Day: June 14, 2017

CODE OF CONDUCT TRIBUNAL DISMISSES ALL CHARGES AGAINST SENATE PRESIDENT SARAKI

The Code of Conduct Tribunal in Abuja has dismissed the 18 charges of false asset declaration filed against the Senate President, Dr. Bulola Saraki.

The two-man panel of the CCT led by Danladi Umar unanimously upheld Saraki’s no-case submission, holding that the evidence led by the prosecution was discredited under cross-examination and therefore unreliable.

The CCT held that no reasonable tribunal would convict a defendant on the evidence led by the prosecution through its four witnesses.

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WEST LONDON RESIDENTIAL BLOCK TURNED INTO TOWERING INFERNO AS FIRE RAGES THROUGH 27 STOREY BUILDING WITH SEVERAL FATALITIES INCLUDING CHILDREN

A number of people have been killed in a huge fire at a 27-storey tower block in west London, the fire service has announced.

More than 50 people are being treated in five hospitals across the capital, London Ambulance Service said, as 200 firefighters battle the flames that have engulfed Grenfell Tower in Kensington.

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The Metropolitan Police tweeted: “An emergency number has been set up for anyone concerned for loved ones in #NorthKensington fire please call Casualty Bureau 0800 0961 233”.

London Fire Brigade (LFB) commissioner Dany Cotton said the fire was an “unprecedented situation” and confirmed “a number of fatalities”.

She could not confirm the exact number due to the size and complexity of the building, she added.

She told reporters at the scene: “In my 29 years of being a firefighter, I have never ever seen anything of this scale.”

The cause is so far unknown.

Heartbreaking scenes at Grenfell Tower in Kensington. Reports of safety failures very worrying. My thoughts are with all those affected.

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Refurbishment had recently been carried out with new cladding on the outside of the 1970s-era structure and work on the gas supply to the flats. It cost £8.7 million, and was completed in May last year.

A residents’ action group said their warnings about safety had fallen on “deaf ears”.

It said there was only one entry and exit to the tower during improvement works at the block in Latimer Road and it had issues with evacuation procedures.

After the fire, the group posted: “All our warnings fell on deaf ears and we predicted that a catastrophe like this was inevitable and just a matter of time.”

Commander Stuart Cundy, from the Metropolitan Police, said: “I can confirm there have been a number of fatalities and others receiving medical care. We will be soon making contact with next of kin.

“Anyone who is concerned about loved ones in relation to the fire should contact [the] casualty bureau which has been opened following the fire. If you do not get through immediately please do try again.

“Extensive cordons remain in place and a number of nearby residents have been evacuated as a precaution. The A40 is closed in both directions. We kindly ask that the public stay away from the area.”

JIHADI NEXT DOOR ARRESTED FOR LONDON BRIDGE ATTACK

An Islamic fanatic who starred in a Channel 4 documentary with London Bridge terrorist Khuram Butt has been arrested for the same attack.

Ricardo McFarlane, 29, was taken into custody after a raid by anti-terror police in east London last week.

He is one of seven suspects that are being quizzed by detectives in relation to the horrific attacks on London Bridge and Borough market on June 3.

Eight people were murdered and 48 injured when terrorists Khuram Butt, Rachid Redouane and Youssef Zaghba mowed people down in a van before going on a stabbing frenzy.

McFarlane appeared in the TV documentary the Jihadi Next Door with Butt, when it aired last year.

Footage from the show, which got 1.2million viewers, showed him praying with a group in Regents Park, after they had angrily confronted worshippers outside a mosque in central London.

McFarlane is the first of those featured in the film to be arrested since the attack. Butt was shot dead by armed police at the scene.

This is not the first time that McFarlane, a Muslim convert, has been fallen foul of the law for his extremist views.

In February 2013 he was jailed for his role in a trio who formed a ‘Muslim Patrol’ and terrorised members of the public as they tried to promote Sharia Law.

Left: London Bridge terror attacker Bhutt and right, McFarlane who was arrested last week

 

McFarlane, Jordan Horner and Royal Barnes were jailed for a total of two years and ten months for touring east London harassing people they deemed to be ‘non-believers’.

The three men were slapped with a five-year anti-social behaviour order banning them from distributing material about Sharia Law to the public, or even meeting each other.

Judge Timothy Pontius, also banned them from associating with hate preacher Anjem Choudary.

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Ricardo McFarlane, 29, pictured, with Khuram Butt on Channel 4’s the Jihadi Next Door

The judge said: ‘With the public interest in mind and the safety of individual members of the public in particular, it seems to me essential that these orders should be granted to run for that period of time.’

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ONLINE RETAIL GIANT VENTURES INTO CAR SALES

Amazon is to start selling cars in the UK as the online monster looks to extend its reach into yet another new area.

The company is understood to have started recruiting salesmen for a trial that will start in Britain before being rolled out to other countries.

The company did run a trial selling Fiat 500 cars in Italy last year, but it is looking to go much further after signing distribution deals with German manufacturers.

Amazon is to start selling cars in the UK as the online monster looks to extend its reach into yet another new area

Any move into car sales will inevitably undercut the prices charged by mainstream dealers.

The highly secretive organisation has made no public announcement, however details have leaked in Germany.

The German trade magazine Automobilwoche has revealed that Amazon is planning to move into the European car trade – starting in the UK.

It said that industry specialist Christoph Moeller had been put in charge of Amazon’s European business with car makers.

He said that Amazon plans to run the business out of Luxembourg, which is uses to minimise its tax liabilities, and is looking at Britain as its probable pilot market.

E-commerce delivery expert ParcelHero issued a warning to UK car retailers after producing a report into Amazon’s expansion plans.

Its head of consumer research, David Jinks, said: ‘From books to consumer electronics, Amazon has completely transformed the market wherever and whatever it has launched.

‘Now the likes of Evans Halshaw and Bristol Street Motors will be taking a deep breath as it accelerates into the world of car sales.’

He said: ‘Amazon is looking at every branch of retail. There is small wonder that it is now looking at car sales.

‘Amazon is already actively making loans to its marketplace traders: it may be able to offer attractive loans on new cars in the future to its Prime Members, for example. Amazon is also likely to offer long-term lease cars.’

Mr Jinks added: ‘Mr Moeller’s claim that the UK will be its pilot market makes perfect sense. Amazon launches many of its ideas in the UK before the US and internationally.

The company did run a trial selling Fiat 500 cars in Italy last year, but it is looking to go much further after signing distribution deals with German manufacturers

‘For example, Amazon trialled its own delivery arm, Amazon Logistics, in the UK before it launched it elsewhere, in order to perfect its one hour Prime Now service before commencing its own deliveries in America.

‘Amazon trialled selling small Fiats in Italy last year, with some success; but even the dinky Fiat 500 can’t be left under your doormat or in your porch.

‘Amazon will likely have to work with an established car distributor to deliver your new car; introducing an entirely new supply chain.’

Lisa Bedwell, senior research director at Future Thinking, said: ‘Amazon’s ambitious move to take on the automotive market and sell vehicles directly in the UK is an exciting game changer which will be making established automotive traders nervous.

‘While key existing players such as AutoTrader are likely to take steps to offer a more tailored, specialised service to differentiate from Amazon, for automotive brands there is an opportunity to push for these platforms to offer more space where they can build a closer relationship with customers.’