Vanguard News Archive for February 2008

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Group foils cultists' attempt to disrupt sports meet

NUIS berates JTF over attack on Ekiyor

Sacked SPDC workers petition Rivers Assembly

Foundation calls for legislation on cancer

New registration procedures for insurance brokers

Food poisoning: 4 die, 200 hospitalised in C-River

N-Delta crisis: Utomi seeks foreign intervention

Group plans 1 million man march against kidnapping

Teachers poorly paid —FG

Olusola Oke docked for forgery, granted bail

How Nigeria can join most developed economies, by Soludo

Court rules on N37bn withheld Health Care Fund March 19

Presidential Election Tribunal: NLC chief slams judgment

Three month-old baby, three others burnt in Ibadan fire tragedy

Presidential Poll: How Buhari, Atiku bungled their cases—Minister

Three party chieftains ask Abuja court to stop PDP’s convention

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Warri IPMAN crisis deepens

BNC appeals to Bankole to probe ceding of oil wells

Tension in Edo as PDP holds parallel congresses

IMF warns against bloated budget

Oil hits record $102 per barrel

12m new houses needed in Nigeria, says Minister

Ijaw students hold convention

Itsekiri youths condemn assaults on Ekiyo

Residents lament non-numbering of houses in Yenagoa

Tribunal verdict: Ugochukwu attends dedication service

Police kill two suspected robbers in gun battle

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Tribunal adjourns ruling on Ajimobi's petition against Akala

