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BREAKING: UK Appoints New High Commissioner To Nigeria


Adjekpagbon Blessed Mudiaga


Mr Paul Arkwright has been appointed British High Commissioner to the Federal Republic of Nigeria, to succeed Sir Andrew Pocock KCMG, who will be retiring from the Diplomatic Service soon.

The newly appointed High Commissioner whose full name is Paul Thomas Arkwright, would officially begin work as from September 2015. He is married to Patricia Anne Holland, and their marriage has been blessed with one son and a daughter.

Prior to his appointment as British High Commissioner to Nigeria, he had served in different positions as follows; 2013 – 2015 FCO, Director, Multilateral Policy; 2009 – 2013 The Hague, Her Majesty’s Ambassador; 2006 – 2009  FCO, Head, Counter-Proliferation Department; 2006 FCO Participant in Higher Command and Staff Course, Defence Academy Shrivenham; 2001 – 2005  UKDEL NATO, Political Counsellor; 1998 – 2001    Paris, First Secretary Political; 1997 – 1998    Secondment to Quai d’Orsay, Paris, UN & International Organisations department; 1993 – 1997   UKMis New York, First Secretary Political; 1991 – 1993    FCO, Head of Conventional Arms Section Non Proliferation & Defence Department; 1988 – 1991  British Military Government Berlin (later British Embassy, Berlin Office), Second Secretary Political; and 1987 – 1988    FCO, Desk Officer, Hong Kong Department, respectively. He joined FCO in 1986.


(SOURCE: United Kingdom – Ministry of Foreign Affairs).

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