President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Ahmed Rufai Abubakar as the substantive Director General for the National Intelligence Agency (NIA).
Since the removal of Ambassador Ayo Oke last year following the discovery of illegal cash belonging to him in an Ikoyi apartment, the head of the agency, Ambassador Arab Yadam has been serving in acting capacity.
Abubakar is a retired career Foreign Service officer, who was serving as the Senior Special Assistant to the President (SSAP) on Foreign Affairs/International Relations before this appointment.
According to a State House press release:
“Abubakar had extensive experience working with the United Nations 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.
“He also 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. He is also fluent in English and Arabic.
“The appointment takes immediate effect.”