Army redeploys GOCs, appoints new top officers in major shakeup
The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Faruk Yahaya, has approved the posting and appointment of some top officers to command, instructional and staff positions across formations and units.
The appointments were announced in a statement issued by the army spokesperson, Brig.-Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu, on Thursday in Abuja.
Mr Nwachukwu said the new postings and appointments were made to reposition the army for operational efficiency.
He said the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 81 Division, Maj.-Gen.Umaru Musa had been redeployed to 82 Division as the new GOC, while Maj.-Gen. Taoreed Lagbaja moved from 82 Division to 1 Division as the new GOC.
The army spokesman said Maj.-Gen. OC Ajunwa had been moved from Nigeria Defence Section in Brasilia to HQ 81 Division as GOC, while the commandant, Depot Nigerian Army, Maj.-Gen. Aminu Chinade, had been transferred to 2 Division as GOC.
He also said Maj.-Gen. OW Ali had been redeployed from Headquarters Command, Army Records, to AHQ as Chief of Administration (Army), while Maj.-Gen. S Muhammed had been moved from Defence Headquarters to AHQ as Chief of Army Standards and Evaluation (Army).
According to him, Maj.-Gen. James Ataguba moved from the AHQ Department of Army Standards and Evaluation to Defence Headquarters and was appointed the director, Peacekeeping Operations, while Maj.-Gen. Adekunle Adesope from Army Finance Corps to DHQ and appointed as Chief of Defence, Accounts and Budget.
“Maj.-Gen. Usman Mohammed moves from Army Headquarters, Department of Administration, to Nigerian Army Resource Centre and is appointed Senior Research Fellow.
“Other senior officers affected in the redeployment are Maj.-Gen. Preye Fakrogha, from DHQ Garrison to Defence Space Administration and appointed Director Policy, Plans and Research, while Maj.-Gen. MO Enendu moved from the Nigerian Army College of Logistics to DHQ and was appointed Director of Psychological Warfare.
“Maj.-Gen. Adikwu Attu moves from DHQ Department of Training and Operations to DHQ Garrison and appointed Commander, while Maj.-Gen. Bernard Onyeuko moved from the Directorate of Defence Media Operations to DHQ Department of Logistics and appointed Director Procurement,” he said.
Mr Nwachukwu said Maj.-Gen. AM Alabi had been appointed Corps Commander, Nigerian Army Ordnance Corps; Maj.-Gen. A Mohammed, Corps Commander, Nigerian Army Electrical Mechanical Engineers and Maj.-Gen. E Akerejola had been appointed Commander, Corps of Supply and Transport.
He said Maj.-Gen. AA Fayemiwo had been redeployed from Nigerian Army Welfare Holdings Limited and appointed Chief of Accounts and Budget (Army).
“Senior officers newly appointed as commandants of Nigerian Army training institutions are Maj.-Gen. P.I. Eze, commandant, Nigerian Army Ordnance School; Maj.-Gen. AA Adeyinka, as Commandant, Nigerian Army College of Logistics and Maj.-Gen. P.P. Malla was appointed commandant, Depot, Nigerian Army, while Brig.-Gen. UT Otaru was appointed acting commandant, Nigerian Army School of Supply and Transport,” he said.
Other appointments, according to Mr Nwachukwu, are those of brigade commanders.
He said the Chief of Army Staff had directed all the newly appointed senior officers to redouble their effort and commitment to tackling the security challenges bedevilling the nation as they assume their new appointments.
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