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Buhari gets new Chief Personal Security Officer, nephew reposted

NEWSMAN, Abuja – President Muhammadu Buhari has a new Chief Personal Security Officer, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Aliyu Abubakar Musa, a presidency statement said on Monday.

A presidential statement signed by Spokesman, Garba Shehu said “Musa’s appointment follows the redeployment of his predecessor, Commissioner of Police (CP) Abdulkarim Dauda”.

The outgoing Dauda is reported to be a nephew of President Buhari.

Read the full statement below:


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, from Nigerian Police Force Zone 5, Benin City, as his last station, hails from Niger State.

Musa’s appointment follows the redeployment of his predecessor, Commissioner of Police (CP) Abdulkarim Dauda.

Garba Shehu
Senior Special Assistant to the President
(Media & Publicity)
June 29, 2020

– Predecessor CP Dauda is Buhari’s nephew –

President Muhammadu Buhari had approved the extension of service of Dauda, by three years last year, a Punch investigation had revealed.

Dauda, who was promoted to the rank of  Commissioner of Police last year, is Buhari’s nephew.

By the presidential approval, the CPSO, who was due to retire from service on January 1, 2020, will now leave the force on May 13, 2023.

Born in 1963, Dauda was enlisted into the Nigeria Police Force as a Cadet Officer on January 1, 1985 and would clock the mandatory 35 years in service in January 2020.

 Force Secretary, Assistant Inspector-General of Police,  Usman Alkali, in a signal conveying Dauda’s tenure extension directed the force’s  Department of Information Technology to amend their records to reflect the development.

The message with reference number 23853/FS/FHQ/ABJ/46 seen  by our correspondent in Abuja on Wednesday,  read, “The President, Commander in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Chairman, Police Council, has graciously approved the extension of service of CP Abdulkarim Dauda to May 13, 2023, when he would have attained 60 years of age. Commissioner, Information Technology, amend your records please.”

– Dauda and controversial appointment –

Prior to his posting to the State House as CPSO to the President, Dauda served in different police commands and formations, including the Sokoto State Command, Force Criminal Department, Lagos, Katsina State Command, Lagos State Command, Edo State Command, Police College, Kaduna, and Kano State Command.

The CPSO office was created by ex-President Goodluck Jonathan to pave the way for his aide-de-camp, Moses Jitoboh, to be part of his personal security structure.

 But a few months after Buhari’s inauguration, his nephew was redeployed to serve as his CPSO.

It was learnt that Dauda subsequently removed Daura from his name to allegedly prevent the public from tracing his family connection to the President following criticisms over Buhari’s appointing his family and kinsmen to government offices.

Punch had learnt that the decision to extend Daura’s stay in the force had been generating tension in the Police Service Commission,  as senior officials regard  Buhari’s action as a usurpation of the PSC’s powers and a violation of the 1999 Constitution.

A PSC official claimed the CPSO was being groomed to succeed the  Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, in 2021.

He stated, “The plan is to promote the CPSO to the rank of AIG and then make him the  IG in 2021 when Adamu retires from service. We believe the President was misled into extending Dauda’s tenure because he had no power to do so.”

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