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Presidency Silent On Replacement Of Military Intelligence Chief

Nigeria’s President Muhamamdu Buhari is yet to make a new appointment after the military intelligence head, Air Vice Marshal Mohammed Sani Usman, retired from service, creating a vacuum in the military intelligence leadership.

Nigeria’s military intelligence chief, Air Vice Marshal Mohammed Sani Usman has retired after reaching his service run out date.

Still, the Presidency has not formally announced the replacement of  AVM M.S. Usman, who was appointed the Chief of Defence Intelligence Agency in July 2016.

Meanwhile, On Feb. 2, the Presidency announced the nomination of AVM M.S. Usman alongside the former Military Chiefs for confirmation by the Senate as Non-Career Ambassadors-Designate.

The other nominees are General Abayomi G. Olonisakin (Rtd), Lt Gen Tukur Y. Buratai (Rtd), Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas (Rtd), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar (Rtd), and Air Vice Marshal Mohammed S. Usman (Rtd).

HumAngle understands that AVM Usman, a member of Nigerian Defence Academy Regular Course 33 had attained 35 years of service.

Before he was appointed Chief of Defence Intelligence, Usman served as the Director of Air Intelligence at the Nigerian Air Force Headquarters and Director of Intelligence at the Defence Intelligence Agency.

The Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA) was established in 1986 to provide military intelligence for the Armed Forces and the Ministry of Defence.

The Agency assists in maintaining territorial integrity and provides advisory for the promotion of Nigeria’s Defence Policy and enhancement of military cooperation with foreign nations.


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Murtala Abdullahi

Abdullahi Murtala is a researcher and reporter. His expertise is in conflict reporting, climate and environmental justice, and charting the security trends in Nigeria and the Lake Chad region. He founded the Goro Initiative and contributes to dialogues, publications and think-tanks that report on climate change and human security. He tweets via @murtalaibin

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