Nigerian President appoints new defense minister over Lagos attack 2009-07-15 19:36:47   Print

    LAGOS, July 15 (Xinhua) -- Nigerian President Umaru Yar'Adua has removed Minister of Defense Shettima Mustafa, barely 48 hours after the attack on the Atlas Cove jetty, the Lagos-based Nation newspaper reported Wednesday.

    Minister of Interior, Godwin Abbe, is to assume duties immediately as Minister of Defense, the report said.

    The president has also ordered both the military and various security agencies to probe the incident, it added.

    The minor cabinet shake-up was announced on Tuesday by presidential spokesman Olusegun Adeniyi, adding that the changes are with immediate effect.

    The Defense Headquarters in Abuja is said to be suspecting sabotage of the jetty, instead of an attack as claimed by the Movement for the Emancipation of Niger Delta (MEND).

    According to the report, the president decided to remove the minister and probe the incident after receiving a preliminary briefing from the Chief of Defense Staff (CDS) Paul Dike.

    A competent source said the president had a long closed-door session with the CDS on the preliminary findings of the military high command, following the attack on Atlas Cove Jetty.

    "As fallout of the meeting, the president ordered the military and all security agencies, including the State Security Service, the National Intelligence Agency, and the Office of the National Security Adviser, to probe the alleged attack by MEND," the source added.

Editor: Fang Yang
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