Attackers bomb Iran parliament and mausoleum; at least 12 dead

 

Suicide bombers and gunmen attacked Iran’s parliament and the Mausoleum of Ayatollah Khomeini in Tehran on Wednesday morning, killing at least 12 people in a twin assault at the heart of the Islamic Republic, Iranian officials and media said.

Islamic State claimed responsibility and released a video purporting to show gunmen inside the parliament building and one body, apparently dead, on the floor. The rare attacks were the first claimed by the hard-line Sunni Muslim militant group inside the tightly controlled Shi’ite Muslim country. Islamic State has regularly threatened Iran, one of the powers leading the fight against the militants’ forces in neighboring Iraq and, beyond that, Syria.

The raids took place at a particularly charged time, after Iran’s main regional rival Saudi Arabia and other Sunni powers cut ties with Qatar on Monday, accusing it of backing Tehran and militant groups.

Attackers dressed as women burst through parliament’s main entrance in central Tehran, deputy interior minister Mohammad Hossein Zolfaghari said, according to the semi-official Tasnim news agency. One of them detonated a suicide vest in the parliament, he said. About five hours after the first reports, Iranian news agencies said four people who had attacked parliament were dead and the incident was over.

At least 12 people were killed by the attackers, the head of Iran’s emergency department, Pir-Hossein Kolivand, was quoted as saying by state broadcaster IRIB.

“I was inside the parliament when shooting happened. Everyone was shocked and scared. I saw two men shooting randomly,” said one journalist at the scene, who asked not to be named.

Soon after the assault on parliament, another bomber detonated a suicide vest near the shrine of the Republic’s revered founder, Ayatollah Khomeini, a few kilometers south of the city, Zolfaghari said, according to Tasnim. A second attacker was shot dead, he said.

The Intelligence Ministry said security forces had arrested another “terrorist team” planning a third attack, without giving further details.

“I was shopping and suddenly heard shooting,” said housewife Maryam Saghari, 36, who lives near parliament. “People started to run away from the area. I was very scared. I don’t want to live in fear,” she told Reuters by telephone.

Sunni insurgency 

The raids on two of Iran’s most highly-protected sites will jolt both Iran’s recently re-elected President Hassan Rouhani, and his political rivals among the hardline clerics as well as the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), who are responsible for national security. Senior government officials have repeatedly described the their country as an “island of stability” in the past.

In an appeal to unity, Rouhani’s chief of staff, Hamid Aboutalebi, took to Twitter to praise the security services.

 

“If this attacks had happened in any other city in Europe or in the world, it would have left many casualties. Applause to the power and firmness of our revolutionary guards, basij, police and security forces,” he wrote.

Two senior government officials, who asked not to be named, said the blasts might prompt a blame game and exacerbate political in-fighting.

“They (hard-liners) are very angry and will use every opportunity to grow in strength to isolate Rouhani,” said one of the officials.

The other said the attacks, and speculation over who backed them, would push Iran toward “a harsher regional policy.” The Intelligence Ministry called on people to be vigilant and report any suspicious movement.

Despite unconfirmed reports of a hostage situation, state television said parliament had resumed, and broadcast footage of what it said was the opening session proceeding normally.

“Some coward terrorists infiltrated one of the buildings of parliament. They were confronted. It was not a major issue. Our security forces have taken necessary steps,” parliament speaker Ali Larijani said in an open session broadcast live by state TV.

Attacks are highly rare in Tehran and other major cities though two Sunni militant groups, Jaish al-Adl and Jundallah, have been waging a deadly insurgency, mostly in more remote areas, for almost a decade.

Iran’s restive Sistan and Baluchestan province, in the southeast on the borders with Pakistan and Afghanistan, is home to the Balouch minority and has long been a hotbed of Sunni insurgents fighting the Shi’ite-led Islamic Republic.

Last year Iranian authorities said they had foiled a plot by Sunni militants to bomb targets in Tehran and other cities during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Islamic State has lambasted “heretic” Shi’ite Iran for helping the Syrian and Iraqi governments battle Islamic State, which considers Shi’ites to be infidels.

Trump names FBI director nominee

President Trump on Wednesday announced he will be nominating Christopher A. Wray to serve as the new FBI director.

“I will be nominating Christopher A. Wray, a man of impeccable credentials, to be the new Director of the FBI,” the president tweeted Wednesday.

Trump’s diplomacy-by-Twitter sets off firestorm

UK police seeking missing attack victim find body in river

People look at floral tributes on London Bridge, Wednesday, June 7, 2017, to commemorate the victims in Saturday's attack. Much of the area around London Bridge remained cordoned off as police continued to investigate Saturday's attack that killed seven people and wounded dozens. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

   LONDON — Police searching for a French man who has been missing since the London Bridge attack say they have recovered a body from the River Thames.

