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BREAKING: Four Dead, Others Injured In UK Parliament ‘Terrorist Attack’ (Updated)

By Toby Melville and William James

LONDON, March 22 (Reuters) – An assailant stabbed a policeman and was shot by police just outside Britain’s parliament building in London on Wednesday in what police described as a “terrorist incident.”Amid confusing scenes, it appeared the incident may have unfolded in several locations, including on the nearby Westminster bridge where eyewitnesses said a car had crashed into pedestrians.

Two people died in the incident, according to Sky News, but the total number of casualties was unclear.

BBC News (UK) later gave a stern description of the incident and added two extra number of casualties to the number, making it four dead.

“Officers – including firearms officers – remain on the scene and we are treating this as a terrorist incident until we know otherwise,” London’s Metropolitan Police said in a statement.

The incident took place on the first anniversary of attacks by Islamist militants that killed 32 people in Brussels.

Reuters reporters inside the parliament building heard loud bangs and shortly afterwards saw two people lying on the ground in a courtyard just outside, within the perimeter of the parliamentary estate.

A Reuters photographer said he saw at least a dozen people injured on Westminster Bridge, next to parliament.Slide 1 of 17: Armed police respond outside Parliament during an incident on Westminster Bridge in London, Britain March 22, 2017.

His photographs showed people lying on the ground, some of them bleeding heavily and one apparently under a bus.

“I just saw a car go out of control, and just go into pedestrians on the bridge,” a woman who gave her name as Bernadette told Sky News. She was on a tour bus on the bridge at the time.

“As we were going across the bridge, we saw people lying on the floor, they were obviously injured. I saw about 10 people maybe. And then the emergency services started to arrive. Everyone was just running everywhere.”

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Some people suffered catastrophic injuries in the incident, British news agency the Press Association reported, citing a doctor at St Thomas’s Hospital which is located directly across the River Thames from parliament.

Officials said an assailant had stabbed a policeman and then been shot.

Witness reports suggested the assailant and the stabbed policeman were the people seen lying on the ground just outside the parliamentary building by Reuters reporters.

The House of Commons, which was in session at the time, was immediately suspended and lawmakers were asked to stay inside.

Prime Minister Theresa May was safe after the incident, a spokesman for her office said. He declined to say where May was when the attack took place.

Journalist Quentin Letts of the Daily Mail newspaper told LBC radio that he had witnessed the stabbing of the policeman and the shooting of the assailant from his office in the parliament building.

“He (the assailant) ran in through the open gates … He set about one of the policemen with what looked like a stick,” Letts said.

“The policeman fell over on the ground and it was quite horrible to watch and then having done that, he disengaged and ran towards the House of Commons entrance used by MPs (members of parliament) and got about 20 yards or so when two plain-clothed guys with guns shot him.”

Reuters reporters inside parliament saw a large number of armed police, some carrying shields, pouring into the building.

U.S. President Donald Trump told reporters at the White House he had been briefed on events in London but gave no details.

In Edinburgh, the Scottish parliament suspended a planned debate and vote on independence as news of events in London came in.

Britain is on its second-highest alert level of “severe” meaning an attack by militants is considered highly likely.

In May 2013, two British Islamists stabbed to death soldier Lee Rigby on a street in southeast London.

In July 2005, four British Islamists killed 52 commuters and themselves in suicide bombings on the British capital’s transport system in what was London’s worst peacetime attack.

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BREAKING: Resign As Customs Boss, Senate Tells Hameed Ali

BREAKING: Resign as custom Boss, @NGRSenate tells Hameed Hameed Ali

The Nigerian Senate has declared Nigeria Customs Service boss Col. Hameed Ali (rtd.) unfit to hold a public office and ultimately demanded his resignation as Customs boss.
The senate resolved that Ali should resign his post after he again failed to appear before the lawmakers as directed by the upper house of legislature on Thursday, March 16.
Senators argued today, Wednesday, March 22, that Ali’s refusal to show up because of the letter the clerk of the Senate received from the office of the attorney-general of federation Abubakar Malami directing the lawmakers to leave him alone because the matter was in court amounted to interference in its duties.
Leading the debate, Senator Dino Melaye of Kogi West said the letter was an affront to the legislature.
He said: “What we heard from the attorney general is an insult.
“How can the attorney-general that we screened in the House tell us how to carry out our duties? This is the first time in the history of black Africa that the attorney-general is telling the Senate what to do.
“This is not an injunction but a mere court process by a third party that ran to court and the attorney-general wants us to stop our work.
“Our rule says that a matter which is already in court cannot be discussed here but not that a matter that is on our floor and an individual quickly ran to court … haba!”
Melaye also noted that based on the provisions of the Customs Act and the Pension Reforms Act 2004, Ali was too old to hold a public office because he was above 60 years and had worked in public service for over 35 years.
He said: “Hameed Ali is above 60. He is not qualified to hold the position of the Customs comptroller general.”
Melaye therefore moved that Ali be declared unfit and told to resign.
Senator Eyinnaya Abaribe concurred.
He argued that “Lest we forget”, the Customs made an obnoxious policy and it was in this process that the Senate invited Ali to explain his policy and not because of any vendetta.
Another Senator Isah Misau representing Bauchi Central argued further that enemies of Nigeria’s progress were working against the President Buhari-led government by giving him bad advices.
He said:”The enemies of Nigeria are in the presidency. They are trying to distract the president from doing his job. They are giving him the wrong advices and throwing obstacles in his way in order to disrupt his administration.
“For instance when the President went on vacation for about 49 days, there were no Boko Haram attacks but immediately he returned, they have started the attacks again to distract the president.”
After all the arguments and resolutions, the Senate also decided to send the attorney-general a warning letter to desist from interfering in legislative matters.
Another motion was moved to send the Senate’s resolution to the House of Representatives for concurrence.        (Authority)

