By Kingsley Omonobi-Abuja
There were indications in Abuja Tuesday that the National Security Adviser, Major General Babagana Monguno (rtd) has relieved twelve (12) directors of the major departments in the apex security apparatus of their duties and asked them to proceed on immediate retirement following what security sources described as irreconcilable differences in the areas of staff welfare and other sundry security issues to sensitive to be disclosed.
Among the departments affected are those of Counter Insurgency Operations, Defence Affairs, Legal department, Special Duties, Intelligence Operations, Internal Security Operations, Joint Services and Foreign Liaison while some of the directors affected included a Major General, a well-known retired Colonel who once served as legal adviser to a political party and a Group Captain (names with-held).
The Directors, majority of who were appointed during the tenure of Colonel Sambo Dasuki as National Security Adviser, according to sources, played significant roles during the six weeks extension period requested by Colonel Dasuki prior to the 2015 general elections to enable the Nigerian military time to decimate the Boko haram terrorists and thereby ensure that elections held in the entire North East particularly Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states.
The source said the directors were handed the letters relieving them of their services in the NSA’s office, before General Mongonu travelled with President Muhammadu Buhari to France on Monday
The NSA directed them to prepare their hand over notes within one week and hand over to the next in hierarchy even as he also directed those deployed to the office from other agencies (serving military officer and those from DSS), who are still in service to return back to their formations.
Expatiating on reasons for the NSA’s decision, the source noted that when General Monguno assumed office, he was bombarded by complaints and petitions from staff of the office exposing many shady deals allegedly perpetrated by the senior directors, including some that impacted negatively on the war on terror.
Also, the issue of staff welfare and the alleged deceit of milking the office dry in the guise of staff welfare were allegedly found to be true, as it emerged that while huge sums of money were allegedly spent on staff welfare, over 80% of these monies turned out to have allegedly ended up in the pockets of the directors.
The source further disclosed that staff of the NSA office who have been grumbling internally because they cannot express disaffection publicly, were fully in support of General Mongonu’s action with many believing the change will reflect positively in the lives of staff of the office.