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The National Intelligence Agency (NIA) has reportedly dismissed its immediate past Director-General Ambassador Muhammed Dauda.

The agency, responsible for foreign intelligence and counterintelligence operations, has been embroiled in leadership crisis since the appointment of its current Director General, Dr Ahmed Rufai Abubakar, by President Muhammadu Buhari, in January.

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Dauda was allegedly dismissed through a letter dated March 6, signed by T.A. Yusuf, on behalf of the director general of the agency.

A top security official who declined being named because of the sensitivity of the matter confirmed the story to Daily Trust on Thursday.

Dauda was the acting head of the intelligence agency from November 2017 to January 2018.

The former director general was also warned in the letter by the NIA not to engage in anything “inimical” to the agency’s operations, or he would risk being tried for treason, the security source said.

It was gathered that the dismissal, which was without the knowledge of the Office of the National Security Adviser (NSA), was said to have been approved by President Buhari.