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Nigerian-trained general appointed as Liberia’s top security chief


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Major General Charles Johnson, has been appointed as the Director of the National Security Agency by the Liberian President, Joseph Boakai.

Though, the appointment is subject to confirmation by the Liberian Senate.

His appointment is coming months after he resigned as Minister of National Defence.

Meanwhile, before that, he headed the Armed Forces of Liberia as its Chief of Staff for six years.

Johnson obtained a bachelor’s degree in Accounting at the United Methodist University in 2004.

He received a postgraduate certificate from the University of Sierra Leone in public sector management in 2010, and graduated from the United States Army Command and General Staff College in 2012.

He also completed officer courses in Sierra Leone, China, and Nigeria

In 2014, Former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf promoted Johnson to Brigade Commander of the 23rd Infantry Brigade, becoming the first Liberian to hold the post of Brigade Commander in the AFL following the end of the Liberian Civil War.


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