Seven Held After Westminster Attack

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The police in London have made seven arrests, following the Westminster attack that left four people dead.

The acting Deputy Commissioner and Head of Counter Terrorism, Mark Rowley said hundreds of detectives have worked through the night, carrying out searches at six addresses.

Those who died were a woman in her 40s, a man in his 50s, police constable Keith Palmer and the attacker.

Meanwhile, seven of the injured are still in hospital in critical condition.

In the attack on Wednesday, a man drove a car along a pavement in Westminster knocking down pedestrians, leaving dozens injured.

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.

Ogun Govt. Prepares Farmland For Rice, Cassava Production

ogun stateThe Ogun state government, said it has prepared over 16,000 hectares of farmland for the cultivation of rice and cassava in the 2017 planting season.

This is to help agricultural production for food sufficiency.

The State Commissioner for Agriculture, Adepeju Adebajo made this known while disbursing over 36million Naira to seven Fadama groups in the first phase of funds disbursement for rice and cassava production.

Represented by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Mr. Stephen Ipiniwa, asked the beneficiaries to key into the Central Bank Anchor Borrowers Scheme to increase their productivity.

He also restated the state government’s commitment towards increasing agricultural based economy of the state, by making available different platforms and windows for assisting farmers for positive effects on the state economy.

Supreme Court To Hear Suit Against Makarfi’s Appeal On May 4

PDP, Unpaid Salaries, NasarawaThe Supreme Court will on May 4, 2017 hear the objections filed against the hearing of an appeal brought before it by the Ahmed Makarfi led National Caretaker Committee of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

The motion challenging the competence of Makarfi’s appeal was filed on behalf of the PDP by Mr. Latif Fagbemi and another motion filed by Senator Ali Modu Sheriffs lawyer, Mr. Akin Olujimi for the same purpose.

The two motions dated March 16 and 21, 2017 are asking the Apex court to strike out Makarfi’s appeal, on the ground that they have no authority to file it on behalf of the PDP.

The two applicants are contending that by virtue of the Court of Appeal’s judgment, delivered on February 27, 2017 in Port Harcourt, the issue of authentic leadership for the PDP has been settled.

They are also contending that since the Makarfi led leadership had lost at the Appellate court, they have no legal standing to file any appeal on behalf of PDP as an Appellant in the suit.

They also insisted that the appeal filed by Makarfi had become incompetent having been filed without the authorisation of the PDP or its leadership.

Justice Tanko mohammed, who presided over the five man panel of the court fixed May 4 to hear the two motions.

It would be recalled that the Senator Ahmed Makarfi led faction, had filed an appeal at the Supreme court to challenge the decision of the court of Appeal, which affirmed Senator Ali Modu Sheriff faction as the authentic leadership of the PDP.

Kogi Govt. Warns Those In Possession Of Illegal Arms To Surrender It

Yahaya-Bello-Governor-Kogi-StateThe Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, has given seven days ultimatum to those in possession of fire arms and ammunition, in the central senatorial district of the state to surrender them to security agents or face the full wrath of the law.

Gov. Bello who gave the warning in Okene, the Headquarters of Central Senatorial District of Kogi state during a stakeholders meeting on the security challenges in the area, said the security and safety of Ebira land is pivotal to the security of the nation.

He also stressed that the geographical location of the district was enough for the government to take a decisive action in tackling insecurity in the area.

The insecurity challenges that as bedeviled the area which is made up of five Local Government Area is of top discussion.

The hall was filled to the capacity with the elder statesman, traditional ruler from various clan, National House of Assembly members, youths, top government functionaries all from Central Senatorial District are all in attendance.

Governor Bello, in his opening remark welcome the people to the town hall meeting, while he urged them to speak out their mind without fear, he said this will go a long way in saving the land from miscreant.

”Today we are here holding a town hall meeting with respect to security challenges not only in Kogi state,but in Central Senatorial District comprising of five local government, Okene, Okehi, Adavi, Ajaokuta and Ogori-mangogo.

”These senatorial areas are dominantly by Ebira people, If I am not mistaken we are 90 percent of Ebira people in these Senatorial Districts”.

