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BREAKING NEWS (UPDATED AT 18. 00 GMT)
Ladoja fails to show up in office
Hearing in Ngige's appeal begins Jan. 23

NUC releases 2005 accreditation exercise

DFID to spend N17.5b in Nigeria

Shell confirms death of staff in flow station


Gun salute for President Olusegun Obasanjo at the laying of wreath to mark the Armed Forces Remembrance Day in Abuja yesterday.
PHOTO: PHILIP OJISUA

Business   Sports
SON kicks -off new products standardisation scheme

Oil prices fall on subdued concern over Iran's nuclear programme

Insurers back industry's consolidation programme

Institute warns against liquidation of failed banks
  Martins joins Eagles today as Inter beats Cagliari

Chelsea extends lead as West Brom shocks Wigan

Yobo arrives today as coach praises defender

Metro
A junction of life and death
 
Senior advocates want Oyo Chief Justice sanctioned
By Gbolahan Gbadamosi (Lagos) and Iyabo Lawal (Ibadan)
A MEASURE of public support came at the weekend for Senator Rashidi Adewolu Ladoja who was impeached as Oyo State governor in controversial circumstances on Thursday last week.

Militants attack another Shell platform, torch house boats
From Chido Okafor, (Warri), Willie Etim (Yanegoa) and Kelven Ebiri, (Port Hacourt)
FOR the third time in less than one week, armed men yesterday attacked oil installations at the Benisede Flowstation of Shell in the Ekeremer Local Council of Bayelsa State.
Nigerian army chiefs lead AU, UN forces
From Madu Onuorah (Abuja)
A NIGERIAN, Maj. Gen Ishaya Hassan has been appointed as the Chief of Staff of the planned African Union Standby Force (AUSF). The force is to be located at the AU headquarters, currently in the former headquarters of the defunct Organisation of African Unity (OAU), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
ECOWAS plans commission, raises projects' unit
From Oghogho Obayuwana, Abuja
THE 29th ordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government of Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has ended in Niamey, Niger Republic with the approval by the sub-regional leaders for the transformation of the ECOWAS Executive Secretariat into a commission.
Obasanjo, governors honour fallen heroes
From Madu Onuorah (Abuja) Isa Abdulsalami (Jos), Farotimi Oluwole (Lagos), Mike Osunde (Benin), Charles Ogugbuaja (Owerri) and Sunny Ogefere (Asaba)
THIS year's Armed Forces Remembrance Week celebrations ended across the country yesterday with President Olusegun Obasanjo praying that peace of God continue to reign in the country. He also urged Nigerians to defend democracy.
NCC may punish firm over sharp practices
By Sonny Aragba-Akpore, Asst. Communications Editor
FOR allegedly slashing subscribers' access days without their consent, Vee Networks, trading under the brand name, Vmobile, may be sanctioned by the regulatory agency, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).
 



 
Editorial

Proliferation of illegal arms

RECENTLY, the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr. Sunday Ehindero raised alarm over the proliferation of illegal arms and ammunition in the country. This followed the arrest of suspected arms peddlers caught in possession of 20 locally made revolver pistols in Makurdi.

Columnists/Contributors
Adeyemi Ishola:
Tafa Balogun's apology
Des Wilson:
Nigerian English
Babatope Bejide:
Impeachment, the Constitution and Obasanjo

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Capital Market   Focus
Corporate indices rise further on the Exchange -130106

  Rustic community pays heavy price of neglect as cholera claims lives -160106

Property
FIABCI, UN plan salvage scheme for Nigerian slum dwellers -160106

Buyers jostle for N4.5b Ocean Parade Towers flats -160106

 
Energy Report
Govt signs N352b energy pact with GE -110106

OPEC allays fear over output cut -110106

Compulife
Barcelona congress may endorse HSDPA as replacement for GSM -110106

ONSPEED, alternative Internet technology, debuts -110106

 
Money Watch
Challenges of banks' post-consolidation regulatory era -110106

Banks' consolidation and global best practice -110106

Science
Whales found to speak in dialects -120106

 
Insurance
Recapitalisation of Nigeria's insurance firms and the continental market question -120106

Business Travels
New rules set airlines against EU -130106

 
Media
Broadcast technology and democracy in Africa -160106

Law
Plea bargaining will encourage corruption, says Okeke -100106

 
Natural Health
Magnet therapies 'have no effect' -120106

Industry Watch
Industrial firms unfold 2006 agenda -110106

 
Appointments
Budget 2006 and human capital issues -120106

Weekend
Hajj 2006: Story of another bungled pilgrimage -130106

 
Education
Brain protein linked to depression -120106

Friday Review
Amidst laughter, friends fete 'arrogant' Jeyifo -130106

 
Maritime Watch
Our expectations in 2006, by maritime stakeholders -110106

Sunday Magazine
Oyo: Journey To The Boiling Past -150106

 
Saturday Magazine
Intrigues, Subterfuges, Coercion And, Finally, Ladoja's Ouster -140106

Ecumenical Center
'Leaders Must Fear God, Respect Men And Be Fair To All' -150106

 
Friday Worship
The reward of animal sacrifice -130106

  AFRICA
AU okays UN plan for peace keeping in Sudan

DESPITE opposition from Sudanese government, the African Union (AU) backed proposals for a United Nations peacekeeping force in the Darfur region of Sudan.


S' Africa's opposition flags off campaign, promises to fight corruption

OPPOSITION parties in South Africa yesterday launched their campaign for local government elections promising to fight corruption and improve services for millions still disadvantaged by decades of apartheid.


WORLD
Ahmadinejad spurns sanctions threat, defends Iran's nuclear programme

IRAN'S president stood has defended the country's decision to resume uranium enrichment research, shrugging off threats of international sanctions while his Foreign Ministry invited Europe and the United Nations nuclear watchdog back to the negotiating table.


Pakistanis protest deadly missile attack

CHANTING "Death to America," Islamic groups yesterday held nation-wide protests as anger mounted over a purported Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) air-strike that Pakistan said killed innocent civilians instead of the apparent target - al-Qaida's No. 2 leader.


POLICY & POLITICS
Exploring options before the opposition in 2007
By Clifford Ndujihe

EVIDENCE that the 29 other political parties are anticpating the next general polls is scant.


ARTS
Tribute to Justice Agbaje, master of the law
By Reuben Abati

A Life of Providence: Justice Gani Agbaje; by Lekan Olagunju, Ibadan: BlueCrest Communications Ltd., 2005


 
Fashion
Serena sizzles on the court

TENNIS sensation, Serena Williams is among the new league of sportsmen and women who have turned fashion icons. Not only do they model for acclaimed designers, but they've also developed their own fashion line.


Auto Wheels
Opirus gets 2005 strategic vision award

KIA Motor Corporation has expressed satisfaction with the 2005 performance of the Opirus, also identified as Amanti in some countries.


Food & Drink
Chocolate fantasies

CHOCOLATE is one damn good versatile food item that is derived from processed cocoa seeds. It could be white, brown or dark chocolate.


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