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Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA)

Fulfilling one of the promises made in his first national address as president, Babangida in June 1986 issued Decree Number 19, dissolving the NSO and restructuring Nigeria's security services into three separate organizations under the Office of the Co-ordinator of National Security. The new Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA) was responsible for military-related intelligence outside and inside the country. This reorganization followed a formal investigation of the NSO by former director Umaru Shinkafi.

Government security forces frequently harass, arrested, and detain editors and reporters from journals critical of the regime. On 28 December 1997 armed soldiers reportedly from the Directorate of Military Intelligence arrested for unknown reasons four journalists in Lagos from the Diet newspaper, including editor Niran Malaolu. Three were released after one day and instructed to report to DMI office weekly, while editor Malaolu remained in detention at year's end.

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