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El-Rufai explains appointment of journalist as security commissioner

By AbdulGafar Alabelewe, Kaduna

Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai has explained why he removed internal security management from the office of Secretary to the State Government and appointed Samuel Aruwan, a journalist, as maiden Commissioner of Internal Security and Home Affairs.

Samuel Aruwan, former Bureau Chief of Leadership and Blueprint newspapers in Kaduna, was the Senior Special Assistant to Governor El-Rufai on Media and Publicity during his first tenure.

Aruwan was appointed the maiden Security Commissioner after Governor El-Rufai created Ministry of Internal Security and Home Affairs at the beginning of his second tenure in 2019.

While addressing security officials at the opening of a quarterly zonal meeting of Directors of Department of State Services, El-Rufai said he appointed Aruwan because of his energy as a young man and the large number of informants he had in his contact as a journalist.

Governor El-Rufai said: “I picked a journalist to do this job. I did so not because he is a journalist but because I had seen in our first term of office, the energy he has, the number of informants he has across the state.

“I am sure the energy that he has brought into his job, the support that he has given to the security agencies, including supplementing human intelligence on the ground on the activities of criminals is well appreciated by all our security agencies.”

Explaining why he removed security from SSG’s office, El-Rufai said: “In our first term of office, security management was under the Office of the Secretary to the State Government. This is the structure in most states of the federation, but we found that the Secretary to the State Government is extremely busy. Permanent Secretaries reporting to him and not enough attention is being given to the security management.

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