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Richard Montgomery is appointed by the UK as the new High Commissioner to Nigeria.



Richard Hugh Montgomery has been named as the new British High Commissioner to Nigeria by the British government.

The high commissioner’s office represents the UK government in a Commonwealth country.


Montgomery will replace Catriona Laing as the UK envoy in Nigeria from April 2023 as stated in a statement on Tuesday.

Montgomery takes over for Laing, who has represented the UK in Nigeria since 2018.


As a diplomat, a high commissioner is in charge of the consulate’s operations, including visa and consular services, political relations, commerce and investment, press relations, and cultural connections.

According to the statement, Laing will be moved to another diplomatic service position.


From 2009 to 2013, Montgomery oversaw the Department for International Development (DFID), Abuja, as counsellor (development) and office head.

Together with other research-related credentials from Manchester University and GKW Consult Mannheim, he has a Ph.D. in social anthropology from the University of Cambridge.


The diplomat was, most recently, the UK executive director for the World Bank Group in Washington.

Additionally, he has held executive development positions in Pakistan, Zambia, Bangladesh, and India.

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