Lamin Jadama, the deputy director general of the State Intelligence Service (SIS) has been appointed as the new Director General of the country’s intelligence agency SIS, LTN has learnt.
He replaces Ousman Sowe who has been appointed as Minister of Lands, Regional Government and Religious Affairs by the president, HE Adama Barrow. Mr. Sowe assumed office of the Lands Ministry on Friday, 1st September 2023.
Meanwhile, President Barrow has also appointed Mr. Sady Gassama as the new Deputy Director General of SIS. Mr. Gassama, a seasoned intelligence officer and one of the best and well trained men in the country’s intelligence craft, was Assistant to Director General (ADG) until his recent promotion.
In a similar development, Mr. Nuru Secka, Director of Intelligence at the State House has been redeployed and appointed as the new Assistant to Director General (ADG), replacing Sady Gassama’s previous position.
Some other promotions and internal changes were earlier effected at the agency too.
A send-off ceremony was on Friday, 1st September 2023 organised for Ousman Sowe, the outgoing DG of SIS at the SIS Training Academy in Banjulinding. The ceremony was attended by SIS officials, security officers; and the National Security Adviser Abubacarr Souleiman Jeng, and other dignitaries.
Brief recast on the new SIS boss Jadama
Readers would recall that Lamin Jadama was on 22nd July 2022 appointed as Deputy Director General of SIS. At that time, he replaced Mr. Pa Musa Jobarteh, who is now appointed as Gambia’s Ambassador to the Kingdom of Belgium and The European Union.
Mr. Jadama is among the longest serving personnel of the SIS. He has previously served as commandant of the Training Academy, Director of Training, Director External Security and Cooperation and Director of Analysis, Director of Reforms and Special Assistant to the Director General, amongst other responsibilities.
The new SIS boss Jadama is a native of Katamina, Niamina West District in the Central River Region. He was a National Assembly Member during former President Yahya Jammeh’s regime from 2006 to 2016.