The Governor had recently ordered the demolition of over 15 buildings in Okene that had been identifed as kidnappers den discovered with arms.

“This is the first time the people will come together to brain storm on  how to tackle the insecurity situation which has been a daily event since the creation of the state, while previous government paid no attention.

One of the elder statesman, Dr. Tom Adaba, who spoke to Channels Television  lamented over the incessant criminal activities in the area which had brought disgrace to the land, while he appealed to the Governor not to spear any one in his quest to rid the district of criminal element.

“The governor is making an attempt in wiping them out which is the best thing to do and having started, it is only right and proper that he gets to hear what the people think about it” Dr. Adaba lamented.

Also speaking, the Asema of Ezuka CLAN, Momoh Sani Isa, while thanking the governor for fighting crime in the area, he identified politicians as the problem, he said they formed the habit of arming thugs to unleash terror on their opponent.

“What almost destroyed the effort of the traditional ruler in tackling crime is dirty politics you know when the time come for politicians to campaign most of them don’t even regard the traditional rulers as people because they know, this people have no voice at the top and in an effort to get supporters they will not do what is right at whatever level, Isa added.

The Governor while speaking with newsmen warned politicians in the district who armed thugs to retrieve the weapons and hand them over to the nearest police station, to avoid being caught by the law.

Governor Bello also said there will be no sacred cow in the fight against criminality in the state.

Nigerians Attacked Again In South Africa

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Some Nigerian real estate agents in Turffontein, South Africa, have been attacked by local residents who allege that they were hijacking their houses.

The timely intervention of the Police however, quelled the tension in the area.

Some South Africans alleged that the hijacked homes were either turned to brothels or used for harbouring drug lords.

We Work Hard

Meanwhile, some of the victims of the attacks who said the claims were untrue, narrated their plight to Channels Television.

One of the agents explained that their businesses were legitimate and whatever benefits they received were only a result of their hard work.

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Victim Showing Legal Documents

“They say we are driving nice cars, wearing expensive clothes, getting married to their women – Its by God’s grace, we work hard for it,” one of the victims said.

The attack is happening in the same week that the Nigerian and South African governments are holding talks to stop the attacks on foreign nationals in the country.

Both countries had agreed to set up an early warning unit to look into issues that often bring friction between the citizens.

The Nigerian Government had also called on the South African Government to take decisive and definitive measures to protect its citizens and other Africans within the country’s borders.

The call was made by the Senior Special Assistant to Nigeria’s President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Honourable Abike Dabiri-Erewa.

Mrs Dabiri-Erewa also urged the African Union to intervene urgently in the renewed attacks.

Xenophobia: Nigerian Lawmakers Meet With Former President Mbeki

Xenophobia: Nigerian Lawmakers Meet With Former President MbekiSome members of Nigeria’s House of Representatives have met with South Africa’s former President, Thabo Mbeki in Johannesburg.

The meeting is part of the series of discussions to address the reoccurring attacks on Nigerians and other foreign nationals in the country.

It is also coming ahead of a town hall meeting with Nigerian citizens at the High Commission in Pretoria scheduled for Saturday.

Speaking to Channels Television after the meeting, former President Mbeki welcomed the visit of the Nigerian delegations, saying it will help tackle the repeated attacks on fellow Africans.

The lawmakers were led on the visit to South Africa by the Leader of the House, Honourable Femi Gbajabiamila.

In another development, some Nigerian real estate agents in Turffontein, South Africa were attacked by local residents who alleged that they were hijacking their houses.

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The timely intervention of the Police however, quelled the tension in the area.

While the South Africans claimed that the hijacked homes were either turned to brothels or used for harbouring drug lords, the foreigners said the claims were false.

One of the agents told Channels Television that their businesses were legitimate and whatever benefits they received were only a result of their hard work.

“They said we are driving nice cars, wearing expensive clothes, getting married to their women – It’s by God’s grace, we work hard for it,” he said.

Gov. Obiano Marks Three Years In Office

obianoThe Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, has proudly announced to the state that the three years of his administration have brought transformation in the lives of citizens and to the state as well.

He made this known during a state broadcast marking his third anniversary in office at the Government House, Awka, the state capital.

