By Sumaila Ogbaje, Abuja.
The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Faruk Yahaya, has approved the redeployment of senior officers, in an effort to ensure administrative and operational efficiency in the Nigerian Army.
The Director of Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu, in a statement on Saturday, said the new postings and appointments was aimed at sustaining the recent operational successes recorded in combating emerging security challenges in the country.
Nwachukwu said that the officers affected are Major-Generals and Brigadier-Generals, among several other senior officers across army formations and units.
He added that those affected in the redeployment included some Principal Staff Officers of the Army Headquarters, Corps Commanders, Commandants of Army Training Institutions, Brigade Commanders, Commanding officers and several others.
In the new appointment, Nwachukwu said that the General Officer Commanding (GOC), 3 Division, Maj.-Gen. Ibrahim Ali, was moved to the North East as Theatre Commander Joint Task Force North East Operation Hadin Kai (OPHK).
He said that the Chief of Training (Army), Maj.-Gen. Abdulsalam Ibrahim, had been appointed the GOC 3 Division as well as Commander of Operation Safe Haven (OPSH), while Maj.-Gen. AS Chinade was moved from Headquarters, 2 Division to Headquarters, 82 Division, as GOC.
He said that Maj.-Gen. GM Mutkut had been appointed the GOC, 8 Division and Commander of Operation Hadarin Daji (OPHD) from Army Headquarters, Department of Policy and Plan.
“Those newly appointed Corps Commanders are the erstwhile Theatre Commander, OPHK, Maj.-Gen. Christopher Musa, as the new Corps Commander, Infantry Corps, while Maj.-Gen. MS Ahmed moves to Headquarters, Nigerian Army Armoured Corps, as Corps Commander.
“Maj.-Gen. BR Sinjen moves from Nigerian Army School of Artillery to Headquarters, Nigerian Army Corps of Artillery, as the new Corps Commander, and Maj.-Gen. PE Eromosele moves from National Defence College to Headquarters, Nigerian Army Engineers as Commander.
“Also, Maj.-Gen. AA Ayannuga moves to Nigerian Army Cyber Warfare Command as Commander, while Maj.-Gen. GS Abdullahi moves from Defence Space Administration to Headquarters, Nigerian Army Signals.
“Among the new Defence and Army Headquarters Principal Staff Officers are Maj.-Gen. Solomon Udounwa, who is redeployed from Army Headquarters, Department of Special Services and Programmes, to Defence Headquaters as Chief of Defence Training and Operations.
“Maj.-Gen. SG Mohammed has been appointed the Chief of Training, Maj.-Gen. UT Musa is moved from Headquarters 82 Division to the Department of Army Administration as Director Personnel Management, while Maj.-Gen. Y Yahaya from Headquarters 31 Artillery Brigade moves to Department of Army Administration as the Director Manpower (Army), among several others,” he said.
Nwachukwu said that Brig.-Gen. TI Gusau had been appointed as Director of Defence Information, while Brig.-Gen. AM Umar was appointed the new Commander of Guards Brigade.
According to him, other Brigade Commanders who are redeployed include Brig.-Gen. S Aliyu from Headquarters, 6 Division, to Headquarters, 63 Brigade, while Brig.-Gen. HD Bobbo moves from National Defence College to Headquarters, 31 Brigade.
“Brig.-Gen. MT Aminu moves from Army War College Nigeria to Headquarters, 35 Brigade, among several others.
“It is imperative to note that redeployment in the Nigerian Army is routine, particularly with the recent promotion of senior officers, as approved by the Army Council for the year 2022.
“The redeployment of all appointees takes effect from Jan 11,” he added.