NAF Redeploys 98 Officers, Reappoints Gabkwet As Spokesperson

New Chief of Air Staff (CAS), AVM HB Abubakar.

Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Vice Marshal (AVM) Hassan Abubakar, has redeployed 98 officers of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF).

Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Ayodele Famuyiwa, disclosed this on Monday, following the recent change of guard in the NAF.

TheFact Daily gathers that of the 98 officers of air rank, 52 are Air Vice Marshals, while 46 are Air Commodores.

Furthermore, AVM Abubakar reappointed Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet as the Director of Public Relations and Information.

Among the redeployed officers are the former Commandant Air Force War College (AWC), AVM Abraham Adole, who is now the Chief of Defence Policy and Plans (CDPP) at the Defence Headquarters (DHQ); AVM Nkem Aguiyi, who takes over as the Chief of Defence Transformation and Innovation (CDTI) at the DHQ, and AVM Ahmed Shinkafi, now the Chief of Defence Space Administration (CDSA).

At the Headquarters Nigerian Air Force (HQ NAF), former Air Officer Commanding Ground Training Command (AOC GTC), AVM Sayo Olatunde is now the Chief of Policy and Plans (COPP); AVM Ibikunle Daramola remains the Chief of Communications Information Systems (CCIS); AVM Pius Oahimire appointed the Chief of Aircraft Engineering (CAcE), HQ NAF; while AVM Uchechi Nwagwu takes over as the Chief of Accounts and Budget (CAB).

Others include former AOC Special Operations Command (SOC) Bauchi, AVM Abubakar Abdulkadir, now the Chief of Training and Operations (CTOP); AVM Dominic Danat, the Chief of Logistics (CLOG); AVM Ahmed Bakari, Air Secretary; AVM Michael Onyebashi, Chief of Standards and Evaluation (COSE), HQ NAF; and AVM Idi Sani, Chief of Administration (COA).

AVM Anthony Ekpe retains his appointment as the Chief of Medical Services (CMS); while Air Cdre Friday Ogohi is now the Chief of Air Intelligence (CAI), HQ NAF.

The newly appointed Commandants include AVM Adeniyi Amesinlola who now heads the Armed Forces Resettlement Centre (AFRC), Oshodi; AVM Hassan Alhaji heads the Armed Forces Command and Staff College (AFCSC), Jaji; AVM Sani Rabe heads the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT), Kaduna; AVM Adebayo Kehinde takes over command of the Air Force War College, Makurdi; while AVM Esen Efanga is Commandant Air Warfare Centre, Abuja.

Also affected by the latest redeployments are AVM Francis Edosa who is appointed the AOC Tactical Air Command (AOC TAC), Makurdi; AVM Tajudeen Yusuf, appointed as AOC Mobility Command (AOC MC), Yenagoa; AVM Eneobong Effiom as AOC SOC, Bauchi; AVM Nnamdi Ananaba as AOC Air Training Command (AOC ATC), Kaduna; AVM Usman Abdullahi as AOC GTC, Enugu; and AVM Abubakar Abdullahi as AOC Logistics Command (AOC LC).

In the same vein, AVM Kabir Umar is now the Group Managing Director of NAF Investments Limited Group of Companies; AVM Sunday Aneke is Deputy Commandant, Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna, and AVM Titus Dauda is the College Secretary, National Defence College (NDC), Abuja.

According to the statement, the newly appointed senior officers are expected to assume office not later than Monday, 3 July 2023.

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