ICPC quizzes BCOS officials, Akala's aide

Tribunal dismisses petition against Ondo LP lawmaker

Ijaw group tackles Gov Sylva on proposed N25bn park

AGIS rakes in N15bn in four years

Yar'Adua: Reps celebrate tribunal judgment

Nigeria sets aside gas for Trans Saharan Project

World Bank donates N21.24bn to Fed tertiary institutions

Nigerian loses eye to South African brutality

Two children, female oil worker abducted in Port Harcourt

Govt will bridge infrastructure gap — Yar’Adua

56 prominent Nigerians selected for review of 1999 Constitution

Appeal Court sacks Nyako

Buhari, Atiku head for S-Court

NGO makes case for education in N-Delta

Cross River varsity begins strike

Tribunal dismisses petition against LG boss

Abuja gets Japanese garden

Yar'Adua: INEC okays tribunal judgement

Late Brig. Giwa for burial 1st March

Appeal Court upholds Nyako's removal,upholds Plateau,Yobe guber elections

Court rules on House probe of Apapa Ports' sale March 14

Court grants Kenny Martins leave to sue Okiro

Rivers traditional rulers decry militancy in N-Delta

FG assures Trans-Sahara Gas Pipeline

Kidnappers of Odili's nephew demand N50m ransom

Yar'Adua orders cement price reduced

62 students receive Shell GMoU scholarships

Edo North PDP leaders, party executives differ on Braimoh

Mine workers call for greater FG investment in solid minerals

Presidential tribunal: Sylva expresses confidence

Delta Speaker warns DEDSOPADEC staff

Rivers AC faults PDP, RSIES on LG polls

Free health care jacks up turn out in hosptals

Monday, February 25, 2008

Passed Budget: President withholds assent

....Senate backs David Mark

AC denies alleged plans to join Unity Govt

Tribunal sacks Orji, orders Ugochukwu in

PDP secretary, not for Kwara — Ogbeha

Three LG officials arrested over alleged N3.3m fraud

Banks, telecom firms, others to contribute pre-profit tax to NHIS

Ward congresses: Oyo PDP crisis deepens

Ogun NURTW denies plans to remove detained Chairman

Siamese twin: Mother, babies return from Germany

Abia guber polls: Tribunal delivers judgment today

Why Delta govt opposed Orubebe's nomination — UDUAGHAN

I am not being used —ABUBAKAR

Kogi polls: Idris, Audu start campaign

Anenih blasts critics of Ogebe’s promotion

No money to fix Speaker's house....FCTA set to sell 953 more gov’t houses

IMF boss arrives Nigeria tomorrow, meets Yar’Adua

Nigeria loses N5.3trn to N-Delta militancy

FG returns Transcorp's 51% Nitel share

ASUU strike: How Yar'Adua snubbed A-G

Sunday, February 24, 2008

JTF arrests 14 suspected militants

We 'll hold FG responsible over Okah's life —INC, IYC

Gunmen kill unionist

There is no evidence to nail Henry Okah, says wife

Ibibio pledge support for Gov Akpabio

Commissioner advocates viable private sector in Bayelsa

Release withheld NDDC fund, Oruma urges FG

Itsekure seeks release of expired NDDC fund

Mobil lauds A-Ibom govt

JTF’s invasion on Odioma not authorised —Army

US, Nigerian Navies in training exercise

Help from abroad for the physically challenged

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Fashola unveils N228bn Lagos Energy City project

60 feared killed in another Ibadan torture chamber

Yar'Adua, Buhari, Atiku trade words

'How IBB, Danjuma others imposed Obasanjo on Nigerians'---Bamayi

Nervous calm in Warri as trigger-happy Police Corporal kills Sergeant

Wife beats husband to death in Calabar

Niger-Delta needs Bank of Reconstruction and Development —Dafinone

Reps plans to reconcile OBJ, IBB, Atiku and others

Atiku looks beyond Tuesday, says Supreme Court will settle presidential election

I’m still waiting for Mr Right — Ofunneka

Friday, February 22, 2008

Congress: Akinjide, Adeojo, others disagree with Adedibu

Ekiti community protests relocation of college

Disband Osun tribunal—AC

Doctors threaten strike nationwide

Air passengers get stranded over bad weather

NAMA gets 2nd motorised air traffic control tower

Imo Assembly summons DG, others on sale of expired rice

Sultan wades into FG, Anambra land dispute

Soludo lauds banking reform as foreign reserves hit $56.13 bn

Abia environmental agency threatens to shut down Shell flow stations

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Court strikes out Uduaghan's objection against Okocha's appeal

Yar’Adua upset with ministers on NITEL, electricity tariff mix-up

Poll petition: Yar'Adua knows fate Tuesday

C/River to pay UNICEF counterpart funds

LG polls: Police warn against violence

Akpabio’s aides resign for party positions

Rivers HOS challenges women

Okah alive—POLICE

Anti-Graft group seeks support for agencies

NPI supports Yar’Adua’s policies

Ondo PDP faults report over acceptance of LP’s exhibits

Community protests monarch’s appointment

Why we reversed sale of NITEL—FG

ASEPA threatens to shut down Shell flow stations

Police kills robbery suspect at gov's house

How to check human trafficking, by AG

300 imprisoned babies: Reps probe Nigerian prisons service

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Delta renews bid to co-operate with federal agencies

No more jail break in Delta, prisons boss assures

Sylva blames Bayelsa PDP crisis on external forces

Gunmen kidnap Agip manager

We are excluded in Delta PDP—CLARK, OTHERS

9 oil bunkerers nabbed with 297,000 litres of crude

CLO condemns JTF's brutality on IYC leader, others

Oil price hits record $100.40 per barrel

Govt needs N150bn for 100,000Mw by 2015

Yar’Adua to get Budget 2008 today

Fire guts 19 houses, renders 200 homeless in P/Harcourt

N-Delta: Youth leader call for caution

Oba community vows to oppose relocation of airport

'Okigwe-Umuahia road now death trap'