The Metropolitan Police say the body was found Tuesday downstream from the bridge. The force says formal identification has not yet taken place, but Xavier Thomas’ next of kin have been informed.

If confirmed, Thomas would be the eighth person killed in the vehicle and knife attack. Almost 50 were wounded.

Thomas, 45, was walking with his girlfriend over the bridge when the attack began on Saturday night.

Police said earlier that witness accounts suggested he might have been thrown into the river. Thomas’ girlfriend was struck and seriously injured by the van.

Police early Wednesday arrested a 30-year-old man in east London in connection to the attack and are searching his home.

Two men are now in custody on suspicion of violating the Terrorism Act. They have not been identified or charged. All others who had been arrested have been released without facing charges.

London officials said a large part of the outer cordon of the crime scene had reopened. Borough Market, a popular gathering place, remains closed as more evidence is gathered.

The attack, and prior attacks in Manchester and near Parliament in London, have prompted Prime Minister Theresa May to call for tougher counterterrorism laws even if it means changing human rights protections.

Reaction to the attack has dominated the final days of campaigning before Thursday’s general election, with opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn and others criticizing May for cutting police numbers by roughly 20,000 during her tenure as home secretary.

In the Saturday night rampage, the attackers first drove a rented van into a crowd and then jumped out and randomly stabbed people they encountered.

Police killed all three attackers.

At least two of the men were known to British intelligence and law-enforcement officials, raising questions about whether anything could have been done to prevent the assault.

Police have named the attackers as Khurum Butt, 27, who had been known for his extremist views; 30-year-old Rachid Redouane, also known as Rachid Elkhdar; and Youssef Zaghba, a 22-year-old Italian national of Moroccan descent who was reportedly working in a London restaurant.

Italian authorities said Zaghba had been stopped and questioned in Italy but had not been charged with any crime. Italian officials said suspicions about him had been shared with British authorities.

Donald Trump calls for extra secruity measures after London attack

US. President , Donald Trump, has called on all security agencies in the country to be extra vigilant and what he termed “extra level of safety” following the multiple terrorist attacks in London on Saturday night.

Trump was briefed of the incident by the National Security Adviser, Herbert McMaster, according to the White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer.

 

 

The terror incidents reportedly left unconfirmed number of people dead and injured after van ploughs into pedestrians on London Bridge and Borough Market.

A third incident at Vauxhall, was, however said to be an isolated attack unconnected with the two other terror attacks.

Trump tweeted shortly after the attacks: “We need to be smart, vigilant and tough.

“We need the courts to give us back our rights.

“We need the Travel Ban as an extra level of safety!

“Whatever the United States can do to help out in London and the U. K., we will be there – WE ARE WITH YOU. GOD BLESS!”

The New York Police Department (NYPD) Counter-terrorism bureau said it was “deploying officers to heavily-travelled pedestrian locations across the city”.

NYPD spokesman Peter Donald said: “We’re monitoring the situation in London and we’re in touch with British authorities”.

NYPD said on its Twitter handle on that: “There are no specific, credible threats to NYC.

“Go about your Sat. night, NYPD cops are protecting you. Our prayers are with all in London”.

The U.S. Department of State also said: “We stand ready to provide all possible consular assistance should we become aware of any affected U.S. citizen.

“We strongly encourage U.S. citizens in the United Kingdom to directly contact concerned family members in the United States to advise them of  your safety”.

British Prime Minister Theresa May had earlier confirmed the attack as potential acts of terrorism.

“Following updates from police and security officials, I can confirm that the terrible incident in London is being treated as a potential act of terrorism.

“This is a fast moving investigation. I want to express my huge gratitude to the police and emergency services who are on the scene.

“Our thoughts are with all those who are caught up in this tragic event”.

US. President , Donald Trump, has called on all security agencies in the country to be extra vigilant and what he termed “extra level of safety” following the multiple terrorist attacks in London on Saturday night.

Trump was briefed of the incident by the National Security Adviser, Herbert McMaster, according to the White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer.

 

“MY HUSBAND IS RECOVERING SO FAST, HE’S RETURNING BACK TO NIGERIA SOON” — AISHA BUHARI

“My Husband Is Recovering so Fast, He's Returning Back To Nigeria Soon” — Aisha Buhari
The wife of the President of Nigeria, Mrs Aisha Buhari has declared on Saturday that her Husband, the president is recovering real well.

She assured the public that he is responding to treatment and would soon return to the country.

Aisha Buhari was a special guest at the 23rd Annual Ramadan Lecture of the Ansar-ud-deen Society of Nigeria (ADS) held in Abuja where she was represented by her Senior Special Assistant on Administration, Dr Hajo Sani.

 

President Muhammadu Buhari returned to the United Kingdom in May for what he described as follow-up medical checks a couple of months after returning from an extended vacation in London where he received medical attention.

