President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Rear Admiral Yaminu Ehinomen Musa (Rtd.) as the pioneer Coordinator of the National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC) which is to take effect immediately for an initial term of 5 years. His appointment was disclosed in a statement issued by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina.
According to the statement, “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 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”.
For the past 3 years, the retired Rear Admiral served as the country’s representative at the Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF).
The statement further said, “Before his appointment, Rear Admiral Musa had been the Director of the Counter Terrorism Directorate in the ONSA since 2017.
“He was responsible for the review of the National Counter Terrorism Strategy (NACTEST) and the creation of the Policy Framework and National Action Plan for Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism (PCVE), which President Buhari signed into law in 2016 and 2017 respectively”.