President Muhammadu Buhari appoints new NIA DG

Sequel to the sack of the erstwhile Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency, NIA, Ambassador Ayo Oke, a quiet appointment has ...






Sequel to the sack of the erstwhile Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency, NIA, Ambassador Ayo Oke, a quiet appointment has been of Ambassador Mohammed Dawuda as the Acting DG.

However, the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari, appears to be the defacto head of the elite intelligence arm of Nigeria’s equivalent of the American CIA or the British M16 or Israel’s Mossad.


The acting DG is only in office by name as his roles and powers have been limited to only operational matters by Mr Kyari.

Dawuda, is Nigeria’s immediate Ambassador to Chad. But, intrigues within the Aso Rock, Nigeria’s seat of power may not allow him to function properly unless something is done urgently.

It was gathered that the Chief of Staff has assembled a three-man team to carry out other roles of the NIA aside operations.

The favoured men who had headed the NIA in the past
(2009 – 2013) are: Ambassadors Babagana Kingibe, Zakari Ibrahim and Niyi Oladeji.

A source at the Aso Rock said, “those who understand how national security works are seriously alarmed that unless something is done urgently to rein in the debilitating factionalisation on matters concerning the NIA, Nigeria’s elite intelligence arm, and the country’s equivalent of the American CIA or the British M16 or Israel’s Mossad, the agency may be handicapped by unnecessary government in-fighting to give its best service to Nigeria.

“The other roles that have in the past been within the purview of the DG have been set aside for a new group personally put together by the Chief of Staff.

“This group comprises of Ambassadors Babagana Kingibe, Zakari Ibrahim and Niyi Oladeji – NIA’s DG from 2009 to 2013. The three Ambassadors were originally called in by the Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo panel to make expert input into the report of the investigation concerning the tenure of Ambassador Ayo Oke, which went up in a heavy smoke with the discovery of huge sums of money stashed in an IKoyi, Lagos, flat.

“Oke was suspended and was recently relived of his duties, but the nation has yet to see the result of the investigation into his tenure and especially about the $43.4 million operations cash found by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission at apartment 7B in Osborne Towers, Ikoyi, Lagos.

“NIA insiders suspect that the report may never come to light as the investigation may deliberately be deadlocked or made inconclusive. This is because it is public knowledge that Kingibe has been a long-time mentor and uncle-figure to Ambassador Oke. For instance, Oke served as Kingibe’s First Secretary when Kingibe was Nigeria’s Ambassador to Pakistan over three decades ago.




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