Tinubu Appoints New Coordinator for Counter-Terrorism Center

Coordinator, National Counter-Terrorism Centre, Adamu Laka
Coordinator, National Counter-Terrorism Centre, Adamu Laka Ajisafe A.O

Under the Office of the National Security Adviser, President Bola Tinubu has approved the appointment of Major General Adamu Laka as the new National Coordinator, National Counter-Terrorism Centre.

Laka is appointed to succeed Rear Admiral Musa (retd), who was the pioneer Coordinator appointed by former President Muhammadu Buhari in August 2022.

On Tuesday, the Presidency announced Laka’s appointment in a statement signed by Tinubu’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Ajuri Ngelale.

Laka holds a Master’s Degree in National Security from the National Defence University, Pakistan, and in International Affairs and Strategic Studies from the Nigerian Defence Academy.

His roles varied in Nigeria’s North-East, and he had missions in Sierra Leone and the Democratic Republic of Congo under the United Nations. He also participated in the US AFRICOM exercise in Senegal as part of the Nigerian contingent.

Expecting Laka to utilize his vast experience, the President aims to effectively eliminate security threats through pre-emptive, proactive, and diligent counter-terrorism coordination.

The NCTC was established in 2012 as a directorate within the Office of the National Security Adviser. The signing of the Terrorism Prevention Act 2011 was followed by its amendment in 2013.

On March 21, 2023, the new base of NCTC in Abuja was inaugurated by former President Buhari, who emphasized its significance as his major infrastructural legacy to the incoming administration for effectively coordinating national security and counterterrorism efforts.

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