, 2009

Ekiti rerun: Police arrest deputy speaker

Democracy Day: Reps Majority Leader, deputy may account for N630m

Militant leader, Ateke Tom, offers to surrender

Five killed in tanker inferno on Benin-Auchi road

Violence as hoodlums attack Agagu’s aide, others

Tokyo’s deputy takes over Oyo NURTW secretariat

Kidnappers abduct commissioner’s, perm sec’s wives in Ondo

Unity schools not for sale – Minister

Seven-point agenda, a ‘lifeless vision’ – Oyedepo

EVENING UPDATES:Amnesty International demands Nigerian prisoner’s release, holds global protests

MID-DAY UPDATES: World Bank disowns list of corrupt Nigerians

Sunday, June 14, 2009

N150m deal: Reps to receive impeachment notice on June 23

Governors’ Forum cancels Harvard training

Stakeholders’ support for militants, our frustration – JTF

Some students sell plantain to pay school fees —VC

I’m not on the run –NMEC boss

Court orders Edo to reopen shut private schools

Delta radio, TV stations damaged by fire

Accept FG’s amnesty, Okiro tells militants

Anti-graft war: CDHR unimpressed by Waziri

Senators divided over Yar’Adua’s federal character observance

MID-DAY UPDATE: Delta radio, television razed

EVENING UPDATES: AC, Nigerians in Diaspora condemn governors’ MoU with Harvard

Saturday, June 13, 2009

N’Delta: Chevron loses another facility to attack

Akunyili asks advertisers to join Nigeria’s rebranding project

27 convicted soldiers: CDWR seeks Labour, NBA, others’ intervention

I am not a kidnapper –Gov. Akpabio

There’s high rate of HIV/AIDS among Nigerian soldiers –US

N271m contract scam: EFCC arrests 18 mass literacy directors

ICPC quizzes OAU VC, registrar over alleged deductions from workers salaries

Nigerian professor wins German award

FG assures FIFA of readiness to host Under-17 World Cup

Police Declare Niger Speaker, 8 Others Wanted

Taraba: Frustrated Gov Suntai earned N78bn in two years

EVENING UPDATES: EFCC arrests 18 NLMC directors over N271m contracts scam

MID-DAY UPDATES: FIFA changes gear, says Nigeria is ready to host U-17 World Cup

Recognise Abiola’s mandate, Fashola, Tinubu, others tell FG

Friday, June 12, 2009

Abiola betrayed me, says Bafyau, ex-NLC boss

Kure, others get 10 years ban from public office

Nigerian Governors’ Forum lied – Harvard University

FAAC orders NNPC to refund fresh N9bn to Federation Account …as states share 329.09bn

Plateau defaults in out-of-court settlement with VC

Supreme Court reinstates sacked UNIILORIN lecturers

India, China feud over fake drugs sold in Nigeria

Thatcher hospitalised over broken arm

Halliburton: Okiro’s panel faces UK, Germany as US fails to assist

June 12 has strengthened democracy – PDP

Five feared killed in renewed hostility

EVENING UPDATES: Four die in Ogun truck collision

MID-DAY UPDATES: Supreme Court reinstates five sacked UNILORIN lecturers

Abiola knew too much about the military – Olunloyo

Thursday, June 11, 2009

June 12: Nothing has changed 16 years after – CD

We’ve not found missing soldiers – JTF

FEC approves new contracts for power projects

Stop arrest of suspects before investigation, AG tells police

Group petitions Yar’Adua over N600bn recovered funds

FG agencies generated N7.7tn in 2008

Tribunal grants Aregbesola’s request to call forensic expert, analyst

Freedom of information, tool for good governance — British High Commissioner

Obasanjo brokers peace in Oyo PDP

EVENING UPDATES: I didn’t deliver parcel bomb to Dele Giwa –Marwa

MID-DAY UPDATES: Supreme Court throws out Andy Uba’s suit

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

We may not accept out-of-court settlement from Shell —Wiwa’s family

Fire guts Chevron flow station in Delta

Power failure stalls FEC meeting

EFCC arraigns national honour holder, Albert Ikomi

‘PDP won’t intervene in Tokyo’s travail’

