President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the redeployment of his Chief Security Officer (CSO) and accepted a replacement.
Bashir Abubakar was Mr Buhari’s CSO until this week when he was ordered to proceed on an immediate “strategic course” at a university in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
He was promptly replaced by Idris Kassim Ahmed, top sources at the Presidential Villa told Reporters.
Whenever Mr Ahmed is not in the villa, he is to be assisted by another State Security Service (SSS) official, Abubakar Maikano.
Mr Buhari had two months into his administration in July 2015 replaced his erstwhile CSO, Abdulrahman Mani, and requested the SSS to redeploy him out of the Presidential Villa.
The president thereafter appointed Mr Abubakar to replace Mr Mani.
Until his appointment as CSO, Mr Abubakar was an assistant director in the Bayelsa State command of the SSS.
Mr Ahmed, the new CSO, was deployed from the headquarters of the SSS. Our sources, who are familiar with the development, said the removal of Mr Abubakar was at the instance of the Director General of the SSS, Yusuf Bichi.
“The DG wrote and informed Mr President of the plans by the service to send the former CSO for further training at Argentina and it appears that request was granted because a replacement has already been named,” a source said.