Last Saturday of the month is sanitation day in Abuja

Fayose's loyalists decamp to PPA

AC flays pressure on withdraw of case against Kogi gov

UK backs FG's electoral reforms

Daniel ordered release of suspects, witness tells Election Tribunal

Oyo Police arrest another Islamic teacher

Tejuoso, Osile Oke Ona celebrates 70th birthday

Nigeria surrenders another settlement to Niger Republic

Minister laments neglect of roads

Foreign ministry yet to receive agreement for envoys-designate

Iyabo-gate: Court rules on charge against M. Schneider Director today

Transcorp stops January salary of Mtel workers

Senate probes Abacha, Obasanjo billion-dollar rail projects

Obong of Calabar dies

FG seizure of privatized entities unsettles oil investors

Transcorp endorsed reversal of NITEL sale —FG

Igbinedion still stuck in EFCC cell

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Edo PDP crisis lingers ahead congress

Edo PDP blasts Braimoh over comment on Osunbor

Excess crude revenue: States demand pay in naira

Ibru: I'm being persecuted, says Bamaiyi

INEC commences voters’ registration in Rivers

Amaechi regrets deportation of Rivers students

Fears over Okah, MEND leader's health

Group tasks Oshiomhole on Igbinedion

UNIPORT doctors suspend strike

Bayelsa Assemby sacks Speaker, Deputy

Obi: Uba wins appeal

Plateau PDP factions clash

Pfizer: Victims want to join FG's suit

NSE suspends trading of Transcorp shares

Don’t merge anti-corruption agencies, says David Mark

Army mourns as Brig. Gen Giwa Amu dies in auto crash

Edo guber polls: Tribunal to deliver judgment March 20

MEND leader's extradition illegal — S-African Attorney

Monday, February 18, 2008

Ehinlawo gets S\Court nod to amend appeal on removal from Senate

Ondo LP alleges plan by PDP to win at all cost

Detained children: Suspect to be charged with murder

PPA faults N/Assembly on budget

Traders threaten to sue FG, Anambra

Gas flaring: FG’s statement embarrassing —ERA

Ali rules out amendment to PDP constitution

Vodacom, Telkom, 3 others bid for NITEL

Osunbor mourns Giwa-Amu

Osunbor gives loan to teachers

Delta govt gets report on Amai, Umuebu communal crisis

Jonathan warns Bayelsa politicians

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Ogun appoints new SSG

Poverty, creation of past leaders — Ihonvbere

NSE DG faults alleged share price manipulation

Sokoto DPP House members flay party, PDP

Shell disburses N73.3m scholarship funds

FG ’ll ensure Tinapa’s success—Custom boss

Utuama says traditional rules are links

Teachers' scheme hijacked by housewives, drivers —UBEC

Unilorin 49: ASUU begins strike today

Retirees of DICON to smile

Due Process Office gets deadline on Project certificates

MEND proposes 11-point agenda for peace in Niger-Delta

N6 billion soldiers' salary arrears: Army postpones shooting exercise, other programmes

Sharing of $4bn Excess Crude revenue to wait—FG

Transcorp laments reversal of NITEL sale

Insurance firms'capital base hits N500bn, 7 in liquidation

Edo sets up Working Group on NEPAD's African Peer Review

Obasanjo in Asaba, commends Delta govt

Norgbene community lauds Shell

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Judicial staff halt election petition, anti-graft suits

Extradited MEND leader tortured by Angola—Militant group

KSA challenges Soludo: Spraying is our culture, you can’t ban it!

Lagos night fire razes 3 factories, Mile 12 Market

Soldiers from foreign missions give arms and am munition to militias — Shagaya

PDP chairmanship: S-East MPs opt for consensus candidate

EFCC slams fresh 124 count charge against Nnamani

Anenih shuns reception for Obasanjo

Maitama Sule, Adedibu, Dabiri-Erewa eulogise TOS Benson

Soludo laments poverty level in Nigeria

2008 budget: NASS orders issuance of due process certificates on projects within 30 days