HIV-positive activists raise the alarm over shortage of anti-retroviral drugs

Labour resumes mass protests June 16

S’South elders flay N’Assembly

Police return intercepted N250m to Anambra’s coffers

EVENING UPDATES: Labour resumes mass rallies on June 16

MID-DAY UPDATES: Chevron, JTF confirm MEND’s attack on flow station

EVENING UPDATES: PDP denies plotting impeachment of Anambra governor

Power: 6,000MW target under threat – FG

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Commission asks JTF to adhere to UN rules on displaced persons

Probe of NNPC begins today

Fresh crisis brews in House of Reps

‘23 Christian pilgrims absconded in 2008’

Constitution review: ‘Senate, Reps, still deadlocked’

MEND vows to keep kidnapped Briton until Okah’s release

Police parade Tokyo in handcuffs for murder

We’ve been deserted, Adedibu’s family laments

NDLEA faults AC‘s call for probe

Corruption: Nigeria’ll gain from bilateral agreements with France – Envoy

EVENING UPDATES: FG may not meet 6,000 megawatts by December -Lukman

MID-DAY UPDATES: Health minister confirms presence of African Swine Fever in Nigeria

Monday, June 08, 2009

Leadership is Nigeria’s biggest problem – Maitama Sule

Police declare Oyo NURTW leaders wanted

Five students, teacher may face death penalty for kidnapping

Anxiety in N’Delta as MEND’s ultimatum expires

Alleged corruption: EFCC yet to recover N227bn

Kukah blames militants for Niger Delta crisis

Task force seals eight pharmaceutical shops

Reduce Seven-Point Agenda, CNPP tells FG

Alao-Akala sacks three commissioners

Speaker gives recipe to successful budget implementation

Yar‘Adua urges states to diversify economies

EVENING UPDATES: Gabon‘s leader confirmed dead

MID-DAY UPDATES: Kidnapped bank chief, driver found in Benin

Sunday, June 07, 2009

SSS arrests Arewa Youth leader

Reps insist on more information from NNPC over $24m vessel contracts

Seven-Point Agenda: Yar’Adua replies CBN governor

Probe NDLEA, AC urges Yar‘Adua

Rescued ship, crew still in Calabar

Ososa: Warring parties, Christians set up peace committee

ASUU laments exodus of lecturers from OOU

Mimiko promises to tackle Ilaje ocean surge

Audit report uncovers 6,000 unqualified teachers

Tension heightens in Ibadan over NURTW crisis

British group wants media to stop negative reports

EVENING UPDATES: Yar’Adua disagrees with Sanusi, vows to pursue Seven-Point Agenda

MID-DAY UPDATES: Gunmen kidnap UNDP official

MID-DAY NEWS UPDATE: Gunmen kidnap UNDP official

Saturday, June 06, 2009

N1.3tr road contracts scam: FG rejects calls to probe suspects

10 years of democracy: NASS spends N523.4bn to make 532 laws

Four kidnap suspects in police net

Osun election tribunal: SSS quizzes court registrar, four workers over exhibits

N’Delta: JTF, militants set for fresh war

Halliburton: US rejects Nigeria’s request for help

Agency seeks Reps assistance to recover N1.291bn in distressed banks

SGF, SSGs back Sanusi over reduction of FG’s seven-point agenda

EVENING UPDATES: Japan is first nation to qualify for 2010 World Cup

MID-DAY UPDATES: UK warns nationals on fresh Niger Delta kidnap threat

Friday, June 05, 2009

Elumelu, Aliyu regain freedom

My biggest regret is that I didn’t go to the university – King Sunny Ade

I won’t rush into marriage because of peer pressure

Yar’Adua planned to visit Tompolo before crisis – Clark

Police quiz IYC leaders over gunmen’s attack on Sylva’s aide

I won’t quit –British PM

Customer, banker at war over dud cheque

EFCC arraigns woman for impersonation, 419

Indian nuclear firm to invest in Nigeria and S’ Africa

Edo: Council chairmen’s face-off with Oshiomhole deepens

Obasanjo’s wife, Moji, dies at 65

EVENING NEWS UPDATES: Super Eagles vs Harambee Stars: Yar’Adua to lead Nigerian supporters

