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NIA DG faces credibility crisis

*Cabal fights dirty over hidden $44m

Newly appointed Director General of the National Intelligence Agency, (NIA), Abubakar Rufai Ahmed, is said to be facing credibility crisis apart from the facts of his birth in Chad and being married to a Moroccan.

Top officials in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs are said to be stunned by the appointment since, according to sources, the new DG allegedly left the Federal Civil Service in controversial circumstances.

They concluded that his appointment was not based on merit, insisting that he left service having failed promotion examinations twice.

Also, facts have come to the fore that key members of the cabal who have the ears of President Muhammadu Buhari, may have pushed for the appointment of Mr Abubakar Rufai Ahmed as NIA DG to facilitate their access to the remaining balance of the $44 million leftover of the Osborne House cash haul.

The President appears not to be in the picture of the huge leftover that the people around him are fighting to pocket by having a trusted person appointed as substantive DG.

According to sources, the $43.3 Billion recovered from Osborne Towers was just a fraction of a larger haul.

A top officer of the NIA posited that the Acting DG, Ambassador Mohammed Dauda, may have refused to cooperate with the cabal in sharing the money and that was why his appointment was not confirmed even as the most senior officers in the service with a track record of service, not yet matched in the NIA.

Findings reveal that, the Acting DG, who will be retiring from service by September 2018 refused to throw his enviable career on the line by refusing to tamper with the remaining funds, which may have angered the cabal, hence they plotted to foist the new DG, despite his apparent incapacity to be able to spin him.

While tempers continue to rise across the country, especially in the South West where the immediate past substantive Director General, Mr Ayodele Oke comes from and whose people expected his replacement to come from the same geopolitical zone, senior officers of the agency are said not to be happy with the new appointee because of his apparent lack of experience and professional competence.

Investigations reveal that, the new DG who served as the secretary of the panel that investigated and recommended the sack of Mr Ayo Oke does not qualify to be appointed on moral grounds, as he cannot be a judge in a matter he has interest.

Added to this is the fact that his own mother is a foreigner and his wife is also a Moroccan, which falls foul of the code of ethics for even an ordinary officer in any of the security and intelligence agencies and calls to question his allegiance and loyalty.

Records indicate that the new DG also spent more than 10 years at the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC), on secondment, contrary to rules guiding secondment of an officer to any organisation to which Nigeria is a member.

The rule provides that an officer can be seconded for only two years, which is renewable, making a maximum of four years.

Mr Rufai Ahmed, having spent more than 10 years at the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) and being able to speak Arabic might have been the only qualification needed to appoint him, sources said, even as others feel that his appointment may not be unconnected with plans by the Buhari administration to use him as a vital link with OIC.

President Muhammadu Buhari it seems may have been deceived into appointing the new DG, or may have deliberately ignored the recommendations of the committee set to fashion out a strategy for the repositioning of the NIA, which would have seen the Acting DG being confirmed  having passed the litmus test of integrity and competence, our source said.

As at press time, there is uneasy calm in the NIA as the new DG appears desperate to take over at the weekend, but was stopped by the absence of certain essential officers who need to brief him and some documents which needed clarifications, which can only be done on working days.

President Buhari, it is gathered has been under tremendous pressure to reverse the appointment of Ahmed as the new Director General of the NIA.

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