Nigeria’s Tinubu sacks security chiefs in major reshuffle

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In significant reforms, Nigerian President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has ousted the nation’s security leaders and the head of police.

All four service chiefs—the army, navy, and air force—retired and were succeeded by new leaders. In a statement released on Monday, it was said that Mr. Tinubu had “approved the immediate retirement from service… with immediate effect of all service chiefs and the Inspector-General of Police, Advisors, and Comptroller-General of Customs.”

All boards of federal government institutions have also been disbanded by Mr. Tinubu, with the exception of a few, including the judicial council, the electoral body, and the police service commission.

Two weeks ago, he met with security officials and instructed them to collaborate in order to combat the problems of terrorism, insurgency, banditry, oil theft, and piracy. Now, there have been adjustments to security.

Attacks attributed on Islamist organizations and other criminal gangs, including bandits who mostly specialize in abduction for ransom, have been increasing in Nigeria.

During the previous administration, civil society organizations often demanded that the security chiefs be replaced due to their incapacity to handle the issue.

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