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Police stop Tesla driver ‘who fell asleep at wheel while using autopilot’ | World News

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Police in the Netherlands say they stopped a Tesla driver after he appeared to have fallen asleep at the wheel while using the car’s autopilot feature.

Authorities described how the driver failed to notice officers as they drove close to his vehicle on the A27 near the city of Eemnes.

“When we came alongside, the driver appeared to have fallen asleep,” police said in an Instagram post.

The Tesla vehicle began to overtake the police car as the officers slowed down before the motorist was “eventually woken up with the help of the siren”, the post added.

The 50-year-old driver from Meppel appeared to be under the influence of alcohol and his driver’s licence was suspended, according to police.

The incident in the Netherlands comes a month after Tesla said it was urgently investigating a video that appeared to show one of its vehicles exploding in a Shanghai car park.

The video, first posted to social media in China, showed a Tesla Model S billowing smoke and then bursting into flames.

The footage also showed serious damage caused to the cars parked next to the Tesla.

No one was injured in the incident, the company said.

Last month Tesla, led by billionaire chief executive Elon Musk, announced it will be developing completely autonomous self-driving vehicles beginning next year.

Mr Musk said the electric car maker will be creating a network of self-driving taxis to compete against Uber and similar companies.

Sky News has approached Tesla for a comment about the Netherlands incident.

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JUST IN: INEC Resumes Collation Of Result In Kogi

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The Independent National Electoral Commission has resumed the collation of results of the governorship election in Kogi State.

The electoral commission has declared the Kogi West senatorial rerun election inconclusive.

According to the returning officer, Prof Olayinde Lawal, the margin between the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Smart Adeyemi, and that of the Peoples Democratic Party, Senator Dino Melaye, was 20,570.

He announced that Adeyemi polled a total of 80,118 votes, while Melaye got 59,548 votes from the seven local government areas in the senatorial district.

Dino has rejected the result so far, saying the election was manipulated.

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Kogi Decides: Yahaya Bello has ordered my assassination – Natasha Akpoti claims

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The Social Democratic Party, SDP, governorship candidate in Kogi State, Natasha Akpoti has claimed that Yahaya Bello has ordered her assassination.

Akpoti said this on Monday morning on her official Twitter page.

She wrote: “Gov Yahaya Bello has ordered for my assassination.”

AREWA.NG, recalls that Akpoti on Sunday called for the cancellation of the ongoing gubernatorial election in Kogi Central and part of Lokoja, the state capital.

Akpoti claimed that “what happened in Kogi Central and other parts of the state was a far cry from a credible election,” hence the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, should cancel the elections and conduct a rerun.

She made the call in a statement she personally signed and issued on Sunday.

According to Akpoti: “Ballot boxes were destroyed and burnt in Okene, Adavi, Ajaokuta and Ogori Magongo and Okehi Local government areas and other parts of the state.

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Kogi/Bayelsa decides: APC govt trampled on Nigeria’s democracy like Hitler did in Germany – PDP

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The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has said the conduct and outcome of the Bayelsa and Kogi State elections have shown that the All Progressives Congress, APC-led government has trampled on the country’s democracy like Adolf Hitler of Germany did during his time.

PDP said the Saturday’s elections in Bayelsa and Kogi States has destroyed the hope Nigerians had in democratic practice, stressing that the country was “sliding back to the era of dictatorship.”

A statement by PDP’s spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan said the “shameful elections conducted in Kogi and Bayelsa states have damaged the fate of Nigerians in a democratic order.”

The statement reads: “Nigerians and the entire world watched in horror as the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led government trampled our democracy underfoot with utmost impunity that can only be obtainable in Hitler’s Germany and Samuel Doe’s Liberia, where the lives and rights of citizens meant nothing to suppressive power mongers.

“Citizens agonized as APC-controlled security forces aided armed hoodlums to invade polling centers, shoot and kill innocent citizens, cart away ballot boxes, stuffed them with already thumb printed ballot papers in favour of APC, after which results are allocated to the APC and handed over to a compromised Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to announce against the will of the people.

“It is distressing that under the President Muhammadu Buhari-led APC administration, votes no longer count; power and governance no longer derive from the people but from violence, manipulations and the barrel of the gun. Nigerians now ask; are we still in a democracy?

“With the outcome of the Kogi and Bayelsa governorship elections, Nigerians and the world have lost hope in our institutions of democracy and security system as presently constituted.

“They have completely lost hope in INEC under Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, which has shown itself to be a repressive tool in the hands of dictatorial forces.

“As a party, we condole with the families of our compatriots that were killed in Kogi and Bayelsa states and prayed that God grant their souls eternal rest.

“Nevertheless, the PDP remains strong and united in the face of all odds. Nigeria is our nation and no individual or group can appropriate our collective sovereignty as a people at all times.

“Our party will therefore continue to fully exert itself in upholding the wishes and aspirations of Nigerians despite the manipulations of the APC.”

Urging Nigerians to remain resilient and focused, PDP said: “Our party will, in due course, address Nigerians on the way forward in the overall quest to retrieve stolen mandates, rescue our nation from dictatorial forces and reinforce democratic practice in our country.”

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