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BREAKING: Buhari appoints Abubakar substantive NIA DG

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Ahmed Rufai Abubakar as a substantive Director General for the National Intelligence Agency (NIA).

He replaces Ayo Oke who was sacked in connection with $43.45 million cash recovered by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in Lagos in April 2017.



According to a statement issued by the Special Adviser to the president on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina in Abuja on Wednesday, the new Director-General is Ahmed Rufai Abubakar, a retired career Foreign Service officer, who till his appointment served as Senior Special Assistant to the President (SSAP) on Foreign Affairs/International Relations.


It said Abubakar had extensive experience working with the United Nations in peace support operations, the mediation process, preventive diplomacy and good offices, as well as the promotion of good governance and respect for the rule of law and human rights.

He also briefly served as Senior Adviser at the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF), with headquarters in Ndjamena, Chad, before his appointment as SSAP.


The new NIA boss holds a B.A degree in French Language and Literature, and an M.A degree in Francophone Maghrebian Literature, both from Bayero University, Kano. He is also fluent in English and Arabic.

The appointment takes immediate effect.

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