On Monday, June 19, 2023, President Bola Tinubu announced the appointment of new officers to succeed them and the retirement of all Service Chiefs, the Inspector-General of Police, Advisors, and the Comptroller-General of Customs from Service.
The replacement is effective immediately, according to a statement from Willie Bassey, Director of Information, Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation.
As Tinubu’s Chief Security Officer (CSO) from 1999 to 2007 while he was the governor of Lagos, DIG Kayode Egbetokun, a former commissioner of police in Lagos, was named the new acting inspector general of police.
Egbetokun, a mathematics graduate of the University of Lagos, taught the subject for a brief period at the Yaba College of Technology in Lagos before joining the Nigeria Police Force.
The declaration put an end to discussions around Nuhu Ribadu’s appointment, which had been made public last week as the President’s Special Advisor on Security.
The selection of Ribadu has stirred online discussions, with many Nigerians questioning whether he would also hold the job of national security adviser, which has typically been held by retired army generals. The former police officer Ribadu was acknowledged as the national security adviser in the statement on Monday.
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Here’s a full list of the newly-appointed officers:
1 Mallam Nuhu Ribadu National Security Adviser
2 Maj. Gen. C.G Musa Chief of Defence Staff
3 Maj. 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
The following appointments have also been authorised by Mr. President:
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:
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:
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.