National Intelligence Agency
Agency overview
Formed5 June 1986; 37 years ago (1986-06-05)
JurisdictionGovernment of Nigeria
HeadquartersAbuja, 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]

Directors General of the NIA

Directors General of the NIA Term of Service
Chief Albert K. Horsfall 1986–1990
Brigadier General Haliru Akilu (Rtd) 1990–1993
Ambassador Zakari Y. Ibrahim 1993–1998
Ambassador Godfrey B. Preware 1998–1999
Ambassador Uche O. Okeke 1999–2007
Ambassador Emmanuel E. Imohe 2007 – September 2009
Ambassador Olaniyi Oladeji September 2009 – October 2013
Ambassador Ayo Oke 7 November 2013 – October 2017
Ahmed Rufai Abubakar 10 January 2018 – Incumbent


  1. ^ "National Intelligence Agency (NIA) – Nigeria Intelligence Agencies". FAS Intelligence Resource Program. Retrieved 10 April 2012.
  2. ^ "About". NIA. Archived from the original on 5 March 2012. Retrieved 10 April 2012.

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