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SSS: Nigerians react to new DG’s appointment

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SSS: Nigerians react to new DG's appointment

Some Nigerians on Twitter have reacted to the appointment of Yusuf Bichi as the new Director-General of the State Security Service (SSS).

Mr Bichi was appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday.

According to a statement by Mr Buhari’s spokesperson, Garba Shehu, Mr Bichi replaces Matthew Seiyefa, who has been operating in acting capacity since Lawal Daura was dismissed. He is appointment takes effect from Friday (today), September 14.

Mr Shehu, in his statement, described the appointee as a ‘core’ secret service operative who has undergone training in intelligence processing analysis, agent handling recruitment and intelligence processing in the UK, as well as strategic training at the National Defence College.

“The new SSS boss comes to the job with skills in intelligence gathering, research analysis, conflict management, general investigation, risk and vulnerability operations, counter intelligence and protective operation and human resources management,” Mr Shehu said.

Some Nigerians including a presidential aspirant, Donald Duke, and a federal lawmaker, Ben Murray-Bruce, have expressed disappointment at the president over his choice and equally accused him of nepotism.

“PMB has just appointed Yusuf Magaji Bichi as substantive DG SSS. Against the clamour to broaden the heads of our nations security framework, PMB has proven himself an irredeemable irredentist. SAD!!!,” Donald Duke tweeted.

Mr Bruce also tweeted, “Seiyefa was the ONLY Southerner heading an Intelligence agency. He was competent and loyal. In the interest of federal character and north/south balance, President @MBuhari should have retained him. Bichi may be competent, but how can all intelligence (units) be headed by Northerners?”

Others, however, believe Mr Bichi is qualified for the position.

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Yahaya Bello’s aide, two others assassinated in Kogi

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The custodian of Aneku Okuku masquerade, Mr. Yusuf Adabenege, in Okene town, Kogi State has been assassinated by unidentified gunmen.

Adabenege was reportedly killed alongside two of his aides while driving on Obehira-ege road in Okene.

Adabenege was at the forefront of drumming support for the reelection bid of the state Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, and also the custodian of Aneku Okuku Cementi masquerade of Obehira.

He was also a Personal Assistant to the Governor on Domestic Matters until his death.

It was learnt that late Adabenege was ambushed at the front of Living Faith Church, Okuha Anatahu Okene Obehira road around 6:40pm on Friday when a hand grenade was thrown at his convoy forcing the vehicle to stop abruptly.

He was said to have been dragged down from the vehicle and killed using a hand grenade that hit him on the head.

The gunmen also fired at his vehicle which resulted in the death of his driver identified as Musa immediately.

Following his death, security operatives were drafted in to man strategic positions around the city.

The state Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, who addressed the people of Ebiraland on Saturday morning on TAO FM  mourned the death of Adabenege.

He condoled with the people of Ebira, vowing that he would work with the security agencies to bring the perpetrators to book.

 

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Barack Obama presents Flowers to wife, Michelle as he visits her book talk

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Michelle Obama got a surprise appearance at her book talk in Washington D.C. on Saturday night when her husband, former President Barack Obama came out with a bouquet of flowers.

The crowd went wild when Obama, dressed casually in a jacket with no tie, walked out with pink roses for his wife.

‘You won’t get this at every show,’ Michelle Obama told the cheering crowd at the packed Capital One Arena.

‘This is like when Jay Z comes out,’ the former president joked, comparing himself to when the rapper came out during wife Beyonce’s music tours.

The former president who came out the tale end of his wife’s 90 minute talk, discussed how the couple met at the Chicago law firm of Sidney & Austin, where she was his mentor.

‘She’s really tall and most of it is legs,’ he said of his first impression of her.

His wife chided him: ‘Children are here.’

The former president then kept his story kid-friendly. ‘She was much cuter than I expected and very tall,’ he said.

He recalled she didn’t want to date him because they worked together so he offered to quit his job.

‘So basically I wore her down,’ he said.

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SAD: Early Morning Inferno Kill 5 People In Kebbi

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Three children of same parents, their mother and another child have been burnt to death in an early morning inferno on Friday in Argungu Local Government Area of Kebbi State.

The incident, which has thrown residents of the area into mourning, also partially razed the victims bungalow.

The Chairman of the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Alhaji Sani Dododo, who was at the scene, told the man of the family, was not at home when the incident happened.

“The incident happened around 1a.m on Friday, in the house of a West African Cotton Company Limited (WACCOT) staff, Malam Umar Argungu, who was on duty on that day.

“His wife was in the house with her three children: two daughters and a boy as well as a neighbour’s daugther who was keeping them company because the husband was away,” he said.

Dododo said the incident was caused by an electric heater which unattended to in the house.

“The woman had forgotten the heater and it kept on heating till all the water had finished.

“The house caught fire, which resulted in the death of the woman, her three children and the neighbour’s daughter,” he said.

He warned residents of the state to always switch off electricity in their home before sleeping in the night, especially during the harmattan season.

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