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Libya Deputy PM Escapes Assassination Attempt

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Deputy prime minister of Libya, Sadiq Abdulkarim has survived unhurt after gunmen fired on his car in Tripoli, the capital city.

Abdulkarim, who also serves as interim interior minister, said he was attacked on Wednesday while en route to the General National Congress assembly from the Interior Ministry.

“I tell those who did it that Libya is bigger than you and Libya’s men will not be threatened by bullets, guns or rockets,” Abdulkarim said in a brief televised statement later on Wednesday.

According to the state news agency, Abdulkarim, who appeared healthy in his television appearance, had not been wounded in the attack.

The LANA news agency said “unknown gunmen fired a barrage of bullets” at the deputy prime minister’s car while he was inside.

The Libyan government has been struggling to contain dozens of armed groups who kept their guns after the NATO-backed revolt against Gaddafi in 2011. The identity of Abdulkarim’s attackers was not immediately clear.

Libya’s difficulties in asserting state authority have worried Western powers, who fear violence in the OPEC country could spill over to its North African neighbours.

Security has deteriorated in recent months, with car bombs and assassinations become part of daily life in the eastern city of Benghazi.

The attack reflects the chaotic state of the North African nation two years after Muammar Gaddafi’s fall.

The attack on Abdulkarim comes less than three weeks after the assassination of Deputy Industry Minister Hassan al-Droui, who was shot in Gaddafi’s hometown of Sirte on January 12.

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5 Comments

  1. Ezekiel Ibrahim

    January 30, 2014 at 7:15 am

    No think say na your charm work wo! But na God who protect. So give Him thanks.

  2. Capello

    January 30, 2014 at 7:51 am

    Don’t blame the PM, he must have come to south Africa to seek refuge and also watch the CHAN final between Ghana and Libya. CHEERS

  3. princess

    January 30, 2014 at 8:39 am

    Abi now.. cos u dey fumble like say na u protect urself 4rm bullets

  4. princess

    January 30, 2014 at 8:39 am

    na bcos ur tym neva reach

  5. marie

    January 30, 2014 at 9:31 am

    thank God for ur life

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Two Uber Vehicles Rolled Over In Collision In Lagos, RRS Came To The Rescue

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Officers of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) of Lagos State Police Command rescued and administered first aid to 3 of the 8 occupants of
two UBER vehicles that rolled over in collision simultaneously at Ogudu Alapere on their way to the Lagos Island around 3:00 a.m today.

LASEMA arrived later to assist the victims. No life was lost in the accident.

Recall that in 2017, the former Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode handed over no fewer than 150 First Aid Kits to the operatives of Rapid Response Squad (RRS) of the Lagos State Command, so as to administer First Aid to victims of emergencies. Over 380 officers of the RRS had been trained by the State Government on accident scene safety, controlling bleeding, Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and moving accident victims.

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Muhammad Makes List Of Top 10 Baby Names In The US For The First Time

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For the first time, Muhammad is one of the top 10 most popular baby names for boys in the United States, according to data from the parenting website BabyCenter.

Muhammad ranks at No. 10, up four spots from last year. The name has been climbing steadily on BabyCenter’s rankings over the years and first entered the top 100 in 2013.

“Muslim families often choose Muhammad for firstborn sons to honor the prophet and bring blessings to the child,” Linda Murray, BabyCenter’s global editor in chief, said in a news release. “The name also has multiple spellings, and that helps a name get into the top 10.”

Liam was the most popular name for boys, pushing out Jackson, which had spent six consecutive years at the top of the list. Sophia remained No. 1 for girls, marking a decade as the top choice.

BabyCenter says its data comes from almost 600,000 parents who shared their baby’s name with the organization in 2019. Its rankings also combine names that sound the same but have multiple spellings (like Mohammad and Muhammad).

The Social Security Administration also ranks the popularity of baby names using records of all babies born in the US, but the agency treats each unique spelling as a separate name.

The agency has not released its own list, but Social Security data shows Muhammad rose from No. 620 in 2000 to No. 345 in 2018. The agency does not include varied spellings in that ranking.

Names of Arabic origin are on the rise, according to BabyCenter. As Muhammad broke into the top 10 for boys, Aaliyah made the top 10 for girls.
Isla, a Scottish name, is also climbing — up 38 spots from last year. Eleanor and Miles were tied for second-fastest climbing names.

These are the top 10 baby names for boys and girls this year, according to BabyCenter’s rankings.

Most popular names for boys
1) Liam
2) Jackson
3) Noah
4) Aiden
5) Grayson
6) Caden
7) Lucas
8)Elijah
9) Oliver
10) Muhammad

Most popular names for girls
1) Sophia
2) Olivia
3) Emma
4) Ava
5) Aria
6) Isabella
7) Amelia
8) Mia
9) Riley
10) Aaliyah

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FRSC To Introduce N50,000 Fine For Traffic Light Violators In 2020

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The Corps Marshal of Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, Dr Boboye Oyeyemi has said that traffic light violations by motorists will attract a fine of N50,000 beginning from next year, lamenting that the offence was taking a worrisome dimension.

Dr. Oyeyemi, who disclosed this while speaking at the first ‘ember month stakeholders forum’ organised by the FRSC in collaboration with the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission, in Abuja, said he had proposed to the Joint Tax Board that the traffic light violation fine should be increased from N4,000 to N50,000 to deter erring motorists.

The Corps Marshal vowed that his men would continue to arrest and sanction motorists using phones while driving.

He explained that drivers were free to use google map but said the phone should be placed on the dashboard with both hands on the steering wheel.

According to him, “You can’t hold the phone with one hand and drive with the other while using google map. That is distracted driving and the law is clear on that. When you stop people for traffic violations, their lawyers would write to you and threaten to sue.

“FRSC has 120 lawyers and I would recruit more next year; The level of violent reactions in this country is alarming.”

“We have noticed the rising incidents of traffic light violations and so, we are going to increase the minimum fine to N50,000 from N4,000. Offenders would also undergo an emotional psychological test at the hospital to determine if you are fit to drive.”

Oyeyemi, condemned in strong term a situation where people would veer their anger on officers of the FRSC and personnel of other paramilitary agencies and violently attacked them.

In his remarks, Chief Executive Officer, FCCPC, Babatunde Irukera, said his agency would ensure that fleet owners in the country took passenger insurance to better protect their customers during trips.

Irukera also revealed that the commission would also roll out a policy on ageing vehicles owned by fleet firms, noting that” prioritising protection of people will not be negotiated.”

According to him, “We succeeded in putting outpatients bill of rights last year; we will insist that the vehicles be in good condition and operate in a good and safe manner”.

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