– President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed a new chief personal security officer
– The new chief security officer to the president is a deputy commissioner of police
– His name is Aliyu Abubakar Musa from Niger state
President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Aliyu Abubakar Musa, as his Chief Personal Security Officer (CPSO).
DCP Musa hails from Niger state in north-central Nigeria.
His appointment follows the redeployment of his predecessor, commissioner of police Abdulkarim Dauda.
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According to a statement on Monday, June 29 by presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, DCP Musa’s last posting was in the Nigerian Police Force Zone 5, Benin city, the Edo state capital.
The changes in the security architecture in the presidential villa will not come as a surprise to many political watchers.
The recent incident in Nigeria’s seat of power, described as a security breach, must have informed the changes.
Other observers, however, say the former CPSO to the president, as a commissioner of police, needed to move to a higher office.
Globally, security is a top priority for governments, especially when it concerns the nation’s number one citizen.
The CPSO of the president is expected to develop and implement strategic security protocols and procedures, especially as it concerns the number one citizen’s movement and daily routines.
He also expected to develop policies and protocols for securing and protecting sensitive information around the president.
The CPSO will also be in charge of hiring and recruiting security officers around the president
The CPSO was a little known office until it was occupied by Major Hamza al-Mustapha (rtd) Late General Sani Abacha held sway as Nigeria’s leader.
Al-Mustapha was the Chief Security Officer to Abacha from November 1993 to June 8, 1998.
Al-Mustapha was trained as a military intelligence operative. He was said to have been involved in at least two investigations of coup attempts.
After Al-Mustapha, the office has since gone into oblivion, at least, in the eye of the average Nigerian political observer.
Meanwhile, following their release from police custody, the security aides attached to the First Lady, Aisha Buhari, including the aide-de-camp (ADC) have returned to their posts at the presidential villa.
The aides were released following an order from the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, after their arrest over a shooting incident at the villa.
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