National Intelligence Agency (Nigeria)

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National Intelligence Agency
Agency overview
Formed June 5, 1986
Jurisdiction Government of Nigeria
Headquarters Abuja, Nigeria
Agency executive

The National Intelligence Agency (NIA) is a Nigerian government division tasked with overseeing foreign intelligence and counterintelligence operations.


Fulfilling one of the promises made in his first national address as president, in June 1986 Ibrahim Babangida issued Decree Number 19, dissolving the National Security Organization (NSO) and restructuring Nigeria's security services into three separate entities under the Office of the Co-ordinator of National Security[1][2]

  • State Security Service (SSS) - Responsible for domestic intelligence
  • National Intelligence Agency (NIA) - Responsible for Foreign intelligence and counterintelligence operations
  • Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA) - Responsible for military intelligence.

Directors General of the NIA

Directors General of the NIA Term of Service
Albert K. Horsfall 1986–1990
Brigadier-General Haliru Akilu (Rtd) 1990–1993
Zakari Y. Ibrahim 1993–1998
Godfrey B. Preware 1998–1999
Uche O. Okeke 1999–2007
Emmanuel E. Imohe 2007 - 2009 (September, 2009)
Olaniyi Oladeji 2009 - 2013 (October, 2013)
Ayo Oke ( Present )

Foreign intelligence services

The role and functions of the NIA are roughly equivalent to those of the United Kingdom's Secret Intelligence Service (the SIS or MI6), the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), the Australian Secret Intelligence Service (ASIS), the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service (Sluzhba Vneshney Razvedki) (SVR), the Indian Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), the Pakistani Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), the French foreign intelligence service Direction Générale de la Sécurité Extérieure (DGSE) and Israel's Mossad.


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