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Ngozi James

The Security team of President Bola Tinubu has taken shape as he appoints new Service Chiefs, after sacking all the incumbent Service Chiefs, Advisers and Comptroller General of the Nigeria Customs Service.

This was contained in a statement on Monday by the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (OSGF) and signed by the Director of Information, Mr. Willie Bassey, for the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF).

The statement informed that Tinubu approved the immediate retirement of all “Service Chiefs and the Inspector-General of Police, Advisers, Comptroller-General of Customs from Service as well as their replacements with immediate effect,”

It listed the names of the new Service Chiefs to include: Mallam Nuhu Ribadu as the substantive National Security Adviser (NSA) to replace Maj-Gen. Babagana Monguno (rtd); and Maj-Gen. C.G Musa as the new Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) takes over from Gen. Lucky Irabor. Others are: Maj. T. A Lagbaja as the new Chief of Army Staff to replace Lt-Gen. Faruk Yahaya; Rear Admirral E. A Ogalla as the new Chief of Naval Staff; and AVM H.B Abubakar takes over from Air Marshall Oladayo Amao as the new Chief of Air Staff; as well as DIG Kayode Egbetokun as the Acting Inspector-General of Police; and Maj-Gen. EPA Undiandeye who takes charge as the Chief of Defense Intelligence (CDI).

The President has also approved the following appointments: Col. Adebisi Onasanya Brigade of Guards Commander; Lt-Col. Moshood Abiodun Yusuf 7 Guards Battalion, Asokoro, Abuja; Lt-Col. Auwalu Baba Inuwa 177, Guards Battalion, Keffi, Nasarawa State; Lt-Col. Mohammed J. Abdulkarim 102 Guards Battalion, Suleja, Niger; and Lt-Col. Olumide A. Akingbesote 176 Guards Battalion, Gwagwalada, Abuja.

Here is the full statement:

OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY TO THE GOVERNMENT OF THE FEDERATION
PRESS & PUBLIC RELATIONS DEPARTMENT
June 19,  2023
PRESS RELEASE
*PRESIDENT TINUBU RETIRES ALL SERVICE CHIEFS, ADVISERS, COMPTROLLER GENERAL OF CUSTOMS, APPOINTS NEW ONES*

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, GCFR,  has approved the immediate retirement of all Service Chiefs and the Inspector-General of  Police, Advisers, Comptroller-General of Customs from Service as well as their replacements with immediate effect. 

The newly appointed Officers are: 

S/N NAME APPOINTMENTS

1 Mallam Nuhu Ribadu National Security Adviser 

2 Maj. Gen. C.G Musa Chief of Defence Staff

3 Maj. Gen. T. A Lagbaja Chief of Army Staff

4 Rear Admirral E. A Ogalla Chief of Naval Staff

5 AVM H.B Abubakar Chief of Air Staff

6 DIG Kayode Egbetokun  Acting Inspector-General of Police

7 Maj. Gen. EPA Undiandeye Chief of Defense Intelligence

Mr President has also approved the following appointments:

S/N NAME APPOINTMENTS

1 Col. Adebisi Onasanya  Brigade of Guards Commander

2 Lt. Col. Moshood Abiodun Yusuf  7 Guards Battalion, Asokoro, Abuja

3 Lt. Col. Auwalu Baba Inuwa 177, Guards Battalion, Keffi, Nasarawa State

4 Lt. Col. Mohammed J. Abdulkarim 102 Guards Battalion, Suleja, Niger

5 Lt. Col. Olumide A. Akingbesote  176 Guards Battalion, Gwagwalada, Abuja

Similarly, the President has approved the appointments of other Military Officers in the Presidential Villa as follows:

S/N NAME APPOINTMENTS

1 Maj.  Isa Farouk Audu 

(N/14695) Commanding Officer State House Artillery 

2 Capt. Kazeem Olalekan Sunmonu (N/16183) Second-in-Command, State House Artillery

3 Maj. Kamaru Koyejo Hamzat (N/14656) Commanding Officer, State House Military Intelligence 

4 Maj. TS Adeola (N/12860) Commanding Officer, State House Armament

5 Lt. A. Aminu (N/18578) Second-in- Command, State House Armament

Mr. President has also approved the appointments of two (2) additional Special Advisers, and two (2) Senior Assistants, namely:

S/N NAME APPOINTMENTS

1 Hadiza Bala Usman Special Adviser, Policy Coordination

2 Hannatu  Musa Musawa Special Adviser, Culture and Entertainment Economy

3 Sen. Abdullahi Abubakar Gumel Senior Special Assistant , National Assembly Matters  (Senate)

4 Hon. (Barr) Olarewaju Kunle Ibrahim  Senior Special Assistant, National Assembly Matters  (House of Representatives)

Finally, the President has approved the appointment of Adeniyi Bashir Adewale as the Ag. Comptroller General of Customs.

It is to be noted that the appointed Service Chiefs, the Inspector-General of Police and the Comptroller General of Customs are to act in their positions, pending their confirmation in accordance with the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. 

Willie Bassey

Director, Information

For: Secretary to the Government of the Federation

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