President Tinubu Names Hafsat Abubakar Bakari as NFIU Director

Legal and Financial Expert Tapped Pending Senate Confirmation

President Bola Tinubu has greenlit the appointment of Ms. Hafsat Abubakar Bakari to helm the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) as its Director and Chief Executive Officer, subject to Senate confirmation.

The announcement came through Chief Ajuri Ngelale, the President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, who released a statement yesterday detailing Bakari’s appointment.

Describing her qualifications, Ngelale highlighted Bakari’s extensive background in law and financial intelligence, underscoring her expertise in anti-money laundering (AML), counter-terrorism financing (CFT), and counter-proliferation financing (CPF).

Bakari’s prior experience includes serving as Deputy Director at the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit, where she held various roles such as Head of the General Services Unit, Head of the Strategy and Reorientation Unit, and Head of the Board Secretariat at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The statement emphasized President Tinubu’s confidence in Bakari’s ability to leverage her wealth of experience to fulfill her duties effectively, particularly in the administration’s efforts to combat illicit financial flows and other fraudulent practices prevalent in segments of the nation’s foreign exchange markets.

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