Nigeria – Terrorism: Changes of top security chiefs soon

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ABUJA— Indications emerged, yesterday, in Abuja, that following the recurring insecurity occasioned by the Boko Haram menace and the second successful bombing in Abuja, at the UN House, President Goodluck Jonathan will soon carry out changes in the top hierarchy of the nation’s security establishment.

It was gathered that top security personnel including the service chiefs and those at the other intelligence networks, in the country would be relieved of their appointments as a result of the President’s dissatisfaction with excuses being offered for the lapses that resulted to the UN House bombing in particular.

At top of those being considered for the changes, according to sources, is that of a retired four-star General who it is believed has so far failed to carry out a successful coordination of the security agencies to the extent that security agencies are now working at cross- purposes while there is a clear lack of synergy among intelligence agencies.

Though this are the reasons being sold to President Jonathan to effect the change, the President is however said to be very cautious of such advice owing to experiences of the past which he acquired while he was the Vice-President during which he discovered that some of the people that served in the Presidency at one point or the other, may have played the double game in their dealings.

It was gathered that Jonathan is being guided in this regard by the fact that those being proposed as replacements are those that fall in the category of double dealers while reports available to him indicate that the four-star general has operated with 100 per cent openness with him.

Aside the Intelligence apparatus, Vanguard was further informed that owing specifications of the terms and conditions of service of the armed forces, some service chiefs are to be relieved of their positions to make way for others to grow and for new ideas in tackling the spate of insecurity in the nation see the light of day.

While noting that the appointment of a new Chief of Defence Intelligence, Major-General Sani Yakubu Audu to take over from Major General Babagana Monguno was along this line, Vanguard was told that some of the service chiefs have not only spent more that 35 years in service which is contained in the terms and conditions, two of them have passed the age limit of 56 years requirement.

Vanguard further gathered that while one of the service chiefs that may be affected could be excused over his age limit due to the fact of his elevated appointment, the other service chief was due for retirement in January 2010 but was saved by providence following his appointment as a service chief in the last quarter of that year.


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