Four Killed, 20 Injured In UK “Terror” Attack

theresa-mayFour people, including the attacker, have been reported dead following Wednesday’s UK “terror” incident, while 20 others were injured.

Reacting to the tragic event, the UK’s Prime Minister, Theresa May, described the attack at Westminster as “sick and depraved”.

She harped on Britain’s strength during this time, saying Londoners will walk the streets, never giving in to terror.

Leaders around the world, including Nigeria’s President, Mohammadu Buhari, have been condemning the violence, and declaring support for the UK through this time.

The BBC gathered that Press Association political editor, Andrew Woodcock, who witnessed the scenes from his office window overlooking New Palace Yard, explained that he saw a number of people who were obviously running from something.

“I heard shouts and screams from outside and looked out, and there was a group of maybe 40 or 50 people running round the corner from Bridge Street into Parliament Square.

“They appeared to be running away from something.

“As the group arrived at the Carriage Gates, where policemen are posted at the security entrance, a man suddenly ran out of the crowd and into the yard.

“He seemed to be holding up a long kitchen knife.

“I heard what sounded like shots – I think about three of them – and then the next thing I knew there were two people lying on the ground and others running to help them.

“Armed police were quickly on the scene and I heard them shouting to people to get out of the yard”.

Aregbesola Promises Improved Water Supply With $65m Loan

Rauf Aregbesola, Osun, BudgetThe Governor of Osun state, Rauf Aregbesola, on Wednesday disclosed that his government has secured a loan of $65 million from the Islamic Development Bank, with a view to improving provision of water to the people of the state.

He made this known during the World Water Day celebration held at White Plain Hotel and Suites, Osogbo, the Osun state capital.

Aregbesola, who was represented by the Senior Consultant on Water Resources, Mrs Tawakalitu Williams, stated that the step was in line with the six-point Integral Action Programme of his administration.

While appealing to the people of the state to ensure efficient utilisation of water, Aregbesola disclosed that his government has concluded plans to boost agriculture through irrigation.

“Healthy living cannot be achieved without adequate access to potable water supply. It is in recognition of this that my administration embarked on the rehabilitation of Water and Sanitation Facilities in urban, small towns and rural areas of the state.

“The state has secured a loan of $65 million from Islamic Development Bank for the construction of the treatment plant, 17 kilometres transmission line from Kajola to Ilesa, Booster pumping station and three water reservoirs on the hill.

“The state will provide a counterpart fund of about $40 million for the construction of water distribution system and sanitation. The scheme will by the grace of Almighty God, be commissioned by my administration before the end of 2018.

“This year’s theme: “Water and Wastewater” is also in line with the mandate of the six-point integral Action Plan of my administration to improve agricultural production to ensure food security in the state.”

Also speaking, the team leader of the European Union, Adebayo Alao, appreciated the support of Governor Aregbesola, appealing to him to speed up action for the commencement and implementation of the State Water Sector Law that was assented to by the Governor in October 2015.

“Osun state was only second to Anambra in providing the counterpart funds needed for this programme out of 14 states that the European Union is supporting,” he added.

A guest lecturer, Professor M. K. Shridah, also advocated the need to use good water for healthy living and commended the governor’s efforts towards providing potable water for the people of the state.

Shridah who is a lecturer in the College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, observed that many diseases come from water and therefore urged people to ensure that they make proper use of clean water to avoid contracting diseases.

NASS Approves FG’s Request For $500m Bond Issuance

NASS, 2017 Budget, House of Representatives, SenateThe National Assembly has approved President Muhammadu Buhari’s request for the issuance of an additional 500 million dollar Eurobond in the international capital market.

The request was approved in both chambers of the National Assembly, after the committees mandated to consider the request, submitted their reports recommending that it should be approved.

The funds to be raised from the International Capital Market are to be used in funding the 2016 budget deficit.

The House of Representatives has therefore mandated its Committee on Aids, Loans and Debt Management to monitor the utilization of the loan.

Ferguson Urges Manchester United To Win Europa League

Fenerbahce, Europa League, Manchester UnitedSir Alex Ferguson has urged Manchester United to focus on winning the Europa league due to the “incentive” of qualifying for the champions league.