Mrs Aisha Buhari, who left for London about 5 days ago, in the speech delivered on her behalf by Dr Sani said,

“My husband is recovering very fast. And very soon, he will return to the country to resume his official duties.”

“I thank Nigerians for their prayers for my husband. Please, do not relent in your prayers,” she added.

The Nation reports that the deputy speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Yusuf Lasun who was equally present at the event, praised President Buhari for restoring sanity to governance in Nigeria.

Nigeria’s 5 Most Powerful Women Set To Take Over Power From Buhari In 2019

No doubt, the President Muhammadu Buhari administration has relegated women to the background, by not following the globally recognised 35 percent affirmation action.
As a result, Post-Nigeria has thoroughly investigated and discovered 5 female political heavy weights, who can sweep the President off his feet, with their intimidating records, if any of them indicates interest to run for the 2019 Presidency.
1. Folorunsho Alakija
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She is a Nigerian businesswoman, who is the second richest African woman after Isabel Dos Santos, and also the third richest woman of African descent in the world.
She is a business tycoon involved in the fashion, oil and printing industries. She is the Group Managing Director of ‘The Rose of Sharon Group’, which consists of The Rose of Sharon Prints and Promotions Limited, and Digital Reality Prints Limited; and she is also the Executive Vice-Chairman of Famfa Oil Limited.
Alakija, is ranked by Forbes, as the richest woman in Nigeria, with an estimated net worth of $2.1 billion. As at 2015, she was listed as the Second Most Powerful Woman in Africa, after Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, and the 87th Most Powerful Woman in the World by Forbes.
2. Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala
Former Minister of Finance/Coordinating Minister for the Economy, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

Former Minister of Finance/Coordinating Minister for the Economy, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala
Prior to the administration of former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, in 1999, the Nigerian economy was lagging behind. Human development indicators were below average, compared to other developing countries. The country’s revenue was largely dependent on oil exports, and fiscal spending was high, making the economy very volatile.
Investors were also discouraged by the unfriendly business climate. The country solely relied on oil exports, as a means of generating revenue. Unemployment rate was high, while inflation was in double digits.
However, with the Economic Team of Okonjo-Iweala, the challenges were handled, making Nigeria the largest economy in Africa.
Okonjo-Iweala, was instrumental to securing debt pardon for Nigeria from the Paris Club, World Bank, and the IMF.

The international society has never failed to recognise and acknowledge Okonjo-Iweala’s efforts, and this is shown in the way she has been receiving awards on various international platforms, since she left office in 2015

3. Dr. Obiageli Ezekwesili
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She is a Nigerian Chartered Accountant, a co-founder of Transparency International; serving as one of the pioneer Directors of the global anti-corruption body based in Berlin, Germany. She served as Minister of Solid Minerals, and then, as Minister of Education, during the second-term Presidency of Olusegun Obasanjo. She also has vast knowledge in Economics and Finance.
Ezekwesili, holds a Masters degree in International Law and Diplomacy, from the University of Lagos, as well as a Masters of Public Administration degree, from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.
Ezekwesili, started off in the Obasanjo administration, as the pioneer Head of the Budget Monitoring and Price Intelligence Unit (Due Process Unit).
It was in this position, that she earned the sobriquet of “Madam Due Process”, for the outstanding work she led a team of professionals to do, in sanitizing public procurement, or contracting at the Federal level in Nigeria.
She was the architect of the Bureau for Public Procurement legislation, the NEITI legislation, and the new Minerals and Mining legislation, during her six and a half years stint in government.
Ezekwesili, was also instrumental to the start of the viral #BringBackOurGirls campaign on social media, which trended internationally.
 4. Maryam Abacha
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She is the widow of Late General Sani Abacha, de-facto President of Nigeria from 1993 to 1998. During her husband’s tenure, she came in with a lot of class and beauty. Following her predecessor’s footsteps, Maryam Abacha, founded National Hospital Abuja, which was originally National Hospital for Women and Children.
The Women and Children Hospital in Sokoto, was also named after her, because of her contributions to family healthcare. She was born on March 4, 1947, in Kaduna, and launched the Family Support Programme during her days in office.
Maryam Abacha Women and Children’s Hospital, was founded by the former First Lady, as the first National Hospital, specifically for women and children.
She also set up the South-East VVF Center, located in Abakaliki, the largest city in Ebonyi State. The center was fully equipped with 100 beds, one Obstetrics and Gynecology Consultant, who was also a Fistula Surgeon, and four trained Fistula Nurses. Fistula Care Support to the South-East VVF Center began in January 2009.
5. Patience Jonathan
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Patience Jonathan, is the immediate past First Lady of Nigeria, and the wife of former President, Goodluck Jonathan. She has served as a Permanent Secretary, in her native Bayelsa State.
Mrs Jonathan, has been recognised Locally, Nationally and Internationally for her philanthropic work, and political pragmatism.
Commenting, a Political Analyst said, “Although she was a funny being, who was all over the place, and granted us several comic moments… Mama Peace sounded like a no-nonsense lady, a strong and courageous achiever.
“She spoke bad English confidently and with grace.
“Her underground work was the reason why Jonathan stayed in Aso Rock till 2015. I voted Buhari, because change was/is needed, but Aisha Buhari can’t be as smart as Mama Peace”. He stressed.

