|Out-Going Ag. Chief of Defence Intelligence, Maj.-Gen. |
Sardauna Davies (L), handing over to his successor,
AVM Mohammed Usman, in Abuja, Friday. Photo: NAN
The federal government has appointed Air Vice Marshal Mohammed Saliu Usman as the new Chief of Defence Intelligence (CDI) for the armed forces.
Usman takes over from Major General John Saduana Davies, who had been on acting Capacity since January this year, when the former CDI, Air Vice Marshal Monday Morgan retired.
According to the Armed Forces Statutes, the position of Chief of Defence Intelligence (CDI) which is the apex in the intelligence community is rotational among the services.
Until his appointment, Air Vice Marshal Usman was the Director of Air Intelligence at NAF HQ.
He had served at the Defence Intelligence Agency as the Director of Intelligence before he was appointed Director of Air Intelligence.
He was also an instructor at the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji and the Defence Intelligence School, Abuja. He was also a onetime Security Officer to a former Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshall Isaac Alfa (rtd).
Speaking while taking over at DIA, AVM Usman expressed thanked God and President Buhari for deeming him fir for the ‘sensitive’ position.
He promised work in harmony with the services to ensure peace and security for the nation.
“Eight months ago, I was posted from here (DIA), to the NAF headquarters. I never knew that I will come back this way. I have taken it as an act of God. My doors will be open to all and I will be fair to all and I will carry everybody along”, he told officers and men of the Agency.
“I want to urge all of you to be up and doing because we are in challenging times. Let us put integrity into all that we are doing. Let us consider DIA as one family and let our actions speak for us”, he said.
The CDI congratulated Major General Davies for his services to the nation noting that during the short time he spent as Acting CDI, he took the organization to a very high level adding, “I will continue from where he stopped.”