The Presidency announced on Tuesday that President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Rear Admiral Yaminu Ehinomen Musa (retired) as the first Coordinator of the National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC).
In a statement released on Tuesday, President Buhari, through his spokesperson, Femi Adesina, said that the NCTC will be responsible for harmonizing all counter-terrorism and terrorism financing efforts in the country.
“The NCTC is established in the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) as the coordinating body for the harmonization of all counter-terrorism and terrorism financing efforts in the country,” the statement by Femi Adesina read.
“The NCTC is equally charged with the coordination of counter-terrorism policies, strategies, plans and support in the performance of the functions of the National Security Adviser (NSA), as provided in the Terrorism (Prevention and Prohibition) Act 2022,” it added.
Before his appointment, Rear Admiral Musa served as the Director of the ONSA’s Counter Terrorism Directorate since 2017. He was in charge of reviewing the National Counter Terrorism Strategy (NACTEST), as well as developing the Policy Framework and National Action Plan for Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism (PCVE), both of which President Buhari signed into law in 2016 and 2017.
Additionally, the retired Naval senior officer served as the Nigerian representative at the Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF) for the last 3 years.
His appointment is to take effect immediately and to run for an initial term of 5 years.