There is a new Director General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA).

His name is Ahmed Abubakar. 

President Muhammadu Buhari approved Mr Abubakar’s appointment as substantive Director General on Wednesday.

A statement by a spokesman for the President, Mr Femi Adesina, in Abuja, said the new Director General was a retired career Foreign Service officer, who, until his appointment, served as Senior Special Assistant to the President (SSAP) on Foreign Affairs/International Relations.

“Abubakar had extensive experience working with the UN in peace support operations, 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.

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

“Abubakar holds a B.A degree in French Language and Literature, and an M.A degree in Francophone Maghrebian Literature, both from Bayero University, Kano,” the statement read.

He is also fluent in English and Arabic, the President’s spokesman said.

The appointment takes immediate effect,” the statement added.

Mr Abubakar’s appointment is coming 71 days after the former head of the National Intelligence Agency, Ayodele Oke, was sacked.

The EFCC had invited the man for questioning after $43 million found in an Ikoyi apartment was linked to Mr Oke.

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Oke’s sacking, however, came six months after he was suspended in connection to the funds which the anti-graft agency secured a temporal forfeiture to the Federal Government on.

Mr Oke was appointed by Goodluck Jonathan in November 2013.

Just like Mr Abubakar, he had a brilliant CV.

A statement from the presidency at the time he was appointed read: "Mr Oke is a career diplomat who was formerly at the Commonwealth Secretariat in London.

“Until his appointment as Director-General, he was the Director (Regions) at the Headquarters of the NIA”.

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