By Frank Oshanugor
The Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Major General Faruk Yahaya has approved the appointment of Principal Staff Officers (PSOs), Field Commanders and other key staff that will provide the much needed vigour in his command of the Nigerian Army (NA).
Director, Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu in a statement on Saturday, said that “this was disclosed through the NA posting released by the Department of Military Secretary on Friday 2 July 2021.”
The COAS approved the appointment of the Commandant Nigerian Army Armoured School, Major General BO Sawyer as the new Director, Defence Information while the Chief of Operations Army, Major General I.M. Yusuf becomes the Commandant Nigerian Defence Academy.
Major General TA Gagariga will move from Army Headquarters Department of Policy and Plans to Nigerian Army Artillery Corps as Corps Commander Artillery and Major General VO Ezugwu of Training and Doctrine Command becomes the Commander Infantry Corps.
While Major General M.A. Yekini is the new Chief of Defence Training and Operations, Major General M.S. Yusuf will take over as Chief of Defence Standard and Evaluation.
The Chief of Civil – Military Affairs, Major General A.B. Omozoje will take over as the Chief of Policy and Plans at the Army Headquarters.
Equally, Major General S.O. Olabanji becomes the Commander Training and Doctrine Command, Major General O.A. Akintade is the new Chief of Army Logistics, Major General O.T. Akinjobi takes over as Chief of Operations (Army), Major General J.A. Ataguba becomes the Chief of Army Standard and Evaluation while Major Generals K.I. Mukhtar and C. Ofoche are the new Chief of Administration and Chief of Transformation and Innovation respectively. Major General A.B. Ibrahim is appointed as Chief of Training (Army).
Among the new field commanders are Major General A.K. Ibrahim who takes over as the Force Commander Multi National Joint Task Force, N’Djamena and Major General I.S. Ali who becomes the General Officer Commanding 3 Division will double as the Commander Special Task Force Operation Safe Haven.
The COAS equally approved the appointment of Commanders, Commandants of NA Institutions, Directors and other key appointments at both Defence and Army levels.
The appointments he said were aimed at rejigging efficiency in command and administration within the Nigerian Army. These appointments take immediate effect.