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13 dead, 50 injured as Van rams into Crowd in Barcelona

13 people have been reported  killed and more than 50 injured on Thursday when a driver deliberately slammed a van into crowd on Las Ramblas regarded as Barcelona’s most popular and busiest street.

The Catalan police said they had arrested one suspect in what is regarded as a “terror attack”, and denied earlier reports that the perpetrator was holed up in a bar near the scene.

The famous Las Ramblas is lined with shops and restaurants and normally thronged with tourists and street performers until night.

Spain’s royal family condemned the assault in unusually strong terms, vowing that their country would not be “terrorised” by extremists.

According to Aamer Anwar, a witness at the scene, he said he was walking down the street which he described as “jam-packed” with tourists and “all of a sudden, I just sort of heard a crashing noise and the whole street just started to run, screaming. I saw a woman right next to me screaming for her kids.”

Spain had so far been spared the kind of extremist violence that rocked nearby France, Belgium and Germany.

Just like France, Britain and Germany, The attack drew widespread condemnation.

“The United States condemns the terror attack in Barcelona, Spain, and will do whatever is necessary to help,” US President Donald Trumptweeted.

France’s President Emmanuel Macron whose country witnessed a similar horror when a Tunisian man ploughed a 19-tonne truck through a crowded boulevard in Nice, killing 86 people in July 2016 said his thoughts were with the victims of the “tragic attack”.

A spokesman for German Chancellor Angela Merkel condemned the “revolting attack” and British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Twitter that London “stands with Spain against terror”.

The Nice carnage and other assaults including the 2015 Paris attacks were claimed by the Islamic State jihadist group and according to the interior ministry, more than 180 “jihadist terrorists” have been arrested since 2015, Punch reports.

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Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka Declares Support for Atiku Abubakar

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Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka Declares Support for Atiku Abubakar

Controversial Nigerian clergyman Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka, of the Adoration Ministry, has declared his support for Atiku Abubakar saying that the former Vice President is the new blessing for Nigeria.

According to Mbaka, Atiku has what it takes to “put smile on Nigerians suffering different marginalization,” if voted into the office of President in 2019. He made the statement while speaking in Enugu today.

The clergyman who widely campaigned for President Buhari in 2015 said Atiku was advocating a “new order, a new paradigm shift in the government”. In his words;

“Every political relationship is open for negotiations, without pre-set outcomes. Atiku do not fear negotiations, as democrat and businessman that is what reasonable human beings that love his people do. This is even more important if a stubborn resistance against negotiations can lead to unsavoury outcomes, which the present governments have demonstrated!

“For the Nigerian State to have a soul, the constituent parts need to renegotiate and rework the union. It is what will reduce to the barest minimum the feelings of injustice and poverty among Nigerians. It is what will make Nigerians believe that they chose this union willingly, ending effectively the theory of Lugardian contraption.

“It is a perfect antidote for peace. The times call for new ideas For creative solutions, for restructuring, for people to be happy, for people to have means of living, for people to love Nigeria again!

“Atiku is the only person that have contested and is still contesting for Nigerian presidency that love the youths more and have created more jobs for the youths to prove that more than most state government!

“Imagine what he will do when he have the power and resources to do more! Let’s pray that the blessing and protection of God to be with him to put smile in Nigerians suffering different marginalization!”

In a recent interview with Dele Momodu, Atiku Abubakar bragged that he’ll easily defeat President at the polls in 2019 .

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Yul Edochie Dump DPC for APGA

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Yul Edochie Dump DPC for APGA

Nollywood actor Yul Edochie who contested in the recently conducted gubernatorial elections in Anambra State under the aegis of the Democratic People’s Congress (DPC)  has now decamped to the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA).

Yul Edochie made the announcement via his Instagram page. He was welcomed into the party by the Anambra State Governor Willie Obiano who congratulated him for being “brave enough” to run for the office of Governor. He captioned the post;

So yesterday my State Governor His Excellency Chief Dr. Willie Obiano (Akpokue Dike) congratulated me for being brave enough to run for Governor at 35yrs old,
for running the race till the end and for being a worthy ambassador to Anambra/Nigerian youths.
He officially welcomed me into the APGA family. (Nkea bu nke anyi).

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Amaechi: Wike was my Staff, One of My Sons

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Amaechi: Wike was my Staff, One of My Sons

The ex governor of Rivers state and the current Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has said the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, is like one of his sons and has just one agenda, which is “Amaechi”.

Rotimi Amaechi made the statement when he featured on Question Time, a programme on Channels Television. In his words;

“The governor has just one agenda – if he is in his toilet, ‘Amaechi’; if he is outside his toilet, ‘Amaechi’”

Amaechi who was the governor of Rivers State from 2007 to 2015 has also debunked rumours of him having any issues with Governor Wike, saying that he is like one of his sons.

“He (Wike) was my staff; he is like one of my sons,”.

“Why should I engage him? He was local government chairman when I was the speaker of the state,”.

Talking about his past achievements in Rivers state during his time, Amaechi said his impact was still being felt in the state, most especially in the education sector (which he closed down for almost a year).

“When I was governor, I used Rivers state’s money on projects in the state. If you visit the state, you will see the primary schools that we built. No matter what the governor does, the projects are there,” .

“I hired 13,200 teachers who are alive, I established primary schools, the primary schools are there. They are no longer maintained. When I was there, I appointed a contractor whose responsibility was to come to school like the children,” .

Governor Nyesom Wike and Rotimi Amaechi are considered to be arch rivals since the time of former President Goodluck Jonathan. Recently, Amaechi’s escort attacked Governor Wike’s motorcade in Port Harcourt.

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