The governor happily stated that the four pillars and 12 enablers of his administrative blueprint have helped in achieving the vision and mission he had for the state, especially in agriculture.

Within three years, agricultural investments in the state have resulted in job creation totaling 725 (direct jobs) and 5,200 (indirect jobs).

Also in industrialization, trade and commerce, Anambra has become a first choice investment destination with well over 40 investors attracted and investment inflow of 5.5 billion U.S Dollars in three years.

Suspected Somali Pirates Hijack Ship

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A  freight ship has been hijacked off the coast of Somalia, for the first time in five years.

According to reports, a number of suspected pirates boarded the Sri Lankan-flagged vessel off the country’s northern coast on Monday.

A spokesperson for the European Union Naval Force which runs an anti-piracy operations in the area, said it was too early to confirm pirate involvement.

If confirmed, this would be the first hijacking of a commercial ship by Somali pirates since 2012.

Turkey-Netherlands Row: Dutch Ambassador Barred

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As a diplomatic row between Turkey and the Netherlands deepens, Ankara said it has barred the Dutch Ambassador from returning to the country, and also suspended high level political talks.

This is in retaliation of a Dutch decision to block Turkey’s Ministers from campaigning for a referendum.

Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the Netherlands have all blocked Turkish attempts to hold rallies in their countries.

But President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has accused the Dutch and Germans of Nazism.

The proposed rallies aimed at encouraging a large number of Turks living in Europe to vote yes, in a referendum on April 16 to expand the President’s powers.

Bauchi Police Command Appoints New Police Commissioner

Police Inspector Allegedly Kills Man Two Days To His WeddingThe Bauchi State Police Command has appointed Mr. Garba Baba Umar as the newly Police Commissioner, that would steer the affairs of the command in protecting lives and properties, as well as combat crime and criminal elements in the state.

Umar was received by senior police officers and was subsequently led to the State Headquarters where he took time to inspect the sentry guard mounted by officers of the Bauchi Police Command.

He thereafter proceeded to meet the various Departmental Heads before addressing journalists on his mission in combating crime through community policing and dialogue.

In performing what could be described as his first official assignment, the Police Commissioner alongside other senior officers decorated 12 newly promoted officers and charges them to be of good conduct in performing their professional duties.

This is the first assignment the police officer will be undertaking as a Commissioner of Police having served in various capacities with his last as Deputy Commissioner in charge of monitoring the police force headquarters.

However, the commissioner called on citizens, especially political and religious leaders not to abuse the privilege of freedom of speech and association by inciting the public through their utterances.

Fashola, Okowa Commission Gas Turbine In Niger Delta

Delta Govt. To Partner With NDDC On ProjectsThe Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola and the Governor of Delta State, Ifeanyi Okowa, have commissioned a 115mw gas turbine installed by Transcorp Power Limited Ughelli, bringing the installed capacity to 620mw from the 160mw which the company inherited from UPN privatization in 2013.

According to the management of Transcorp Power, the company currently generates only 300mw owing to shortage of gas supply, and promises to invest facilities that would increase gas supply to the power station if the government creates an enabling regulatory framework.

Mr. Fashola commended Governor Okowa for his commitment to peace in the Niger Delta, observing that it has paid off with the successful operation of Transcorp in the area without issues.

He also observed that the increase in power generation was a clear sign that the privatization of the power sector had started yielding benefits for Nigerians.

However, Governor Okowa called for collaborative efforts in the power sector to ensure that generated power translates into electricity in the homes of Nigerians, assuring that the existing peace in the state would be consolidated as a continuous boost to investors confidence.

UK Parliament Paves Way For Brexit

MayThe British Parliament has passed the Brexit bill, paving the way for the government to trigger article 50, so that the UK can leave the European Union.

Peers backed down over the issues of EU residency rights and a meaningful vote on the final Brexit deal, after their objections were overturned by lawmakers.

The bill is expected to receive royal assent and become law today.

The result comes as Scotland’s first Minister Nicola Sturgeon, announced that she intends to hold a second referendum on Scottish independence at a time when Brexit negotiations are expected to be reaching a conclusion.

Sturgeon said she wanted a vote to be held between the autumn of 2018 and the spring of the following year.