Nigerian leader appoints new intelligence chief


Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari Wednesday appointed a new intelligence chief, barely nine months after the former chief was suspended and later dismissed following corruption allegations.

The new director-general of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) Ahmed Rufai Abubakar will take office immediately, according to a statement by the presidency.

Abubakar is a retired career foreign service officer who also served as senior special assistant to the president on international relations.

The new intelligence chief had robust experience working for the United Nations in peace support operations and mediation process.

Ayo Oke, former head of Nigeria’s NIA, was fired after anti-corruption officers found more than 43 million U.S. dollars in a flat in the country’s commercial hub Lagos.

The intelligence agency later claimed possession of the money, causing the Nigerian leader to order a thorough investigation into how it possessed the huge sum of money. Enditem


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