Tinubu approves new appointments in NSA’s office

President Bola Tinubu has approved the appointment of new Coordinators for the National Counter-Terrorism Centre, NCTC, and National Centre for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons, NCCSALW.

This is contained in a statement by Chief Ajuri Ngelale, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, on Tuesday in Abuja.

However according to  Ngelale, the NCTC’s new Coordinator is Maj.-Gen. Adamu Garba Laka, and the NCCSALW’s is retired DIG Johnson Babatunde Kokumo, both of whom work for the Office of the National Security Adviser.

The presidential spokesman stated that Laka served in a variety of capacities in the North-East, where he used tactical means to weaken terrorist groups.

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He also stated that Laka had served in Sierra Leone and the Democratic Republic of the Congo for the United Nations, as well as being a member of the Nigerian contingent in the US AFRICOM exercise in Senegal.

He holds Master’s Degrees in National Security from the National Defence University, Pakistan, and in International Affairs and Strategic Studies, Nigerian Defence Academy.

Ngelale said that Kokumo is a seasoned and accomplished law enforcement professional with over 30 years of experience in crime prevention, management, analysis and control.

He said that Kokumo was Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Force Criminal Intelligence and Investigations Department, Force Headquarters, Abuja, from 2022 to 2023.

Ngelale said that the President anticipated that the new appointees would bring their vast experiences into these critical roles to effectively remove security threats through pre-emptive, proactive and diligent coordination.


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