Friday, February 15, 2008

Fire guts ultra-modern Bulunkutu Hospital

Controversy trails appointment of Timi of Ede

Oyo PDP elders, Adedibu at war over delegates' list

Ibadan can't host PDP National Convention—Adedibu

Diarrhoea outbreak claims five, 50 others hospitalised

Okpara Varsity of Agric shut

PDP factions jostle for power in Plateau

Maltina sponsors Argungu Festival

Yar'Adua charges award recipients to be role models

TOS Benson: Fashola, Osoba, others pay tribute

Tragedy: 15 dead in collapsed building

Appeal Court nullifies Emelumba's election

Ugolo communities swear-in new exco

FG urged to release NDDC fund

Osunbor sues for peace, unity in Edo PDP

Minister urges state chief judges to hasten judgment

NNPC/JVC interested in capital market — GMD

FG withholds N3.3bn school feeding programme fund

Immunity clause: Okocha flays campaign for removal

Nigerians celebrate Valentine’s Day

FG releases N17.6m for eradication of obsolete pesticides

Court refers Okrika monarch, SSS suit back to CJ

Minister deplores decay in PH International Airport

Thursday, February 14, 2008

LG polls:Aspirant assures of development

Itsekiri Leaders’ Forum gets new BOT

NBA kicks against repair of collapsed High Court building

Kogi fresh guber poll for March 29

Share price manipulation: SEC probes AP, IPWA, others

Suspected cultists kidnap students' union president

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

One dead, many others injured as Customs, smugglers clash

Commissioners, advisers usher Agagu into Diamond age

Speaker Bankole canvasses closer ties between Ogun Sate, FG

EU approves extra N300m for C-River's water project

Shell completes repairs on trunk line blown up by militants

Oshiomhole backs call for Obasanjo's probe

Gunmen kill lecturer in Kogi

NBA suggests split of INEC functions

Shell Nigeria recovers 200, 000 b/d shut in production

FEC approves gas blueprint at emergency meeting

Senate probes death of Nigerian in Malaysia

Igbinedion back in court to review bail conditions

SEC freezes Central Securities accounts of Cadbury's directors

TOS Benson dies at 90

A/Ibom inaugurates reform committee

Rivers Police kill 4 robbers

Cleric to give scholarship to indigent

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Daniel, others laud late Onabanjo's virtues