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JUST IN: Buhari Addresses The Nation, Thanked Christians, Muslims For Praying For Him (Video)

By Ike A. Offor

The President, Muhammadu Buhari who arrived in the country today landing at Kaduna International airport before proceeding with a helicopter to Aso Rock, thanked all Nigerians, both Christians and Muslims for praying for his recovery.

Muhammadu Buhari has been away for first what was termed a holiday for rest but it turned into a prolonged medical vacation.

He thanked both Christians and Muslims who prayed for him and who still continue to pray for his much-needed full recovery.

In his own words: “I am being grateful to all Nigerians, Muslims and Christians alike, who have prayed and have continued to pray for my good health”

“These are testimonies that despite the hardship that are being experienced, Nigerians support the government in its efforts to tackle our country’s challenges”.

Buhari then said in appreciation that “the best to pay you all is to dedicate myself to serving you, protecting your interests, and keeping your trust. I thank you very much”

The president said that he feels much better now. He urged the country to continue to pray for the country and for her prosperity.Image result for buhari at Aso Rock

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BREAKING Osinbajo To Carry On As Acting President, Says Buhari

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Acting President Prof. Yemi Osinbajo

President Muhammadu Buhari, who returned to Nigeria on Friday after medical leave, said he will leave his deputy in charge for the time being and not immediately resume power.

The 74-year-old said Vice President Yemi Osinbajo “will continue” in the role of acting-president “and I will continue to rest”. No timeline was given for how long Osinbajo would be in charge.

Details later…

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BREAKING: Buhari Finally Returns To Nigeria After Prolonged Medical Vacation

Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday returned to the country after after about two-month medical vacation in London, United Kingdom.

The presidential jet that conveyed Buhari landed at the Air Force Base in Kaduna at 7.40am.

He will be conveyed in an helicopter to the Presidential Villa, Abuja where top government officials are already waiting to receive him.

Those already at the helipad include Zamfara State Governor, Abdulaziz Yari; Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Muhammad Bello; National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno; Director-General of the Department of State Services, Lawal Daura; Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari.

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BREAKING: President Buhari Expected Back On Friday |The Republican News

By Ike A. Offor

A press statement released by the Presidency via the Special Adviser to the President for Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina states that the  President Muhammadu Buhari is expected back to the country tomorrow March 10, 2017.

Though the time and point of arrival are not stated but it is clear that the Abuja airport is at the moment closed for flights, and all flights are diverted to Kaduna airport.

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In a tweet from the Presidency,  which also read  STATE HOUSE PRESS RELEASE: President @MBuhari expected back tomorrow, Friday MArch 10, 2017

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President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to return to the country tomorrow, Friday, March 10, 2017.
The President left the country on January 19, 2017, for a vacation, during which he had routine medical check-ups. The holiday was extended based on doctors’ recommendation for further tests and rest.
President Buhari expresses appreciation to teeming Nigerians from across the country, and beyond, who had prayed fervently for him and also sent their good wishes.

FEMI ADESINA
Special Adviser to the President
(Media and Publicity)
March 9, 2017

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BREAKING: Apo Six: Court Sentences Two ex-policemen To death

 Ade Adesomoju, Abuja

A High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Maitama, on Thursday sentenced to death two former policemen, Ezekiel Achejene and Emmanuel Baba, for being responsible for the death of two out of the six Igbo traders shot dead in Area 11 of Garki, Abuja, on June 8, 2005.

The presiding judge, who is also the Chief Judge of the FCT High Court, Justice Ishaq Bello, however, freed three other policemen, who were prosecuted along with Achejene and Baba, for the death of the six traders.

Those discharged and acquitted were a former Deputy Commissioner of Police, Danjuma Ibrahim, Nicholas Zakaria and Sadiq Salami.

One other accused person, Othman Abdulsalam, was said to be at large and was never brought to court throughout the trial.

The deceased victims, who were auto spare part dealers at Apo area of Abuja, were Ifeanyi Ozo, Chinedu Meniru, Isaac Ekene, Paul Ogbonna, Anthony Nwokike and Tina Arebun.

The judge anchored the convict Achejene and Baba for the death of two of the deceased persons.

The two were convicted on the basis of their extra-judicial statements in which they confessed that they were directed to shoot two of the deceased.

Justice Bello held that the retraction of their statements while giving oral evidence during the trial was merely an afterthought.

The judge held that being directed to commit a crime could never serve as a valid cover.

He held that it was “folly” for the convicts to think they could be “discharged on the ground of ‘I am directed’.”

But with respect to the three other discharged and acquitted persons, the judge held that police investigation was unable to link them with the alleged crimes.              (Punchng.com)

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