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JUST IN: Nigerian House Of Reps Member Kills Suspected Armed Robber, Injures Others In Midnight Attack



Abdullahi Salame, a member of the Nigerian House of Representatives, shot to death a suspected armed robber during an attack on his residence in Sokoto.

Mr Salame, who represents Gwadabawa and Illela federal constituency, said on Friday that he killed one of the suspected robbers, who invaded his home.

The lawmaker spoke with reporters in Sokoto and also posted pictures from the incident on the social media.

Face cap stained with blood of one of the attackers.

He said he was attacked by the suspected robbers at his Bado residence.

“All thanks be to Almighty Allah. Today at about 3 a.m., I was attacked in my house in Sokoto by armed robbers but by Allah’s powers, I was able to shoot and kill one (robber) and injured some. I am grateful,” the lawmaker said.

Mr Salame is a member of the All Progressives Congress. He is the Chairman, house committee on poverty alleviation.

He was the Speaker of Sokoto State House of Assembly from 2007 to 2011.

The police spokesperson in Sokoto, Muhammad Sadiq, confirmed the incident to reporters. He said “the police reacted swiftly to help foil the attack”.

“The Sokoto State Police Command is aware of the attempted armed robbery incident at Bado Quarters area of Sokoto, which was thwarted by the swift response of the joint metropolitan police patrol,” Mr Sadiq said in the statement.

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He urged Sokoto residents to help the police with useful information “to speed up the arrest of the perpetrators and aid police investigation”.

Meanwhile, the House of Representatives on Friday said it was appalled at the scuffle which broke out between “certain participants” from host communities at the public hearing of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) on Thursday.

According to a statement signed by House of Representatives spokesman, Benjamin Kalu, the unsavoury events were “contemptuous and constituted a breach of the sanctity of the House.”

“Fortunately, they were immediately escorted out of the building and proceedings continued peacefully for the rest of the hearing,” Kalu added.

Hon. Kalu said the House was committed to passing the PIB by April 2021.

The PIB was first presented to the National Assembly in 2008.

In September 2020, President Muhammadu Buhari presented a version of the bill to the National Assembly for consideration.

The PIB seeks to introduce pertinent changes to the governance, administrative, regulatory, and fiscal framework of the Nigerian oil and gas industry, in order to ensure transparency, strengthen the governing institutions and attract investment capital, among other objectives.

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