Thursday, 9 September 2010

President Jonathan appoints new heads of security after prison attack

Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan has replaced the leaders of the country's security forces four moths ahead of the presidential elections. Jonathan gave no reason for the reshuffle and the new appointments are subject to approval by parliament.

Jonathan appointed a new head of the Nigeria Police Force and the State Security Service, and promoted the former head of the air force to chief of defence staff and named new air force, army and navy chiefs.

The sudden reshuffle comes a day after around 700 prisoners escaped during an attack on a jail in northern Nigeria by the militant Islamist group Boko Haram. Four people were killed after members of the sect opened fire. It is estimated that almost 150 members of the group escaped during the attack.

Source: BBC News

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