Osun AC raises alarm over mass burial at LTH

APGA: Okorie's faction plans merger with PPA

Don't swear in elected officers until ... Ezeife

Nigeria, 100 yrs behind S/Africa, Namibia — OHAKIM

Bayelsa PDP divided over Dudafa's adoption

Ogbe-Ijaw warns against fresh crisis

Community, oil firms in new deals

Arms sale: Army Council wants Maj-General to resign within two weeks

Tribunal upholds Nasarawa gov’s election

N-Assembly passes Budget 2008

N-Delta: Endless wrangling over challenges

NGO set to upgrade domestic services

NSDC decries petrol hawking

Youths advised against truncating democracy

Irregularities mar PDP LG primaries in Rivers

Youths disrupt commercial activities in Warri

Group hails judiciary over Igbinedion's bail

VP position, no bribe for Ijaw to back out of N-Delta struggle —Clark

NCP wants Edo INEC probed

Robbers attack 40 journalists, EFCC officials in Ibadan

Petition: Rep accused of

Siemens pledges cooperation over probe

udiciary workers' strike takes toll on litigants, prison inmates

Sea pirates kill two naval

Robbers kill 10, steal N2m in Ilesa bank raid

Yar'Adua assures on quick resolution of land disputes with Lagos govt

Shell suspends restructuring, counts losses

Monday, February 11, 2008

Polls: PPA vows to sweep S/East

Group lauds Appeal Court over Idris' removal

NDDC threatens contractors

Edo PDP sets up 10-man congress committee

2007 polls :Itsekure blames Iwu, politicians

N-Delta remains key to Nigeria's future —Confab participants

Motorola invents wind, solar-powered base stations

ASCON commences production

NSCDC to clampdownon illegal security outfits in Imo

LG boss sacks Ogbete market leader

Orji tasks traditional rulers on fight against crime

Edo okays N120m for Poilce APC

Edo PDP crisis deepens as Anenih's faction shuns Osunbor's meeting

Lulu-Briggs kidnapper nabbed

Bill on indecent dressing: Group faults Sen Ekaette

$10bn power sector expenditure: CNPP asks Reps to invite Obasanjo

Atiku blasts Sule Lamido

Belgore blames high rate of corruption on Presidential system

Probe of power sector not targeted at Obasanjo — Reps

Anti-graft agencies get joint task force on assets verification

FG moves to stop fuel importation

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Tola Adeniyi, two others in race for Ogun SSG position

I'll not succumb to blackmail, says Aregbesola

Speaker Bankole, Adedibu, Arisekola in secret meeting

Delta House bans sale of hand books in tertiary institutions

Man, family escape death, as police kill colleague

JTF, Navy impound 40 petrol tankers, 10 speed boats in Warri

Kwara picks PDP scribe slot, Mantu loses out

AC kicks against removal of immunity clause

Shares' certificates: SEC revokes registrars' licences

NGO calls for immunity clause removal

Three family members killed in auto crash

Saturday, February 09, 2008

Why suspects should not chose courts for their trial —Belgore

FG urged to release NDDC funds

UNIPORT Teaching hospital doctors down tools

Tributes as Osadebe, highlife star, makes final journey

Obasanjo unfair to Egba —Alake

Northern govs to reverse FG's policies

NITEL manager beaten to death by armed robbers in Ilorin

Agagu lauds conduct of PDP members at tribunal sittings

I remain PDP leader, stakeholder in Ekiti,saya Fayose

Amputation of three-yr-old girl, medical error, UCH boss admits

Police arrest 22 suspected cultists

Onitsha butchers protest killing of member

Zik varsity acquires 15% shares in American hospital

Police trail sponsors of pregnant doctor's killers

Fire guts Delta SSG's office

Police investigate Delta former deputy governor

NCC invites NigComSat for meeting over mobile licence

AC chieftain survives train accident

The Sun newspaper seeks court order against EFCC

Lulu-Briggs' house attacked, wife, Seinye abducted

NOI-Gallup polls: Electricity, jobs remain Nigerians’ most vital needs

Kidnappers free Lulu-Brigg's wife, abducts another professor of medicine

Otuoke stands still as homeless Jonathan buries his father

Bankole produces photo evidence of Youth Service

Mobile policeman beaten to death by mob

Why the Esama was suspended by Oba of Benin

House of Reps leadership accuses Ali, Obasanjo of trying to derail PDP

Reps Speaker laments N/Delta situation

Account taking: Senate Committee orders IG to produce Yar‘Adua

Presidential Poll: The jigsaw puzzles Atiku, Buhari want tribunal to resolve

How we intend to combat crime in six Northern states

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Nobody in public office should be protected from criminal activities

Lack of financial autonomy strangulates National Assembly — Leo Ogor,

NIMASA partners NIPC to attract investment in maritime sector

Navy to assist Abia over fight against crime

Community frets over funding, maintenance of Guinness Water schemes

Football coach in custody for sodomy

Eagles: Paying the price of pride

Keshi places Nigeria as priority if ...

Revealed: How Nigeria sacked Vogts verbally

Nigeria nets over $1 billion from non-oil export in 2007 NEPC

Privatising SAHCOL is to save the workforce — MD

Governor Fashola commends Anyaoku on YBI

FCTA to develop independent electricity through coal

More Pay, What Work?

