Nigeria’s spy agency has been caught in the murky waters of blackmail, comprising two former staff of the NIA and their publisher-friend.
The duo of Mustapha Shehu, a publisher and Mustapha Betara Aliyu, a retired Deputy Director of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) are alleged to be after the former Acting Director General of the NIA, Muhammed Dauda.
Writing in NEW ISSUE, Usman Habu, a longstanding ally of the parties, narrated what he alleged is the genesis of the power struggle between friends and how it involves the current NIA Director General, Ahmed Rufai Abubakar.
Habu claims that one of the grouse that led Shehu and Aliyu to “collude to fight” Dauda was because of the refusal of Dauda as acting DG of the NIA to engage Shehu as media consultants to the spy agency, and his turning down of Aliyu’s overtures to review his retirement from the NIA and make him a director.
“Aliyu has petitioned virtually every National Security Adviser from the time of General Aliyu Gusau and has tried to cajole every Director General since that time, including Dauda, to have his matter reviewed. He had hoped that Dauda, being his kinsman will do that for him, but the Acting DG declined,” wrote Habu.
It is alleged that the reason Aliyu wanted his retirement reviewed, was so that as a director, “he could enjoy the retirement benefits” that comes with the office.
Habu’s sources within the NIA claim that Shehu and Aliyu struck “deals with the new NIA boss”, Abubakar, and are working in collaboration with an internal machinery set up by him to “distort” Dauda’s achievements at the NIA, and frustrate a court case instituted by Dauda against the agency over his dismissal.