The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya, has approved the posting and appointment of some senior officers of the Nigerian Army, NA, to various formations and units.
According to a statement issued Friday by the Director of Army Public Relations, Brig. Gen Onyema Nwachukwu, the appointments were approved in an effort to reposition the NA for operational efficiency and proficiency, in tackling the insecurity challenges currently bedeviling the country.
TheFact Daily notes that the appointments are coming on the heels of a meeting of the National Security Council, held Thursday in Abuja, after which the National Security Adviser, NSA, Maj. Gen. Babagana Monguno, disclosed that members of the armed forces had assured President Muhammadu Buhari of adopting a new strategy to deal with terrorists and bandits who wreak havoc across the country.
Some of the senior officers appointed as General Officers Commanding (GOCs) are Major General UT Musa from Headquarters 81 Division to Headquarters 82 Division and appointed GOC; Major General TA Lagbaja from Headquarters 82 Division to Headquarters 1 Division and appointed GOC; Major General OC Ajunwa from Nigeria Defence Section Brasilia to HQ 81 Division and appointed GOC, while Major General AS Chinade was redeployed from Depot Nigerian Army to Headquarters 2 Division and appointed GOC.
The newly appointed Army Headquarters Principal Staff Officers include, Maj Gen OW Ali, who is now Chief of Administration (Army) at Army Headquarters Department of Army Administration; Maj Gen S Muhammed, now Chief of Army Standards and Evaluation (Army) at the Department of Army Standards and Evaluation; Major General JA Ataguba, appointed Director, Peace Keeping Operations at the Defence Headquarters; Major General AA Adesope becomes Chief of Defence Accounts and Budget, Defence Headquarters; Major General US Mohammed appointed Senior Research Fellow, Nigerian Army Resource Centre.
Other senior officers affected in the redeployment are Major General PB Fakrogha, from Defence Headquarters Garrison to Defence Space Agency and appointed Director Policy Plans and Research; Major General BE Onyeuko from Defence Headquarters Directorate of Defence Media Operations to Defence Headquarters Department of Logistics and appointed Director Procurement; Major General MO Enendu, from Nigerian Army College of Logistics to Defence Headquarters and appointed Director Psychological Warfare, Major General AE Attu from Defence Headquarters Department of Defence Training and Operations to Defence Headquarters Garrison and appointed Commander.
Newly appointed Corps Commanders include: Major General AM Alabi, from Nigerian Army Ordnance School to Headquarters Nigerian Army Ordnance Corps and appointed Corps Commander Ordnance, Major General A Mohammed, from Nigerian Army Farms and Ranches Limited and to Headquarters Nigerian Army Electrical Mechanical Engineers and appointed Corps Commander Electrical Mechanical Engineers, Major General E Akerejola from Nigerian Army School of Supply and Transport to Headquarters Nigerian Army Corps of Transport and appointed Commander Corps of Supply and Transport, Major General AA Fayemiwo from Nigerian Army Welfare Holdings Limited by Guarantee to Headquarters Finance Corps and appointed Chief of Accounts and Budget (Army).
Furthermore, senior officers newly appointed as Commandants of Nigerian Army Training Institutions
are Major General PI Eze, who heads the Nigerian Army Ordinance School as Commandant; Major General AA Adeyinka heads Nigerian Army College of Logistics as Commandant; Major General PP Malla is now Commandant, Depot Nigerian Army, while is appointed Acting Commandant, Nigerian Army School of Supply and Transport.
The newly appointed Brigade Commanders are, Brigadier General DH Ndahi, from Nigerian Army Resource Centre to Headquarters 4 Brigade and appointed Commander, Brig Gen FS Etim from Amphibious Training School to Headquarters 6 Brigade and appointed Commander, Brigadier General EA Orakwe from Headquarters 6 Division to Headquarters 19 Brigade and appointed Commander, Brigadier General JO Are from Army Headquarters Department of Army Standards and Evaluation to Headquarters 3 Brigade and appointed Commander, amongst others.
“The Chief of Army Staff has directed all the newly appointed senior officers to redouble their effort and commitment to duty in tackling the security challenges bedeviling the nation, as they assume their new appointments”, Nwachukwu said.