Edo lawmaker wants INEC scrapped

Cholera: 106 cases treated at Asaba FMC

Court of Appeal voids Senator Wowo’s election....Orders INEC to conduct fresh senatorial poll in FCT

House abolishes salary disparity between ministers

NUC nabs acclaimed VC of non-existing varsity

Obasanjo spent $16bn, not $10bn on power — Bankole

FG stops payment of bonus to oil companies

Amaechi begs Shell not to sack staff

Appeal Court sacks Kogi Gov

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Vogts: Amaju wants Globacom to act now

Fan dies after Eagles' loss

Ministry orders NFA to sack Vogts

Security fears for Nigerians in Ghana

NFA in confusion over Berti Vogts

Sponsors of misdeeds in the N/Delta should be punished — Oyegun

Yar’Adua presidency is caged by the PDP cabal, says Bisi Akande

PDP blows hot on convention

I was forced to lead Northern Senators Forum – Senator Shagaya

No, Gov Agagu not jittery over Mimiko’s claims at tribunal —Kekemeke, Ondo SSG

NAICOM puts on hold new insurance licences

The future of insurance policy holders is bright — Aika

CIIN’s international seminar excites insurers

NCRIB, Africa Re back CIIN on skill enhancement

Dangote assures investors on Obajana Cement’s forthcoming IPO

The Daring Robbers

MPU: Microsoft gives global touch to local brains

At one, HiTV celebrates ‘Spirit of Nigerian enterprise’

‘Human firewall, essential for e-business growth in emerging markets’

BOBTV draws star programme makers to Nigeria

NIRA goes tough on fraudulent domain perpetrators

On Nigeria’s elites

Banks' interest rates set to crash

FG, states share $4.017bn excess crude funds

Ogunsua prostrates to Ooni Ife

Cholera epidemic hits Delta

Celtel: Why I quit, by Imaseka

Iwu declared Yar' Adua winner with results of 13 state, says Atiku

DSYF wants DESOPADEC to speed up modular refineries

ASUU asks governing council to account for N72m housing fund

FISH wants Yar'Adua to release N200b NDDC fund

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

AC blasts Iwu over comments

No way for third term, says Senate Leader

Park operators protest ban on sale of alcohol

RSIEC assures parties of credible election

Fuel scarcity hits P-Harcourt

Militants ready for peace in Niger Delta, says NDRPCM

CP raises detectives to recover SSS director's stolen car

JTF, RAHI, plan free medicare for Warri citizens

Youths ask Shell to replace burst generator

Monday, February 04, 2008

Ogun SSG auto crash: Driver arrested, charged with manslaughter

DESOPADEC's N5m Xmas gift splits Ijaw youths

Dikibo: Escape of suspects confirms their guilt—DPP

Stop inciting Nigerians against Iwu, INEC tells Atiku

PDP Convention faces fresh crisis....We are yet to endorse new date—INEC

Yar’Adua, Obasanjo shop for consensus chairmanship candidate for PDP

Sunday, February 03, 2008

Group slams Sylva over Jonathan

Group accuses Uduaghan of favouritism

Abuja council chief killed in cold blood!

Five suspects arrested for attempting to obtain multiple e-passports in Edo

Doctors suspend nationwide strike

Varsity set to restore standards, quality of education

Saturday, February 02, 2008

Mark berates oil companies for inhuman treatment of natives

Solution to budget delay is passage of budget research law — Bankole

ICPC docks Brass LG boss

Friday, February 01, 2008

Apugo calls for cancellation of Abia LG polls

Police arrest man for alleged sale of 9-year-old boy

Tribunal sacks Oyo lawmaker

Nigeria’s oil money 'll dry up from 2012, ex-perm sec warns

Appropriation bill: House to conclude debate Feb 5

Two policemen killed, many injured as robbers raid banks in Canaan Land

Judge’s absence stalls ruling on Turaki’s request to vary bail conditions

IMF boss to discuss Nigeria’s economic focus with Yar’Adua

Bad roads: Nigerians spend N450bn on vehicles

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Bode George heads PDP institute's board

Female parliamentarians flag off constitutional review process

Viva Methanol, firm partner to convert methanol to olefin

Rivers to ban Okada operation

No election till 2009, says Ogbudugbudu community

Why we are at tribunal—Accord Party

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