In light of the recent terrorist assaults around the nation, The Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant-Gen. Faruk Yahaya, has approved the posting and appointment of a number of top officers to command, instructional, and staff roles within formations and units.
The appointments were revealed in a statement released by Brig.-Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu, on Thursday in Abuja.
According to Nwachukwu, the new assignments and appointments were made in an effort to realign the army for operational effectiveness.
He claims that among those impacted by the relocation are several Principal Staff Officers of the Army Headquarters, General Officers Commanding, Corps Commanders, Commandants of training institutions, Brigade Commanders, and Commanding Officers.
He stated that Maj.-Gen. Umaru Musa, the General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the 81 Division, had been transferred to the 82 Division as the new GOC, and Maj.-Gen. Taoreed Lagbaja had been transferred from the 82 Division to the 1 Division as the new GOC.
The Commandant, Depot Nigerian Army, Maj.-Gen. Aminu Chinade, was transferred to 2 Division as GOC, according to the army spokesman, while Maj.-Gen. OC Ajunwa was relocated from Nigeria Defence Section in Brasilia to HQ 81 Division.
Additionally, he stated that Maj.-Gen. OW Ali had been transferred from Headquarters Command, Army Records, to AHQ as Chief of Administration (Army), and Maj.-Gen. S Muhammed had been transferred from Defence Headquarters to AHQ as Chief of Army Standards and Evaluation (Army).
He claims that Maj.-Gen. Adekunle Adesope, formerly of the Army Finance Corps, moves from AHQ to DHQ and is appointed as Chief of Defence, Accounts and Budget, and Maj.-Gen. James Ataguba, formerly of the Army Headquarters Department of Army Standards and Evaluation, is appointed Director, Peace-Keeping Operations.
“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 moves from Nigerian Army College of Logistics to DHQ and appointed Director 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 moves from the Directorate of Defence Media Operations to DHQ Department of Logistics and appointed Director Procurement,” he said.
Maj.-Gen. AM Alabi, Corps Commander of the Nigerian Army Ordnance Corps; Maj.-Gen. A Mohammed, Corps Commander of the Nigerian Army Electrical Mechanical Engineers; and Maj.-Gen. E Akerejola, Corps Commander of the Nigerian Army Supply and Transport, according to Nwachukwu.
He said that Major-General AA Fayemiwo had been promoted to Chief of Accounts and Budget and redeployed from Nigerian Army Welfare Holdings Limited (Army).
“Senior officers newly appointed as Commandants of Nigerian Army training institutions are Maj.-Gen. P.I. Eze, Commandant, Nigerian Army Ordinance School; Maj.-Gen. AA Adeyinka, as Commandant, Nigerian Army College of Logistics and Maj.-Gen. P.P. Malla appointed Commandant, Depot, Nigerian Army, while Brig.-Gen. UT Otaru has been appointed Acting Commandant, Nigerian Army School of Supply and Transport,” he said.
Brigade Commander appointments are among the additional positions, claims Nwachukwu.
He said that upon taking up their new positions, all newly appointed senior officers had received orders from the Chief of Army Staff to step up their efforts and dedication to duty in addressing the nation’s security issues.