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President Tinubu Unveils New Security Team: Service Chiefs and National Security Adviser Replaced

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Jun 20, 2023

President Bola Tinubu made significant personnel changes on Monday, appointing new service chiefs and a National Security Adviser (NSA) to replace the outgoing officials. The Director of Information, Willie Bassey, speaking on behalf of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), George Akume, announced the appointments in a statement issued in Abuja.

The statement revealed that the former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, had been appointed as the new National Security Adviser (NSA), succeeding retired General Babagana Monguno. Additionally, President Tinubu appointed Major General C.G Musa as the Chief of Defence Staff, Major General T. A Lagbaja as the Chief of Army Staff, and Rear Admiral E. A Ogalla as the Chief of Naval Staff, Air Vice Marshal H.B Abubakar as the Chief of Air Staff, DIG Kayode Egbetokun as Acting Inspector-General of Police, and Major General EPA Undiandeye as the Chief of Defense Intelligence.

Furthermore, Adeniyi Adewale was appointed as the Acting Comptroller General of Customs, replacing retired Colonel Hameed Ali.

The Director declared: “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.”

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 Admiral 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

Other appointments include:

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
Lt. Col. Olumide A. Akingbesote – 176 Guards Battalion, Gwagwalada, Abuja
The full statement released by the SGF reads:

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, AND 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 Admiral 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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