He believes that winning the Europa league would secure qualification for Europe’s premier club competition, and has asked that Jose Mourinho’s side should aim to claim the trophy.

“The thing is, we’ve never won the Europa League –  We never won the UEFA Cup, what it used to be.

“And we’ve got a great draw. I’m not saying it’s a certainty, but they’ve got a great chance.

“It’s still a European trophy. And if you win it, you get into the Champions League. The incentive is greater to do that,” Ferguson told ESPN.

United play Belgian side Anderlecht, away in the first leg of their Europa league quarter-final on April 13, before hosting Rene Weiler’s side at old Trafford in the return leg a week later.

Plateau Govt. Declares Three-Day Mourning For Late Commissioner

samuel-galadimaThe Plateau state government has declared three days of mourning (March 22 to 24), over the death of the Commissioner of Housing and Urban Development, Samuel Galadima.

The late architect, aged 64, died in the early hours of Wednesday during the regular forth-nightly physical exercise at the Jos Township stadium.

He was said to have slumped and died while jogging along with the state Governor, Simon Lalong, at the Rwang Pam Stadium.

A statement signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Rufus Bature, revealed that all public and official activities of the governor have been suspended following the loss.

He therefore enjoined citizens of the state to share in the burden of the loss and also pray for the family to have the fortitude to bear it.

Marine Police Recover Allwell Orji’s Body From Lagos Lagoon

marine-policeThe body of Dr. Allwell Orji, who jumped off the third mainland bridge into the Lagos lagoon on Sunday, March 19, has now been recovered.

The body was discovered at about 4:00 pm on Wednesday, around the CMS area of the lagoon by officers of the Lagos State Police marine.

The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr Fatai Owoseni, said members of the late doctor’s family have identified the body.

“Just to be sure, we have called the driver, who was with him when the incident happened, and of course his younger brother who had been with us (Austin Orji) and they have positively identified the body to be that of Dr. Allwell.

“As the practice is, we will continue with our investigation to do all the other necessary things before the body can be released to the family.

“The thing happened towards the Adekunle area but as usual with tidal waves, the body was moved almost about seven kilometers from the main spot.”

He, however, stated that as soon as autopsy and other examinations are concluded, the body would be sent to the family.

Mr Owoseni had on Tuesday, claimed that Dr. Orji’s body was found by the Marine Police, at the Onikan end of the lagoon.

The Police later said that they were unsure of the identity of the body recovered.

Dr. Orji worked at the Mount Sinai Hospital in Surulere area of Lagos State, southwest Nigeria.

Reports from the Police authorities said he had asked his driver to stop the vehicle, he alighted, and then suddenly took the plunge into the lagoon.

UK Police Investigate ‘Firearms Incident’ Near Parliament

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Shots have been fired outside of the UK Houses of Parliament and witnesses say they have seen people being treated for injuries.

The UK Police are said to already be investigating the “firearms incident”.

According to London’s Metropolitan Police, they were called at about 2:40 pm to reports of the incident near Westminster Bridge.

The Commons Leader, David Lidington, confirmed that a police officer had been stabbed in the incident.

The BBC says he told MPs that the “alleged assailant was shot by armed police” following a “serious” incident.

The BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg said police told her someone had been shot and MPs said they heard “three or four gunshots”.

Meanwhile, reports say staff inside Parliament were told to remain in their offices.

Holding A Knife

The BBC gathered that Press Association political editor, Andrew Woodcock, who witnessed the scenes from his office window overlooking New Palace Yard, explained that he saw a number of people who were obviously running from something.

“I heard shouts and screams from outside and looked out, and there was a group of maybe 40 or 50 people running round the corner from Bridge Street into Parliament Square.

“They appeared to be running away from something.

“As the group arrived at the Carriage Gates, where policemen are posted at the security entrance, a man suddenly ran out of the crowd and into the yard.

“He seemed to be holding up a long kitchen knife.

“I heard what sounded like shots – I think about three of them – and then the next thing I knew there were two people lying on the ground and others running to help them.

“Armed police were quickly on the scene and I heard them shouting to people to get out of the yard”.