New NIA boss is not a Nigerian, rights activist insists •Dismisses Presidency’s defence

Posted by News Express | 31 January 2018 | 2,136 times

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•NIA’s new DG, Ahmed Rufai Abubakar

A frontline human rights activist and Executive Chairman, Centre for Human Rights and Social Justice (CHRSJ), Comrade Adeniyi, Alimi Sulaiman, has insisted that the newly appointed Director General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Mr. Ahmed Rufai Abubakar, is not a Nigerian but a Chadian by birth, describing the defence put up by the Presidency to justify Abubakar’s appointment as a ruse.

Sulaiman, in a statement made available to News Express, noted that the appointment of non-Nigerians into such sensitive security position in the land had caused security challenges in the past.

He pointed out that most of the current heads of security agencies in the country, were misleading the President on the true picture of the security situation in the country.

He strongly condemned the appointment of a non-Nigerian into such a sensitive intelligence security outfit of the country by President Muhammadu Buhari, likening the blunder to the recent appointment of dead persons into boards of Federal Government agencies.

Sulaiman said: “It would be recalled that President Buhari, few weeks ago, approved the appointment of Ahmed Rufai Abubakar, a retired career Foreign Service officer and Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the President on Foreign Affairs/International Relations to replace the sacked National Intelligence Agency’s Director General, Ambassador Ayo Oke.

“Oke was sacked on 30th of October, 2017, following the recommendation of the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo led investigative committee over $43.5m cash found in an empty flat at Osborne Towers in Ikoyi, Lagos State.”

Sulaiman insisted that Abubakar’s parents were from Republic of Chad while his wife is from Republic of Morocco and not Kastina as being claimed by the Presidency.

Sulaiman then called for the immediate removal of Abubakar as NIA Director-General, maintaining that his continue stay in office would spell doom for the nation’s security sector. He added that the recent statement credited to Abubakar that security agents should be monitoring the comments of Nigerians in the media, came as a result of his non-Nigerian status.


Source: News Express

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