MID-DAY NEWS UPDATES: Jang, Dariye fight over Plateau ex-speaker‘s seat

Thursday, June 04, 2009

Senate replies Yar’Adua on non-performance

N5.2bn REA scam: Elumelu, perm sec rearrested

N’Delta: Why FG launched military operations – Yar’Adua

Ogun: Mystery over alleged N400m theft deepens

‘Rebranding without tackling corruption is fraudulent’

Kudirat: Declare June 4 as democracy day, group tells Lagos

FG condoles with France, signs pact with Russia

JCCR: No rift between Bankole and I —Mark

Septuagenarian, LG boss abducted in Rivers

Ex-speakers support electoral reform

EVENING UPDATES: Kenya‘s coach shuns team‘s flight to Abuja over pay

I warned Abacha against coup —Powell

MID-DAY UPDATES: NEMA reassures Nigerians over poisonous gas from Lake Nyos

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Halliburton: Okiro panel orders Etete, Gaius-Obaseki detained

Robbers kill eight, rob banks in Nnewi

All blood pressure drugs lower risk of heart attack and stroke

Ribadu’s removal set Nigeria’s fight against corruption back — ECOWAS

Sanusi faults Yar’Adua’s Seven-Point Agenda

Anti-graft: Special court not the solution —ICPC boss

Meltdown, greatest challenge for the military – Army Chief

Daniel, lawmakers differ over dissolution of LG committee

Minister advocates investment in technical education

N400m fraud: Bank managers granted bail

Siemens, others win N25.3bn power sector contracts

EVENING UPDATES: Senate confirms Sanusi as CBN Governor

MID-DAY UPDATES: Nigerian-born British woman gets life jail for drugs

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Senate cancels N159m anniversary celebrations

CBN Governor: Senate under pressure, screens Sanusi at plenary

Elumelu, others to face 158 fresh charges

N’Delta: Reps, military chiefs meet, silent on casualties

N’Assembly leadership in last ditch effort to save JCCR

Mob invades school, attacks principal, teacher

Anxiety over Ataoja’s health

Why I took Alao-Akala’s panel to court – Ladoja

Minister urges review of university curriculum

South-East govs request Yar’Adua to upgrade Enugu Airport

Police commissioner drags IG, PSC to court

Electoral reform: ‘Yar’Adua not bothered about Senate’s stance’

MID-DAY UPDATES: Brazil reports discovery of likely wreckage of missing Air France plane

EVENING UPDATES: French national team to wear black armbands in Nigeria friendly

Monday, June 01, 2009

NAFDAC impounds N32m fake malaria drugs

Nine months after, MEND set to free British hostage

2009 budget: N78bn first quarter votes idle at CBN

FG revokes sale of NITEL to Transcorp

Oyo LG bosses, lawmakers on collision course over tenure

MAPOLY grounded as unions embark on strike

Assembly orders ex-lawmaker to refund N230,000

Flood displaces 500 persons in C’River

Senate begins public hearing on EFCC, ICPC amendments

Raid on Tompolo’s camp exposes names of backers

Ekiti rerun: Tribunal orders Okiro to produce report on bribery scam

EVENING UPDATES: Air France plane feared crashed

MID-DAY UPDATES: No Nigerian on board missing Air France-KLM plane

Loans: Firm drags Alaafin to arbitration in London

British varsity partners UNAAB on cassava

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