-End Of The Road As Obasanjo Shocks Nigerians, Speaks On Buhari’s Death And Other Heart Touching Issues

Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, on Sunday, pleaded with Nigerian youths, not to wish President Muhammadu Buhari death, or any leader in the country.

This came as the social media has been awashed with the news of Buhari’s demise, as a result of an undisclosed illness, and very poor communication from the Presidency.

 

    Obasanjo who spoke on other sundry issues, stated that his “greatest fear about Nigeria” today, remained the “anger and frustration of the youths”, adding that, if not managed, it could lead to “youth explosion.”

   Obasanjo noted that when he left secondary school, he received letters of appointments from five establishments, and wondered whether any Nigerian University graduate could have such opportunities today.

“Don’t wish us dead, don’t wish us to disappear, because you will need us. You need us mentors and advisers, to mentor and prepare you for the future. You need our experience and assistance of some of us, to guide you through life.

“You should not lose hope, you should not feel frustrated. Wherever I go, they always ask me, what is my fear about Nigeria and Africa. And I said my greatest fear is youth anger, frustrations, and youth explosion, which have no bound.

“We have the Boko haram in the North, the MASSOB and IPOB in the South-East, the Militants in the Niger Delta, and the Oodua Peoples Congress in the South-West. All of these are expression of anger and frustrations.

“We have what it takes to be great as a nation, and we can’t transform this country without the youths. My greatest hope in this country, is also the youth. You the youth should work to help yourselves. You must be ready to pay the price for what you stand for”, Obasanjo said.

More latter.….

kilamitiy

Yesterday, G-Worldwide acts, Kiss Daniel and Sugarboy, dropped a new song titled Kalamity, a song that has since generated a lot of negative buzz due to the ‘stolen’ tag slammed on it by a record label know as The Silent Music Company.

According a statement released by the label, their artiste, Barz, released a song titled ‘Kilamiti‘ last year June, featuring Sugarboy, the same song alleged to have been stolen by the G-Worldwide acts.

He later dropped the video in November, but was unable to get Sugarboy on it due to the latter’s management’s policy which stated that their artistes not appear in outside the label featured video.

With the controversy already gaining ground on social media, G-Worldwide has remained silent but it seems Kiss Daniel, may have addressed the issue even before it was brought up.

According to a tweet by Kiss Daniel on March 18, 2017, it showed the singer probably knew the song, is allegedly not from their camp.

His tweet reads thus:

https://twitter.com/iamkissdaniel
NO rule In World Of Music

What do you guys think? Was Kiss Daniel in the know?

Mo-Hits Inspired Me; Wizkid Makes Public Declaration Via Tweet

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Nigerian recording artist, songwriter and performer, Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun, better known by his stage name Wizkid, is all over the net and for the right reasons.

Wizkid is arguably the biggest act from Africa and has not failed his fans so far. The Starboy Worldwide/Sony Music act has revealed that his biggest inspiration was non other than Mo-Hits.

Taking to his twitter handle, he tweeted; Mo hits inspired me!! See tweets below;

Mo’Hits Records was a Nigerian-based music record label owned by D’banj and Don Jazzy. It was founded in 2004, signing D’banj as its first recording artist and also housed talents, the likes of Wande Coal, Ikechukwu, Dr. Sid, D’Prince and K-Switch. Don Jazzy was the CEO/President of the label and D’banj was the Co-Owner.

However, since the exit of D’Banj, the label was re-branded, birthing the Supreme Mavin Dynasty, home to Korede Bello, Reekado Banks, Tiwa Savage, Dr. Sid, D’Prince, Di’Ja and also newly signed acts, DNA Twins, Poe and Johnny Drille.

Uber’s President Jeff Jones Drops In Less Than 7 Months After Assuming Office

Jeff Jones, President of Ride services company Uber Technologies Inc has departed the company, an Uber spokesman has said. The spokesman said in statement in San Francisco that Jones quit less than seven months after joining the company. In a statement late on Sunday, Jones said he could not continue as president of a business

 

In a statement late on Sunday, Jones said he could not continue as president of a business with which he was incompatible.
 
“I joined Uber because of its mission, and the challenge to build global capabilities that would help the company mature and thrive long term.
It is now clear, however, that the beliefs and approach to leadership that have guided my career are inconsistent with what I saw and experienced at Uber.
I can no longer continue as president of the ride sharing business,” He said.