President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointments of two Deputy Directors-General at the crisis-ridden National Intelligence Agency, NIA.
The new appointments of Apollonius Agev, an ambassador, and Kio Amieyeofori, are with immediate effect.
The agency was recently enmeshed in crisis, following the appointment of Rufai Abubakar allegedly without recourse to service rule and federal character principle.
But the president’s latest approval was contained in a statement made available to journalists Tuesday by the Permanent Secretary, General Services, Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Olusegun Adekunle.
“President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Ambassador Apollonius Demenongu Agev from Benue State (North Central) and Mr. Kio Solomon Benibo Amieyeofori from Rivers State (South-South) as Deputy Directors-General at the National Intelligence Agency.
The appointments are in fulfillment of Para. 4 (1) & (2) of the relevant Instrument establishing the NIA.
“The Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency, in line with the provisions of the Instrument under reference, will assign areas of responsibilities to the DDGs who will assist him in carrying out his functions as Director-General.
“The appointments take immediate effect,” the statement added.