Anambra State Vigilante Head Warned Killer Fulani Herdsmen To Stay Away From South-East |RN

Jeff Amechi Agbodo, Onitsha

The Chairman of Anambra North vigilante services, a subsidiary of Anambra state Vigilante Group, (AVG) Chief Chinenye Ihenko (Okpompi) has warned the armed killer herdsmen operating in any guise to steer clear of Anambra state and entire Southeast geopolitical zone.

He warned that any further killings in the South-East state by either the herdsmen, gunmen or suicide bombers would be reciprocated to with immediate effect.

Ihenko who sounded the note of warning while reacting to speculations making the round in various parts of Anambra state that Fulani herdsmen have taken over forests in the zone declared: “let them strike again we are ready for them”.

“Nigeria is our country and we all must defend the peace, unity and stability of Nigerian at all costs. We are ready to pay the supreme sacrifice now because Enough is Enough”.

Ihenko spoke to newsmen in his office at Onitsha Main market assured customers coming to buy or sell goods in Onitsha of their safety, adding that they should have no course to fear of any attack.

He also assured the Federal government of their readiness to give support if called upon, even as he called on President Mohammed Buhari to rise to the challenges of insecurity in the country.

“Ndigbo has no other place to go and we have learnt our lessons during and after the civil war “We will rather die together than to allow our people to be slaughtered like a goat on daily basis”.

He, therefore, called on all the stakeholders, traditional rulers town union leaders, members of the National Assembly, civil society groups and Nigerian women to join hands in the crusade to return Nigeria to its formal glory.

According to him, “I wish to align myself with the former president of Nigeria president Olusegun Obasanjo’s call for dialogue by all the sectors of Nigerian society to put a stop to the incessant killing of innocent Nigerians.

“All hands should be on deck to tackle this insecurity headlong now or else it will consume all of us. As it stands now, nobody or place is safe in Nigeria of today and if the ugly trend is allowed to continue, it will degenerate to a catastrophic situation” Ihenko stated. (The Sun)

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DSS Withdraws 11 Operatives Attached To Senate President, Bukola Saraki|RN

By Chukwu David


DSS withdraws 11 operatives attached to Senate President


The Department of State Services (DSS), yesterday, withdrew 11 of its operatives assigned to the President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki. New Telegraph also learnt that the authorities of the Secret Police equally recalled some of its operatives attached to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara.

A source close to the Office of the President of the Senate, reliably told our correspondent that the DSS directed 11 of its operatives attached to Saraki to leave the office of the number three citizen and report back to the DSS headquarters with effect from 10a.m. today.

The source further said that there was no reason given whatsoever for the withdrawal, but there were speculations that the directive might have been at the instance of the Presidency.

The source also hinted that the action might be part of the strategy by the All Progressives Congress (APC), to intimidate and cow members of the New Peoples Democratic Party (nPDP) bloc in the ruling party. Members of nPDP are likely to defect either to the opposition PDP or other parties and present a candidate to challenge President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2019 elections.

The withdrawal was, however, coming ahead of today’s meeting between the Vice-President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo and the nPDP team, which will be led by Dogara.

Saraki is also a member of nPDP, the faction that broke away from the PDP in 2013 and supported the APC to win elections in the 2015 general polls. The nPDP had recently issued an ultimatum to APC for a meeting, complaining that it had been marginalised by the ruling party after helping them to dethrone the PDP from power in 2015.                (New Telegraph)

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Facebook: Mark Zuckerberg’s Compensation Jumps To $8.9m As Security Costs Soar

By Munsif Vengattil and David Ingram
Mark Zuckerberg wearing a suit and tie: Facebook CEO Zuckerberg testifies before House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington© REUTERS/Leah Millis Facebook CEO Zuckerberg testifies before House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington


Facebook Inc (FB.O) Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg’s compensation rose 53.5 percent to $8.9 million in 2017, a regulatory filing showed on Friday, largely due to higher costs related to the 33-year old billionaire’s personal security.

About 83 percent of the compensation represented security-related expenses, while most of the rest were tied to Zuckerberg’s personal use of private aircraft.

Zuckerberg spent much of last year travelling after he pledged to visit all the U.S. states that he had not previously been to.

His security expenses climbed to $7.3 million in 2017 from $4.9 million a year earlier.

Menlo Park, California-based Facebook paid to buy, install and maintain security measures for Zuckerberg’s personal residences, which include properties in San Francisco and Palo Alto, the filing showed.

The Facebook board’s compensation committee authorised Zuckerberg’s security programme, the filing said, “to address safety concerns due to specific threats to his safety arising directly as a result of his position as our founder, Chairman, and CEO.”

Zuckerberg’s base salary was unchanged at $1, while his total voting power at Facebook rose marginally to 59.9 percent.

Facebook, which has consistently reported stronger-than-expected earnings over the past two years, has faced public outcry over its role in Russia’s alleged influence over the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

Earlier this week, Zuckerberg emerged largely unscathed after facing hours of questioning from U.S. lawmakers on how the personal information of several million Facebook users might have been improperly shared with political consultancy Cambridge Analytica.   (Reuters)

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JUST IN: Buhari In Secret Meeting With Security Chiefs |The Republican News

President Muhammadu Buhari is currently in a meeting with the security chiefs at the presidential villa, in Abuja.

The meeting is also being attended by the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, the Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), as well as the Comptroller General of Immigrations (NIS), Mohammed Babandede.

Although the agenda of the meeting was not made known as at press time, the meeting may not be unconnected with the current security challenges in the country, particularly, the continued attacks by suspected herdsmen in parts of the country, especially the north-central states. (The Sun)

Details later…

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